Are sustainable dams possible?

Humans have been altering natural waterways for centuries, but only in the last several decades have dams raised ecological concerns. N. LeRoy Poff, professor of biology at Colorado State University, studies the ecological impact to rivers from human-caused changes, such as dam building, and how these modified river systems can be managed for resilience. In…

Top 50 Oceanic Blogs and Websites

Keep up with ocean science news, articles, opinions, researches, marine-related technology, marine ecosystems, marine conservation, oceanographers, and much more by following the top oceanic websites. Source: Top 50 Oceanic Blogs and Websites on the Web

So much for those rosier global-warming projections

A new study based on satellite observations finds that temperatures could rise nearly 5 °C by the end of the century. Global warming’s worst-case projections look increasingly likely, according to a new study that tested the predictive power of climate models against observations of how the atmosphere is actually behaving. The paper, published on Wednesday…

Organizing and Governing the Commons

In this rapidly changing world, existing systems are being weakened, resulting in risks as well as opportunities. The global economic crisis has degraded people’s working and living conditions but has also raised questions about the legitimacy of financialized capitalism. The development of digital technology has produced new types of precarious jobs, but it has also…

Adapting to Climate Change

As our climate changes, human creativity has been turning to solutions to problems ranging from restoring water supplies to rebuilding failing ecosystems. In interviews, six scientists discussed their efforts to slow or even reverse changes brought by warming. Their comments have been edited and condensed. Source: Six Ways We Can Adapt to Climate Change

Patterns of climate change

Researchers have developed a technique to monitor and predict how plant species will respond to climate change. The experiment was conducted in an area the size of two football pitches within the Garraf National park south west of Barcelona. The landscape is mostly a Mediterranean scrubland, featuring thickets of low rise shrubs and herbs such…

Mindfulness can offset the worry of waiting

“We try to predict our fate and regain a sense of certainty and control over our life,” said Sweeny, who is an associate professor of psychology at UCR. “We know from lots of research that rumination (repetitive thoughts about the past) and worry (repetitive thoughts about the future) are quite unpleasant and even harmful to…

Local Transportation and Housing can drop CO2 emissions

Local efforts in the transportation and residential-housing sectors could help the United States meet the greenhouse gas reduction commitment it made as a Paris Climate Accord signatory, according to research from John Landis and Erick Guerra of the University of Pennsylvania and David Hsu of MIT. For housing, the researchers determined a baseline for each…