Tag: ecosystems

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, December 20

Written by | December 20th, 2011

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Permafrost thaw — just how scary is it?

  1. Melting permafrost is one of the least understood facets of climate change. (Washington Post)
  2. Before dinosaurs, there were dicynodonts. (The Telegraph)
  3. These tiny spiders aren’t fat, they’re just big-brained! (National Geographic)
  4. Camera trap films the nocturnal and secretive pygmy hippo. (Mongabay)
  5. 40% of existing landscapes will change from one major ecosystem to another due to global warming. (TreeHugger)

Bangkok Dispatch: Climate Negotiations Resume

Written by | October 2nd, 2009

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We are back on the negotiating trail, this time in Bangkok, continuing international discussions that happened in Bonn in June and August. I arrived here late last night wondering what I would wake up to in the morning. So much has been happening recently on climate change, from last week’s “Climate Week” in New York […]

Adapting to Climate Change? Don’t Forget People

Written by | August 4th, 2009

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I am guessing that few if any people reading this would picture people when they think about an ecosystem. I know when I think ecosystems, I think plants, animals, rivers, etc., but not people. Ecosystems are about nature. People aren’t nature, right? But, by definition, there is nothing that excludes people from being part of […]

Bears and Bed Stands

Written by | January 14th, 2009

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How did I find myself in this recent condition — the Franken-scar, the bloody wound, the watermelon-sized head? Did I meet the grizzly bear my mother warned me about? It was, alas, nothing so dramatic. In short: I fought the wall, and the wall won. My mom did warn me about the grizzlies, though. I […]

Cool Green Afternoon: Wednesday, January 7

Written by | January 7th, 2009

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Good afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Conservationist and all the sustainably fishing ships at sea! Here’s what we’re finding in the green blogosphere and beyond that you should know about: Maybe That’s Why They Call it Fuel: Could coffee be the next big biofuel source? Will It Be a Gas? Grist says that Rep. Nancy Pelosi […]

COP-14: Big Guns Called In; U.S. Has Bad News on Climate Change Legislation

Written by | December 10th, 2008

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POZNAN, Poland — The big names begin arriving in Poznan today as negotiations ramp up in the final three days of the international climate change meeting. And U.S. congressional staffers warn that passage of cap-and-trade climate change legislation is unlikely to happen in the next 12 months. Former Vice President Al Gore is scheduled to […]

COP-14 Update: Adaptation Key to Negotiations

Written by | December 8th, 2008

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POZNAN, POLAND — As the second and final week of COP-14 kicks off in Poland today, developing countries have called for ecosystem-based adaptation to be a critical part of a post-2012 climate change agreement. During government negotiations last week, delegates with the “G77 and China” group, which represents all of the world’s developing countries, said […]

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