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Cloud Geoengineering May Help Global Warming
2012-08-21 10:56:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Imagine futuristic ships shooting salt water into the clouds over the world's oceans to create clouds that reflect sunlight. Sounds like science fiction, but it could be reality before too long. An international team of researchers is taking a second look at this controversial idea to slow global warming effects and has published their concept in this month's Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. University of...

Could The Carbon Rush Harm Wildlife?
2012-08-16 08:26:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australian environmentalists are warning that the rush to plant trees to offset carbon emissions could have a harmful impact on the environment without careful management. A poorly planned plantation boom could result in needless land clearing, add to invasive species and damage the natural ecological processes. “It´s what we term ℠bio-perversity´, meaning that something which is done for the right...

Diseased Trees Are A New Source Of Climate Gas
2012-08-08 10:03:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies asserts that diseased trees may be a significant new source of methane gas that causes climate change. The study, "Elevated Methane Concentrations in Trees of an Upland Forest," which will be published in Geophysical Research Letters sampled sixty trees at the Yale Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut. The Yale Myers Forest is 7,480 acres of mixed...

Two New Views Of Carbon Sinks
2012-08-02 05:35:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the last 50 years, man has quadrupled his CO2 output, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels. That is a startling and sobering concept. So far, though, Mother Nature seems to be keeping pace. In a new study released August 2, 2012, in the journal Nature, researchers from NOAA and the University of Colorado assert that Earth's carbon sinks continue to soak up roughly half of the carbon output. Carbon sinks are areas of...

2012-07-31 10:29:27

With up to a billion hectares of wilderness likely to be cleared to feed the world in the coming half century and an area the size of China devoured by cities, leading environmental scientists are urging caution over the extent to which lost ecosystems can be replaced or restored. In a major scientific article, a team including Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) has advised governments worldwide to think twice before assuming an...

Southern Ocean Mechanism Sequesters Carbon Emissions
2012-07-30 15:01:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using a fleet of robotic floats, a team of British and Australian scientists have uncovered the mechanism in the Southern Ocean that sequesters around 40 percent of the world´s carbon emissions. A report on the team´s research, which was published this week in Nature Geoscience, showed that “mixed-layer depth, ocean currents, wind and eddies” create plunging currents that draw atmospheric carbon deep into the...

Richard Muller Converts, Human Activity Causes Global Warming
2012-07-30 14:38:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One skeptical climate scientist has changed his beliefs, and now says that human activity is indeed causing the Earth to warm. Prof Richard Muller, who founded the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project, admitted in a New York Times opinion piece on Saturday that he was a "converted skeptic." He admitted that a new study aimed at looking into climate change skeptics' concerns helped alter his beliefs. "Last year,...

Persistent Drought Of 2000-04 Worst Drought In 800 Years
2012-07-30 07:41:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Western North America was plagued by a seemingly unending drought from 2000 to 2004 that left forests parched, riverbeds dry and, according to scientists, was the strongest such drought in 800 years, and could be a sign of a new “normal” standard for decades to come. The climatic extremes, which are linked to global warming, as bad as they have been, may be seen as the good old days, say a team of researchers, who...

Removing Carbon Dioxide From Air Important In Warmer World
2012-07-25 14:13:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although their development and implementation can be costly, techniques to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere may become increasingly important as the planet potentially shifts into permanently warmer state, according to a paper about to be published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Economic and political costs often hamper the development of techniques that could potentially lower the...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin