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At $24 Trillion, Oceans are World’s 7th-Largest Economy

At $24 Trillion, Oceans are World’s 7th-Largest Economy

The monetary value of the world’s oceans has been estimated at $24 trillion in a new report that warns that overfishing, pollution and climate change are putting an unprecedented strain upon marine ecosystems. The report, commissioned by WWF, states the asset value of oceans is $24 trillion and values the annual “goods and services” it provides, … Read More

Climate Change Makes Droughts in Australia Worse

Climate Change Makes Droughts in Australia Worse

Climate change is making drought conditions in southwest and southeast Australia worse, with serious ramifications for people’s health and the agriculture industry, a new paper has warned. The Climate Council report states that since the mid-1990s, southeast Australia has experienced a 15 percent drop in rainfall during late autumn and early winter… Read More

One Farmer’s Battle with California’s Worst Drought

One Farmer’s Battle with California’s Worst Drought

On a warm March afternoon, farmer Cannon Michael walks alongside wheat fields adjacent to his house in Los Banos, in California’s Central Valley. Most of these fields won’t be watered again this year. “Wheat’s not a glamorous crop, but it makes a lot of bread,” Michael quips. … Read More

Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

Climate change-driven drought and higher temperatures are among the biggest factors, in addition to topography, influencing wildfire spread in the West, according to a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.… Read More

Atlantic Circulation Weaker Than In Last Thousand Years

Atlantic Circulation Weaker Than In Last Thousand Years

Powerful Atlantic Ocean currents fuel Gulf streams, affect sea levels, warm cities in continental Europe and North America, and bring nutrients up from ocean depths that help sustain marine ecosystems and fisheries. But an avalanche of cold water from the melting Greenland ice sheet appears to be slowing the ocean circulation to levels not experie… Read More

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

Southern California’s Fog Falls Victim to Concrete

Southern California’s Fog Falls Victim to Concrete

Summertime fog that helps keep coastal southern California cool and damp appears to be melting away, and scientists who have documented nearly 70 years of its decline think they can explain why: concrete. The urban heat island effect, the phenomenon of cities warming faster than surrounding countryside, is a main culprit for a two-thirds reduction… Read More

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