RedOrbit: Scientists have believed for years that preserving more species, no matter which ones, was a key component to enhancing how well an ecosystem performs. A research team from Duke University and the University of Massachusetts at Boston investigating biodiversity loss in a salt marsh says that this isn`t quite right. Their findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that it`s not just the total number of species preserved that matters, it`s the number of key species….
Conversation: While much of Australia has received average to above average rainfall over recent months, parts of Australia such as western Queensland are in the middle of a drought. Drought has been a feature of the Australian climate throughout its recorded history. But compared with other parts of the world, Australia is not as dry as you might think.
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Drought conditions return to Australia’s eastern states
Guardian: People living in areas vulnerable to flooding were on Friday urged to be extremely cautious over the weekend despite a weakening in the sea surge that threatened havoc along eastern coastlines over Thursday night. As towns began clearing up after high tides flooded homes and other buildings, ministers warned the crisis was not over and the Environment Agency told people to continue taking extra care
Telegraph: In 1953, on the night of 31 January, a massive storm surge raced down the North Sea, overtopping defences along a thousand miles of coastline, and submerging 380 square miles of Britain’s broad acres. Three hundred and twenty-six people were killed. Last night an even higher surge struck in very similar circumstances.
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United Kingdom: After the deluge: time to look again at our flood defences
Nature World News: Australian researchers have found large reserves of freshwater beneath oceans. Water scarcity is growing by the day. Previously, other researchers had estimated that rising global temperatures would leave 500 million or more people without access to drinking water
Large Freshwater Reserves Buried Beneath Oceans
EnergyWire: In the fight over hydraulic fracturing in California, opponents of the drilling process frequently argue that restrictions are needed because of the potential for a massive oil boom in the state. There could be rapid expansion, they warn, if oil companies find a way to extract petroleum trapped in the state’s Monterey Shale formation
Atlantic: Seems like humans aren’t the only ones anxious because of climate change. Beneath the briny waves could lie legions of stressed-out fish, whose bodies aren’t up to coping with the ongoing acidification of the oceans
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Climate Change Is Creating Anxious Fish
InsideClimate: As environmentalists began ratcheting up pressure against Canada’s tar sands three years ago, one of the world’s biggest strategic consulting firms was tapped to help the North American oil industry figure out how to handle the mounting activism. The resulting document, published online by WikiLeaks, offers another window into how oil and gas companies have been scrambling to deal with unrelenting opposition to their growth plans
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Worst-case scenario for oil sands industry revealed in leaked document
Guardian: US energy company Chevron has resumed its search for shale gas at a controversial site in north-east Romania after hundreds of riot police forcefully removed protesters from the village of Pungesti. For more than two months, the village, which is believed to be sitting on large reserves of the valuable natural resource, has been the site of largely peaceful protests.
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United Kingdom: Protesters removed from fracking site