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The Biophila Hypothesis: It's in our nature to feel good in nature

EarthTalk: The Biophilia Hypothesis – The Health Benefits of Human Contact With Nature

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is that being around trees and other plants can help us feel good? – Amy Mola, Greenville, SC Trees are known to improve air quality by capturing six common air pollutants and toxic gases: ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen…

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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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Global Temperatures keep rising into record territories. How much more before we take decisive action?

Feeling the Heat from Global Temperature Records

A large and growing body of evidence reveals that the Earth is getting warmer. Month after month, year after year, we are seeing above average global temperature records. Heat waves are smashing records all around the world. July 2015 was no exception even by the standards of a warming world. July is traditionally the hottest month of the calendar year,…

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As of August 13, 2015 we've used up the budget of Earth's resources for the year. How long can this continue?

Earth Overshoot: Running on Empty

  According to data from the Global Footprint Network, August 13, 2015 was officially “Earth Overshoot Day.” We have now used nature’s entire budget for the year. Global Footprint Monitor tracks humanity’s demand on natural resources against nature’s ability to accommodate that demand – also known as biocapacity. Carbon sequestration, natural carbon sinks for increasing carbon emissions, accounts for more…

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Protestors hope to stop Shell from exploratory drilling in the Arctic

EarthTalk: What Lessons Learned from the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is off-shore drilling any safer for the environment today given lessons learned from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico?- Leslie Jackson, Bern, NC The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010 resulted in 11 lost lives and…

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The Clean Power Plan will protect human health

The Clean Power Plan Protects Human Health

The Clean Power Plan is not only about reducing the impacts of one of the worst threats ever faced by humanity, it is also about addressing one of the foremost health issues of our times. The Clean Power Plan will protect human health by significantly reducing climate change causing greenhouse gases and air pollution. Climate change and human health There…

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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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