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Amazon inhales more carbon than it emits — Last modified March 25, 2014 15:30
A new study led by NASA and the University of Leeds has confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit.
Fast breeding insect devastates Java's rice — Last modified March 10, 2014 11:31
Java could lose up to six million tons of rice in 2014, unless something is done immediately to regulate and reduce pesticide use.
Bhaskar Save, the Gandhi of Natural Farming — Last modified February 25, 2014 09:28
Sage of a minimalist farming system based on non-violence and all of nature’s biodiversity that produces in abundance with no chemical input Bharat Mansata.
New maps highlight habitat corridors in the tropics — Last modified February 18, 2014 13:44
A team of Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) scientists created maps of habitat corridors connecting protected areas in the tropics to incorporate biodiversity co-benefits into climate change mitigation strategies. Drs. Patrick Jantz, Scott Goetz, and Nadine Laporte describe their findings in an article entitled, “Carbon stock corridors to mitigate climate change and promote biodiversity in the tropics,” available online in the journal Nature Climate Change on January 26.
UM research shows converting land to agriculture reduces carbon uptake — Last modified February 18, 2014 13:43
University of Montana researchers examined the impact that converting natural land to cropland has on global vegetation growth, as measured by satellite-derived net primary production, or NPP. They found that measures of terrestrial vegetation growth actually decrease with agricultural conversion, which has important implications for terrestrial carbon storage.
Large old trees grow fastest, storing more carbon — Last modified January 24, 2014 11:25
Trees do not slow in their growth rate as they get older and larger – instead, their growth keeps accelerating, according to a study published today in the journal Nature.
Insight: Cyclone Monica’s ecological consequences — Last modified January 16, 2014 09:31
In 2006, a “mega” tropical cyclone (or hurricane) cut a swathe of destruction across northern Australia. Cyclone Monica was one of the largest and most intense such cyclones ever tracked in the southern hemisphere, but because no one died and no towns were hit, it was largely ignored as a major climate event by the wider community. Yet the ecological consequences of this cyclone were profound.
Big Data project reveals where carbon-stocking projects in Africa provide the greatest benefits — Last modified January 10, 2014 16:14
In order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere it is necessary to make sure that carbon is stored on the ground to the greatest extent possible. But how do you qualify the potential of landscapes to stock carbon? Researchers now present the first continental-scale assessment of which areas may provide the greatest direct and indirect benefits from carbon storage reforestation projects in Africa.
Overgrazing turning parts of Mongolian Steppe into desert — Last modified September 16, 2013 11:26
Overgrazing by millions of sheep and goats is the primary cause of degraded land in the Mongolian Steppe, one of the largest remaining grassland ecosystems in the world, Oregon State University researchers say in a new report.
Boosting 'crop per drop' could cut water usage — Last modified September 02, 2013 15:07
Agriculture currently consumes more freshwater than any of man's other activities. And global demand for both food and water is growing fast. With that in mind, a team from the US and Germany has examined how many calories are created for each litre of water consumed, for 16 staple food crops around the world.
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