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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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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, [...]

Bloomberg Businessweek: ‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid’

By Joe Romm on Nov 1, 2012 at 10:33 am The cover of the year goes to Bloomberg Businessweek, “It’s Global Warming, Stupid.” Bill Clinton famously campaigned on the slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Upwards of $50 billion damages from the Frankenstorm Sandy — which was made far more destructive by manmade climate change — [...]

Hurricane Sandy Reminds America Climate Change Is No Joke

Click for full article Posted: 31 Oct 2012 04:29 PM PDT The past 48 hours have undoubtedly reminded America that climate change and rising sea levels are not a joke. Initial estimates have placed a price tag of around $50 billion dollars on Hurricane Sandy, parts of the country?s largest city and financial center could be shut down for [...]

NASA examines Hurricane Sandy as it affects the Eastern U.S.

NASA examines Hurricane Sandy as it affects the Eastern U.S. Posted: 29 Oct 2012 01:38 PM PDT On Monday, Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy was ravaging the Mid-Atlantic with heavy rains and tropical storm force winds as it closed in for landfall. Earlier, NASA's CloudSat satellite passed over Hurricane Sandy and its radar dissected the storm get a [...]

Repopulation of countryside is essential tool to avoid major fires, Spanish experts say

Repopulation of countryside is essential tool to avoid major fires, Spanish experts say Posted: 28 Oct 2012 01:06 PM PDT A preliminary report on the major fires Valencia, Spain suggests that repopulation of the countryside is an essential tool to avoid major forest fires, and points out alternative solutions such as biological firewalls [...]

Hurricane Sandy Has a Clean Power Message for Mitt Romney, Too

Hurricane Sandy Has a Clean Power Message for Mitt Romney, TooPosted: 28 Oct 2012 07:44 AM PDT If presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn?t get Hurricane Isaac?s wind power memo back in August, maybe Hurricane Sandy can catch his attention with a broader message about getting out of fossil fuels and into clean energy. Sandy is on track to hit the [...]

Irreversible warming will cause sea levels to rise for thousands of years to come, new research shows

Irreversible warming will cause sea levels to rise for thousands of years to come, new research shows Posted: 01 Oct 2012 04:15 PM PDT Greenhouse gas emissions up to now have triggered an irreversible warming of Earth that will cause sea levels to rise for thousands of years to come, new research has shown. Snakes in the wild harbor [...]

WWC President calls for a “Pact for Water Security”

--For immediate release -- WWC President calls for a “Pact for Water Security” 28 September 2012 – New York, USA – “The time for wishful thinking is over. Now is the time for actions, commitments and solutions,” declared Mr. Fauchon, President of the World Water Council speaking at a side event yesterday on water and food [...]

Lifestyle of a killer: In wild European brown shrimp, parasitic dinoflagellates have bacteria-like endosymbionts

Lifestyle of a killer: In wild European brown shrimp, parasitic dinoflagellates have bacteria-like endosymbionts Posted: 06 Sep 2012 05:33 PM PDT Parasitic dinoflagellates of the genus Hematodinium are a big problem for crab, prawn and shrimp fisheries across the world. New research has found that, in wild European brown shrimp (Crangon [...]

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 [...]

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