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Soils in newly forested areas store substantial carbon that could help offset climate change

Soils in newly forested areas store substantial carbon that could help offset climate change

Surface appearances can be so misleading: In most forests, the amount of carbon held in soils is substantially greater than the amount contained in the trees themselves. If you’re a land manager trying to assess the potential of forests to offset carbon emissions and climate change by soaking up atmospheric carbon and storing it, what’s […]

New models predict drastically greener Arctic in coming decades

New models predict drastically greener Arctic in coming decades

New research predicts that rising temperatures will lead to a massive «greening,» or increase in plant cover, in the Arctic. In a paper published on March 31 in Nature Climate Change, scientists reveal new models projecting that wooded areas in the Arctic could increase by as much as 50 percent over the next few decades. […]

В Час Земли всемирные достопримечательности выключили свое освещение

В Час Земли всемирные достопримечательности выключили свое освещение

Эмпайр Стейт Билдинг, Эйфелева башня и Кремль совместно со многими другими достопримечательностями по всему миру погасили свои огни на 60 минут, с тем, чтобы привлечь внимание к глобальному изменению климата. Символическая демонстрация приверженности людей к сохранению окружающей среды – «Час Земли» – состоялась в 20:30 по местному времени на всех континентах планеты. В оживленном Нью-Йорке […]

Tiny grazers play key role in marine ecosystem health

Tiny grazers play key role in marine ecosystem health

Tiny sea creatures no bigger than a thumbtack are being credited for playing a key role in helping provide healthy habitats for many kinds of seafood, according to a new study by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and U.S. Geological Survey. The little crustacean «grazers,» some resembling tiny shrimp, are critical in protecting seagrasses […]

Streams stressed by pharmaceutical pollution

Streams stressed by pharmaceutical pollution

Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are disrupting streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality. So reports a new Ecological Applications paper, which highlights the ecological cost of pharmaceutical waste and the need for more research into environmental impacts. Lead author Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall, a scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem […]

Un reactor al centralei nucleare de la Kozlodui, oprit din cauza unei avarii

Un reactor al centralei nucleare de la Kozlodui, oprit din cauza unei avarii

Reactorul 5 al centralei nucleare din orasul bulgar Kozlodui a fost oprit, ieri, din cauza unei avarii. Potrivit biroului de presa al centralei, s-a constatat scurgere de hidrogen din sistemul de racire a turbogeneratorului, partea nenucleara a reactorului, scrie rtv.net. In conformitate cu procedurile prevazute pentru asemenea cazuri a inceput inlocuirea hidrogenului cu azot. Nu […]

Южные провинции Китая готовятся к более сильным бурям

Южные провинции Китая готовятся к более сильным бурям

В пятницу жители южного Китая были предупреждены о возможности сильных ливней и града, после того, как в пяти провинциях этого региона от последствий бури погибли 24 человека, а в одном из городов разыгралось нешуточное торнадо с выпадением града размером с куриное яйцо. Как утверждает метеорологический центр Китая, экстремальные погодные явления будут продолжаться до воскресенья. «Все […]

Splendid Skadar Lake (Montenegro and Albania) surprises with new species of snails

Splendid Skadar Lake (Montenegro and Albania) surprises with new species of snails

The Gastropoda, more commonly known as snails and slugs, are a large group of animals within the phylum Mollusca. Gastropоds species are extremely diverse in forms and sizes, ranging from microscopic to large. About 50 species of snails are currently considered to inhabit Skadar Lake, the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. The Bojana River connects […]

Hope for Galapagos wildlife threatened by marine invaders

Hope for Galapagos wildlife threatened by marine invaders

Increasing tourism and the spread of marine invasive non-native species is threatening the unique plant and marine life around the Galapagos Islands. UK scientists from the Universities of Southampton and Dundee are currently investigating the extent of the problem following a grant from the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative, which aims to protect biodiversity and promote […]

Move over squirrels: Leopards are new backyard wildlife

Move over squirrels: Leopards are new backyard wildlife

A new study led by WCS-India scientist Vidya Athreaya finds that certain landscapes of western India completely devoid of wilderness and with high human populations are crawling with a different kind of backyard wildlife: leopards. The study found as many as five adult large carnivores, including leopards and striped hyenas, per 100 square kilometers (38 […]

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