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Coverage of land cover since April 11, 2021.

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IPCC relies on foregone conclusions to push preferred ‘climate’ narrative: op-ed

"...The first report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the science of climate change was released in 1990. The most recent one released two weeks ago, the 6th Assessment Report (“AR6”), thus marks more than 30 years of operations. I’ve been an expert reviewer for both the physical science and social science working groups since the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), which first went out for review in August 2005..."

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Restriction orders in place for Succour Lake and Flat Lake wildfire zones

"...The orders prohibit non-BC Wildfire personnel from entering Crown land covered by these orders unless they have written permission. Exemptions will be made for the following reasons: carrying out an industrial activity, supporting the government in the completion of fire suppression, travelling to or from a principal residence or recreational property not under an evacuation order, using a highway and engaging in range development defined under the Forest and Ranges Practices Act..."

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151 acres of biodiverse South Okanagan land donated to Nature Trust of B.C.

"...Wildflowers, rare grasslands and at risk species are part of the rich landscape of the Park Rill Floodplain which is now part of the Nature Trust of B. C. in the South Okanagan..."

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South Okanagan gains 151 acres of protected land to foster biodiversity and protect critical habitats The Nature Trust of Brit

"...The Nature Trust of BC, a leading non-profit land conservation organization, announced today that, with the help of donations from conservation-minded individuals, 61 hectares (151 acres) of ecologically important land, known as the Park Rill Floodplain, will be added to the White Lake Basin Biodiversity Ranch conservation complex in the South Okanagan. Connectivity of habitats is critically important for fostering biodiversity, so the conservation of this property will add to the resilience of wildlife in the ecosystems all around..."

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A for Quebec, F for Alberta: Study rates Canadian governments on conservation

"...Alberta, not so much. Although the province has more than 15 per cent of its land mass protected, the report points out Alberta has attempted to delist parks, open its Rocky Mountains to coal mining and walked away from plans that would have created some of the biggest new protected areas in the country..."

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Separating natural and man-made pollutants in the air

"...COVID-19 has changed the world in unimaginable ways. Some have even been positive, with new vaccines developed in record time. Even the extraordinary lockdowns, which have had severe effects on movement and commerce, have had beneficial effects on the environment and therefore, ironically, on health..."

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Southwestern Ontario farmers asked to donate portions of land for wetland conservation

"...The Kettle Creek watershed has less than 2 per cent wetland cover, and studies show that should be around 8 per cent..."

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‘Rapid and dramatic change’: U of S project aims to improve climate change predictions in western, northern Canada

"...Climate change also affects landscapes and land cover, he said, such as grasslands moving north and deciduous trees replacing evergreens in the boreal forest. DeBeer said the boreal forest is becoming less resistant to wildfires..."

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Groundwater monitoring with seismic instruments

"...The comparison with the data from seismometers showed that the saturation of the vadose zone can be well deduced from the seismic noise. "Only by merging the hydrological observations with the seismic measurements we could analyze the function of the vadose zone as a link between precipitation and groundwater reservoir," says Christoph Sens-Schönfelder. First author Luc Illien: "Understanding how the reservoir fills and drains is crucial for assessing its sustainability..."

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UK sets world's toughest climate target for 2035

"...The target adopts the recommendation of the independent Climate Change Committee, which proposes a range of measures and policy changes to nail the 78 percent target. These include:All new cars, vans and boilers to be low-carbon and largely electric by the early 2030sAll new trucks to be low-carbon by 2040Widespread shifting of industrial energy use to renewable electricity, with carbon capture and sequestration where this is impracticalA zero-carbon electricity grid by 2035, with offshore wind as the backbone of supply and greatly increased generation capacity to cope with an energy transition toward electricityLow-carbon hydrogen to scale up as a shipping and transport fuel, as well as for industrial use and potentially a replacement for natural gas in heating some buildingsImproved insulation to cut building energy lossesDietary changes reducing high-carbon meat and dairy consumption by 20% by 2030Reduction in car miles travelled and a slowing down of growth in demand for flights460,000 hectares of new mixed woodland to be planted by 2035, helping raise woodland coverage from 13% of UK land today to 15% by 2035260,000 hectares of farmland to be shifted to production of energy cropsPeatlands to be restored and sustainably managedThe new target will go before parliament soon, and will be enshrined into law by the end of June. "The UK’s sixth Carbon Budget is the product of the most comprehensive examination ever undertaken of the path to a fully decarbonised economy," said Climate Change Committee chairman Lord Deben..."

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A changing land

"...These maps tell a story of a changing world, with major events altering the landscape. The large areas around Yellowknife depict land cover transition from forest to mainly grassland and barren lands, thanks to the 2014 forest fires in the surrounding area. Unusually warm conditions and lack of rain triggered more than 130 forest fires in the Great Slave Lake region in the Northwest Territories..."

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Global warming could lead to the melting of more than a third of Antarctic ice shelves

"..."If temperatures continue to rise at the current rate, we could see even more platform collapse events in the next few years," says Gilbert. This echoes a previous study by Christoph Kittel, recently published in the journal The Cryosphere (2), which suggests that climate change in Antarctica may have been underestimated in previous IPCC reports for the year 2100. The climate scientists stress the importance of meeting the targets set by the Paris Agreement as soon as possible, which would limit global warming and the risks of destroying Antarctic platforms..."

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Impact of Land Use/Land Cover Changes on Climate Change Parameters

"...Urbanization and industrialization are responsible for a variety of environmental issues like air pollution, increased runoff and subsequent flooding, increase in temperature, and deterioration of water quality..."

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Impact Assessment of Check Dam in the Pappiredipatti Watershed (South India) Using LULC and NDVI Signatures

"...The scarcity of rainfall causes physiognomic changes that can be identified by satellite images with reference to vegetation signature and land use and land cover changes..."

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Development of an SDG interlinkages analysis model at the river basin scale: a case study in the Luanhe River Basin, China

"...Seven broad areas, namely land use and land cover change, climate change, ecosystem services, flood risks, water sector, urbanisation, and energy, were set as the scope of study..."

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The World?s Mountains in the Anthropocene

"...We examine indicators of the mountain cryosphere and hydrosphere, of mountain biodiversity, and of land use and land cover patterns, and show that mountain environments in the Anthropocene are changing on all continents at an unprecedented rate..."

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Tropical Cyclones and Coastal Vulnerability: Assessment and Mitigation

"...TC damage is primarily due to high wind gusts, rainfall, storm surges, waves and coastal flooding which pose serious risks to life, property and coastal ecosystems..."

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Urbanization in Himalaya?An Interregional Perspective to Land Use and Urban Growth Dynamics

"...Urbanization is taking a toll of Himalaya through dual pathways, directly by altering the land use and land cover to meet these requirements and indirectly in the form of infrastructure constructions to meet their communication, commuting and energy demands..."

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Land use/land cover change and ecosystem services in the Bagmati River Basin, Nepal

"...Delivery of ecosystem services is strongly affected by changes in the land use/land cover (LULC) of an area..."

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Assessment of forest cover changes using multi-temporal Landsat observation

"...Monitoring the changes in forest cover has become an important tool for forest management due to its impact on climate change, desertification, soil erosion, and flooding..."

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Using Earth Observations and GLDAS Model to Monitor Water Budgets for River Basin Management

"...Our research focuses on amounts of precipitation, evapotranspiration, storm surface runoff and change in terrestrial storage in the river basin for dry and wet seasons were calculated from remote sensing-based GPM IMERG, MODIS, and GRACE/GRACE-FO-derived GLDAS-CLSM model during the wet and dry seasons on 2004?2005, 2009?2010, 2014?2015, and 2018?2019 in Mahanadi river basin, India..."

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Quantifying ecosystem service interactions to support environmental restoration in a tropical semi-arid basin

"...Understanding the role of ecosystem services (ESs) within environmental management has become a critical issue of the twenty-first century..."

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Large-scale afforestation for ecosystem service provisioning: learning from the past to improve the future

"...However, new afforestation programs are required to meet multiple objectives such as carbon sequestration, reducing environmental risks and enhance biodiversity conservation to reach sustainability..."

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