Looming Amazon deforestation disaster

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Brazil’s Senate has decided to do away with long standing protections for the Amazon and other key forested areas. The new law opens vast new areas of forest to agriculture and cattle ranching and extends amnesties to illegal deforestation conducted … Continue reading

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Three-quarters of climate change is man-made

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Natural climate variability is extremely unlikely to have contributed more than about one-quarter of the temperature rise observed in the past 60 years, reports a pair of Swiss climate modellers in a paper published online today. Most of the observed … Continue reading

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The Energy Return on Energy Invested of Biofuels

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Do we really need biofuels? What are the real costs of their production in Europe? Is it sustainable? What are the spatial variations that we should be aware of? Is it more profitable to produce biofuels in, say, Poland than … Continue reading

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Dramatic changes in the Arctic Ocean by persistent warming

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Persistent warming has caused dramatic changes in the Arctic Ocean and the ecosystem it supports. Ocean changes include reduced sea ice and freshening of the upper ocean, and impacts such as increased biological productivity at the base of the food … Continue reading

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Scarcity and degradation of land and water

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Widespread degradation and deepening scarcity of land and water resources have placed a number of key food production systems around the globe at risk, posing a profound challenge to the task of feeding a world population expected to reach 9 … Continue reading

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Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Continue Climbing

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The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new high in 2010 since pre-industrial time and the rate of increase has accelerated, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. It focussed special attention on rising nitrous … Continue reading

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Environmental Accounts of The Netherlands 2010

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Environmental accounts describe the relationship between the environment and the economy. Key indicators provide insight into sustainability and make it possible to quantify and analyze causes of changes in the environment. This publication presents the results of the environmental accounts … Continue reading

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