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Ignoring climate change will yield ‘untold suffering,’ panel of 14,000 scientists warns – Livescience.com

Nearly 14,000 scientists have signed a new climate emergency paper, warning that “untold suffering” awaits the human race if we don’t start tackling global warming head-on, effective immediately. The new paper, published July 28 in the journal BioScience and led…

Enlist the Ocean in Combatting Climate Change, Experts and Advocates Argue – Scientific American

Climate scientists and marine advocates are calling on governments worldwide to look beyond green policymaking when it comes to climate change. They say a critical shade is missing in the fight against global warming. Blue. Countries must recognize the important…

China’s carbon-monitoring satellite reports global carbon net of six gigatons

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) About six gigatons — roughly 12 times the mass of all living humans — of carbon appears to be emitted over land every year, according to data from the Chinese Global Carbon Dioxide Monitoring Scientific Experimental Satellite (TanSat).

$1M NASA grant to improve carbon monitoring in East Africa

(Cornell University) Cornell University researchers will develop the first high-resolution carbon monitoring system for East Africa that combines “bottom up” ecological modeling with “top down” satellite data, thanks to a three-year, $1 million NASA grant.

Epicentre of major Amazon droughts and fires saw 2.5 billion trees and vines killed

(Lancaster University) Triggered by the 2015-16 El Niño, extreme drought and associated mega-wildfires caused the death of around 2.5 billion trees and plants and emitted 495 million tonnes of CO2 from an area that makes up just 1.2 per cent of the entire Brazilian Amazon rainforest, and 0.01 per cent of the whole biome.

Study examines the role of deep-sea microbial predators at hydrothermal vents

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) The hydrothermal vent fluids from the Gorda Ridge spreading center in the northeast Pacific Ocean create a biological hub of activity in the deep sea. There, in the dark ocean, a unique food web thrives not on photosynthesis but rather on chemical energy from the venting fluids. Among the creatures having a field day feasting at the Gorda Ridge vents is a diverse assortment of microbial eukaryotes, or protists, that graze on chemosynthetic bacteria and archaea.

Southeast Amazonia is no longer a carbon sink – Nature.com

NEWS AND VIEWS 14 July 2021 Atmospheric measurements show that deforestation and rapid local warming have reduced or eliminated the capacity of the eastern Amazonian forest to absorb carbon dioxide — with worrying implications for future global warming. Scott Denning…

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