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— Dan Rather interveiws Chris Field about climate change. The interview was published by the Huffington Post. more »

— “I started out thinking that it was all about information, and if we only got the right information to the right people, then the right things would happen,” Ken Caldeira tells WIRED Magazine." more »

— 50 years after the first U.S. president was warned about climate change, it is "the defining issue of our time," Chris Field told attendees. more »

— “This is humanity as a geologic force,” Ken Caldeira tells the New York Times. “We’re not a subtle influence on the climate system – we are really hitting it with a hammer.” more »

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Toxic waters and climate change, how are they linked?

It is imperative that society learn more about how climate change contributes to episodic and very severe water quality impairments, such as the harmful algal bloom that caused Florida to declare a state of emergency earlier this month, says Anna Michalak in a commentary published by Nature. “The scientific community has made remarkable progress in understanding the role of climate in the occurrence and intensity of droughts, storms, and other extreme events relating to water quantity,” Michalak writes. “It is time for a similar examination of extremes in water quality.” more »

Spectranomics at 10: Unlocking Biodiversity with Remote Sensing

July 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of a scientific idea hatched in a distant valley along Kauai Island’s northern coast in the central Pacific. Kauai’s Limahuli Valley was the birthplace of Spectranomics—to map the linkages between plant species, canopy traits, and their spectral properties. Today more than 13,000 canopy specimens later, each meticulously collected and transported from sites arrayed around the world and then analyzed in our laboratory and archived in a Frozen Forest of more than 3,000,000 tissue samples, representing about 10,000 species, and more than a third of forest canopy species thought to occur on Earth, the resulting Spectranomics database continues to yield new discoveries about plant canopy traits, spectral properties, and their relatedness. more »


It turns out that forests in the Andean and western Amazonian regions of South America break long-understood rules about how ecosystems are put together, according to new research led by Greg Asner and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their findings could help scientists understand how tropical forests will respond to global climate change. One of forest ecology’s fundamental undertakings has long focused on how tree growth is influenced by a host of environmental factors ranging from soils and elevation to hydrology and climate. These factors create an economy of resources that the trees must exploit through different strategies, some of which are optimized for quick growth while others favor slow growth. more »

Climate assessment must be relevant and useful to policymakers

Climate change assessments must be more relevant to policymakers’ needs, say DGE’s Katharine Mach and Stéphane Hallegatte of the World Bank’s Climate Change Policy Team. In a commentary published by Nature and signed by colleagues, Mach and Hallegatte argue that coming off the Paris agreement late last year, ambition for fighting climate change is high. The authors assert that groups like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should capitalize on this increased enthusiasm by integrating studies and presenting their results in ways that are useful to policymakers. more »