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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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Analysis of Marcellus flowback finds high levels of ancient brines

Analysis of Marcellus flowback finds high levels of ancient brines Posted: 18 Dec 2012 05:35 PM PST Brine water that flows back from gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region after hydraulic fracturing is many times more salty than seawater, with high contents of various elements, including radium and barium. The chemistry is consistent with [...]

Wildfires light up western Australia

Wildfires light up western Australia Posted: 07 Dec 2012 02:45 PM PST Careful observers of the new "Black Marble" images of Earth at night released this week by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have noticed bright areas in the western part of Australia that are largely uninhabited. Why is this area so lit up, [...]

Doha Climate Change Conference

26 November - 7 December 2012 The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, took place from 26 November to 8 December 2012. It included the eighteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties [...]

Mercury in coastal fog linked to upwelling of deep ocean water

Mercury in coastal fog linked to upwelling of deep ocean water Posted: 04 Dec 2012 04:43 PM PST An ongoing investigation of elevated mercury levels in coastal fog in California suggests that upwelling of deep ocean water along the coast brings mercury to the surface, where it enters the atmosphere and is absorbed by fog. U.S [...]

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 [...]

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