035: "Rearranging Chairs on the Titanic", Confessions of a Conservation Biologist

On the docket for today is climate change, impending doom, and a little nudity. Today’s guest and Conservation Biologist, Mr. McScience, sheds light on the impacts of climate change that are happening as we speak, the surprising misadventures of his fellow scientists, and how we can play a more active role in helping out our dear ol’ Momma Earth.

The music in this episode is courtesy of www.bensound.com. 

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  • Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat: "Ninety-nine percent of the planet’s freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world’s populated coastal areas."

  • Most groundwater is effectively a non-renewable resource, study finds: "While many people may think groundwater is replenished by rain and melting snow the way lakes and rivers are, underground water is actually renewed much more slowly...just six per cent of the groundwater around the world is replenished and renewed within a "human lifetime" of 50 years..."

  • Several technical papers on climate change and it's impact on various aspects, including: "Climate Change and Water" by Bates, B.C., Z.W. Kundzewicz, S. Wu and J.P. Palutikof, and "Stabilization of Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases: Physical, Biological and Socio-economic Implications" by JT Houghton, LG Meira Filho, DJ Griggs and K Maskell. 

  • Everything you need to know about cyanobacteria (a.k.a. "blue green algae") 

  • Monitoring the Great Lakes: "Just as a doctor checks a patient's vital signs - pulse, breathing, blood pressure - to monitor a patient's health, parks have vital signs that give an indication of the park's health..."

  • Spiny Water Flea (Bythotrephes longimanus): "The spiny water flea is a tiny, predatory crustacean with a long, sharp, barbed tail spine. Including its spine, an adult Bythotrephes (Byth-o-TREH-feez) is 1 cm (.4 inches) in length and is much larger than most zooplankton species native to the Great Lakes. The organism is a native of Northern Europe, but has since invaded the United States and Canada..."

  • Adopt a Stream, Georgia: This tells you everything you need to know about getting started in stream conservation in Georgia. 

  • FrogWatch USA: "FrogWatch USA™ is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that invites individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians by reporting data on the calls of local frogs and toads..."