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‘Green Revolution’ Brings Greater CO2 Swings

‘Green Revolution’ Brings Greater CO2 Swings

Intense farming methods could be changing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and possibly having a small effect on climate change, according to two separate and unrelated studies published Wednesday in the journal Nature.… Read More

Palm Oil Production Poses Problems for the Climate

Palm Oil Production Poses Problems for the Climate

Last August, from the window of a jet high over Sumatra, I counted nearly a dozen plumes of smoke rising from the vast jungles and plantations below. Some more than a half-mile wide, they looked like pillars holding up the sky. That week the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency detected 143 new wildfires in Riau Province, the area beneath my fligh… Read More

Industrial Farming Plows Up Brazil’s ‘Underground Forest’

Industrial Farming Plows Up Brazil’s ‘Underground Forest’

South and east of Brazil's famous Amazon, the air becomes dryer and the humid rainforest gives way to emerald green patches of irrigated pasture carved from scrubby woods and native grasslands. This is a different kind of forest, hidden in plain sight and far more threatened than the Amazon. Known as the Cerrado, it is the largest, most biological … Read More

Climate Change Disrupts Bee’s Pollination of Flowers

Climate Change Disrupts Bee’s Pollination of Flowers

Sexual deceit, pressed flowers and Victorian bee collectors are combined in new scientific research which demonstrates for the first time that climate change threatens flower pollination, which underpins much of the world’s food production. The work used museum records stretching back to 1848 to show that the early spider orchid and the miner bee o… Read More

Great Barrier Reef Plan Doesn’t Address CO2 Emissions

Great Barrier Reef Plan Doesn’t Address CO2 Emissions

The Australian government’s multimillion dollar plan to halt the worrying decline of the Great Barrier Reef does nothing to address the leading threat of climate change and is likely to prove largely ineffectual, scientists have warned. In its formal response to the Reef 2050 long-term sustainability plan, which was drawn up by the Australian and Q… Read More

From Grid Waste to Good Taste

From Grid Waste to Good Taste

The U.S. power grid is a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure. It’s also a wasteful one. Nearly two-thirds of every megawatt U.S. power plants produce never does a bit of useful work. Some of it is lost due to the natural resistance of power lines. Some is lost as heat during generation. And, perhaps surprisingly, some is lost by design when u… Read More

One of Sao Paulo’s Biggest Reservoirs Is Nearly Dry

One of Sao Paulo’s Biggest Reservoirs Is Nearly Dry

Drought is taking its toll on the water system that quenches the thirst of Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paolo, to such a degree that it is visible to orbiting satellites. Sao Paolo is facing water rationing as the worst drought to hit the region in decades reduces reservoirs to muddy waters surrounded by cracked earth. The Cantareira Reservoir … Read More

Fish Fail to Adapt to Rising CO2 Levels: Study

Fish Fail to Adapt to Rising CO2 Levels: Study

Rising carbon dioxide levels in oceans adversely change the behavior of fish through generations, raising the possibility that marine species may never fully adapt to their changed environment, research has found. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, found that elevated CO2 levels affected fish regardless of whether their parents had also… Read More