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  • Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate

    Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate

    via nature : In the past three years, global emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels have levelled after rising for decades. This is a sign that policies and investments in climate mitigation are starting to pay off. The United States, China and other nations are replacing coal with natural gas and boosting renewable energy sources. There is almost unanimous international agreement that the risks of abandoning the planet to climate change are […]

  • Air Pollution is Killing Wildlife and People

    Air Pollution is Killing Wildlife and People

    via The Guardian : On National Clean Air Day, Thursday 15 June, we’re calling for action to cut air pollution which threatens our native wildlife (Nature needs fresh air too, 2 June). The UK government’s air quality consultation, closing on 15 June, focuses on “tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities”. That issue deserves urgent action – but it’s not enough. Air pollution is a problem in both rural and urban areas, for people and […]

  • To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution

    To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution

    Via The Conversation : On June 3, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged a hug with French President Emmanuel Macron during an official visit to Paris. Modi and Macron pledged to achieve emissions reductions beyond their nations’ commitments under the Paris Agreement, and Macron announced he will visit India later this year for a summit on solar power. For […]

  • Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green

    Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green

    Via Scientific American : A new study has found a steady growth of moss in Antarctica over the last 50 years Plant life on both poles is growing rapidly as the planet warms. A new study has found a steady growth of moss in Antarctica over the last 50 years as temperatures increased as a result of climate change. The study, published yesterday in the journal Current Biology, shows that Antarctica will be much greener in […]

  • When Nature vents her wrath on grapes

    When Nature vents her wrath on grapes

    Via Times Live : Making wine is a tough job in most places, what with frost, hail, drought and bushfires to contend with. But nowhere is the task bigger than in Argentina’s Mendoza region, where vintners duel “the whole gamut of natural hazards” — not least frequent earthquakes, according to research unveiled on Wednesday. The region tops a new index of wine areas most targeted by Nature’s wrath. “We see that Mendoza in Argentina, which has […]

  • Giant virus discovery sparks debate over tree of life

    Giant virus discovery sparks debate over tree of life

    via Nature : The Klosneuviruses contradict the theory that viruses make up a distinct domain of life, but not everyone is convinced. Evolutionary biologists have never known what to make of viruses, arguing over their origins for decades. But a newly discovered group of giant viruses, called Klosneuviruses, could be a ‘missing link’ that helps to settle the debate — or provoke even more discord. In 2003, researchers reported that they had found giant viruses, which […]

  • Ocean oxygen levels drop 2% in 50 years, Nature study finds

    Ocean oxygen levels drop 2% in 50 years, Nature study finds

    Via WTAE : The ocean’s worldwide oxygen content declined by more than 2% Climate change is extending far beyond the threat of melting polar ice caps — it’s putting a dangerous stranglehold on life in oceans, too. A new study published in the science journal Nature Wednesday found that the ocean’s worldwide oxygen content declined by more than 2% between 1960 and 2010. Scientists have long warned about the potentially deadly consequences of the ocean’s declining […]

  • Climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem

    Climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem

    Via The Guardian : An Arctic voyage through the awe-inspiring Northwest Passage shows that, with oil drilling in the far north on the way, rapid action is needed to protect the region The Northwest Passage is not an obvious choice for a holiday cruise. It is, after all, one of the most notorious ocean routes. Many hundreds of sailors died in opening up the seaway, which links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Canadian Arctic, […]

  • Why Does Rain Smell Good?

    Why Does Rain Smell Good?

    Via Live Science : Do you love the good smell of rain? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, some scientists believe that people inherited their affection for the scent of rain from ancestors who relied on rainy weather for their survival. But what makes rain smell so nice? There are several scents associated with rainfall that people find pleasing. One of these odors, called “petrichor,” lingers when rain falls after a prolonged dry spell. Petrichor […]

  • International report confirms: 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record

    International report confirms: 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record

    Via Science Daily : In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several markers such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels and greenhouse gases ─ setting new records. These key findings and others can be found in the State of the Climate in 2014 report released online by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate […]