(May 26, 2011)
The Billings Gazette
“With record-setting rainfall soaking Montana and record snowpack still waiting to melt in the mountains, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced Thursday that they have decided to boost releases from Missouri River reservoirs to historic levels.”
(May 25, 2011)
The Australian government’s Carbon Funding Initiative aims to reward farmers and investors that take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This will be the first program of its kind globally; the government is hopeful that lawmakers will approve the plan in the next few months. Practices eligible to earn credits include curbing emissions from savanna burning, planting plantations for locking carbon, and taking measures to reduce methane from livestock and landfills. Credits can then be sold to Australian polluters or overseas. In other climate news from Australia: Koala numbers drop 80%and climate change will exacerbate the species’ plight (New Zealand Herald); and Climate jury finds dire need for action to slow warming: In its first big report the Australian Climate Commission calls the evidence for climate change “exceptionally strong and beyond doubt” and suggests that actions this decade will determine the impact of climate change for the rest of the century (Sydney Morning Herald).
(May 24, 2011)
Los Angeles Times
In an attempt to help resolve some of the unknowns about California’s future water supply, researchers are zigzagging through storm clouds in an attempt to try and understand why some clouds give up their moisture and others don’t as they roll across the mountain ranges that provide the state with much of its water.
(May 23, 2011)
New York Times
In the arctic, one of the fastest changing places in the world, decades of snowy owl research may provide insight into climate changes even without other indicators. As a key species in arctic ecosystems, the owls help scientists understand ecological changes that affect many other species.
(May 23, 2011)
Washington Post Opinions
Bill McKibben, the founder of the global climate campaigm 350.org, writes an opinion piece calling into focus the relationship of many of the past year’s unusual natural disasters to systemic climate change.
The Nature Conservancy and the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.
From the authors of this new tool: “The purpose of this document is to provide a minimum set of socioeconomic indicators related to climate change. These can be included in a socioeconomic assessment of any site for which climate change impacts are an important issue. The resulting information can then inform coastal management needs and adaptive management. This document meant to serve as an addendum to regional socioeconomic monitoring guidelines produced by the Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative for Coastal Management (SocMon) and its Pacific counterpart, SEM-Pasifika, which aim to improve site management of coastal and marine areas by providing simple, user-friendly guidelines on how to conduct a socioeconomic assessment. Such assessments help coastal managers incorporate community views into adaptive management of marine resources.” Download the full paper (624 kb)
The Social Capital Project of The Resource Innovation Group
For this report, public opinion research and polling and polling data over the last few years were reviewed and compared with trends since 1997. It offers an analysis of significant public opinion trends on global warming and offers communication and engagement recommendations based on this data, as well as the author’s experiences. Download the full report (6.3 mb)