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How Beijing is Shaping the Future of the Amazon

How Beijing is Shaping the Future of the Amazon

The Amazon basin is now China’s No.1 supplier of natural resources, replacing its Asian neighbors as their resources have become depleted. In a relatively short time, China has become Brazil’s major trading partner, overtaking the U.S. and Europe. But China’s voracious demand for iron ore and timber, as well as soy and beef, is not only fuelling de… Read More

Climate Change Is Cutting Humans’ Work Capacity

Climate Change Is Cutting Humans’ Work Capacity

It’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity that gets you. That’s the conclusion of a new study that finds climate change has reduced humanity’s ability to work by making the planet hotter and muggier. That one-two punch has already cut the world’s working capacity by 10 percent since humans began burning large amounts of oil, gas, coal and other … Read More

Climate-Friendly Rice: End of the Paddy Field?

Climate-Friendly Rice: End of the Paddy Field?

hanging the way rice is grown, from planting it in flooded paddy fields to drier soil cultivation, is dramatically increasing yields and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The results of trials in eleven countries show that yields increased by an average of 60%, although they varied sharply between states, from an 11% increase to 220%. A paper … Read More

Himalayan Farmers Coping with an Uncertain Future

Himalayan Farmers Coping with an Uncertain Future

The Himalayas – the world’s biggest and highest mountain range, stretching from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the west to Yunnan in southwest China in the east – are, together with the Tibetan plateau and surrounding mountain ranges, often referred to as “the Third Pole,” containing more ice and water than any other area on the planet outside the Arc… Read More

EU’s Attempt to Curb Carbon Emissions Limps On

EU’s Attempt to Curb Carbon Emissions Limps On

The European Union’s failing carbon market has been thrown a lifeline by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. It has backed the Commission’s plan to prop up the price of a ton of carbon by withdrawing an oversupply of credits from the market. Carbon trading is one of the major EU policies designed to combat climate change. But a combi… Read More

With Keystone In Limbo, Alberta Launches Carbon Contest

With Keystone In Limbo, Alberta Launches Carbon Contest

Best known as the home to Canada's oil sands and Keystone pipeline, Alberta is calling for climate change solutions.… Read More

Ice Melt Means Uneven Sea Level Rise Around the World

Ice Melt Means Uneven Sea Level Rise Around the World

Scientists say the sea level rise caused by climate change during the rest of this century will not affect all parts of the world equally, because of the ways sea, land and ice interact. They say parts of the Pacific are likely to see the highest rise. This region is where many low-lying island countries most vulnerable to sea level rise, like the … Read More

Time Is Running Out to Avert a Third Summer of Drought

Time Is Running Out to Avert a Third Summer of Drought

Meanwhile, the economic toll of the worst drought to strike the U.S. since at least the 1950s is climbing, and it “will probably end up being a top-five disaster event” among the government’s ranking of all weather disasters over the past three decades, said Brad Rippey, a meteorologist in the Agriculture Department’s Office of the Chief Economist,… Read More