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Climate Change Art 
One of the more interesting approaches for displaying climate change data comes from artist/scientist Jill Pelto, as the Smithsonian details: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-watercolor-paintings-actually-include-climate-change-data-180958374/

FERC Turns Down Jordan Cove LNG 
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied the developer of the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas terminal on the grounds the applicants had not demonstrated a need for the facility. The Oregonian reports: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2016/03/feds_deny_jordan_cove_lng_term.html#incart_most_shared-environment

Monarchs Rebounding 
While it is too soon to break out the champagne, word from monarch butterfly wintering sites is that populations are rebounding from the lows of 2013-14. The lovely insects still face many obstacles, particularly in the East, where milkweed, necessary habit for the monarchs, has been devastated by development, (Ars Technica has more on that). The Oregonian provides more: http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2016/03/monarch_butterflies_on_the_reb.html#incart_river_index

EPA to Ban Flubendiamide Pesticide 
Flubendiamide, a pesticide commonly used in agriculture, has proven toxic to freshwater invertebrates. The chemical was granted conditional registration in 2008, but data collected since has shown the substance to be hazardous. The Smithsonian expands on the topic: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-will-ban-common-pesticide-180958262/?no-ist

Continuing Sardine Collapse Threatens Ecosystem 
The West Coast sardine fishery is in dire collapse, and scientists fear for the ripple effect this could have for the marine ecosystem. The Oregonian covers the news: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2016/03/as_pacific_sardine_collapse_wo.html#incart_river_index

Northwest Bats Have White Nose Syndrome 
The plague that is devastating North American bat populations has made it to the Pacific Northwest. The Oregonian has more on the troubling development: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2016/03/northwest_bad_discovered_with.html#incart_river_home
At the same time, some researchers are holding out hope that a common bacterium can aid in the fight against WNS. National Geographic has more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150527-bats-white-nose-syndrome-treatment-conservation-animals-science/ [thanks to Stephanie Hazen for this link]

Aerosol Emissions Thought to Limit Global Warming 
Scientists are coming to the conclusion that aerosol emissions are blocking enough sunlight to mitigate some of the effects of greenhouse gases. This makes the task of cleaning up pollution sources more complex and the consequences more uncertain. Ars Technica explains: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/03/our-aerosol-emissions-are-blocking-a-third-of-the-climate-warming/
At the same time, news comes that carbon emissions, thanks to humans, are the highest they have been in 66 million years, as Reuters details: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-carbon-idUSKCN0WN1QR

New Plastic Munching Bacteria Found 
Researchers in Japan have discovered a promising bacterium that may offer an efficient means to degrade PET plastic into benign products. Ars Technica reports: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/03/does-newly-discovered-bacteria-recycle-plastic/

Fracking Earthquake Zones Mapped 
The USGS has released a map which shows where earthquakes are likely to occur in the continental US. In the middle of the map, far from areas of natural seismic activity, is a hot zone from fracking. You can see for yourself in this Smithsonian article: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-usgs-map-shows-man-made-earthquakes-rise-180958595/

 

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