A new study shows that extra CO2 in the atmosphere isn't speeding up rainforest tree growth. Uh oh?
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Reversing defaunation: Restoring species in a changing world", this new article in the Science magazine reviews the full spectrum of conservation
Palm oil is in hundreds of products we routinely buy yet, environmentally, it's incredibly destructive.
A collaboration between historians, text mining, and information visualisation researchers has thrown up new insight into the hunger for sugar, coffee and rubber in the 19th century, as well as how fat
People who love animals and open spaces often have little use for other people. Naturalist David Attenborough recently described humans as "a plague on earth". David Foreman of Earth First has set a goal
Global warming is primarily driven by increasing emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities. Chief among these gases is carbon dioxide (CO2), which warms the planet by trapping heat that would
Rising temperatures are linked to a decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption by tropical forests, according to a 50-year
In this blog and other blogs that will follow, I will show you how laws of nature limit human expectations borne from ignorance and arroganc...
New research shows that scientists have significantly overestimated the damage that logging in tropical forests has done to biodiversity, a finding that could change the way conservationists think about how best to preserve species in areas disturbed by humans.
A lot can change in 28 years, and Google has put together a very graphic demonstration of just how much can happen geographically with a new effort that combines global, annual Landsat satellite image composites with its Google Earth Engine software. The result is a series of interactive time la
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expected to sign extended deal to help restore habitat of tigers and orangutans
To the philosopher, the physician, the meteorologist, and the chemist, there is perhaps no subject more attractive than that of ozone." -...
What we have to learn from Genghis Khan is that forests actually can work to bring climate back into a second Holocene. What we don't yet k...
2013/03/14: The United States has spent over $600 billion dollars on its Afghan war effort1, but most of the money has gone to military infrastructure and sophisticated weaponry; little of it has gone to the education of Afghan youth or to addressing the degradation of Afghan land.
The children I am working with had never heard the word ‘ecology.’ They can only conjecture at the species of animals and plants that might co-inhabit their nation, guessing at camels, elephants and lions, all of which are wrong. One student suggested the word ‘snake’, when I asked her if she knew what a snake was, she said that she thought it was “some kind of bug.”
This is one small indicator of the level of ignorance that humanity faces about the physical world that we inhabit and ecological basis of life on earth.
Thanks to climate change, millions of square miles of new trees and shrubs are turning the far north green, say researchers. And that's not good.
The UNFCCC COP-18 in Doha worked overtime to finally agree not to disagree. The Secretariat was quick to make a release that declares success and highlights four results: Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol
Illegal logging is a major contributor to tropical deforestation and forest degradation. Australia is currently considering legislation to prevent the importation of illegally logged wood. But if the legislation
This is probably the most amazing thing I learned all weekend. The Amazon rainforest-with all its plant and animal life, and all its astounding biodiversity-could not exist as we know it without the patch of African desert pictured above. The rainforest is amazing, but the soil it produces isn't very nutrient rich. All the minerals
By now, we've lost interest in the idea of work entirely. All of those discussions about working more, working too much, finding ways to work less-they didn't get us anywhere. What is needed now is something that will allow us to move beyond these known distinctions and characterize, instead, engagement in activities with a sense... Continue reading ...