Rufous hummingbird populations are declining at a rate of 3 percent per year. The decline could be climate change-driven, but it’s not likely to be because of temperature increases. Find out more: http://hcne.ws/1oZ29Z4
Lake Mead watch: The reservoir is now at its lowest levels since 1937. “The trouble is, the agreed-upon allocations stem from a wetter-than-average period and forecasts made nearly a century ago.”
"Don’t teach kids climate change. It’ll hurt the fossil fuel economy." This month, Wyoming’s governor signed a budget that prohibits the state’s adoption of standards that would require climate change to be taught in schools, and that will probably be widely accepted by other states. http://hcne.ws/1dr1gRd
Photo of Scopes trial in 1925 that pitted Christian beliefs against science education.
Climate-based wolverine listing delayed by scientific disputes. Wolverines are already one of the rarest carnivores in North America. With their fates tied to snow they may become rarer still. http://hcne.ws/1fp45HL
The planet’s top flammulated owl expert is seeing impacts of climate change, decreases in precipitation and fire suppression on these creatures. What can these birds tell us about larger ecological trends, and why should we care? http://hcne.ws/1fkC1jq
Photos courtesy Brian Linkhart
First image (sole owl) by Flickr user Jerry Oldenettel.
The webcomic xkcd is often poignant.
The effect of climate change on Washington State could be $10 BILLION per year.
Summer in Winter?
A huge, lingering ridge of high pressure over the eastern half of the United States brought summer-like temperatures to North America in March 2012. The warm weather shattered records across the central and eastern United States and much of Canada. From NASA’s Earth Observatory.
A new study identifies locations that would be suitable for various types of power plants, weighing considerations like population density, the availability of water and vulnerability to quakes. Red color indicates more obstacles to development.
"To reach a low-cost, low-carbon electricity system in the West, UC Berkeley energy researchers propose this combo of power sources as one possible solution. A carbon tax (placing CO2 at about $70/ton) could help the West reach a goal of 54 percent of 1990 emissions by 2030, according to their models. (Credit: UCB/James Nelson.)”