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In the 19th century, as land
-hungry pioneers steered their wagon trains westward across the United States, they encountered a vast land
scape of towering grasses that nurtured deep, fertile soils.
Today, just three percent of North ...
Southeast Asia has more than 27 million hectares of forested peatland, and peat releases devastating amounts of methane and carbon
when drained or burned. Approximately 80% of the world's peatland is in Indonesia, and much of it is slated to be ...
The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that the Government of Madagascar has approved carbon
sales with Microsoft and its carbon offset
partner, The Carbon
Neutral Company, and Zoo Zurich. The carbon
credit sales will support the ...
The greening of American energy is both real and profound. Since President Obama took office, the nation's solar capacity has increased more than tenfold. Wind power has more than doubled, to 60,000 megawatts -- enough to power nearly 20 million ...
The new State Department Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone Pipeline does three things. First, it signals a greater likelihood that the pipeline project will be approved later this year by the administration. Second, it vividly ...
Even though farmers in the Pacific Northwest won’t feel the effects of climate change as much as their counterparts in southern regions, they will need to adjust their cropping strategies.
The University of Idaho is in year four of a ...
The George Washington Bridge and the Pinelands are at opposite ends of New Jersey – almost in different universes. One is a double-decker of steel and cable, groaning with bumper-to-bumper traffic. The other is a delicate, protected ecosystem, ...
Seven billion people and growing. A quarter of them living in poverty. Unsustainable -- and unequal -- resource use. Land
scapes vanishing, along with their nonhuman inhabitants. Global warming upending natural systems. These are tough times on ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...
The latest climate talks in Warsaw may have achieved little in the way of action on climate change, but they were even worse for biodiversity. In fact, since early climate talks in the 1990s, biodiversity has vanished from international and ...
Panama’s government has resolved a bitter dispute over the alleged violation of indigenous people’s human rights, reviving a forest preservation scheme that was forcibly suspended earlier this year.
The country`s US$5.8 million scheme to ...
With the Australian, Japanese, and Canadian governments making an about-face on carbon
-emissions reduction targets during the Warsaw climate summit, some experts are warning that the global need for solutions offset
ting CO2 emissions is passing a ...
In addition to being a warming hot spot, the Arctic plays a pivotal role in the movement of carbon
between atmosphere, land
But the degree to which Arctic regions are a carbon
sink, versus a source of greenhouse gas, is still a ...
snapshot Emissions of carbon
dioxide from fossil fuels and cement production reached a new high in 2012, rising 2.2 per cent over 2011 due chiefly to an increase in coal-burning China, scientists say.
Output of CO2 from these ...
Malaysia had the world's highest rate of forest loss between 2000 and 2012, according to a new global forest map developed in partnership with Google.
Malaysia's total forest loss during the period amounted to 14.4 percent of its year ...
Environmental initiatives that target zero net deforestation may miss their mark when it comes to slowing climate change and protecting biodiversity, warns a commentary published in this week's issue of the journal Science.
While zero ...
finance supported the management of forests spanning 26.5 million hectares worldwide as businesses in 2012 injected a near-record $216 million into projects that plant trees, avoid deforestation, improve forest management and support ...
Nineteen companies selling carbon
credits have been shut in the past 15 months for bilking investors out of 24 million pounds ($38.7 million), British regulators said on Wednesday, warning more firms were trying to sell carbon
as a viable option ...
On Thursday, 17 October 2013 Mongabay.com and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) co-hosted a discussion on environmental issues related to palm oil. The discussion involved representatives from WWF, Greenpeace and the RSPO. ...
Much has been made of the need to develop climate-change-adaptation plans, especially in light of increasingly alarming findings about how swiftly the environment that sustains life as we know it is deteriorating, and how the changes compound one ...
After lifting off this week from the chaotic urban jungle of Kinshasa, scientists guided a twin-engine aircraft over the real jungle. With a small onboard laser, they began sweeping the vast rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Cambodia’s only U.N.-backed carbon
trading scheme is still nowhere near making any money for communities and logging in the area continues to threaten the very forests supposed to generate tens of millions of dollars over the next 30 years, ...
Scientists will this week issue their starkest warning yet about the mounting dangers of global warming. In a report to be handed to political leaders in Stockholm on Monday, they will say that the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation have ...
Michael Kusolo and his wife Mary lost all their four children in land
slides that occurred in 2012 on the steep slopes of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda's Bududa District. Experts say that it is important that climate finance actually reaches ...
It’s a common refrain: If people only knew more about the science, there wouldn’t be so much polarization on the issue of climate change. But Dan M. Kahan’s groundbreaking work has gone a long way to prove that idea wrong. In fact, he’s found, ...