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Roadside Land Offers Huge Carbon Storage Potential

Roadside Land Offers Huge Carbon Storage Potential

As you watch the miles roll by on family road trips this summer, look just behind the guard rails to see what some scientists believe is a significant untapped resource in the battle against climate change. The land alongside the 4 million miles of U.S. public roadways, already being maintained by federal, state, and local governments, could be pla… Read More

Win-Win Way Pinpointed to Aid Food Security & Climate

Win-Win Way Pinpointed to Aid Food Security & Climate

Imagine being able to contain greenhouse gas emissions, make fertilizer use more efficient, keep water waste to a minimum, and put food on the table for the 10 billion people crowded into the planet’s cities, towns and villages by the end of the century. An impossible dream? Not according to Paul West, co-director and lead scientists of the Global … Read More

Celebrate NASA Satellite’s Birthday With 5 Amazing Pics

Celebrate NASA Satellite’s Birthday With 5 Amazing Pics

From shrinking glaciers in Antarctica to the rise of irrigation in Kansas to really ridiculously good looking clouds, the Landsat series of satellites have been continuously capturing amazing Earth imagery since this day in 1972. There have been eight Landsat satellites sent into space by NASA and operated in cooperation with the U.S. Geological S… Read More

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

Starving polar bears, icon of the climate change movement, may be able to adapt to an ice-free summer season in the Arctic after all. Scientists have long thought that polar bears essentially starve during the summer, living off fat reserves until the sea ice returns and they can venture out to sea to capture their main source of calories: seals. B… Read More

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Biologists in the U.S. have identified the genetic machinery that tells a plant how to respond to more carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Four genes from three different gene families together control the density of stomata, or breathing pores, on the foliage of the healthy plant. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, … Read More

Climate Change Gets Up Close and Personal

Climate Change Gets Up Close and Personal

In the past several years, advances in both climate science and supercomputing have begun offering people like Powell a more intricate picture of the future: models of climate change that zoom in to hyperlocal scales. In 2011, the University of Idaho unveiled a model that estimated future climate for areas as small as 2-and-a-half miles over the en… Read More

Caribbean Coral Reefs ‘Will be Lost Within 20 Years’

Caribbean Coral Reefs ‘Will be Lost Within 20 Years’

Most Caribbean coral reefs will disappear within the next 20 years unless action is taken to protect them, primarily due to the decline of grazers such as sea urchins and parrotfish, a new report has warned. A comprehensive analysis by 90 experts of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at nearly 100 Caribbean locations since 1970 shows that the … Read More

Deforestation Rate in Indonesia Surpasses Brazil

Deforestation Rate in Indonesia Surpasses Brazil

the government's former head of forestry data gathering. UN and official government figures have maintained that the country with the third biggest stretch of tropical forest after the Amazon and Congo was losing 310,000 hectares (766,000 acres) of all its forest a year between 2000 and 2005, increasing to 690,000 hectares (1.7 million acres) annu… Read More