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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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Record high for global carbon emissions

Record high for global carbon emissions Posted: 02 Dec 2012 01:40 PM PST Global carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise again in 2012, reaching a record high of 35.6 billion tonnes - according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project. The 2.6 per cent rise projected for 2012 means global emissions from burning fossil fuel are 58 per [...]

Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

SUMMARY OF THE SIXTH MEETING OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ON THE PROTECTION AND USE OF TRANSBOUNDARY WATERCOURSES AND INTERNATIONAL LAKES WATER CONVENTION) 28-30 NOVEMBER 2012 The sixth Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) met [...]

Doha Climate Change Conference – November 2012 – Issue #7

On Saturday, delegates met in contact groups, informal consultations and other meetings of the Convention and Protocol bodies throughout the day. In the evening, the closing plenaries of the SBs convened. SBI ELECTION OF OFFICERS: SBI Chair Chruszczow reported that consultations on nominations for the Vice-Chair and Rapporteur are still [...]

Long-term research reveals how climate change is playing out in real ecosystems

Long-term research reveals how climate change is playing out in real ecosystems Posted: 01 Dec 2012 05:59 AM PST Around the world, the effects of global climate change are increasingly evident and difficult to ignore. However, evaluations of the local effects of climate change are often confounded by natural and human induced factors that [...]

How, in the animal world, a daughter avoids mating with her father: Paternal ‘voice’ recognition

How, in the animal world, a daughter avoids mating with her father: Paternal 'voice' recognition Posted: 29 Nov 2012 08:26 PM PST Paternal recognition - being able to identify males from your father's line - is important for the avoidance of inbreeding, and one way that mammals can do this is through recognizing the calls of paternal kin. [...]

Doha Climate Change Conference – November 2012 – Issue #5

On Thursday, delegates convened in contact groups, informal consultations and other meetings of the Convention and Protocol bodies throughout the day. Contact groups and informal CONSULTATIONS COP: CONTA CT GROUP ON FINANCE: This meeting was co-chaired by Kamel Djemouai (Algeria) and Gregory Andrews (Australia). Co-Chair Djemouai explained that [...]

Doha Climate Change Conference – November 2012 – Issue #3

On Tuesday, delegates met for the opening sessions of the AWG-KP, AWG-LCA and the ADP. The SBI plenary was also resumed. Participants heard opening statements from negotiating groups and gave preliminary consideration to the various agenda items under these bodies. In addition, contact groups and informal consultations began on a range of issues [...]

Shrubs lend insight into a glacier’s past

Shrubs lend insight into a glacier's past Posted: 26 Nov 2012 04:27 PM PST The stems of shrubs have given researchers a window into a glacier's past, potentially allowing them to more accurately assess how they're set to change in the future. Rapid changes in climate don't slow some lizards Posted: 26 Nov 2012 01:43 PM [...]

Doha Climate Change Conference – November 2012 – Issue #2

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, opened on Monday morning, 26 November. Following an opening ceremony, delegates gathered for the opening plenary meetings of the COP, CMP, SBI and SBSTA. COP 17 President Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, urged delegates to: [...]

Doha Climate Change Conference – November 2012 – Issue #1

The 2012 UN Climate Change Conference opens in Doha, Qatar, today at the Qatar National Convention Centre and will continue until 7 December. The Conference includes the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 18) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting [...]

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