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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.

Relates to: Trendspotting, Energy Efficiency, Climate Prosperity, GTS, EM TV series, Reports You Need, Transforming Finance, Global Citizenship

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 [...]

Taking Stock: World Fish Catch Falls to 90 Million Tons in 2012

J. Matthew Roney www.earth-policy.org/indicators/C55/fish_catch_2012 Earth Policy Release Eco-Economy Indicator November 19, 2012 The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projects that the world’s wild fish harvest will fall to 90 million tons in 2012, down 2 percent from 2011. This is close to 4 percent below the [...]

Twenty-fourth meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer – Summary & Analysis

The twenty-fourth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 24) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 12-16 November 2012. The meeting was attended by over 550 participants representing governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academia, industry and the [...]

World Water Council Elects New Board to Ensure Water Security

Marseille, France, 19 November 2012 - The World Water Council today announced that its members have elected a new Board of Governors. The Board will oversee and guide the Council's work for the coming three years. The elections took place during the triennial General Assembly for which 240 participants had gathered in Marseille, France. Through [...]

Himalayan glaciers will shrink by almost 10 percent, even if temperatures hold steady

Himalayan glaciers will shrink by almost 10 percent, even if temperatures hold steady Posted: 16 Nov 2012 09:46 AM PST If Bhutan's climate did not warm, glaciers in the monsoonal Himalayas would still shrink by almost 10 percent within the next few decades. What's more, the amount of melt water coming off these glaciers could drop by 30 [...]

Taking Stock: World Fish Catch Falls to 90 Million Tons in 2012

J. Matthew Roney www.earth-policy.org/indicators/C55/fish_catch_2012 Earth Policy Release Eco-Economy Indicator November 19, 2012 The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projects that the world’s wild fish harvest will fall to 90 million tons in 2012, down 2 percent from 2011. This is close to 4 percent below the [...]

How cells in the nose detect odors: Braking mechanism in olfactory neurons helps generate amazing diversity of sensors

How cells in the nose detect odors: Braking mechanism in olfactory neurons helps generate amazing diversity of sensors Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:29 PM PST A team of scientists has studied the olfactory receptor for detecting carbon dioxide in Drosophila, and identified a large multi-protein complex in olfactory neurons, called MMB/dREAM, that [...]

The Water Energy Nexus Crisis

THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, November 8: * THE WATER-ENERGY NEXUS CRISIS * INNOVATIVE WIND GENERATOR PROVES ITSELF * ON FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND OLD ENERGY – DARRYL HANNAH   YESTERDAY * IT’S OBAMA * THE STUDY: BIG SUN IN INDIA * QUICK NEWS, November 7: SUN COULD SHINE FOR JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA; OCEAN WIND [...]

Climate science: Trends in use of words in scientific studies may impact public perceptions

Climate science: Trends in use of words in scientific studies may impact public perceptions Posted: 07 Nov 2012 05:01 PM PST The impact of climate science research on society is likely to depend on regular fashion cycles in the public's use of specific keywords relating to climate change, according to new research. Arabica coffee [...]

How underground rodent wards off cancer: Second mole rat species has different mechanism for resisting cancer

How underground rodent wards off cancer: Second mole rat species has different mechanism for resisting cancer Posted: 05 Nov 2012 05:00 PM PST Biologists have determined how blind mole rats fight off cancer -- and the mechanism differs from what they discovered three years ago in another long-lived and cancer-resistant mole rat species, [...]

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