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SD tribal farmers are unlikely recruits helping loggers chop down pine beetle-infested trees

(May 6, 2012)

Washington Post/ Associated Press

A growing mountain pine beetle epidemic in the Black Hills of South Dakota has spurred an unlikely coalition between Native Americans seeking to preserve the forests and the loggers they oppose, as both parties chop down infected trees in at attempt to save those not yet infected.  So far, the Lakota Logging Project has trained about 15 Native Americans, with plans to train many more.  It marks the largest-scale project to date involving a nonprofit group aiming to help combat the beetle epidemic.

Experiments Underestimate Plant Responses to Climate Change

(May 2, 2012)

Science Daily

In an analysis of 50 plant studies on 4 continents suggests that experiments may dramatically underestimate plants response to climate change, and shifts in the timing of flowering and leafing in plants due to global warming appear to be much greater than estimated by warming experiments.

App depicts impact of climate change on planet

(April 30, 2012)

Reuters, MSNBC

A new iPhone app called Fragile Earth displays the impact of climate change on the earth by showing before and after satellite images of melting glaciers, coastal erosion, drying lakes, and the impacts of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquakes, and the Japanese tsunami.  It is available for $2.99.

U.S. voters favor regulating carbon dioxide: survey

(April 26, 2012)

Reuters

A survey of American attitudes on climate change and energy found that 3out of 4 U.S. voters favor regulating carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas pollutant, and a majority think global warming should be a priority for the president and Congress.  A large majority of respondents supported carbon regulation, regardless of party affiliation.

Study:

Spatial and Temporal Trends of Global Pollination Benefit

(April 26, 2012)

PLoS One

This study looks at the value of ecological pollination in agricultural crops that depend on it, and spatially maps global pollination benefit areas.   “The resulting map of pollination benefits identifies hot spots of pollination benefits at sufficient detail to guide political decisions on where to protect pollination services by investing in structural diversity of land use. ”

Report:

Climate Adaptation and Transportation  (pdf, 2.5 mb)

(May 2012)

Center for Clean Air Policy and Environmental and Energy Study Institute for the NOAA Sector Applications and Research Program

This report summarizes a workshop held in November 2011 where 30 transportation planners and climate scientists met to discuss how surface transportation professionals need to respond to changing climate and extreme weather conditions, and how climate professionals can help meet those needs.  Severe weather has caused an increase in infrastructure damage and repair costs over the last several years, and making adaptation a priority in city planning is a challenge in times of tight budgets.  The workshop and study are an attempt to “advance efforts to adapt the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure to changing patterns of climate and extreme weather.”

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