Key impacts of climate engineering on biodiversity and ecosystems, with priorities for future research

first_imgClimate change has significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems. With slow progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, climate engineering (or ‘geoengineering’) is receiving increasing attention for its potential to limit anthropogenic climate change and its damaging effects. Proposed techniques, such as ocean fertilization for carbon dioxide removal or stratospheric sulfate injections to reduce incoming solar radiation, would significantly alter atmospheric, terrestrial and marine environments, yet potential side-effects of their implementation for ecosystems and biodiversity have received little attention. A literature review was carried out to identify details of the potential ecological effects of climate engineering techniques. A group of biodiversity and environmental change researchers then employed a modified Delphi expert consultation technique to evaluate this evidence and prioritize the effects based on the relative importance of, and scientific understanding about, their biodiversity and ecosystem consequences. The key issues and knowledge gaps are used to shape a discussion of the biodiversity and ecosystem implications of climate engineering, including novel climatic conditions, alterations to marine systems and substantial terrestrial habitat change. This review highlights several current research priorities in which the climate engineering context is crucial to consider, as well as identifying some novel topics for ecological investigation.last_img read more

Todays Vanderburgh County Commissioners Meeting Agenda

first_img AGENDA Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items Final Reading of Ordinances CO.03-19-004: An Ordinance Amending Vanderburgh County’s Ordinance Concerning Encroachments Computer Services: Revised Amendment to Master Agreement for Information Technology Services with Advanced Network & Computer Services, Inc. County Health:Ferdinand-Pike State Forest Professional Services Contract Administrative Assistant Contract with Taylor Aguillon  Area Plan Commission: Surplus Request a Fax Machine County Engineering:Department ReportPay Request # 55 U.S. 41 Expansion T.I.F. for the sum of $53,415.78Pay Request #43 University Parkway T.I.F. for the sum of $370,801.74Claims  Department Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessConsent ItemsApproval of February 26, 2019 Meeting MinutesEmployment Changes Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana: February 2019 Monthly Report County Clerk: January 2019 Monthly Report County Treasurer: January 2019 Monthly Report County Auditor: Claims Voucher Reports: 2/25/19-3/1/19 & 3/4/19-3/8/19County Commissioners: Request to Waive Fees, not overtime, for ONEP Ballroom for Job Fair on August 22Letter of Support for Department of Corrections GrantAppropriation Request: RentTransfer Request: Economic Development to Old Courthouse and Coliseum MaintenanceLetter to the National Square Dance Convention  Road Closure Request: St. Jude Give Hope Run on 4/27/19Bring Fitness 2 Life EVSC 5K on 5/4/19 St. Wendel Grillin’ & Chillin 5K Run/Walk on 6/01/19 United Neighborhoods of Evansville: February 2019 Monthly Report  County Treasurer: Tax Bill Printing Contract County Auditor: Financial Advisory and Accounting Services: GAAP Financial Statements Agreement with Umbaugh  Public CommentAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Crosstown to raise funds for Oz bushfires relief efforts

first_imgCrosstown Doughnuts is bringing its limited-edition Tim Tam and Lamington doughnuts back in celebration of Australia Day, with a portion of sales going to bushfire relief efforts.Fifty pence from sales of individual doughnuts, £1.50 from the Australia Day six-pack and £3 from each Australia Day 12-pack will be donated to Wires – Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. The non-profit has launched an emergency appeal to help it rescue animals that have been caught up in the wildfires currently ravaging Australia’s landscape.The doughnuts will be on sale from 24 to 26 January, the latter of which is Australia Day. They are:Tim Tam: Crosstown said it has shipped a “mountain of Tim Tams straight from Aussie shores” for this limited-edition doughnut. It features Crosstown’s cocoa sourdough filled with a chocolate custard made from Tim Tams, topped with a Tim Tam milk chocolate ganache and crushed Tim Tam pieces. Tim Tam is made by Australian biscuit company Arnott’s and consists of two biscuits with a chocolate cream filling and a chocolate coating.The Lamnut: Based on Australian cakes called lamingtons, the Lamnut sees Crosstown cake dough, with a layer of homemade raspberry jam through the middle, dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut.“As an Australian in London, it has been very hard to see the level of destruction that is occurring while getting first-hand reports from friends and family,” said JP Then, Crosstown Doughnut co-founder.Although we are physically far away, it’s important we do our small part in supporting Wires through this challenging time. Our Australia Day doughnuts are always a real hit and, this year, the launch will be more meaningful than ever.”last_img read more