Climate change link to puffin deaths — BBC News – Science & Environment

The tufted puffin
GETTY IMAGES. The tufted puffin is common along the northern Pacific coast

Climate change played a role in the deaths of thousands of puffins in Alaska, according to a study.

Scientists believe the birds starved to death when the fish they eat migrated north with rising sea temperatures.

The bodies of dead, emaciated puffins began washing up on beaches on Saint Paul Island in autumn 2016.

Up to 9,000 puffins and other seabirds died over the course of a few months, US scientists say.

And climate-driven shifts in fish populations, combined with the onset of moulting, may have caused this mass die-off.

“Mass mortality events are increasing in frequency and magnitude, potentially linked with ongoing climate change,” researchers led by Timothy Jones of the University of Washington, Seattle, wrote in the journal Plos One.

via Climate change link to puffin deaths — BBC News – Science & Environment

California’s Latest Weapon Against Climate Change Is Low-Tech Farm Soil — News : NPR

To help meet its ambitious climate goals, California is paying farmers to grow cover crops. The aim is to promote healthier soil that can absorb more carbon from the atmosphere.(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

via California’s Latest Weapon Against Climate Change Is Low-Tech Farm Soil — News : NPR

Ready, Set, Adapt! Climate Change is Coming to a Garden Near You — Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

In 2018, local gardeners contacted the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Help Desk, Plant Clinics and Demonstration Gardens with hundreds of weather-related plant questions. Are these signs of climate change? Probably.

via Ready, Set, Adapt! Climate Change is Coming to a Garden Near You — Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

A Third of the Himalayan Glaciers Will Melt by the End of the Century, a New Report Finds — TIME

At least one-third of the Himalayan glaciers, among the world’s most vital water resources, are projected to melt by the end of the century even if the most ambitions steps to halt global warming are achieved, a new report finds. And if nothing is done, with green house gas emissions continuing at pace, that loss…

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Trump blames California’s water policies for wildfires

A President bullying people and a state in a time of utter disaster and devastation, blaming them for events that are beyond their control.  Such cruelty and callous disregard for loss of life, property and dignity is totally un-presidential behaviour, yet sadly, such has seemingly become the norm for this administration.

by Timothy Cama – The Hill 

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President Trump is solidifying his opposition to California’s environmental policies, saying they are to blame for the state’s historic wildfires.

Trump initiated the spat on Sunday when he tweeted that the fires “are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws,” which cause water to be “diverted into the Pacific Ocean,” and prevent trees from being cleared.

Read the full article from The Hill here.

This Deer Just Trying to Stay Cool Did Some Laps in a Pool — TIME

Look, we’re all going through it with the summer heat wave. All of us: adults, children, dogs… deer. That’s certainly the case for one New Jersey woodland creature who decided to take a dip in a residential pool earlier this week, just chilling amongst the pool floaties in an apparent attempt to beat the all-consuming…

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