Here are links to recently published articles about science, climate and the environment:
UC Santa Barbara: New Study Demonstrates the Role of Urban Greenery in CO2 Exchange
Although it is not nearly enough to offset total amounts of CO2 being released into the atmosphere through fossil fuel burning, vegetation is important in the uptake of the greenhouse gas, though different types of vegetation play different roles, conclude scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the University of Minnesota.
Green (New York Times blog): Goodbye to Mountain Forests?
A research ecologist with the United States Geological Survey in Los Alamos, N.M., says forests in the region have not been regenerating after the vast wildfires over the last decade and a half; instead, they are being replaced with grasslands and shrubs lands.
Science Daily: Drought Monitor Shows Record-Breaking Expanse of Drought Across United States
More of the United States is in moderate drought or worse than at any other time in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Nearly 56 percent the land area of the 48 contiguous states is in moderate drought or worse.
Science Daily: Seabirds Study Shows Plastic Pollution Reaching Surprising Levels Off Coast of Pacific Northwest
By examining the stomach contents of beached northern fulmars (a gull-like sea bird) on the coasts of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, a researcher at the University of British Columbia says plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea.
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences : West coast experiencing decreasing trends in salmon spawning
The number of adult sockeye salmon produced per spawner has been decreasing over the last decade or more along the western coast of North America, from Washington state up through British Columbia and southeast Alaska.
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