Climate

How the Alaska Pipeline Is Fueling the Push to Drill in the Arctic Refuge
November 17, 2017 03:20 PM - Yale Environment 360

The war over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) — one of the most contentious and enduring environmental fights in U.S. history — is once again heating up. 

Infrared NASA Imagery Shows Development of Tropical Depression 31W
November 17, 2017 12:43 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Aqua satellite provided infrared imagery of the latest tropical cyclone in the South China Sea.

Infrared NASA Imagery Shows Development of Tropical Depression 31W
November 17, 2017 12:43 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Aqua satellite provided infrared imagery of the latest tropical cyclone in the South China Sea.

Plant Respiration Could Become a Bigger Feedback on Climate Than Expected
November 17, 2017 12:11 PM - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

New research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that, as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning.

Plant Respiration Could Become a Bigger Feedback on Climate Than Expected
November 17, 2017 12:11 PM - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

New research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that, as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning.

What Climate-Conscious Cities Can Learn From Each Other
November 17, 2017 11:54 AM - Wired

In many ways, Essen is the envy of cities trying to move past their industrial days. Once the steel and coal center of Germany, Essen’s economic success in the early 20th century was evident in the dust blanketing the city and sulfur filling the air with the constant stench of rotten eggs. By one resident’s account, coal miners permanently wore black smudges across their faces, earning them the nickname waschbar, or “raccoons.”

What Climate-Conscious Cities Can Learn From Each Other
November 17, 2017 11:54 AM - Wired

In many ways, Essen is the envy of cities trying to move past their industrial days. Once the steel and coal center of Germany, Essen’s economic success in the early 20th century was evident in the dust blanketing the city and sulfur filling the air with the constant stench of rotten eggs. By one resident’s account, coal miners permanently wore black smudges across their faces, earning them the nickname waschbar, or “raccoons.”

The Importance of Biodiversity in Forests Could Increase Due to Climate Change
November 17, 2017 11:33 AM - German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (IDIV) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Leipzig. Forests fulfil numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they are rich in different species of trees. This is the result of a new study. In addition, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one service – such as wood production or nature conservation – as a second study demonstrates: several services provided by forest ecosystems can be improved at the same time. Both studies were led by scientists from Leipzig University and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), and published in the prestigious journal Ecology Letters.

The Importance of Biodiversity in Forests Could Increase Due to Climate Change
November 17, 2017 11:33 AM - German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (IDIV) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Leipzig. Forests fulfil numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they are rich in different species of trees. This is the result of a new study. In addition, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one service – such as wood production or nature conservation – as a second study demonstrates: several services provided by forest ecosystems can be improved at the same time. Both studies were led by scientists from Leipzig University and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), and published in the prestigious journal Ecology Letters.

Groundwater Depletion Could be Significant Source of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
November 16, 2017 01:03 PM - American Geophysical Union

Humans may be adding large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by using groundwater faster than it is replenished, according to new research. This process, known as groundwater depletion, releases a significant amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that has until now been overlooked by scientists in calculating carbon sources, according to the new study.

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