Climate Change Doubles Cost of Conserving Nature Arlington, VA / San Francisco, CA / Stellenbosch, South Africa — Climate change will make conservation of biodiversity, and all the associated human benefits such as clean water and clean air, more challenging and expensive, with costs increasing by more than 100 percent in some cases, according to three new studies by a group of international researchers convened by Conservation International. Researchers called the studies a "wake-up call" for cost-efficient biodiversity conservation and climate stabilization. The researchers focused on species and ecosystems in South Africa, Madagascar and California. The results were presented in three papers published together in the journal Conservation Biology today under the title Conservation Focus: Costs of Adapting Conservation to Climate Change. The studies are among the first to estimate the costs of conserving biodiversity under the effects of climate change. Available content for media (***Please Provide Image Credits***)
Download and resampling of MODIS images - spatial-analyst.net his article explains how to automate download, mosaicking, resampling and import of MODIS product to a GIS. We focus on the one of the most known MODIS products for terrestrial environmental applications: the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI), which is the improved NDVI (Huete et al., 2002; see the complete list of MODIS products). EVI corrects distortions in the reflected light caused by the particles in the air as well as the ground cover below the vegetation. RADOST Akteursanalyse - Teil II: Interessen, Nutzungsansprüche, Ziele und Konflikte relevanter Akteure der deutschen Ostseeküste vor dem Hintergrund des Klimawandels How do relevant stakeholders on the Baltic Sea Coast perceive climate change in their region? What adaptation measures are well known and which should be implemented? Additionally, who are the relevant stakeholders? These and other questions are answered in the first part of the RADOST stakeholder analysis, which was written by staff members of Ecologic Institute. The report is available for download.
Hypoxia Resources/Publications/Press Resources Handouts Videos Images Publications Blame Canada by Stephen Leahy – May 30, 2012 The Country Has Become a Petro-State, Happily Drilling for Profits as the World Warms What has happened to Canada? To the dismay of many Canadians, a country with an international reputation for its relatively progressive environmental policies (at least compared to the United States) is rushing headlong to dig up all the oil, gas, and coal it can. The country’s leaders can scarcely muster the effort to pretend to want to limit greenhouse gas emissions. And the Canadian media has largely gone along with the program.
Ecosystem Services of Arctic Sea Ice Need Urgent Economic Valuation London, UK (PRWEB UK) 3 June 2011 The ecosystem services provided by the Arctic sea ice urgently need to be given an economic value, urged polar explorer Pen Hadow today, on the eve of World Environment Day. World Environment Day 2011 (5 June) is themed on forests and the services they provide to the globe.
EUROPE 06/11/06 Climate change and the EU's response Brussels, 6 November 2006 What is the problem? Climate change is already happening and its impacts are expected to become progressively more severe as temperatures rise further. Over the 20 th century the global average temperature rose by about 0.6°C and the mean temperature in Europe increased by more than 0.9°C. Globally, the 1990s were the warmest decade since 1861 when temperatures started to be measured, and the 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1991.
Do we live in a 'green economy'? New report assesses progress in Europe Green economy is set to be one of the two main themes at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June this year. Simply put, a 'green economy' is one in which environmental, economic and social policies and innovations enable society to use resources efficiently, while maintaining the natural systems that sustain us. "The focus on green economy in Rio reflects the issue's importance as a key environmental priority, and is particularly timely, given that it can provide a path to renewed economic growth and job creation in response to the current severe economic crises facing Europe," EEA Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade said. The 'Environmental indicator report 2012' presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency, and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.
Are We Nearing a Planetary Boundary? Josh Haner/The New York TimesReddish and brownish trees in this forest in Montana have been killed by the mountain pine beetle. The beetle population has soared in part because temperatures no longer plunge as low in the winter, so fewer get killed off. The earth could be nearing a point at which sweeping environmental changes, possibly including mass extinctions, would undermine human welfare, 22 prominent biologists and ecologists warned on Wednesday. Acknowledging in a new paper that both the likelihood and timing of such a planetary “state shift” were uncertain, the scientists nonetheless described warning signs that it could arrive within a few human generations, if not sooner. The problems are familiar by now: they include a planetary warming that, while slow on the scale of a human lifetime, is extremely rapid on a geologic time scale, the scientists said. The Nature special issue was under wraps until Wednesday afternoon, and most scientists have not seen it yet.
Climate Change Linked to Waterborne Diseases in Inuit Communities This story is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues. As global warming triggers heavier rainfall and faster snowmelt in the Arctic, Inuit communities in Canada are reporting more cases of illness attributed to pathogens that have washed into surface water and groundwater, according to a new study. The findings corroborate past research that suggests indigenous people worldwide are being disproportionately affected by climate change. This is because many of them live in regions where the effects are felt first and most strongly, and they might come into closer contact with the natural environment on a daily basis. For example, some indigenous communities lack access to treated water because they are far from urban areas.
Managing stakeholder power & influence Author: Jim Riley Last updated: Sunday 23 September, 2012 How should a business respond to these variations in stakeholder power and influence? The matrix below provides some guidance on the approaches often taken: In handling its stakeholders, a business also has to accept that it will have to make choices. It is rare that “win-win” solutions can be found for key business decisions. Almost certainly the business cannot meet the needs of every stakeholder group and most decisions will end up being “win-lose”: i.e. supporting one stakeholder means another misses out.
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