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The costs of climate change are here and now

Berkeley Researchers Highlight Severe, Present Day Costs of Climate Change

Reviewing more than 100 current climate studies, two University of California, Berkeley researchers concluded that global waming is already taking a heavy toll on people and economic activity the world over.

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Rwanda Green Fund Investments Paying Big Dividends

Issuing its ninth request for proposals this week, Rwanda’s Green Fund, FONERWA continues to empower Rwandans, funding and assisting stakeholders to carry out projects that improve socioeconomic conditions, create employment and new business development opportunities while leveraging and conserving the country’s natural capital.

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Rising Ocean Temperatures Lead to Increase in Marine Pathogens and Infections

In a landmark research paper an international team of marine microbiologists concludes that rising sea surface temperatures are leading to population booms of the marine pathogen Vibrio cholerae and other members of the genus in Northern Atlantic waters.

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FAO Completes World’s First Global Assessment of Drylands Forests

Using free online GIS and open source software, more than 200 FAO researchers completed the groundbreaking study in less than a year.

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Federal Funding for 76 Water-Energy Conservation Projects in 13 Western States

The Dept. of Agriculture and Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Land Reclamation are investing $47 million in shared-cost funding in joining with local authorities, farmers and ranchers to improve water conservation and energy efficiency, as well as enhance drought response,

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Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Study Highlights Threats to Coastal Ecosystems

Coastal ecosystems – marshes, bogs, swamps, seagrass beds and mangroves among them – provide a wide range of beneficial services that have all too often been unknown to or ignored, including serving as carbon sinks. A ¨blue carbon¨ study by non-profit Restore America’s Estuaries puts numbers on the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) seagrasses, marshes and mangroves in the…

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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.