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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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FULL PLANET, EMPTY PLATES: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 PRE-PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT FULL PLANET, EMPTY PLATES: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity by Lester R. Brown Full Planet, Empty Plates Buy book button “Could food be the weak link in our early twenty-first civilization, much as it was in so many of the earlier civilizations whose archeological sites [...]

‘Benign’ malaria key driver of human evolution in Asia-Pacific

'Benign' malaria key driver of human evolution in Asia-Pacific Posted: 04 Sep 2012 02:09 PM PDT The malaria species rampant in the Asia-Pacific region has been a significant driver of evolution of the human genome, a new study has shown. An international team of researchers has shown that Plasmodium vivax malaria, the most prevalent malaria [...]

Of mice and melodies: Research on language gene seeks to uncover the origins of the singing mouse

Of mice and melodies: Research on language gene seeks to uncover the origins of the singing mouse Posted: 10 Aug 2012 04:37 PM PDT Singing mice are unique rodents that use song to communicate. An important underlying gene that is thought to influence the singing behavior is a transcription factor called FOXP2, sometimes called the 'language [...]

Extreme Weather and the 2012 Election

August 9th, 2012 Let's make climate change an election issue! Tell Romney and Obama to make climate change a campaign issue now! TAKE ACTION NOW! It's official. July was the hottest month in U.S. history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But we don't have to tell you that it's been hot - you've been [...]

Research Links Extreme Summer Heat Events to Global Warming

ScienceDaily (Aug. 6, 2012) — A new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth's land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century. The research was published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The [...]

Salvadoran Civil Society Groups Opposed to Carbon Credit Plan

Click for original article here By Edgardo Ayala SAN SALVADOR, Aug 2 2012 (IPS) - Civil society organisations are asking the World Bank to reject the Salvadoran government's proposal to join a programme for reducing greenhouse gas emissions linked to deforestation, on the argument that it will actually harm the environment. If the [...]

NOAA Ship Fairweather conducting hydrographic reconnaissance in the Arctic

Mission to update measurements dating to the 18th century NOAA Ship Fairweather begins a 30-day survey mission in the Arctic this week, scheduled to check a sparsely measured 1,500-nautical mile coastal corridor from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, north through the Bering Strait and east to the Canadian border. The mission will collect needed [...]

Ozone loss and climate change are now “intimately” connected

Ethical Markets’ colleagues at the  scientific group HELIO report new discovery. - Hazel Henderson, editor  Published on Thursday, July 26, 2012 by Common Dreams Increase in Extreme Storms Causing 'Rapid Ozone Destruction' Injection of water vapor makes ozone layer sensitive to global warming -- and geoengineering - Common Dreams [...]

Focusing Science on the Damage

We at Ethical Markets agree with Chandran Nair ! - Hazel Henderson, Editor HONG KONG — At the end of June, Brazil’s state-controlled oil company, Petrobras, announced plans to invest $44 billion in the “pre-salt” oil fields in the country’s coastal waters, whose holdings of at least 50 billion barrels are one of the biggest oil finds [...]

Is this a ‘tipping point’ for climate change and our planet?

NASA scientists today were stunned when following the hottest July in the northern hemisphere since records began, "Greenland's surface ice cover experienced melting over 97% of its surface" based on satellite observations. NASA's press release states "such pronounced melting at summit and across the ice sheet has not occurred since 1889". To [...]

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