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As climate changes, boreal forests to shift north

PhysOrg: It’s difficult to imagine how a degree or two of warming will affect a location. Will it rain less? What will happen to the area’s vegetation Continue reading

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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Local and Regional Policy – a book review

Mongabay: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Local and Regional Policy, edited by Heidi Wittmar and Haripriya Gundimeda, provides thoughtful and actionable approaches to integrate nature‚Äôs benefits into decision-making frameworks for local and regional policy and public management institutions. Filled with numerous case studies, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Local and Regional Policy, delivers a compendium of concepts and ideas. These case studies focus on steps that can be implemented… Continue reading

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Climate Already Altering U.S. Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Report Says

Yale Environment 360: Climate change is causing plant and animal species across the U.S. to shift their geographic ranges and life events — from flowering to migration — are being transformed at a faster rate than observed even a few years ago, a new analysis by 60 scientists says Continue reading

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‘Red List’ of Endangered Ecosystems Proposed

Yahoo!: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature moved closer to approving its new Red List of Ecosystems, which measures an ecosystem’s risk of collapse, this week at the World Conservation Congress in South Korea. The IUCN is known for its authoritative Red List of Threatened Species, which created globally accepted criteria for assessing extinction risk Continue reading

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Ecosystems can change at ‘tipping point’

United Press International: Tropical ecosystems have two basic varieties, forest or grassland, but can switch abruptly between the two with little middle ground, European scientists say. Researchers say the “tipping point” phenomenon means many of the ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to future changes such as rising temperature or other climatic variations, NewScientist.com reported Thursday. With only slight shifts in rainfall or other factors, for example, people living in a grassland might suddenly find themselves… Continue reading

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Three California ecosystems endangered, report finds

LA Times: In a classic example of?winning?a sweepstakes you don’t want to be in,?a report released Wednesday found that California has more endangered ecosystems than any other state, claiming three of the top 10 imperiled places. The report, prepared by the Endangered Species Coalition, examined the effects of climate change on endangered species and came up with no surprises: Arctic Sea ice, shallow coral reefs and the Everglades Continue reading

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