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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.

Record heat month after month, season after season, year after year, is the new nornal

It’s Getting Hotter than Hell

It is hot and getting hotter. The evidence for global warming is growing with a long string of successive global heat records. The hottest months, the hottest seasons and the hottest years are stacking up. While individual weather records should not be confused with climate, decades of temperature data convincingly make the case for a warming world. Hot weather forces…

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The Golden Toad is just the first of many species going extinct due to climate change

EarthTalk: Climate Change and Extinction

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine. (Additional references are added) Dear EarthTalk: Have any wildlife species gone extinct already as a result of global warming, and which are most at risk moving forward? – Melissa Zwicker, Bern, NC Global warming is definitely already taking its toll on wildlife…

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Center pivot USDA

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,

San Francisco residents adopt a small tax to help adapt and mitigate the impact of sea level rise

San Francisco Responds to the Threat of Sea Level Rise

Voters in San Francisco have taken action to combat the effects of sea level rise caused by global temperature increases. Coastlines around the world differ in how vulnerable they are to rising sea levels, and San Francisco is especially at risk for having large coastline rises in the coming decades.  San Francisco voters recently passed a small property tax, which…

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The latest eco-apps to help guide a more sustainable lifestyle

40 More Eco-Apps that put Technology to Work for the Environment

There are more than two million apps and a growing number of them have an ecological purpose. The huge and growing eco-apps market is making a significant contribution to the welfare of the planet and its inhabitants. This post is a follow-up to a 2012 eco-apps article. When that article was published four years ago there were less than 800,000…

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The impact of climate on forests and wildfire

Wildfire, Forests and Climate Change

In the southwest of North America, record heat has spawned an early an aggressive start to the 2016 fire season. One consequence of a warming world is the increased frequency and intensity of wildfires. With increasing heat, fires burn more intensely over a steadily increasing wildfire season signaling a regime shift in global forests . A 2015 study published in…

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