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Image 1 - Drying Intensifies Wildfires, Carbon Release Ninefold
2011-11-02 03:59:05

Drying of northern wetlands has led to much more severe peatland wildfires and nine times as much carbon released into the atmosphere, according to new research led by a University of Guelph professor. The study, published today in Nature Communications, is the first to investigate the effect of drainage on carbon accumulation in northern peatlands and the vulnerability of that carbon to burning. "Russia, Indonesia and Canada all have abundant peatlands, but they also have been hotspots...

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2010-12-06 05:55:00

According to a study released on Sunday, global warming is driving forest fires in northern latitudes to burn more frequently and fiercely. The study found that increased intensity of fires in Alaska over the last decade has changed the region from a sink to a source of carbon dioxide, which is the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming. Boreal forests in the northern hemisphere may now soak up less of the heat-trapping gas than they give off now. The majority of the CO2 comes...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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