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Researchers warn that without better local management, some of the world's most iconic ecosystems may collapse under climate
It is well known that corals in the Great Barrier Reef, for example, are diminishing due to ocean ...
ian rainforest has lost much of its ability to absorb climate
-altering greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, scientists reported on Wednesday.
In the 1990s, the great forest was able to store as much as two billion tonnes of ...
, trees across the Amazon
continue to stretch their limbs. But they shirk one of their more important, planet-saving tasks: inhaling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
In the drought
of 2010, the ability of the Amazon
Ecologist Philip Fearnside has lived and worked in the Brazilian Amazon
for 30 years and is one of the foremost authorities on deforestation in the world’s largest tropical forest. A professor at the National Institute for Research in the Amazon
A voice came over the intercom: would the passengers of Flight 3935, scheduled to depart Washington DC, for Charleston, South Carolina, kindly collect their carry-on luggage and get off the plane. They went down the stairs and gathered on the hot ...
In São Paulo, Brazil, which is suffering its worst drought
in almost a century, Maria de Fátima dos Santos has lived for days at a time with no water, relying on what she had carefully hoarded in bottles.But in the Bolivian Amazon
, about ...
Endowed with the Amazon
and other mighty rivers, an array of huge dams and one-eighth of the world’s fresh water, Brazil is sometimes called the “Saudi Arabia of water,” so rich in the coveted resource that some liken it to living above a sea of ...
The critical role that vast tropical forests such as Brazil’s Amazon
play in suppressing climate
change is well known: They store huge quantities of carbon, acting as “carbon sinks.”
But as a report out this week argues, scientists are ...
Longtime readers will recall how I’ve cited the Talking Heads lyric “same as it ever was” quite often over the years in assessing negotiations aimed at forging a new global agreement on slowing global warming and limiting its impacts. Some ...
A new NASA-funded study has found that a dried out Amazon
, which has experienced a decline in rainfall over the last decade, could speed up global climate
change due to the subsequent drop in vegetation.
And global climate
models predict ...
São Paulo, Brazil’s drought
-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say.
The city began using its second so-called “technical ...
Increased logging and burning in the Amazon
rainforest will worsen already disastrous drought
s, a leading Brazilian scientist warned in a new report on climate
Trees in the Amazon
rainforest emit into the atmosphere the ...
s in southern Brazil may be linked to deforestation and degradation of Earth's largest rainforest, argues a new report published by a Brazilian scientist.
Reviewing data from roughly 200 studies, Antonio Donato Nobre of ...
rainforest has degraded to the point where it is losing its ability to benignly regulate weather systems, according to a stark new warning from one of Brazil’s leading scientists.
In a new report, Antonio Nobre, researcher in ...
The lungs of the planet are drying out, threatening to cause Earth to cough up some of its carbon reserves.
rainforest inhales massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping keep the globe's carbon budget in ...
South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon.São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought
in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that ...
Say “drought” and Americans are likely to think California, but the Golden State is hardly alone when looking across the Western Hemisphere: A dry spell has killed cattle and wiped out crops in Central America, parts of Colombia have seen rioting ...
Agricultural losses are no longer the most visible effect of the drought
plaguing Brazil's most developed region. Now the energy crisis and the threat of water shortages in the city of SÃ£o Paulo are painful reminders of just how dependent ...
change scientists have a new high-rise tower window on the Amazon
rainforest to capture children`s imaginations by giving them a view from the top. The towering structure gives teachers a chance to start conversations in the classroom ...
The unprecedented drought
now affecting São Paulo, South America’s giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the “flying rivers”-the vapour clouds from the Amazon
that normally bring rain to the centre and south of ...
From his front door to the banks of the Cantareira reservoir, José Christiano da Silva used to stroll only a hundred metres when he first moved to the area in 2009. Today, amid the worst drought
in São Paulo's history, he must now trek a ...
This article originally was published on Conservation International's blog, Human Nature, as part of the "Conservation Tools' blog series which spotlights how cutting-edge technology is helping scientists explore and protect the natural ...
, the most severe category, afflicts over 58 percent of California. The current drought
may be a mere sneak preview of longer lasting and more devastating drought
in the coming century, according to a study published in the ...
Gambel oak and other shrubs whose roots survived a lightning-sparked wildfire in 2013 sprout on many slopes once dominated by ponderosa pines. Black, mangled masses of wood and dead barley plants loom over the new growth, which also includes ...
The chance of a "megadrought" gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50%, scientists say, which means bad news for California's already parched landscape.
The odds of a 10-year drought
afflicting the southwestern ...