In this week's newsletter: July was the hottest month ever recorded, the waterwheel is either an endangered species to be protected or an invasive pest to be eradicated...maybe, take a workshop to prep for the LEED Green Associate Exam and much more!
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July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded

European climate researchers said Monday that last month was the hottest July — and thus the hottest month — ever recorded, slightly eclipsing the previous record-holder, July 2016. “While July is usually the warmest month of the year for the globe, according to our data it also was the warmest month recorded globally, by a very small margin,” Jean-Noël Thépaut, head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, said in a statement.

The service, part of an intergovernmental organization supported by European countries, said the global average temperature last month was about 0.07 degree Fahrenheit (0.04 Celsius) hotter than July 2016.

The ranking is not final; more studies will be published in the coming weeks that will either confirm or deny the current findings. But whatever its ultimate ranking, last month is part of a long-term trend: As human-related emissions of greenhouse gases have continued, the atmosphere has continued to warm. The past five years have been the hottest on record, including the record single year in 2016. The 10 hottest years have all occurred in the past two decades.

This June was the warmest on record, and the previous five months were among the four warmest for their respective months, the climate researchers said. That puts this year on track to be in the top five, or perhaps the hottest ever.

You can read more about this on the NY Times website here.

Waterwheels: Endangered or Invasive?

Waterwheels are small, rootless, aquatic plants that are also carnivorous- kind of like an underwater Venus Flytrap. In much of their native habitat, which is quickly disappearing, they are very much endangered. But here in the US, where they were introduced from Japan in the 1970s, they are invasives that pose a serious threat to native aquatic animals and plants.

This poses a real conundrum for scientists.

“It was never native here, it’s exotic,” said Steve Young, chief botanist of the New York Natural Heritage Program, a branch of state government that promotes conservation. “And it’s acting like an invasive.”

It’s concerning when a nonnative plant immediately thrives, he added, even when, as in the waterwheel’s case, there’s no direct evidence yet of it crowding out native species or posing other economic, ecological or health risks.

But some botanists who don’t want the carnivorous plant to disappear see the Northeast’s waterwheels as a glimmer of hope for the species’ global survival — or at least a buffer against its extinction.

Once waterwheel is entrenched, management options are limited. While it can be hand-collected, just one or two individuals can seed an entire population. The alternative is an herbicide that kills every plant in the area.

With few practical options for limiting the waterwheel's spread, experts have suggested the plant should remain monitored, but mostly left alone.

What should not happen again, according to Eric Lamont of the Long Island Botanical Society, are campaigns to introduce plants into environments where they did not evolve — however well intentioned.

“You don’t want to just willy-nilly introduce it to areas,” he said. “This is not the way to try to save a species.”

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Workshop at Urban Green Council This Fall

Urban Green Council is partnering with GreenStep Education to bring you a LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Workshop designed to prepare you to pass the test with confidence– the first time. The workshop will focus on the key information necessary to pass the LEED Green Associate exam, including:  
  • LEED Green Associate Project Tasks
  • The LEED Process
  • Integrative Strategies
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Synergistic opportunities
  • Project surroundings
  • Public outreach
  • Test taking tips and strategies.

In addition to delivering the material in a clear and concise format, this workshop presents the types of questions that are asked on the exam so students know what and how to study. The course utilizes scenarios from real world projects to help participants better understand and remember the material while providing an opportunity to put the concepts to practice.

One of the best ways to prepare for any test is to work through sample questions. The workshop concludes with an in-class practice exam and a take-home exam that accurately reflect the types of questions on the test. Participants also receive a comprehensive Study Guide that includes a course outline and a summary of all of the relevant material.

LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Workshop

September 13, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Urban Green Council
55 Broad Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Register here!

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