Friday, January 25, 2019

Loose Feathers #682

Turkey Vulture / Photo by Krista Lundgren/USFWS
Birds and birding news
Science and nature blogging
Conservation and biodiversity
Climate change and environmental politics
  • A warmer climate might lead to plants absorbing less carbon dioxide because of the increased risk of drought.
  • A triage approach can help planners decide how to adapt to climate change, but governments still need to budget enough to carry through with adaptation. 
  • The importance of the climate change problem tends to be underreported, even as communities are forced to move or disasters strike. 
  • Because it is an El Niño year, atmospheric carbon dioxide is expected to rise more this year than it did last year. 
  • Parts of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are now available for mining, but it remains to be seen if mining will actually happen.
  • Protests and corruption investigations stopped a series of dams along the Marañón River between Peru and Brazil that would have resulted in an environmental disaster.
  • A bill in the NJ Assembly would protect Liberty State Park from further development schemes.