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â€œA slow-motion time bomb.â€ Thatâ€™s what one ecologist calls the looming threat of trapped greenhouse gases in the melting Arctic.
Global warming could result in massive droughts and flooding in Tibet, posing threats to the wellbeing of millions of people, according to the head of the China Meteorological Bureau.
Responding to sub-Saharan Africa's soil health crisis, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) announced today an ambitious new effort to produce the first-ever, detailed digital soil map for all 42 countries of the region.
Billions of tons of carbon sequestered in the world's peat bogs could be released into the atmosphere in the coming decades as a result of global warming.
Frozen arctic soil contains nearly twice the greenhouse-gas-producing organic material as was previously estimated, according to recently published research by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists.
A fork-like conductivity probe has sensed humidity rising and falling beside NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, but when stuck into the ground, its measurements so far indicate soil that is thoroughly and perplexingly dry.
Greenhouse gas emissions from previously frozen organic carbon in soil are seen as larger than previously believed.
Scientists have found that the ground is drying out in a 13,700-year-old peat bog, just another sign, they say, of the Earthâ€™s warming climate.
By CHARLIE PATTON HILLIARD - As he watched the two-minute promotional DVD in his living room, Frank Watts got a little emotional. "This brings goose bumps to me," Watts said.
TOOLIK LAKE, Alaska _ Ground here that for tens of thousands of years was frozen solid is terra firma no more. Across the tundra and coast of the Arctic Ocean, land is caving in.
A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the traits of a distinct ecosystem. First and foremost, the factor that distinguishes the wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the unique vegetation that has adapted to its characteristic soil conditions. The wetland consists mostly of hydric soil, which is supportive of aquatic plants. The water that is found in wetlands can be saltwater, brackish, or freshwater....
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