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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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Record-breaking temperature in London on July 1st, 2015

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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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.

Folsom Lake at Sunset during the California drought

EarthTalk: Should We Blame the California Drought on Environmentalists?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists like some conservatives have suggested?   — Betsy Martin, Butte, MT While no one questions that California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in…

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Infographic: Gas Flaring Worldwide

The problem of gas flaring Gas flaring, or the venting of natural gas, is a common process associated with oil extraction and other industrial activities. In the United States, gas flaring has grown right along with the boom in “tight oil” plays such as North Dakota’s Bakken field. Of course, flaring gas is not limited to the U.S. but is a…

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Arctic Sea Ice Loss Raises Prospect of a Colder Europe

Arctic warming and sea ice loss is reducing ocean-atmosphere heat exchange and the flow of ocean waters that fuel the Gulf Stream and Atlantic Meridional Overtuning Circulation, according to groundbreaking new oceanographic climate research. That raises the prospect of a much colder Europe,

Pope Francis delivers his Encyclical on climate change

Pope Francis Calls on “All People of Good Will” to Care for Creation

At a time when the influence of institutional religion is waning in many part of the world, Pope Francis remains one of the most trusted and popular people on Earth. Leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, Francis has put the weight of his authority squarely behind a global call to action to stop what he calls “the…

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