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Environment

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

In Paris, Secretary Jewell Releases Report on Actions Underway to Combat Climate Change in National Parks

WASHINGTON — Today, the National Park Service (NPS) released a report detailing actions underway to address climate change threats to infrastructure, recreation, and natural and cultural resources. The report follows a recent studythat revealed sea-level rise caused by climate change could pose a risk to more than $40 billion worth of national park assets and resources.

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

IUCN Urges Climate Resolutions to Recognize Nature’s Solutions

Paris, France, 28 November 2015 (IUCN) – Ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – is calling for an agreement that recognises the role of nature in reducing carbon emissions and helping nations adapt to climate change.

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Scenery Not Just Greenery has an Impact on Health

November 27, 2015 — People feel healthier when they live in a more scenic area, a new study has found. Researchers have found that this link holds across urban, suburban and rural areas of England, and cannot simply be explained by the income of local residents, or how green an area is.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Study Incorporates Ecological Processes Into Earth System Models to Improve Climate Change Predictions

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 11, 2015 – A professor in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment ( www.cnre.vt.edu) is launching a new project to enable scientists to look many decades ahead and predict the effectiveness of land management practices in agriculture and forestry to mitigate climate change.

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Arctic Tundra Fire Causes Widespread Permafrost Landscape Changes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Large and severe tundra fires cause top down permafrost thaw, playing a major role in altering Arctic landscapes according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Acid Rain Effects on Forest Soils Begin to Reverse

Soil acidification from acid rain that is harmful to plant and aquatic life has now begun to reverse in forests of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, according to an American-Canadian collaboration of five institutions led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Friday, October 30th, 2015

NASA Carbon Observatory Reveals Emission Patterns

Scientists busy poring over more than a year of data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission are seeing patterns emerge as they seek answers to the science questions that drive the mission.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Fulfilment of FOREST EUROPE Commitments Analysed in Two New Publications

Two important publications, in addition to the State of Europe’s Forests 2015 report, were released at the 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, held in Madrid, Spain, on 20-21 October 2015. These two new reports analyse different aspects related to the level of fulfilment of the FOREST EUROPE commitments adopted by the signatories of this process in

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Study Shows that Tree Planting Alone May Not Significantly Offset Urban Carbon Emissions

Around the world, from small towns to the biggest cities, civic soldiers in the battle against global warming are striving to cut carbon emissions. One oft-used strategy is to plant more trees, which suck up carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. But does adding more oaks and maples make a dent in urban carbon-reduction goals? How

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Arctic Mammals May Face Shrinking Habitat from Climate Warming

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A new scientific study predicts that some of Alaska’s mammal species will respond to future climate warming by concentrating in northern areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska. If true, for many species, this would be a significant northward shift into tundra habitats where they are

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