Feds Doubt Climate Change’s Impact On Wolverines – Spokesman.com – July 7, 2014

Change in Hottest US Month Isn’t a Conspiracy: Here’s Why – Yahoo News

4. Wolverines max out at 40 pounds and are tough enough to stand up to grizzly bears. Yet some scientists warn they will be no news match for anticipated declines in deep mountain snows, which female wolverines need to establish dens and raise their young. Federal biologists last year proposed protections for an estimated 300 wolverines in the Lower 48 states. At that time, Walsh said scientific evidence suggests that a warming climate will greatly reduce the wolverines snowpack habitat. In the recent memo, she expressed the opposite view: Due to the uncertainty of climate models, I cannot accept the conclusion about wolverine habitat loss that forms the basis of our recommendation to list the species. Walsh, also a biologist, said she reached that conclusion after reviewing the latest science on wolverines and consulting with other agency officials.

The trek to Chaparrosa Peak is 6.6 miles round trip with a 1,000-foot climb in elevation and views as far as the community of Joshua Tree. The 10.5 mile Sawtooth Loop starts across from the Mane Street Post Office on the other side of Pioneertown Road. The preserves website describes the hike up the 1,773-foot elevation gain as moderate. People dont realize there are wetlands up there, ranger Brian Brenzel said from the ranger station one afternoon over the Fourth of July weekend. Even though its suffered from the drought, theres willow and cottonwood and its still just spectacular. Brenzel said further restoration and trail cleanup is planned with help from AmeriCorps, a national and community service organization. Preserve officials recommend signing in at the ranger station before leaving on a hike.

Surprise! Wetlands await at Pioneertown preserve – Hi-Desert Star: News

Same argument, new data The new data set is simply the latest in a long line of improvements to the methods NOAA uses to calculate national, state and regional temperature trends. The temperature records have shifted before (to the consternation of climate skeptics) and will likely shift again, as computers get faster and more records become available. “This is a great example of why data sets are living things,” said Derek Arndt, chief of go!! NOAA’s Climate Monitoring Branch at the National Climatic Data Center. “They can continually be refined and improved, and we can catch things today that we couldn’t catch before.” And although the community of global warming skeptics focuses on temperature, the data update also affected precipitation and humidity records but no one seems to be complaining about that online. “This is progress,” Arndt said. “If this were maybe a little less visible data set, these kinds of improvements would be welcome advances.” Arndt noted that the majority of the record changes are tiny, except for the typos caught by hand.

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