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Indonesian Inferno Releasing More CO2 than the U.S. Economy

In just three weeks, a raging inferno in Indonesia has released more CO2 than Germany does in a year, and more than that of the entire U.S. economy. Clearing forest and altering landscapes and waterways underlain by carbon-rich peat deposits for palm oil agriculture is to blame.

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EarthTalk: Biophilic Design – Connecting the Built Environment to Nature

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear Earthtalk: What is biophilic design in architecture and where can I see it implemented? — Winston Black, Newark, NJ Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. The moral imperative of biophilia is that we cannot flourish as…

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UNDP, UNEP Expand National Climate Adaptation Program

The two leading UN agencies are expanding efforts to assist national governments adapt to climate change as UN member nations gear up for much anticipated climate change treaty talks in Paris this December.

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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.

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NASA Dataset Projects Climate Change in the 21st Century

The high-resolution, 11-terabyte global climate change dataset includes historic data from 1950-2011 and projected changes in temperatures and rainfall based “business as usual” and ‘extreme reductions’ in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Council on Foreign Relations Addresses Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

Energy politics is the main obstacle preventing governments from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, according to a recent Council on Foreign Relations workshop. Fossil fuel subsidies are exacting a high toll on societies worldwide, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, hindering sustainable development and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ocean Health, Biodiversity Loss Among Top Challenges Facing Humanity

Wealth and gender inequality also loom large as challenges to resolving key challenges facing societies worldwide, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. Composed of leading scientists from around the world, the group issued a report upon conclusion of its third meeting in Kuala Lumpur this week.