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MORE WARM-DWELLING ANIMALS AND PLANTS AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHANGE 21.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most comprehensive study across ecosystems in this regard to date. The most obvious increases occurred among warm-dwelling birds, butterflies, beetles, soil organisms and lichens according to the study published recently in the scientific journal “Nature Ecology & Evolution” led by Senckenberg scientists. Thus, it appears possible that rising temperatures due to the climate change have had a widespread impact on the population trends of animals in the past 30 years.
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When Their Food Ran Out, These Reindeer Kept Digging 18.2.2017 NPR: Saturday
Reindeer are thought to face a grim future as climate change threatens lichen, a key winter food source. But on one Alaskan island, reindeer have found a new food source, making scientists hopeful.
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New Data Finds Climate-Friendly, Healthy Meals Within Reach for Public Schools 15.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
New Data Finds Climate-Friendly, Healthy Meals Within Reach for Public Schools
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Imagine a world reliant on robot bees to roam the fields and meadows 11.2.2017 TreeHugger
Welcome to your dystopian nightmare installment #4692.
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Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world. 6.2.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
Have we got the answer to urban living when we solve the huge losses of hedgehogs in suburban neighbourhoods? The adoption of wild roofs and city ecoscapes in general brings some species to the new city. We have forgotten some animals that might just help clear the pests from our gardens or maintain plants and birdlife in some ways that we have found impossible. Natural habitat has been replaced largely with novel human solutions that need time to prove themselves. Emotionally, many would give the hedgehog their garden-vote, but the population has decreased so much, it could be too late to bring them back.
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US Army to test 'biodegradable' bullets 1.2.2017 CNN: Top Stories
The US army is seeking proposals for biodegradable ammunition to replace the existing rounds in use, citing environmental concerns.
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Study: How Climate Change Threatens Mountaintops (and Clean Water) 30.1.2017 Environmental News Network
Mountains are far more than rocks. They also confer various natural benefits—for example, about half of the world’s drinking water filters through their high-elevation forests, plants, and soils.Now, a new, first-of-its kind study, in the journal Nature, shows how these mountain ecosystems around the globe may be threatened by climate change.Rising temperatures over the next decades appear likely to “decouple” key nutrient cycles in mountain soils and plants, an international team of sixteen scientists reports. Their study suggests that this is expected to disrupt the function of mountaintop ecosystems, as plant communities above and at treeline are thrown into turmoil faster than trees can migrate uphill in a warmer world.
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High-Tech Maps of Tropical Forest Diversity Identify New Conservation Targets 27.1.2017 Environmental News Network
New remote sensing maps of the forest canopy in Peru test the strength of current forest protections and identify new regions for conservation effort, according to a report led by Carnegie’s Greg Asner published in Science.Asner and his Carnegie Airborne Observatory team used their signature technique, called airborne laser-guided imaging spectroscopy, to identify preservation targets by undertaking a new approach to study global ecology—one that links a forest’s variety of species to the strategies for survival and growth employed by canopy trees and other plants. Or, to put it in scientist-speak, their approach connects biodiversity and functional diversity.
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Chase away the winter blues at the Hirshhorn’s orchid show 26.1.2017 Washington Post
Chase away the winter blues at the Hirshhorn’s orchid show
Pee for Plants 17.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Lately there has been a whole lot of talk about golden showers. For most people, showers are something that come in April and fall from the clouds in the sky, not something you go to Russian hotel rooms to find. That is as it should be. Instead we are focusing on urine and its relationship to our soon to be inaugurated PEEOTUS. In general, urine is something we think about only when we have to find a bathroom. Some exceptions: If you are into water conservation you may ascribe to the 'if it's yellow let it mellow' school of toilet flushing. If you have prostate issues, well, you have my sympathies. But there is a good way that urine can go with showers. Urine comes out of you sterile- so even if you are a 'germaphobe' it is safe to use. It also contains all of the necessary plant nutrients. So- with a little dilution- you can combine that urine with those April showers (or water from the hose or tap) and get truly spectacular May flowers ...
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On wildness: Community and control in urban green space 13.1.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Friday, January 13, 2017 The city is a structured place. Roads and sidewalks follow mainly straight lines, while houses, apartment buildings, offices and shops march dutifully alongside them, one after the other. Many of us live structured lives within our concrete, highly controlled world, following the schedules, routines, and norms of our workplaces and leisure activities. Urban green space is often no different -- processions of trees stand on manicured turf and garden beds are filled with neat lines of annuals. Community use of park space is defined and limited by a stifling array of municipal policies, bylaws, permits and red tape. The wild and wayward life of a tiny, disproportionately lively square of parkland in Toronto's west end has a lesson to teach us about the rewards of relinquishing ...
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PRESSURE FROM GRAZERS HASTENS ECOSYSTEM COLLAPSE FROM DROUGHT 12.1.2017 Environmental News Network
Extreme droughts, intensified by a warming climate, are increasingly causing ecosystem collapse in many regions worldwide. But models used by scientists to predict the tipping points at which drought stress leads to ecosystem collapse have proven unreliable and too optimistic.A new study by scientists at Duke University and Beijing Normal University may hold the answer why.   The researchers found that these tipping points can happen much sooner than current models predict because of the added pressures placed on drought-weakened plants by grazing animals and fungal pathogens.
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Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species 11.1.2017 AP National
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday....
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Bee found in Minnesota placed on endangered species list 11.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Fish and Wildlife Service will develop a plan to protect the rusty patched bumble bee, but it says the public can help by planting native flowers, limiting pesticide use and leaving native habitat where bees can overwinter.
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APNewsBreak: Rusty patched bumblebee declared endangered 10.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told The Associated Press it was adding the bee to the […]
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Rising Carbon Emissions from Warming Soil Highlight Benefits of Land Restoration 9.1.2017 WRI Stories
Rising Carbon Emissions from Warming Soil Highlight Benefits of Land RestorationAdd Comment|PrintFarmers in Malawi use nitrogen-fixing plants to rebuild soil carbon and boost yields. Photo by Robert Winterbottom/WRI A new study in the journal Nature explores a vicious cycle: as a changing climate driven by greenhouse gas emissions warms the planet, soils heat up and the micro-organisms that live in the soil start to expel heat-trapping carbon dioxide, reinforcing the problem of climate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Philadelphia's new Revolutionary War museum will showcase the era's sights - and even the smell 8.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

History buffs will be able to peer into the eyes of a “most excellent likeness” of George Washington and get an actual whiff of the Revolutionary War when Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution opens this year.

Curators have scoured the country for the priceless artifacts to display in...

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Chesapeake Bay is healthier than before, but still gets C- in new report 8.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Chesapeake Bay is healthier today by nearly every measure, with upticks in blue crabs and striped bass, record levels of underwater grasses and the clearest water in years.

That's the upshot of a two-year "2016 State of the Bay" report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about the vast estuary...

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New trash-collecting barge looks like a cross between a steamboat and a conch shell 7.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Removing debris from Upper Newport Bay could be aided by a proposal that's been floating around City Hall for several months — a trash-collecting barge.

At first glance, the so-called water wheel looks like a cross between a steamboat and a conch shell. From its proposed stationary position where...

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Bat-friendly tequila, research play role in species recovery 7.1.2017 AP Business
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Wildlife officials say it might be time for a toast now that a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila is making a comeback....
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