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For centuries, farmers in the fragile ecosystems of the high Andes have looked to the behavior of plants and animals to figure out what crops to grow and when.
If reeds dried up in the late summer, rainless weather lay ahead, they ...
An epic drought
-- Brazil's worst in decades -- is threatening exports from the world's largest coffee exporter and driving up wholesale prices worldwide. We've officially entered the realm of bloggers' worst-case scenario.
Now, let's ...
With more than 140 cities implementing water rationing, analysts warning of collapsing soy and coffee exports, and reservoirs and rivers running precipitously low, talk about the World Cup in some parts of Brazil has been sidelined by concerns ...
Ricardo Vásquez Sánchez glances up at the dry thatched roof on the wood-framed platform that is his home in Peru's sweltering Amazon
"If a spark lands there, it'll go up in flames,' he says.
It is a very real danger, ...
in the Amazon
increases the release of carbon into the atmosphere, according to research published today in Nature.
plays a key role in the Earth’s climate
system, thanks to the extent of its forests, which represent ...
It always seemed odd. A decade ago, NASA satellite data suggested that the canopy of the Amazon
rainforest grew faster during a drought
. Apparently, this was just an optical illusion.
In 2003, remote sensors showed that the forest canopy ...
The old man who used to live next door was almost 80 and still smoking. His wife did not like it and made him take his ciggie outside. We would chat over the back fence if I was in the garden. "It's a rum do," Mr T would say, "Smoked all my life. ...
During the past one year, the Indonesian government has made several historic policies and breakthroughs for the preservation of its forest, the worlds third largest after the Amazon
in Brazil and Congos forest, if they are implemented ...
Seven billion people and growing. A quarter of them living in poverty. Unsustainable -- and unequal -- resource use. Landscapes 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 ...
In a year that saw carbon pollution levels hit the milestone of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere and brought record-breaking drought
, fires, typhoons, and air pollution, it can be easy to forget there are climate
champions out there, ...
After three decades of studying the world’s great rainforests, including the Amazon
and Congo Basin, I thought I’d seen the best nature has to offer. But that was before I visited a small pocket of forest in northern Borneo known as the Danum ...
A four-degree-Celsius rise in the Earth’s surface temperature could max out the amount of carbon dioxide that forests can trap from the atmosphere, according to new research by a team of European researchers.
Rainforests, such as the ...
If you’ve been paying attention to the state of the world’s climate
, you may have been shocked to read that 2013 was the best year in human history.
In 2013, enough fossil fuels were burned so that carbon pollution ...
change. It’s a topic that is commonly considered controversial, and for years its very existence and effects have been debated across the globe.
"There is an elephant in the room: current and future climate
change impacts. But ...
Thirty research teams in 12 different countries have systematically compared state-of-the-art computer simulations of climate
change impact to assess how climate
change might influence global drought
, water scarcity and river flooding in the ...
and biosphere modelling suggests that the length of time carbon remains in vegetation during the global carbon cycle -- known as 'residence time' -- is the key "uncertainty" in predicting how Earth's terrestrial plant life -- and ...
New research suggests that the Amazon
rainforest may be more able to cope with dry conditions than previously predicted. Researchers at the University of Exeter and Colorado State University used a computer model to demonstrate that, providing ...
Thanks to climate
change the southern Amazon
rainforest is "drying out", say US researchers.Researchers say the southern part of the Amazon
rainforest is at a far higher risk of dieback than the models used by the Intergovernmental Panel ...
How does one tell the most important story of our time--the emergence of our great Climate
Disruption--without boring one's audience to tears, but at the same time, not resorting to over-hyped spinning of the science? "Tipping Points", a landmark ...
There's a lot of scary Halloween programming this month, but a new Weather Channel series might be the most frightening of all. “The Tipping Points: 6 Places on Earth Where Climate
’s Changed” is scary because it’s real, showing what global ...
Amidst rumours that global warming has slowed over the past 15 years, the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) states that each of the last three decades has been warmer than any preceding decade since ...
São Paulo − Higher temperatures, drastic changes in rainfall, lower productivity, more blight and disease − these are just some of the expected consequences of climate
change in Brazil if the projections of 345 scientists who make up ...
There is ample evidence from around the world of extreme weather conditions arising from the devastating effects of climate
change. But there is still plenty of denial among those who design and implement environmentally sensitive ...
The world's first satellite dedicated solely to tracking atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide is being developed at a Gilbert, Ariz., manufacturing facility, as NASA scientists move to make space the next frontier in the study of global climate