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MonthJuly 2017

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 … Continue Reading Summer sea ice melt in the Arctic

Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought

With 885 million consumers exposed to health risks, the study calls for urgent investments in improved sanitation. Date: July 5, 2017, Source: IOP Publishing Summary: The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate … Continue Reading Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought

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 … Continue Reading Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one

The hunt for offshore oil is killing tiny sea creatures that are key for healthy oceans

Zooplankton. Photo: NOAA / Wikimedia Commons by Alessandra Potenza@ale_potenza  Jun 23, 2017, 12:15pm EDT A widely used method to find oil and gas for offshore drilling can kill tiny sea creatures that are key … Continue Reading The hunt for offshore oil is killing tiny sea creatures that are key for healthy oceans

How climate change will affect the quality of our water

Algae blooms in Lake St. Clair and in western Lake Erie in 2015. Photo: NASA by Alessandra Potenza@ale_potenza  Jul 27, 2017, 2:00pm EDT Last year, slimy green and foul-smelling algae took over Florida’s beaches, releasing … Continue Reading How climate change will affect the quality of our water

South Asia’s climate hazard hotspots

Mapping risks and estimating impacts on people and agriculture Extreme climate events are taking a heavy toll in countries around the world, destroying lives and livelihoods. Since the late 1980s, … Continue Reading South Asia’s climate hazard hotspots

Agricultural scientists urge new global crop alliance to secure future food supply

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – At a time when weather patterns are becoming less predictable and population pressures on food supply are increasing, a group of crop scientists are laying the … Continue Reading Agricultural scientists urge new global crop alliance to secure future food supply

Climate models underestimate global warming by exaggerating cloud brightening

Date:April 7, 2016Source:DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Summary: Researchers have found that climate models are aggressively making clouds ‘brighter’ as the planet warms. This may be causing models to underestimate how … Continue Reading Climate models underestimate global warming by exaggerating cloud brightening

Paying people to protect forests is worth it

Participants in the PES program receiving their payments for conserving trees. A new Northwestern University study suggests that paying people to conserve their trees could be a highly cost-effective way … Continue Reading Paying people to protect forests is worth it

Global warming could create 150 million ‘climate refugees’ by 2050

Environmental Justice Foundation report says 10% of the global population is at risk of forced displacement due to climate change. John Vidal in Barcelona – Monday 2 November 2009 19.05 EST Global warming will … Continue Reading Global warming could create 150 million ‘climate refugees’ by 2050

Source of Arctic Mercury Pollution Identified in New Study

DRI research team part of international effort to understand global impact Reno, NV (Friday July 14, 2017): Vast amounts of toxic mercury are accumulating in the Arctic tundra, threatening the health … Continue Reading Source of Arctic Mercury Pollution Identified in New Study

ASEAN calls for agroforestry guidelines

BY ROB FINLAYSON · JULY 11, 2017 Agroforestry guidelines are to be established by ASEAN to help its member states share the benefits with their 650 million citizens thanks to the leadership … Continue Reading ASEAN calls for agroforestry guidelines

Land-rights policies in Latin America still fall short, studies show

By: BARBARA FRASER JUNE 18, 2017 Scientists present their findings on forest tenure and land use at a major conference in Peru Peru – Latin American countries have made progress in granting land … Continue Reading Land-rights policies in Latin America still fall short, studies show

Forests, people and data

By KATE EVANS PUBLISHED ON JUNE 30, 2017 Participatory monitoring for REDD+ put to the test Growing up in a village in Indonesia’s Central Java in the 1980s, Dian Ekowati … Continue Reading Forests, people and data

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