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Border wall construction begins in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

The only place in the United States where the organ pipe cactus grows is set to receive a section of President Trump’s planned 30-foot-tall border wall. A federally protected and UNESCO-recognized reserve, the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument also shares…

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.

Indonesia, Australia fires stoke global warming fears – RTE.ie

The number of blazes in Indonesia has jumped sharply, while bushfires are also sweeping across eastern Australia in an unusually early start to the wildfire season, adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming. Surging…

Climate Science Advisor William Happer Leaving Trump’s NSC

William Happer, an outspoken skeptic of climate change, is leaving his position as a senior director on the National Security Council later this week, according to E&E News. The news of his departure comes just a day after Trump announced…

House Dems Working Overtime To Cripple America’s Oil Supply

On Tuesday night, September 10, the House Rules Committee met to consider three House Bills that are either new or amendments of earlier bills which will restrict oil and gas drilling. These issues were conceived of during both the second…

Climate change may cut soil’s ability to absorb water

Coasts, oceans, ecosystems, weather and human health all face impacts from climate change, and now valuable soils may also be affected. Climate change may reduce the ability of soils to absorb water in many parts of the world, according to a new study. And that could have serious implications for groundwater supplies, food production and security, stormwater runoff, biodiversity and ecosystems.

The rich are different from you and me — they live a lot longer

After F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me,” Hemingway supposedly retorted, “Yes, they have more money.” But the rich apparently have something else, too: better health and longer…

Climate change: A dirt-y business

(University of California – Riverside) Groundwater is essential for growing crops, but new research shows climate change is making it harder for soil to absorb water from rainfall. While the idea that soil particles rearrange in response to environmental conditions is not new, scientists once thought these shifts happened slowly. Not anymore. New research shows increased rainfall reduces the rate water moves into soil, and that this change only takes a few years or decades, not centuries as previously assumed.