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Earth, Now Available in Ultra High Definition

Earth, Now Available in Ultra High Definition

A year in weather in high definition was pretty amazing and so was a similar sharp take on the spring equinox. But a five day view of the planet from space in ultra high definition is a whole other level of awesome. The imagery from mid-May 2011 comes courtesy of Russia’s high flying Elektro-L weather satellite, which sits in high Earth orbit more … Read More

40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data

40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data

As carbon dioxide levels increase due largely to human emissions, the world’s oceans are becoming highly corrosive to a number of organisms that call it home. But the rate of acidification and related changes are anything but uniform. That’s why a new study aims to set a baseline for nearly every patch of saltwater from sea to acidifying sea so tha… 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

Felling Forests Can Create Lakes

Felling Forests Can Create Lakes

Little Llangothlin isn’t the only waterway that forest-felling humans appear to have inadvertently created or expanded. Woodward’s research team examined data in scientific papers dealing with 317 wetlands around the world and concluded that about one in 10 had been made wetter by deforestation.… Read More

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

They’re not as catchy as Vanilla Ice’s self-aggrandizing single, nor as funky as the pioneering blues of Muddy Waters. But tuning in to the harmonies produced as water courses through icy cracks in a glacier could eventually come as life-saving music to the ears of their neighbors.… Read More

New Amazon Carbon Maps May Help Limit Deforestation

New Amazon Carbon Maps May Help Limit Deforestation

A new high-resolution mapping technique, the basis of a new study published Monday, uses satellite imagery and an airborne remote-sensing technology called Lidar to create maps that show parts of the Peruvian Amazon that are most carbon-dense.… 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