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Plastic Collector
InHabitat

Brilliant teen’s invention to remove all plastic from ocean is finally becoming a reality

A solution to the catastrophic plastic pollution in the ocean, now a problem even in the Great Lakes, is getting a major boost. When Boyan Slat was 16 years old, he found himself coming across more plastic than fish while diving in Greece. It was then that he decided to dedicate a high school project to investigating ocean plastic pollution and how he could make a difference.

Check out what’s about to happen off the coast of California this summer…

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Foamy Beer

Is there plastic in your beer? Probably

Let’s see if we, as land trust folks and people who care, can start working on cleaning up plastic—from roads, lands, waterways—just like working on invasive species. The good news? It’s a great partnership opportunity; we can inspire others to reduce plastic pollution (and it will help reduce the use of fossil fuels)...

Love beer? How about water? According to a new study published in the Public Library of Science’s open access journal, micro-plastics found in the Great Lakes are making their way into the region’s beer. That’s not a good thing for your health…

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A Moose Captured For Tick Count
NATIVE RANGE INC

Ticks devastate Maine, N.H. moose populations

Worried about invasive species? Grappling with the impact of renewables in habitat areas? Consider what is happening as climate change is left unchecked—it makes it clear that we are going to have to rethink how to ramp up renewables and energy conservation, asap, for the sake of wildlife.

An insidious pest is killing about 70 percent of moose calves across Maine and New Hampshire, and their deadly work is being aided by warming temperatures and shorter winters that allow the parasites to survive longer, scientists believe…

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Giant Hail
ARND WEIGMANN/REUTERS

Climate change: Giant hail set to batter North America

Research is documenting that extreme weather is on the rise that will wreak havoc on farms and ranches. As a result, it is likely there will be increased need to cover crops and provide animals shelter to avoid critical damage from hail. That will likely mean drafting long-term conservation agreements (conservation easements) that want farming and ranching to succeed to allow for structures beyond the farmstead areas (building envelopes).

To get a sense of what we are talking about, check out the video or you can read the short article…

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Bird Collage Of Birds
Audubon Society

Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report

“The National Audubon Society has completed a continental analysis of how North America’s birds may respond to future climate change. Using extensive citizen science data and detailed climate layers, we developed models that characterize the relationship between the distribution of each species and climate…”

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Bird Video Screenshot

How is climate change impacting birds?

I’m curious to see what you think of this video. Perhaps this is something you could share? Often people fight (or dislike) renewables because of the impact (perceived and real) on birds—and they don’t understand the massive impact climate change will have.

National Audubon’s 2014 Report is relevant, although there is growing concern that the predictions are understated given new research of an acceleration of climate change.

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Wind At Sea
NPOWER

Off-shore wind farms less harmful to seabirds than first thought

Researchers used radar and video to monitor seabirds flying near the Vattenfall’s Thanet offshore wind farm in the English Channel over a two-year period.

They found that birds were present near the turbines in just two per cent of the 600,000 videos shot during the period, and they recorded just six collisions—an average of one every four months…

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Island

Oceanic changes that propelled mass extinction 252 million years ago resemble effects of climate change today

A recent study by scientists at Arizona State University warns that impacts of modern-day climate change are similar to the scenarios that had taken place before a mass extinction happened millions of years ago.

An event called Permian-Triassic mass extinction killed 90 percent of all animals on Earth some 252 million years ago. It took about another five million years for the ecosystems to recover from what happened…

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Post Burn Forest
Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

One-third of forests aren’t growing back after wild fires, research finds

“Seedlings are more sensitive to warm, dry conditions than mature trees, so if the right conditions don’t exist within a few years following a wildfire, tree seedlings may not establish,” said Philip Higuera, a coauthor of the study.

Earlier this month, a separate study found that ponderosa pine and pinyon forests in the West are becoming less resilient due to droughts and…

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Monarchs Over Petridish

Global warming can turn monarch butterflies’ favorite food into poison

Louisiana State University researchers have discovered a new relationship between climate change, monarch butterflies and milkweed plants.

It turns out that warming temperatures don’t just affect the monarch, Danaus plexippus, directly, but also affect this butterfly by potentially turning its favorite plant food into a poison…

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