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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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New Research Reveals Climate Warming 55 MYA was Geologically Instantaneous

New research into past changes in climate indicates that global warming can take place much more suddenly than previously thought – over the course of only about 13 years. Temperatures at high latitudes rose as much as 8ºC (14ºF) and oceans warmed from surface to bottom some 55 million years ago during what’s known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)….

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Video Friday: Grasslands, Carbon and Climate Change

Jeff Goebel of AboutListening discusses the importance of preserving and restoring grasslands for stabilizing habitats, species and the carbon cycle. The interview was conducted by Barry Heidt of Sustainability Action Media on the EarthSayer YouTube channel.

climate denial troll - "shocking new study" is just a press release on well-established science

Shocking New NASA Report Shows CO2 Cools the Atmosphere: Anatomy of a Climate Denial Troll Campaign

Science is so hard… A recent post on our Facebook page claims there is a “new study” showing that carbon dioxide acts as a coolant in the atmosphere. Our Facebook poster, we’ll call him “Adam” (because that’s his name), is confident he’s unearthed this new pearl of knowledge that blows centuries of science on CO2 aside. I assume this now means…

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Reforestation is an essential element of reducing CO2 and helping to restore a healthy environment

The Benefits of Reforestation

Guest post by Mircea Giurca Climate change and reforestation Global reforestation is an important environmental issue of growing concern. International programs like the United Nations  Initiative for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation  (UN-REDD) are key for implementing global programs for reducing deforestation, emissions through reforestation and aforestation projects. Efforts to restore and establish global forest coverage have many benefits on a…

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Post-Industrial Age Black Carbon Deposits Help Accelerate Loss of Glacial Ice, Marine Ecosystem Changes

Black carbon from man-made burning of fossil fuels and biomass is helping accelerate glacial ice loss at the Mendenhall Glacier and is changing the marine ecosystem in the Gulf of Alaska, a scientific research team finds.

Washington State Pushed to Recognize Threat of Ocean Acidification to Coastal Waters

Ocean acidification is receiving greater attention from marine scientists as ocean waters worldwide have been found to be getting more acidic. Absorbing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the world ocean – including the plankton, coral and shellfish that live in it – is the largest carbon sink on the planet, but its capacity is limited. Atmospheric carbon dioxide…

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