Insect Armageddon, 75 percent decline in Germany

Scientists warn that insects could be facing “Armageddon” after a new study found that more than 75 percent of the insect population in Germany has declined in the last two decades. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/scientists-warn-insect-armageddon-after-dramatic-drop-populations-n812401 More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809 Music composed by Piotr Wojtowicz aka…

The Era of Megafires

Paul Hessburg, Research Landscape Ecologist, USDA-Forest Service talks at Restoring the West Conference 2017. Context: More than a century of forest and fire management of Inland Pacific landscapes has transformed their successional and disturbance dynamics. Regional connectivity of many terrestrial and aquatic habitats is fragmented, flows of some ecological and physical processes have been altered…

The Sciences of the Anthropocene explained

In this opening lecture of the Environmental Change Institute’s MSc in Environmental Change and Management, Professor Yadvinder Malhi discusses the emerging concept of the Anthropocene. In his lecture he explores the history of the concept, how it is used in disciplines ranging from the Earth system sciences, geology, ecology, social sciences and in the wider…

Ocean oxygen falling two to three times faster than predicted

The trend of oxygen falling is about two to three times faster than what we predicted from the decrease of solubility associated with the ocean warming. References Ocean oxygen decline greater than predicted (2017) http://climatenewsnetwork.net/ocean-oxygen-decline-greater-predicted/ Ocean Deoxygenation: Our Ocean’s Oxygen Supply & Demand Issue (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrHGwFrqIgg Low Oxygen Hypoxia in Marine Waters (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6RJi9k_VNE Image…

Over 200 Arctic lakes seeping methane gas

Satellite images have revealed more than 200 strange, bright blue lakes in Russia’s Arctic regions that are leaking methane gas. References Discovered: 200-plus Arctic lakes which bubble like jacuzzis from seeping methane gas http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/discovered-200-plus-arctic-lakes-which-bubble-like-jacuzzis-from-seeping-methane-gas/ Photos Reveal More Than 200 Bright Blue Arctic Lakes Have Started Bubbling With Methane Gas http://www.sciencealert.com/photos-reveal-more-than-200-bright-blue-arctic-lakes-have-started-bubbling-with-methane-gas New explanation for Siberia’s mystery…

Climate change could suffocate life on planet Earth

EurekAlert (Release): Falling oxygen levels caused by global warming could be a greater threat to the survival of life on planet Earth than flooding, according to researchers from the University of Leicester. A study led by Sergei Petrovskii, Professor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Leicester’s Department of Mathematics, has shown that an increase in…

What has the West Virginia chemical spill to do with climate change?

Both involve the Koch Brothers In 2008, Freedom Industries was specially selected by Georgia-Pacific Chemicals as a distributor of G-P’s Talon brand mining reagents for West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota, Kentucky and Michigan. Georgia-Pacific Chemicals is, of course, a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific, which was acquired by Koch Industries in 2005.  URL Billionaire oilman David Koch used to joke that…