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  • Oct 25 - From now on, global average CO2 concentration above 400pm
    The average carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere throughout 2015 was 400 parts per million. This according to the World Meteorological Organization. Between 1990 and 2015 there was a 37% increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on our climate – because of long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide (N2O) from industrial, agricultural and domestic activities. The increase of  CO2 from 2014 to 2015 was larger than the previous year and the average over the previous 10 years. Atmospheric methane reached a new high of about 1845 parts per billion (ppb) in 2015 and is now 256% of the pre-industrial level. Nitrous oxide's atmospheric concentration in 2015 was about 328 parts per billion. This is 121% of pre-industrial levels.
  • Oct 5 - First-ever universal legally binding global climate deal into effect by Nov 2016
    "The UNFCCC Paris Agreement on fighting climate change, the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal, will come into force next month, having met the necessary conditions much earlier than predicted, as the European Parliament agreed to its ratification by the European Union in a historic vote on Tuesday. The EU will join the US, China and India, other global players and major greenhouse gas emitters, at a November meeting of Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) in Marrakesh."
  • Sep 13 - New IUCN Report on Warming Oceans
  • Sep 13 - Hottest August on record
  • Sep 1 - Krill habitat under threat in Antarctica

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Effects of climate and vegetation on martens and fishers in the Sierra Nevada, California

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CBI investigated the effects of climate and vegetation on the distribution of martens (Martes caurina) and fishers (Martes pennanti) in the Sierra Nevada in California ...

Integrated Scenarios Dataset Collection

What might the Northwestern US look like over the course of the 21st century as a result of anthropogenic climate change? To address this question a coordinated effort using state of the science models including the latest climate, hydrologic and vegetation models was used to illustrate potential scenarios of the future Northwest environment. The end product was a ...

Delivering Usable Climate Change Information to Sagebrush Managers

Climate change is adding uncertainty to the long-term effectiveness of current land management strategies. Information is needed to adjust these strategies for projected increased climate variability, longer droughts, more intense rainfall events, warmer summers, reduced water provision and changes in fire regime. Our goal is to discover how climate change information ...

Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs(MACA) Downscaling Method

Climate scenarios from global climate models (GCM) provide the primary scientific basis for our understanding of future climates. However, output data from GCMs are at coarse scales (i.e. 100-300 km) resulting in significant biases in regions of complex climate such as the Northwestern US making direct application of such data intractable. To overcome these ...

DRECP Climate Console Guide and Case Study

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Climate Console is a user friendly web based mapping application designed to allow users to explore climate projections to better understand how climate change could alter ecosystems in the California desert. Leveraging the power of ...