Arachnophiles, rejoice

EVERY fall, the Butterfly Pavilion of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County metamorphoses into the Spider Pavilion. It happened this Sunday. Arachnophiles, rejoice. The Spider Pavilion is officially open. For details, click here. For help identifying the authors of the autumn webs now in most eaves and trees, click here.

This post has been updated. The headline has been changed to reflect this spider lover’s glee.

US Fish and Wildlife Service publishes climate change plan

Green-winged teal at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Lincoln County, Nevada. Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service. Click on the image to be taken to the refuge's website.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its plan for dealing with the effects of climate change on the country’s natural resources, including rising sea levels, the spread of invasive species and changing wildlife migration patterns reports the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The proposed strategy is up for public review and comment until Nov. 23.

To keep reading, click here.

To go to the Service’s draft plan, click here. Via Aquafornia.

For links to a Guardian guide to a draft global agreement on climate change, a Time Magazine article on our “long summer” and a Nature special report, click here.

The twelve years that were: Desertification

Utah, March 4, 2009. Source: NASA Earth Observatory. Dust blows out of the West Desert, where Las Vegas plans to pump the groundwater. Click on the image to be taken to the Earth Observatory.

Buenos Aires: experts from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) called for an immediate global response to the increasing number of sand and dust storms. — United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, September 24, 2009

As defined by the UN Convention, desertification is a process of “land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities.” — United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, June, 1997

The [Las Vegas] pumping project will result in likely irreversible loss of critical native vegetation covering a desert expanse equal in size to the state of Vermont. Where water diversion projects like