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‘Earth Systems Science’

New research and scientific studies on the state of our planet, climate change, oceans, forests, land-use restoration of ecosystems damaged by human activities.

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ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought: Enter through gills

  ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought: Enter through gills Posted: 18 Jul 2014 08:56 AM PDT The tiny plastic particles polluting our seas are not only orally ingested by marine creatures, but also enter their systems through their [...]

SUMMARY OF THE WORKING GROUP MEETING OF THE CLIMATE AND CLEAN AIR COALITION TO REDUCE SHORT-LIVED CLIMATE POLLUTANTS

The Working Group meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) convened in Paris, France, from 16-17 July 2014. The meeting was attended by more than 90 participants, representing state and non-state partners of the CCAC, its Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP), the CCAC Secretariat and [...]

Is global warming causing extreme weather via jet stream waves?

Is global warming causing extreme weather via jet stream waves?

Is global warming causing extreme weather via jet stream waves? A new study investigates how changes to atmospheric winds are making weather more extreme The jet stream that circles Earth's north pole travels west to east. But when the jet stream interacts with a Rossby wave, as shown here, the winds can wander far north and [...]

Obama Opens Eastern Seaboard to Oil Exploration

Obama Opens Eastern Seaboard to Oil Exploration

Breaking from Newsmax.com The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The move, which stands to create thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure, dismayed [...]

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Borneo deforested 30 percent over past 40 years

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   Borneo deforested 30 percent over past 40 years Posted: 16 Jul 2014 11:13 AM PDT Forest cover in Borneo may have declined by up to 30% over the past 40 years, according to a new study. he native forests of Borneo have been increasingly impacted by logging, fire, and conversion to [...]

Briefing Note on the Workshop on HFC Management

The Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Management convened from 11-12 July 2014 in in Paris, France. The workshop was convened in response to discussions held at the twenty-fifth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 25) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The sessions addressed four topics related to HFC management, [...]

Please join message to World Leaders on climate change, DDPP report launched

Please join message to World Leaders on climate change, DDPP report launched

  It is Time to Act: 2 Degrees is the Limit This is your moment as a global citizen and leader to raise your voice to head off disastrous climate change. By clicking here you can add your name with many of the world’s leading scientists and climate experts to an urgent message to [...]

Scandal of Glyphosate Re-assessment in Europe

Preposterous verdict of “acceptable” risks for glyphosate Germany, acting as the European Union rapporteur member state (RMS) submitted their glyphosate renewal assessment report (RAR) to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in January 2014, recommending re-approval of glyphosate for use in Europe with increase in the acceptable daily [...]

OTHER NEWS: At the Crucial Nexus of Water and Energy

OTHER NEWS: At the Crucial Nexus of Water and Energy

While it is, of course, vital to finally link water and energy use, this report still overlooks the opportunities for saline agriculture and aquaculture to provide all of our growing human family’s needs for food, fiber and fuel from our most abundant global resources: the Earth’s 97% seawater; daily free photons from our Sun; 40% dry and [...]

NASA Launches New Carbon-Sensing Mission to Monitor Earth’s Breathing

NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT) Wednesday. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) raced skyward from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. Approximately 56 minutes after the launch, the observatory [...]

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