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The world's largest privately owned giant sequoia forest may soon be protected

A conservation group has reached a $15.65 million deal to buy the largest privately owned giant sequoia grove left on Earth, an ancient forest with hundreds of the endangered redwood trees, which can live for 3,000 years and rise nearly…

The human imperative of stabilizing global climate change at 1.5°C – Science Magazine

The need to stabilize global climate Climate change will be the greatest threat to humanity and global ecosystems in the coming years, and there is a pressing need to understand and communicate the impacts of warming, across the perspectives of…

Hurricane Nicole sheds light on how storms impact deep ocean

(Marine Biological Laboratory) 2016’s Hurricane Nicole had a significant effect on the ocean’s carbon cycle and deep sea ecosystems, reports a team from the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.

The biggest source of microplastics in fresh water is laundry lint

When you clean out your dryer lint screen, you get a clump of fluff that comes from your clothes and other laundry. But that’s not the only place these fibers are going. Sometimes they never even make it to the…

Deforestation Is Getting Worse, 5 Years After Countries and Companies Vowed to Stop It

As fires in the Amazon draw attention to the problem, critics say big agribusinesses aren’t doing enough to stop deforestation in their supply chains. Five years after joining in a historic commitment to stop cutting the world’s forests, governments and…

Scientists taught rats how to play hide-and-seek and they really got into it

Scientists don’t know exactly why rats are so fond of playing hide-and-seek. But, as a research paper published this week in the journal Science suggests, they really get into it — and they don’t do it strictly for food rewards….

Naomi Klein: ‘We are seeing the beginnings of the era of climate barbarism’

Why are you publishing this book now?I still feel that the way that we talk about climate change is too compartmentalised, too siloed from the other crises we face. A really strong theme running through the book is the links…

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ARCTIC: How ocean microbes might control clouds — and the climate

Brimming just beneath the steely surface of the Arctic Ocean, invisible to the naked eye, is a thriving community of tiny organisms. These plankton form the microscopic backbone of the Arctic ecosystem, providing energy for bigger animals all the way up the food chain.

Extinction of Icelandic walrus coincides with Norse settlement

(University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) An international collaboration of scientists in Iceland, Denmark and the Netherlands has for the first time used ancient DNA analyses and C14-dating to demonstrate the past existence of a unique population of Icelandic walrus that went extinct shortly after Norse settlement some 1100 years ago. Walrus hunting and ivory trade was probably the principal cause of extinction, being one of the earliest examples of commercially driven overexploitation of marine resources.

Land restoration in Latin America shows big potential for climate change mitigation

(International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) Land restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean is picking up pace and scaling up projects will help the region meet its pledges under the Bonn Challenge, which aims to restore 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested land worldwide by 2030. A new study supplies a first map of restoration projects in Latin America and shows their potential to mitigate climate change through restoring forests.