Fires in Brazil’s Amazon Surge to Highest Rate in 13 Years JUL 02, 2020 In Brazil, new government data show fires in the Amazon region jumped by 20% in June to a 13-year high for the month. Campaigners say most of the fires were deliberately set by illegal miners and cattle ranchers, with the encouragement […]

via The Amazon is on fire Again!!! — Eslkevin’s Blog

The latest issue of BioNews, number 35, is now available. In case you haven’t noticed, we always strive to keep aware of what’s going on in Caribbean environmental issues. [Of course, Lisa is a specialist in the area, having served as director of the Environmental Studies program at Vassar College.] For me, as a non-specialist, it […]

via New Issue: BioNews # 35 (Dutch Caribbean) — Repeating Islands

In many areas, Australia’s temperate zones and coastal ecosystems have been extensively altered, many wetlands have been degraded. Climate change, and introduced plants and animals (invasives), are the agents of the radical changes that are tearing through Australia’s environment. The result? Dramatic declines in the distribution and abundance of many species, with natural resources such […]

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The report on the latest population estimate for harp seals off the east coast of North America was released in late March without fanfare and therefore no media attention. This was one of the missing scientific reports mentioned in my State of the Polar Bear Report 2019 released in February (Crockford 2020): results of surveys […]

via New report: Harp seal population critical to Davis Strait polar bears is still increasing — polarbearscience

From CBSNews.com: [John] Fleck has spent years studying the Colorado River, a crucial source of water for much of the region around it. He said that Lake Mead and Lake Powell’s reservoirs have what he described as “big bathtub rings” around them, left behind as the water declines. “There is less water in the system […]

via Ominous trend in American West could signal a looming “megadrought” — CBS News #ColoradoRiver #COriver — Coyote Gulch

Carbon dioxide emissions are killing off coral reefs and kelp forests as heat waves and ocean acidification damage marine ecosystems, scientists have warned. Writing in Scientific Reports, researchers say that three centuries of industrial development have already had a marked effect on our seas. But if CO2 levels continue to rise as predicted, the coming […]

via Study shows ocean acidification is having major impact on marine life — Ocean acidification