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Desert agriculture may amplify the process of burying carbon deep below the surface in aquifers

A Hidden Carbon Sink Underneath the World’s Deserts?

About 40 percent of the carbon dioxide released from deforestation and burning fossil fuel stays in the atmosphere. Another 30 percent is taken up in the oceans. It was thought that the remaining 30 percent of anthropogenic carbon was absorbed by plants on land, but subsequent measurements didn’t bear that out, leading to the question of the “missing carbon sink.” The…

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June 2015 Hottest on Record: Super El Niño, Heatwaves, Record Precipitation and Drought

According to data released this week by the Japan Meteorological Agency,  June 2015 was the hottest June in the global record. On Wednesday NASA reported similar findings, with 2015 tied with 1998 as the warmest on record. What is considered one of the strongest El Niños in 50 years underpins the ongoing global warming trend, making expectations for 2015 to beat last year as the…

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Politics of a Warming Arctic

The front line of climate change and the politics of a warming Arctic – It was just a little over 100 years ago that Robert Peary’s expedition first reached the north pole – or at least very close. In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS), including Canada, the United States, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and…

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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

Our Common Future Under Climate Change

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

Living in a post-carbon world – The largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference Our Common Future Under Climate Change (CFCC15) included 2000 scientists from nearly 100 countries discussing a large breadth of interests and disciplines. A total of 165 session over…

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Global Commission Puts Forth 10 Actions to Spur Economies and Reduce Emissions

Releasing a broad-based and far-ranging new research report entitled, “Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate,” the Global Commission for the Economy and the Climate identifies ten economic growth opportunities that “could close up to 96 percent of the gap between business-as-usual emissions and the level needed to limit dangerous climate change.”

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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.