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Though scientists are striving hard to discover how the world's forests will respond to climate
change – whether they will tip from being carbon sinks to being carbon sources – much remains clouded in mystery. Photo credit: Rhett ...
White House officials confirmed Thursday that in President Obama’s meetings this coming week with the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, they’re going to be talking about climate
change.It’s unclear whether the result will be any kind ...
For several days at a time each week, Lawrence Berkeley lab scientist Kolby Jardine rambles along slippery, oft-muddy roads for miles into the heart of the Central Amazon
, braving jaguars and snakes to study more than 500 species of trees. His ...
The Brazilian rainforest could be effectively nationalised under a draft bill being considered by the country’s MPs.
The proposed legislation would recognise the sovereignty of Brazil over the Amazon
’s natural resources and set up a ...
Within the botanical menagerie that makes up the Amazon
rainforest, which is so important it's frequently dubbed the "lungs of the planet,' scientists have pinpointed a small number of tree species that are doing the heaviest breathing as they ...
About 1% of all the tree species in the Amazon
account for half of the carbon locked in the vast South American rainforest, a study has estimated.Although the region is home to an estimated 16,000 tree species, researchers found that just ...
Thousands of hectares of agricultural land in British Columbia are being planted with trees so that companies can gain credits for carbon sequestration, says NDP agricultural critic Lana Popham.
During a tour of the province, the MLA has ...
In Brazil water and electricity go together, and two years of scant rainfall have left tens of millions of people on the verge of water and power rationing, boosting arguments for the need to fight deforestation in the Amazon
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 ...