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Despite Government Pledges, Ravaging of Indonesia’s Forests Continues

Thu, 2018-03-22 05:00

Seven years after Indonesian officials declared a moratorium on logging in undisturbed areas, logging and palm oil interests have not eased their assault on the world’s third-largest expanse of tropical forest, with major impacts on biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Kids Are Drawing More Scientists as Women — But Still Just 30 Percent of the Time

Wed, 2018-03-21 12:56

Kids are increasingly picturing women as scientists. When researchers in the 1970s asked children to draw what they thought a scientist looked like, just 28 out of 5,000 study participants sketched a woman — 0.6 percent. Today, that number has increased to 30 percent, according to a new analysis published in the journal Child Development.

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As the Last Northern White Male Rhino Dies, Scientists Look to IVF to Save the Subspecies

Tue, 2018-03-20 13:25

Sudan, the world’s last remaining male northern white rhino, has died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya — pushing the species even closer to extinction after decades of poaching. Just two females of the subspecies remain alive today, Sudan’s daughter and granddaughter.

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To Move Paris Accord Forward, Bring Cities and Companies On Board

Tue, 2018-03-20 05:00

Much of the progress in reducing CO2 emissions is being driven by mayors, governors, premiers, corporate executives, and leaders of other non-national organizations. It’s time to acknowledge that reality and allow cities, states, and companies to sign on to the Paris Agreement.

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The World Added Nearly 30 Percent More Solar Energy Capacity in 2017

Mon, 2018-03-19 13:35

The global solar market grew 29.3 percent last year, with nations installing 98.9 gigawatts of new capacity, according to data from the industry group SolarPower Europe. While more capacity was installed in 2017, the global growth rate slowed last year, down from 49 percent in 2016, according to energy news site CleanTechnica.

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Stark Differences in Climate Impacts Between 1.5 and 2 Degrees of Warming

Fri, 2018-03-16 14:32

A difference of just half a degree of global warming, from 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius, would mean that an additional 5 million people worldwide will have the land where their homes are located be permanently submerged underwater, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

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U.S. Continues to Fight Climate Change Internationally, Despite Trump’s Statements

Thu, 2018-03-15 14:41

President Trump has been a vocal opponent of government-led efforts to combat climate change. But despite his rhetoric at home, reporting by Reuters finds that U.S. officials, from the State Department to federal agencies to government scientists, “remain active participants in international efforts to both research and fight climate change.”

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On the Louisiana Coast, A Native Community Sinks Slowly into the Sea

Thu, 2018-03-15 05:00

The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians of southern Louisiana have been called America’s first climate refugees. But two years after receiving federal funding to move to higher ground, the tribe is stuck in limbo, waiting for new homes as the water inches closer to their doors.

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U.S. Scientists Begin Tracking Local Sea Level Rise in Annual Report Cards

Tue, 2018-03-13 12:23

Scientists have launched a new initiative to create annual “report cards” on sea level rise at 32 localities along the U.S. coast, from Maine to Alaska. The reports, which will be updated each January, will use tide-gauge data to track yearly rise at each site, provide revised region-specific projections through 2050, and explain the processes affecting local sea-level change.  

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How Climate Activists Failed to Make Clear the Problem with Natural Gas

Tue, 2018-03-13 05:00

The climate movement’s biggest failure has been its inability to successfully make the case that natural gas is not a clean replacement for other fossil fuels. So as natural gas has boomed, U.S. emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, have increased dramatically. 

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Decade-Long Study Helps 21 Million Chinese Farmers Cut Fertilizer Use

Mon, 2018-03-12 14:08

Millions of Chinese farmers have cut fertilizer use, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and increased crop yields after adopting new region-specific management practices, according to a 10-year study published recently in the journal Nature

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Unchecked Global Warming Would Have "Catastrophic" Effect on Global Fisheries

Fri, 2018-03-09 15:01

If climate change continues unchecked, fisheries production could decline by as much as 60 percent in parts of the world’s oceans in the coming centuries, according to a new study published in the journal Science, threatening food and economic security.

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