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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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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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Landsat Study Reveals Greening Across North America’s Arctic

Analyzing 29 years worth of satellite images (1984-2012), a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center research team found nearly one-third of land cover has been changing to resemble landscapes in warmer ecosystems.

EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas…

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Environmental Bill of Rights Put Forward in Nova Scotia

Last week Nova Scotia’s New Democratic Party (NDP) introduced an Environmental Bill of Rights in the provincial legislature. The proposed bill would enhance transparency of the government decision-making that revolves around ecosystems and the environment and give citizens a greater say in the political process.

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Non-Wood Forest Wealth 2.7 Times Greater than Previously Estimated

A team of researchers from the World Bank, Resources for the Future, Applied Geosolutions and others have released three working papers that set out wealth valuation methodologies spanning all the commercial wood, non-wood and ecosystems services forests provide and incorporated them in a global sustainable forest management database.

The beauty of the ocean hides within it troubling secrets, such as a decrease in oxygen levels that could lead to increasing "dead zones"

Ocean Oxygen : Suffocating the Seas

Ocean breathing – From the shallows down to its yawning depths, the ocean gets its oxygen from the surface, supplied either by the atmosphere or from the release of oxygen in phytoplankton through photosynthesis. Scientists have long known that one expected consequence from a warming climate is a gradual drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved into ocean waters as they absorb…

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