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House Dems Try To Link Natural Disasters To Climate Change In Hearing

CCD Editor’s Note: Yesterday, the House Oversight and Reform Environmental Subcommittee held a Hearing on Recovery, Resilience, and Readiness – Contending with Natural Disasters in the Wake of Climate Change. It’s fascinating to watch Michael ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann try to…

The Ozark chestnut, thought to be long gone, is making a comeback

The Ozark chinquapin (Castanea ozarkensis), also called the Ozark chestnut, was once a common species found in the Ozark forests. The tree, which bloomed in late May to early June, was native to mountain regions of Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma…

Undercounting of agroforestry skews climate change mitigation planning and reporting

(University of Vermont) Scientists expose the lack of measurement of and reporting on agroforestry in international climate agreements. This has strong implications for accounting for both how much carbon IS being sequestered and how much COULD BE sequestered, given national planning and potential climate finance.

How trees affect the weather

(University of Utah) New research led by University of Utah biologists William Anderegg, Anna Trugman and David Bowling find that some plants and trees are prolific spendthrifts in drought conditions — ‘spending’ precious soil water to cool themselves and, in the process, making droughts more intense.

Sunday book review – Irreplaceable by Julian Hoffman

This is a book about saving wild places across the world. In its chapters we travel from a couple of places in Kent to Glasgow, the Gwent Levels, the Fens of Cambridgeshire but also the mid West of the USA,…

This Week on Explore (6/21)

The Honey Bee cam is back and newly improved! Come take an intimate look inside a Carniolan honeybee hive situated in a large hollow log in the town of Buchloe, Germany. A small group of conservationists from the Philippine Eagle Foundation and a…

Camera trap captures rare high-definition photos of a jaguar in the wild

Jaguars are the third-largest cat species on Earth, smaller only than lions and tigers, and the largest one left in the Americas. They’re incredibly sneaky despite their size, though, and, excel at fading into the background. They may have been…

Heat kills invasive jumping worm cocoons, could help limit spread

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) New research out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum shows that temperatures of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit kill the cocoons of invasive jumping worms. That’s good news for ecologists and horticulturalists who are working to slow or stop the spread of the worms, which can damage the soils they invade.