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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.

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Dead-Zone Nutrient Reduction Target Pushed Out to 2035

Progress has been achieved in certain watersheds, but pushing back the target date to reduce run-off of nitrogen and phosphorous two decades is a testament to the extent and intractability of the problem.

The Black Rhino faces an uncertain future as one of the species critically endangered in the sixth great mass extinction

People Powered Mass Extinction

The world is losing its wildlife at a rate not seen in 65 million years. We are in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals in the past half-billion years. What makes this extinction crisis unique is that it is man-made. Through a combination of climate change, habitat loss/degradation, poaching and the introduction of exotic species,…

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