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6 steps to “Make Our Planet Great Again” – Land Use Change Matters

Conservation International highlights a recent article in Nature where Christiana Figueres and colleagues set out a six-point plan for turning the tide of the world’s carbon dioxide by 2020.

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A Climate-Smart Framework for Land Trusts

Point Blue’s new climate-smart publication, Integrating Climate Adaptation into Land Conservation – A Climate-Smart Framework for Land Trusts, aims to provide land trusts and other land conservation practitioners with a guide to integrating climate change projections and climate adaptation approaches into the process of private land conservation.

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A Colorado summer: Drought, wildfires and smoke in 2020

Recent research suggests fire frequency could increase 25% and large fires could triple in frequency specifically across the Southwest in the years ahead. Even though wildfires are a natural part of the many ecosystems, climate change has driven and likely will continue to drive a wildfire increase. This increase not only can negatively impact human infrastructure but can also damage animal habitat and spread invasive plant species. Wildfires in Colorado are teaching management lessons for conservation in a changing climate.

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A Guide to Assessing Green Infrastructure Costs and Benefits for Flood Reduction

This guide lays out a six-step watershed-based approach for documenting the costs of flooding, projecting increased flooding and associated costs under future land use and climate conditions, and calculating the long-term benefits and costs of a green infrastructure approach.

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A Landowner’s Guide to Carbon Sequestration Credits

This guide offers information to help landowners understand and make the decision whether or not to enroll their land in carbon sequestration programs.

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A Risk Assessment of Climate Change and the Impact of Forest Diseases on Forest Ecosystems in the Western United States and Canada

A Risk Assessment of Climate Change and the Impact of Forest Diseases projects the effects of eight forest diseases under two climate-change scenarios. Examples are used to describe how various types of forest diseases may respond to environmental changes with a focus on western forests.

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A warming Midwest increases likelihood that farmers will need to irrigate

Warming conditions will necessitate a much greater demand for water in the Midwest, a new study in Ecospheres reports.

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Accreditation Indicator Practices

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission independently verifies practices from Land Trust Standards and Practices demonstrate a land trust’s ability to ensure long-term land protection.

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Acidification

Ocean acidification has been linked to the disturbance of food webs and changing species distributions. Together with other biogeochemical changes, increasing ocean acidification may compromise the health of marine ecosystems as well as negatively impact many ocean goods and services and the communities that rely on them.

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