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2009-08-04 14:04:36

An infestation of beetles in forests across North America has some regulators concerned over the increasing carbon footprint their devastation could leave behind. So far, the infestation has killed off millions of acres of pine forests in the US and Canada, and millions of spruce trees could be the next to go. "The gravity of the situation is very real," Rolf Skar, of Greenpeace, told Reuters. To date, the beetle swarms have resulted in a loss of billions of dollars in the timber industry as...

2009-07-31 08:52:45

New research involving scientists from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) highlights the potential utility of iron isotopes for addressing important questions in ocean science. The findings are published in the August edition of the journal Geology.Large regions of the world's oceans have low primary production despite having plenty of macronutrients such as phosphate, nitrate and silicate. This is due a shortage of the essential micro-nutrient iron, which is needed for the...

2009-07-03 15:19:53

Letting Pacific Northwest forests age longer would increase carbon storage and help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, researchers in Oregon said. If, for example, the region's forests were allowed to increase in age by 50 years, their potential to store atmospheric carbon would increase by 15 percent, researchers at Oregon State University, Corvallis, said. That would significantly offset the nation's carbon budget since the Pacific Northwest accounts for 14 percent of the live biomass in...

2009-07-02 12:38:26

 The forests of the Pacific Northwest hold significant potential to increase carbon storage and help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in coming years, a recent study concludes, if they are managed primarily for that purpose through timber harvest reductions and increased rotation ages.In the complete absence of stand-replacing disturbances "“ via fire or timber harvest "“ forests of Oregon and Northern California could theoretically almost double their carbon...

2009-06-24 08:46:38

Does ozone have an impact on the ocean's role as a "carbon sink"? Yes, according to researchers from three laboratories (1) attached to INSU-CNRS (2), UPMC, CEA, IRD, MNHN and UVSQ. Using original simulations, they have demonstrated that the hole in the ozone layer reduces atmospheric carbon uptake in the Southern Ocean and contributes to the increase in ocean acidity. These results, which are published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, should have a considerable impact on...

2009-06-10 13:39:07

Damon Matthews, a professor in Concordia University's Department of Geography, Planning and the Environment has found a direct relationship between carbon dioxide emissions and global warming. Matthews, together with colleagues from Victoria and the U.K., used a combination of global climate models and historical climate data to show that there is a simple linear relationship between total cumulative emissions and global temperature change. These findings will be published in the next edition...

2009-06-10 02:48:00

KOLKATA, India, June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The CDM Executive Board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has confirmed the registration of ITC's unique and large-scale social forestry project - a first of its kind in India. The project, which has been initiated on private degraded wastelands owned by tribals and the rural poor, will contribute to the livelihoods of these disadvantaged sections in 193 villages in the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh....

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2009-05-29 09:16:25

Including land-based carbon in greenhouse gas control strategies lowers costs and preserves forests Cutting down forests for agriculture vents excess carbon dioxide into the air just as industrial activities and the burning of fossil fuels do. But whether policies to stabilize greenhouse gases in the atmosphere should include this terrestrial source of carbon dioxide is under debate. According to a new study this week in Science, failing to include land use changes in such policies could lead...

2009-05-27 14:42:00

ST. LOUIS, May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today announced it has joined the National Carbon Capture Center as a corporate partner and advisory member alongside several of its major customers, including Southern Company, American Electric Power and Luminant. The National Carbon Capture Center is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and leading energy companies to develop and test advanced technologies to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from...

2009-05-24 18:43:13

Governments seeking to stop global warming must give a higher priority to protecting marine ecosystems, scientists said Sunday in Washington. Meeting at the International Marine Conservation Congress, the scientists stressed that because the oceans act as a vital carbon sink absorbing much of the ever-increasing supply of carbon emissions, maintaining their health is a prerequisite for battling climate change, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a Swiss environmental group,...


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