Mysterious glow of light found to correlate with coral stress prior to bleaching
Originally Published by Scripps News
By Mario Aguilera
Coral reefs not only provide the world with rich, productive ecosystems and photogenic undersea settings, they also contribute an economic boost valued at hundreds of billions of dollars. But their decline in recent years due to a variety of threats-from pollution to climate warming-has lent urgency to the search for new ways to evaluate their health.
Continue reading Fluorescent Light Revealed as Gauge of Coral Health
By Roy L Hales
A recent Sierra Club news release states , “For more than two million Californians, access to clean drinking water is a daily struggle. This year, a number of legislators are taking the lead to address this growing problem. According to a study conducted by the California Water Resources Control Board, 680 communities in California rely on contaminated water sources and roughly a third do not have necessary filtering systems in place to make sure that the water that comes out of their faucet is safe to drink.”
Continue reading Proposed Legislation to improve California’s Water supply
Campus rooftops serve as launch pads for sustainability efforts
Originally published by UC San Diego
By Christine Clark
UC San Diego’s commitment to sustainability can be found in its teachings, research, operations—even on the university’s rooftops. The campus is increasingly using the space atop its structures to innovatively reduce its environmental footprint.
Continue reading Reaching for the Sky
The ECOreport reposts findings that rapid transit key to unlocking potential of UBC/Broadway corridor
From UBC News
The City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia today released a KPMG study that shows the employment and population of the UBC/Broadway corridor will grow by 150,000 in the next 30 years and a rail-based rapid transit system is needed to meet the corridor’s population growth and significant economic potential.
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The ECOreport reposts a story of how dust and other aerosols from one side of the world influence rainfall in another, Biological Particles End Global Journey in California
News item from Scripps Institution of Oceanography
By Robert Monroe
A field study of aerosol impacts on clouds and precipitation in the Sierra Nevada shows that dust and microorganisms transported from as far away as the Sahara desert help to spur the precipitation that California counts on for its water supply.
Continue reading Biological Particles End Global Journey in California
Originally Published by the Center for American Progress
By Daniel J. Weiss & Jackie Weidman
The United States was subjected to many severe climate-related extreme weather over the past two years. In 2011 there were 14 extreme weather events—floods, drought, storms, and wildfires—that each caused at least $1 billion in damage. There were another 11 such disasters in 2012. These extreme weather events reflect part of the unpaid bill from climate change—a tab that will only grow over time.
Continue reading Going to Extremes: The $188 Billion Price Tag from Climate-Related Extreme Weather
Originally published by the Canyon Country Zephyr
By Jim Stiles
TERRY WEINER is the Conservation Coordinator of the Desert Protective Council. DPC is one of a relative handful of environmental groups that has openly expresed concerns and frustration with the ongoing massive development of alternative energy projects that being planned and built across the American West. THE ZEPHYR talked to Terry about those concerns… Continue reading An Interview with Terry Weiner, of the Desert Protective Council
From UBC News
UBC researchers estimate losses of $300-million, cleanup costs of up to $9.6-billion
A major tanker spill off the coast of northern British Columbia could wipe out any potential economic gains from the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.
Continue reading Single spill could wipe out economic gains from Northern Gateway