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Non-Wood Forest Wealth 2.7 Times Greater than Previously Estimated

A team of researchers from the World Bank, Resources for the Future, Applied Geosolutions and others have released three working papers that set out wealth valuation methodologies spanning all the commercial wood, non-wood and ecosystems services forests provide and incorporated them in a global sustainable forest management database.

Shrinking sea ice forces Polar Bears into "marathon" swims as population declines

Polar Bears Undertaking Marathon Swims, Populations Declining Rapidly as Sea Ice Disappears

The polar bear population in the Beaufort Sea area have declined 50% or more in the last decade. Nearly 7 in 10 of the 100 bears the researchers monitored swam at least 49 km (30.44 mi) in 2012. That’s up 25% from 2007.

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Mimicking Nature, Suriname Permeable Dam Project Prevents Coastal Erosion

A Suriname university professor and students are building permeable dams along the Surinam coast, reclaiming land and facilitating mangrove reforestation that protects coastal areas and communities from erosion.

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Mexico’s Riviera Maya: Ground Zero for Sustainable Development

Acknowledging the broad-based value Quintana Roo’s diminishing forests afford society, state Governor Roberto Borge Angulo announced a 15-year strategic plan to restore 700,000 hectares (1,729,000 acres) of forest. With ongoing expansion of the tourism-driven Maya Riviera economy, prospects for success hinge on the ability to reconcile tensions and conflicts of interest inherent to notions of sustainable development.

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Researchers Flock to the Arctic as CO2 Surpasses 400PPM

New Arctic Ocean data adds to evidence linking rising CO2 levels to climate warming, which is occurring faster than it has since long before the Age of the Dinosaurs. A team of 40 researchers is gathering Arctic Ocean data before the region as we know it ceases to exist as the global average concentration of atmospheric CO2 surpassed 400 ppm.

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Emissions Impacts of Covert Tropical Deforestation Revealed

As cacao production in West Africa continues to decline during the current period of record-high demand for chocolate South American nations such as Peru have been rushing to expand the land under cacao cultivation to fill the gap. That, in turn, is accelerating the pace of deforestation and the degradation of other crucial ecosystems and the life-supporting services and products…

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Analysis Shows Benefits, Costs of Climate Change Action, Inaction

12,000 deaths a year in 49 US cities could be avoided if strong actions to reduce GHG emissions and address climate warming, according to a peer-reviews analysis released Monday by the EPA’s Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis project. That’s just one benefit. Compared to a scenario of inaction, taking strong climate action would avoid approximately 13,000 deaths in 2050 and 57,000 deaths annually in 2100 from poor air quality. Delay will result in these costs rising over the course of the 21st century, the report says.