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New Approaches Needed as Blazing Hot, Dry Conditions Lead to Longer, More Intense Wildfires

High temperatures and lack of precipitation have brought an early onset to the wildfire season, highlighting a continuing trend that requires improving the way we manage landscapes to enhance their resilience, according to the U.S. Interior Dept.

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FAO Completes World’s First Global Assessment of Drylands Forests

Using free online GIS and open source software, more than 200 FAO researchers completed the groundbreaking study in less than a year.

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New Cloud Study Helps Reconcile Climate Model Predictions with Empirical Data

New climate research results obtained by correcting satellite cloud change data spanning two decades are consistent with observed changes in storm tracks, climate conditions and results produced by global climate models.

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EV Market Penetration to Reach 35% Amidst Falling Battery Costs

EV prices will be cut in half, to $40,000, by 2020 while ranges increase to 200 miles, according to Lux Research.

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Federal Funding for 76 Water-Energy Conservation Projects in 13 Western States

The Dept. of Agriculture and Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Land Reclamation are investing $47 million in shared-cost funding in joining with local authorities, farmers and ranchers to improve water conservation and energy efficiency, as well as enhance drought response,

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Public, Private Sector Orgs Get Behind President’s Renewables-Energy Storage Integration Initiative

A slew of major announcements flowed from the June 16 White House Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage for Smart Markets that collectively are projected to result in procurement or deployment of at least 1.3 gigawatts of new energy storage capacity.

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Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Study Highlights Threats to Coastal Ecosystems

Coastal ecosystems – marshes, bogs, swamps, seagrass beds and mangroves among them – provide a wide range of beneficial services that have all too often been unknown to or ignored, including serving as carbon sinks. A ¨blue carbon¨ study by non-profit Restore America’s Estuaries puts numbers on the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) seagrasses, marshes and mangroves in the…

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