Resource extraction is responsible for more than 80% of global biodiversity loss and half of the total emissions, says a new comprehensive study. While the global population has doubled since the 1970s, the rate of resource extraction has tripled since then, points out Global Resources Outlook, a report by the...
By Cecilia Rosen The selection of seed varieties adapted to a particular climate could be refined if farmers themselves assess their performance, using their plots as small, experimental laboratories.This was the finding of a study on citizen science in agriculture using the new 'tricot' method – triadic comparisons of technologies...
Many cities have plans in place to adapt to or mitigate the effects of climate change. But are they credible? An ongoing study looks into the question. David Blackwell/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Marta Olazabal, AXA Research Fund In 2006, pioneering cities such as London (United Kingdom) and Durban (South Africa) started integrating climate...
by Morgan Erickson-Davis, Mongabay A recent study finds young forests sequester more carbon per year than old-growth forests. In total, it estimates that intact, old-growth forests sequestered 950 million to 1.11 billion metric tons of carbon per year while younger forests – those that have been growing less than...
A water reservoir in the Louga region of Northern Senegal BOULENGER Xavier/Shutterstock Alessandra Giannini, École normale supérieure (ENS) Over the last decade many countries in the Sahel region – the semi-arid southern edge of the Sahara that stretches from Senegal to Ethiopia – have been embroiled in conflict. Populations in these countries...
Niki Rust, Newcastle University The ten hottest years on record were all during the past two decades and the hottest global ocean temperatures ever were recorded in 2018 – a heat increase from 2017 equivalent to 100 million times that of the Hiroshima bomb. Climate change is here and it’s...
A new study revealed a record level of concern among Americans on the impact of climate change. According to the Yale program on climate change communication, 72% of polled Americans -- the highest since the poll began in 2008 -- said global warming was personally important to them. People who accept...
Jennifer Fitchett, University of the Witwatersrand As January 2019 entered its third week, huge swathes of the US are blanketed with snow, and winter storm warnings were in place across several states. US President Donald Trump, who has made it clear that he believes climate change is an overblown hoax,...
Greenland is losing ice at an increasing pace since 2003, with the 280bn tons of ice added on an average per year to seawater between 2002 and 2016 was enough to raise the worldwide sea level by 0.03 inches annually, shows a new study. According to the study published in...
by Shreya Dasgupta, Mongabay Of the 124 species of wild coffee known to science, 75 species, or 60 percent, are threatened with extinction due to deforestation, climate change and the spread of diseases and pests, a new study has found. The wild relative of Arabica, the most widely traded coffee...

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