Mongabay: New lichen database takes big picture approach to forest monitoring

Mongabay: New lichen database takes big picture approach to forest monitoring. “The United States Forest Service is about to release a huge new database chronicling the abundance and diversity of lichens across the country. Why lichens? Because these amalgamations of fungi and algae or cyanobacteria — often found crusting over rocks and tree trunks or garlanding branches — are super sensitive indicators of air quality and climate change.”

Phys.org: Flickr study gives snapshot of coral reefs’ value

Phys.org: Flickr study gives snapshot of coral reefs’ value. “Computer-led analysis of tourist snaps has estimated that coral reefs contribute $36 billion per year to the global tourist economy. Scientists used big data computing techniques to study 20 million images uploaded to image hosting website Flickr.”

Canadian Mining Journal: New inventory of orphaned and abandoned mines released

Canadian Mining Journal: New inventory of orphaned and abandoned mines released. “The National Orphaned and Abandoned Mines Initiative (NOAMI) has release a new, updated database of such sites across Canada. NOAMI was launched in 2002 as a multi-partner – provinces, territories and several federal departments – collaboration.”

Columbia: Sabin Center And Grantham Research Institute Launch Database Of Global Climate Change Legislation

Columbia University: Sabin Center And Grantham Research Institute Launch Database Of Global Climate Change Legislation. “To mark the launch, the Grantham Research Institute and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are presenting a new analysis, based on the database, showing a rise in the number of countries that have introduced legislation to support their ‘nationally determined contributions’ (NDCs) to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The analysis shows that 14 new laws and 33 new executive policies related to climate change have been introduced since the Paris climate change summit in December 2015. 18 of the new laws and policies mainly focus on climate change and 4 specifically relate to NDCs. The new laws add to the over 1,200 climate-related laws that have been enacted globally since 1997, now in 164 countries and including 93 of the top 100 emitters—up from 99 countries in 2015.”

Builder: New Database Tracks Healthy, Efficient Building Products

Builder: New Database Tracks Healthy, Efficient Building Products. “Building Clean offers an easy-to-use interface that includes information about appliances, heating and air conditioning equipment, insulation, lighting, plumbing, roofing, sealants, and water filtration. Building Clean can be used to search for products with third-party health certifications and services that promote transparency about the chemicals contained in the products. The site can also be a resource for businesses looking to break into the energy-efficient product supply chain.”

Washington Post: EPA website removes climate science site from public view after two decades

Washington Post: EPA website removes climate science site from public view after two decades. “The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening that its website would be ‘undergoing changes’ to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information.”

ABC (Australia): Coral-bleaching database puts Australia second worst in the world

ABC (Australia): Coral-bleaching database puts Australia second worst in the world. “Scientists have compiled a new global database of coral reef mass-bleaching events that shows the likelihood of bleaching increased eight-fold from the late 1990s. The new database includes 80 per cent more reports of coral bleaching than the existing databank, with Australia having the second-worst record.”