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If you’re driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy ...
IN 1998 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then Brazil’s president, said he would triple the area of the Amazonian forest set aside for posterity. At the time the ambition seemed vain: Brazil was losing 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of ...
Air pollution caused by fires set for land-clearing on Sumatra has become a regularly occurrence in Southeast Asia, spurring hand-wringing in Singapore and Malaysia over health effects and worries among environmentalists over the climate
At the end of 2012, at a time when many states were replacing their aging coal plants, Arkansas switched on a new $1.8-billion coal plant, one of two the state has fired up in the past five years.
The state saw emissions from its power ...
Long, heavy logging trucks, swaying with the weight of charred California pines, wind through the forest near Yosemite National Park, part of an effort to clean up from last year’s devastating wildfires even as new blazes break out this ...
In a relentless sweep across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the largest outbreak of Ebola, a virus that causes dramatic internal bleeding and often a hasty death, has now claimed 467 lives, from 759 infections, since February this year, ...
ing takes many forms: wildfires, slash-and-burn agriculture, clearing forests
and other vegetation, and even industrialized burn
ing for energy production. Yet this burn
ing-mostly manmade but also natural-takes a massive toll both on ...
Wildfires and other types of fires involving plant matter play a much bigger role in climate
change and human health than previously thought, according to a recent study.Scientists have long known that biomass burn
ing - burn
Nearly one-fifth of the carbon dioxide emissions caused by humans can be traced back to wildfires, slash-and-burn agriculture and the burn
ing of wood waste to produce power, a Stanford University report found. While “biomass burn
ing” has long ...
The map above shows the predicted global warming impact of all anthropogenic emissions, including biomass burn
ing, on global near-surface air temperature since 1850. The map below shows the observed change in global near-surface air temperature ...
Rumbling afternoon thundershowers are breaking over the Southwest, bringing gratitude and sweet relief – not that the region needed much relieving this year. Bouts of cool, wet weather throughout early summer helped stave off the conflagrations ...
Long considered an unproductive hindrance to growth and development, peat swamp forests
in Southeast Asia have been systematically cleared, drained and burn
ed away to make room plantations and construction. Now, as alternating cycles of fires and ...
A workhorse Delta 2 rocket roared to life and climbed away from California coast early Wednesday, boosting an environmental research satellite into orbit on a $468 million mission to precisely measure global carbon dioxide levels, a key factor in ...
Add your name to the growing list of people urging President Obama to protect the greater Yosemite ecosystem from post-fire salvage logging. In a warming world, we must act to foster a healthy regeneration of fire-affected forests
and unroaded ...
The central California wildfire that yesterday destroyed three homes and forced hundreds of evacuations is just the latest blaze to strain the nation's overburdened federal firefighting system. According to the latest official update, by Monday ...
Research indicates that areas with more forest cover tend to have superior food security compared to areas with less. In addition, the loss of forest cover to deforestation has long-term impacts not only locally, but also globally. These topics ...
It's easy to imagine new snow so bright that we must avert our eyes even while wearing sunglasses. What scientists are discovering, though, is this brilliant whiteness of snow and ice is increasingly being dimmed by air pollution.
Coal built the modern world and still makes its lights glow, but we've reached a turning point in our love affair with this powerful and ancient fuel.
The world—with China and the U.S. in the lead—burns more coal now than ever, and our ...
Alaska is battling a huge wildfire this Memorial Day. In the last 24 hours the fire has spread to become bigger than Chicago, prompting officials to issue an order for about 900 people as it threatens Alaska`s Kenai Peninsula, a region south of ...
Next to a newly paved highway in the Peruvian Amazon, a discreet white-on-green sign urges travellers to protect the surrounding ecosystem. “Let's care for the environment, let's conserve the forest,” it reads. But the appeal comes too late for ...
Last week, the White House released the National Climate
Assessment, and the news is grim. Coral reefs are dying, shellfish will increasingly make us sick, and cherries are being decimated by weather extremes. Along the Eastern Seaboard, waters ...
When it rains, it pours. When it's dry, it's parched. When it's hot, it lasts.
These are some of the impacts climate
change is already bringing to the United States, with more extremes to come in the future, according to the National ...
change is baking Southwestern cities, intensifying wildfires and straining water supplies, and the worst is yet to come, scientists say in the latest National Climate
Assessment released Tuesday.
The Earth is heating ...
On Tuesday, the federal government released its third report of climate
change in the U.S. The report, called the National Climate
Assessment, makes clear that climate
change is a present-day issue and a growing threat. While climate
change is ...
Some of the most distinguished scientists in the US have written to UK energy secretary Ed Davey, urging him to abandon the government’s “misguided” subsidies for companies burn
ing wood pellets to generate electricity, such as the Drax plant in ...