Can development and conservation go hand in hand in Colombia’s Orinoquia region?

by Glenn Hyman| Aug 10, 2017 A diverse group of environmental and private sector specialists met in Bogotá last week to discuss how to achieve sustainable development in Colombia’s Orinoquia region. Meeting participants explored possible scenarios of sustainable development that reconcile nature protection and improve human well-being. Organized by […]

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Australia to ax support for long-term ecology sites

By John PickrellAug. 11, 2017 , 5:10 PM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—The Simpson Desert of central Australia is as starkly beautiful as it is ecologically entrancing. Ranks of rusty red sand dunes run unbroken for hundreds of kilometers. During rare years with sustained downpours, moist swales are carpeted with spiky spinifex […]

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Summer sea ice melt in the Arctic

Date: July 24, 2017, Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Summary: Earlier this year Arctic sea ice sank to a record low wintertime extent for the third straight year. Now NASA is flying a set of instruments north of Greenland to observe the impact of the melt season on […]

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Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one

Health, economic benefits of capturing agricultural nitric oxide outlined in a study. Date: July 27, 2017, Source: Rice University Summary: Biochar could reduce local air pollution from agriculture by reducing emissions of nitric oxide from soil. Researchers argue that a better understanding of nitric oxide response to biochar will save lives […]

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How the Arctic Ocean became salty

A land bridge had to sink far enough below a top-of-the-world lake to let Atlantic saltwater overwhelm it BETH GEIGER  JUL 19, 2017 — 7:05 AM EST Tens of millions of years ago, the Arctic Ocean was a huge freshwater lake. A land bridge separated it from the salty […]

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