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CityLab asks what underwater canyons can teach us and explores Timothy Beatley's idea of "blue urbanism."



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Washington, DC (August 19, 2014) — Developed to inform the 2013 National Climate Assessment, a landmark study in terms of its breadth and depth of coverage, and conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Climate Change in the Midwest examines the known effects and relationships of climate change variables on the eight states that make up the region.


With the Great Lakes Basin, the largest supply of fresh water in the world lying within the Midwest region, Climate Change in the Midwest evaluates the effects of latitude, continental location, and large scale circulation patterns on the surrounding climate and the Great Lakes themselves. This state of the art assessment comes from a broad range of experts in academia, private industry, state and local governments, NGOs, professional societies, and impacted communities. Key findings from the assessment show,

  • •    Changes in Great Lakes water levels will create vulnerabilities for coastal ecosystems, infrastructure, and communities,
  • •    The capacity of many species to adapt will become limited by on-going land conversion and fragmentation of habitats,
  • •    High risk of levee failure during a major riverine flood will become a significant regional hazard, and
  • •    Variability in growing season precipitation will impact future crop yields, and extreme heat will influence Midwestern meat, milk, and egg production.


Climate Change in the Midwest offers decision makers and stakeholders a way to design and implement effective adaptation strategies to reduce the region’s vulnerability and create a substantial basis from which to make informed choices that will affect the well-being of the region’s inhabitants in the decades to come.



Julie Winkler is a professor of Geography at Michigan State University. Jeffrey A. Anderson is a professor of Geography at Michigan State University. Jerry L. Hatfield, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, USA-ARS. David Bidwell is a professor of Environment and Life Science at the University of Rhode Island. Daniel Brown is an SNRE associate dean for research.


ABOUT THE SERIES: Developed to inform the 2013 National Climate Assessment, these reports highlight past climate trends, projected climate change and vulnerabilities, and impacts to specific regions and sectors. The critical information in each comes from a broad range of experts in academia, private industry, state and local governments, NGOs, professional societies, and impacted communities. The reports include case studies on topics such as adaptive capacity; climate change effects on regional economies and ecosystem services; urbanization, transportation, and infrastructure vulnerabilities; and agriculture sustainability.



Alan Rabinowitz stopped by NPR's Diane Rehm Show to talk about jaguars, how they've survived through the centuries, and the protection they need to keep doing so.



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Alan Rabinowitz talked about his lifetime of working to protect big cats with New Hampshire Public Radio's "The Exchange."



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Washington, DC (August 1, 2014) — Most people like trees. But few truly know their importance to a functioning, resilient ecosystem—and the hard truth that deforestation is among the most devastating processes humans have used to transform the earth. In Forests in Our Changing World: New Principles for Conservation and Management forest ecologists Joe Landsberg and Richard Waring, explain how forests can be sustainably managed.


Forests in Our Changing World offers a thorough introduction to every aspect of forests and explores how this critical resource will be affected by a warming climate. Landsberg and Waring argue that the key to forest management is to educate the public on crucial functions of forests like biodiversity, carbon sequestration, stable water supplies, and land protection.


Forests in Our Changing World highlights key aspects of forest conservation including,
•    An in-depth view of natural forest regeneration,
•    Why deforestation results in land erosion and environmental damage,
•    Forest types around the world and their individual impact on the Earth,
•    How environmental destruction and deforestation has been a common thread in the collapse of numerous human societies,
•    The extinction crisis looming in forests, and
•    Why natural capital provided by forests should be included in economic calculations like budgets and estimates of the gross domestic product.


Landsberg and Waring detail the critical information forest managers and policy makers need in order to use forests sensibly, without destroying them. The world is losing forests at a depressing rate, but Forests in Our Changing World shows a better way forward. At the heart of the book is the realization that we are all both consumers and beneficiaries of this natural resource—and we can no longer continue to treat forests as expendable.



Joe Landsberg is a forest scientist, consultant, and past chief of the CSIRO Division of Forest Research in Australia. Richard Waring is emeritus Distinguished Professor of Forest Science at Oregon State University in Corvallis.



In an excerpt of The Carnivore Way available on the Utne Reader website, Cristina Eisenberg explains why carnivores need room to roam.




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Brian Richter discussed local water shortages and how to manage water sustainably with The Nature Conservancy's Cool Green Science blog.




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In an interview with The Nature Conservancy's Cool Green Science blog, Cristina Eisenberg discussed why she became an ecologist, what she's learned about the complexity of nature, and how groups of people need to work together.




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Yoram Bauman was in Portland and stopped by KATU's AM Northwest and KBOO's Words and Pictures about climate change, economics, and comedy.