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Amazon Trees Removed Almost a Third Less Carbon

Amazon Trees Removed Almost a Third Less Carbon

The amount of carbon the Amazon’s remaining trees removed from the atmosphere fell by almost a third last decade, leading scientists to warn that manmade carbon emissions would need to be cut more deeply to tackle climate change. Trees in untouched areas of the forest have been dying off across the basin at an increasing rate, found the study, publ… Read More

Deforestation Slowing, But Forests Are Breaking Down

Deforestation Slowing, But Forests Are Breaking Down

The amount of climate pollution being produced every year by the felling of forests is falling worldwide, but benefits of the heartening decline are being eroded by the worsening conditions of the forests still left standing. The losses of entire stretches of forests, combined with losses of individual trees from forests that remain, pumped an ave… Read More

Public Lands May Be America’s Best Climate Defense

Public Lands May Be America’s Best Climate Defense

Public lands protect forests that help store atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions while providing space for renewable energy development and protecting wildlife habitat and biodiversity, helping plants and animals adapt to climate change.… Read More

CO2 Boosts Trees, But Ups Damage From Forest Pests

CO2 Boosts Trees, But Ups Damage From Forest Pests

Scientists warn that damage inflicted by tiny forest pests could worsen as carbon dioxide levels rise. Early research suggests that attacks by caterpillars, beetles, termites and other insects in some forests could be enough to cancel out projected increases in tree growth rates. Forests are critical sponges for sucking carbon dioxide out of the ai… Read More

Drought Weakens the Amazon’s Ability to Capture Carbon

Drought Weakens the Amazon’s Ability to Capture Carbon

During drought, trees across the Amazon continue to stretch their limbs. But they shirk one of their more important, planet-saving tasks: inhaling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In the drought of 2010, the ability of the Amazon’s trees, shrubs, bushes and vines to absorb carbon was greatly diminished, according to new research that used on-th… Read More

Geoengineering Holds Promise; Solutions Not Ready

Geoengineering Holds Promise; Solutions Not Ready

Fifty years ago, the idea of reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the earth to address climate change officially entered the scientific and political vernacular. That concept has since been lumped under the banner of geoengineering with other hotly debated techniques that could help cool the planet. Just five years ago, President Obama’s scien… Read More

Tropical Forests Play Huge Role in Inhaling Emissions

Tropical Forests Play Huge Role in Inhaling Emissions

Tropical forests are so critical to fighting climate change that they may absorb up to one-third of all of humans’ fossil fuel emissions and may become more effective at doing so as atmospheric CO2 concentrations increase, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. … Read More

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

Green Bonds May Help Limit Effects of Climate Change

A few years ago, the Mexican government pinpointed a promising method for reducing carbon dioxide emissions: Encourage Mexicans to trade in their old refrigerators, air conditioners, light bulbs and the like for more up-to-date models. … Read More

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Record Low Maximum for Arctic Sea Ice This year’s annual maximum of winter Arctic sea ice is the lowest in the satellite record.

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