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Now Is the Time to Answer Questions about Climate Engineering Disease Impacts

A commentary in the October 2018 issue of the journal   Nature Climate Change  calls for caution because geoengineering still lacks a "clean bill of health."
ESA Decision Making

One of the balancing acts faced by conservation agencies is how to conserve and protect as many species as possible from extinction with limited funding and finite resources. A policy forum in Science introduces a new tool to help.
Social Science Extreme Events Research

Lori Peek, SESYNC Immersion Scholar and Symposium Theme Lead, invites hazards and disaster social scientists to join The SSEER network.




Availability of nitrogen to plants is declining as planet warms

Article in Nature Ecology and Evolution found that global changes  are causing a decrease in the availability of a key nutrient for terrestrial plants.
People dump their exotic animals for logical, if not good, reasons

Coverage of finding from SESYNC Pursuit on pet trade and the release and establishment of exotic animals.
New Water Resources Planning Framework

Climate Risk Informed Analysis (CRIDA) is a new methodology for  water decision makers interested in incorporating resilience into planning and operational decisions

SESYNC Funds Six New Pursuits and Workshops 

PIs:
Laura Dee, University of Minnesota
Angela Guerrero, The University of Queensland



PIs:
Keely Maxwell, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jesse Keenan, Harvard University




PIs:
Jampel Dell'Angelo, VU University Amsterdam
Paolo D'Odorico, University of California Berkeley





PIs:
Simon Nicholson, American University
Christopher Trisos, SESYNC


PIs:
Daniel A. DeCaro, University of Louisville
Edella Schlager, The University of Arizona, Tucson



PIs:
Siobhán B. Cooke, Johns Hopkins University
Liliana M. Dávalos, Stony Brook University


SESYNC Publications

Climate engineering needs a clean bill of health. Published in   Nature Climate Change  by SESYNC postdoc  Colin Carlson and former postdoc Christopher Trisos .

Endangered species recovery: A resource allocation problem. Policy Forum in Science by Leah Gerber and colleagues as part of the Pursuit, ESA Decision Making.

Long-term and regional perspectives on recent change in lacustrine diatom communities in the tropical Andes. Published in the Journal of Paleolimnology
Sherilyn Fritz, SESYNC Postdoc Xavier Benito, and Miriam Steinitz-Kannan.
 
Racial disparities in pollution exposure and employment at US industrial facilities. Published in PNAS by  Michael Ash and James Boyce  as part of the Pursuit, Computational Environmental Justice Analysis.

Gauging support for macroecological patterns in helminth parasites. Published in Global Ecology and Biogeography by Tad Dallas and colleagues including SESYNC postdoc Colin Carlson.

The neglected costs of water peace. Published in WIREs Water by SESYNC researchers Jampel Dell'Angelo, Paolo D'Odorico, and Maria Cristina Rulli.

Modelling the critical transition from Chilean evergreen forest to savanna: Early warning signals and livestock management. Published in Ecological Modelling by former SESYNC Postdoc Andres Baeza.

Global state and potential scope of investments in watershed services for large cities. Published in Nature Communications by Chelsie Romulo and colleagues as part of the Graduate Pursuit, Enabling Payments for Watershed Services.

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA): Collaborative Water Resources Planning for an Uncertain Future. A report published by UNESCO and incorporating work by the Pursuit, Climate Change & Water Resources Adaptation: Decision Scaling & Integrated Eco-engineering Resilience.



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