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Data to Decisions: GEO Value Plans Workshop for 2016

 Jay Pearlman

Panel Discussion at a Socioeconomic Benefit Workshop in Washington, D.C., in 2014. Image Credit: Jay Pearlman

After Cecil Furor, U.S. Aims to Protect Lions Through Endangered Species Act

Originally Published by NYT > Environment

Five months after the death of Cecil the lion spurred outrage, the new rules will make it more difficult for hunters to bring lion trophies into the United States.


Lifeform of the week: Mistletoe

Originally Published by EarthSky

The quaint holiday decoration you invited into your home and hung over your doorways is a vicious parasite that leeches nutrients from innocent host trees. It is riddled with cytotoxins, and its seeds are dispersed via bird crap. Merry Christmas.


Global Forest Cover Estimates Vary Widely Based on Definitions, Study Shows

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360

Measurements of global forest cover can vary widely — by as much as 6 percent of the planet’s land area, a swath equal in size


On Thin Ice: Big Northern Lakes Are Being Rapidly Transformed

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360

As temperatures rise, the world’s iconic northern lakes are undergoing major changes that include swiftly warming waters, diminished ice cover, and outbreaks of harmful algae. Now, a global consortium of scientists is trying to assess the toll.

Europe’s oldest lake faces destruction to make way for tourists

Originally Published by New Scientist – Earth

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is one of the world’s most biodiverse lakes, but its unique ecosystems may soon be cemented over to make way for development

Human water use ‘greater than thought’

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment

New calculations show that our already sizeable water footprint is 18% bigger than previously recognised – at 10,700 cu km a year.

Record US temperatures are work of El Niño and polar vortex, experts say

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian

Two weather systems keep 2015 on track to be hottest year ever, with current El Niño phenomenon likely to be one of three strongest in half century



XPrize Challenges Researchers to Explore the Great Depths of the Ocean

On the first day of AGU’s 2015 Fall Meeting, X-Prize keynote speakers announced a $7 million prize that challenges competitors to revolutionize underwater exploration and mapping of the deep ocean floor.

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