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Carbon Emission Growth Contained 
In a little bit of good news on the global warming front, recent figures show that international carbon emissions have kept close to the same, year-on-year. As economic growth was also taking place, this indicates that efforts to limit emissions are showing some effect. Ars Technica has the story: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/11/global-carbon-emissions-slowed-for-third-straight-year-to-near-stall/

Mapping Carbon Emissions 
The Smithsonian has an article featuring a vivid NASA visualization of how carbon emissions develop and circulate around the planed. It’s all pretty sobering: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visualization-worlds-carbon-emissions-chillingly-beautiful-180957374/?no-ist

Neonicotinoids’ Effects on Bees Measured 
In findings that may prove controversial, French researchers have concluded that while neonicotinoid pesticides do harm individual bees, hives as a whole can compensate. With neonics widely implicated in colony collapse disorder, there may be more to come on this story. The BBC elaborates: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34846629

Bumblebees on Neonicotinoids Pollinate Less 
At the same time the French were drawing their conclusions, British researchers were finding that bumblebees exposed to neonics weren’t able to pollinate as well, to the point of adversely affecting crop success. The BBC explains: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34857858

Bumblebees Used to Deliver Natural Pesticides 
In an interesting twist, a Vancouver, B.C. company is using what they call “Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT)” to have bumblebees deliver natural pesticides, beneficial microbes and fungi. Gizmag has the scoop: http://www.gizmag.com/bumblebees-pesticide-deliveries/40143/

Making Sense of Seemingly Conflicting Antarctic Ice News 
One article proclaims that the Antarctic ice sheet is getting thicker; another points to record ice loss. Of course, with a continent the size of Antarctica it all depends on where you look. The Smithsonian has an article which helps resolve the apparent conflict: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happening-antarcticas-ice-sheets-180957139/

Agencies to Map Oregon Cold Water Fish Refuges 
Oregon’s standards for measuring water temperature were recently found lacking in a NOAA analysis. Part of the problem is a lack of data on where fish can find refuge from warm water conditions on the Columbia and Willamette basins. The Oregonian elaborates on the efforts toward improvement: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/11/state_feds_to_map_cold_water_f.html#incart_river

Seabirds Dumping Toxins Back on Land 
In an environmental irony with chilling ramifications, some of the toxic pollution we have foisted upon our seas is coming back to haunt us, in seabird guano. The returned toxins are, in turn, contaminating terrestrial food webs tapped by humans. The Smithsonian explains: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seabirds-are-dumping-pollution-laden-poop-back-land-180957288/

 

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