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Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean

Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
Microplastics -- microscopic particles of plastic debris -- are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms.
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I have never been aware that microplastics could do harm to the environment. According to the article published recently in the journal Science, these plastic bits have been found in organisms ranging in size from small invertebrates to large mammals, and are known to concentrate toxic chemicals already present in seawater. Since this raises concern about the potential consequences to marine organisms, scientists have called for urgent action to divert plastic waste away from the marine environment.

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Controversial new climate change data: Is Earth's capacity to absorb CO2 much greater than expected?

Controversial new climate change data: Is Earth's capacity to absorb CO2 much greater than expected? | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
New data show that the balance between the airborne and the absorbed fraction of carbon dioxide has stayed approximately constant since 1850, despite emissions of CO2 having risen from about 2 billion tons a year in 1850 to 35 billion tons a year now. This suggests that terrestrial ecosystems and the oceans have a much greater capacity to absorb CO2 than had been previously expected.
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This finding surprised me as i have always thought that capacity of the ecosystems and oceans to absorb CO2 should start to diminish as CO2 emissions increase, letting greenhouse gas levels skyrocket. However, according to the study, the trend is still balance. Scientists also mentioned that their work is critical to climate change policy.

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Beef's greater environment burden

Beef's greater environment burden | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.
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The environment inputs (land, water) required to produce the main protein source of the US - beef are far more than that to produce pork, poultry, fish, etc. This comes off as a huge surprise for me because i have never thought beef production could have a tremendous impact on the environment. According to the article, cutting down on beef can help us achieve an environmental improvement comparable to switching to plant food source. Be an environmentally mindful eater.

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Everything you need to know about climate change - interactive

Everything you need to know about climate change - interactive | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
Our one-stop guide to the facts of global warming, from the science and politics to economics and technology
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I have just discovered this awesome interactive platform of The Guardian where we can all benefit from. This helps us to learn about the facts of climate change in the easiest and most systematic way. To find out more about different issues on environment, we just have to click on the hexagon model, which is linked to numerous insightful articles previously posted by The Guardian. CHECK THIS OUT! I find it super awesome! 

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Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger

Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.
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The scientists say pollution from Asia is likely leading to stronger storms in the midlatitudes of the Pacific, more precipitation, and a faster movement of heat from the tropics toward the North Pole. Negative changes in weather of North America is inevitable. 

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The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
It's time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future
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GREAT NEWS! It was reported by US Former Vice President Al Gore that our ability to convert sunshine into usable energy has become much cheaper far more rapidly than anyone had predicted.We have reached a turning  in the battle to solve climate crisis. Low-carbon future is within our reach!



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New CO2 Milestone: 3 Months Above 400 PPM | Climate Central

New CO2 Milestone: 3 Months Above 400 PPM | Climate Central | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have been above 400 ppm for three months in a row for the first time.
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The increase in greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere is alarming. Scientific instruments showed that the for 3rd month in a row, CO2 levels remain above 400ppm. This is unseen in hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years. I think this is a sobering reminder that decades of efforts to bring human-produced emissions under control are faltering. Some kind of action is needed!

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Beijing’s Bad Air Would Be Step Up for Smoggy Delhi

Beijing’s Bad Air Would Be Step Up for Smoggy Delhi | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
Researchers suspect that India’s unusual mix of polluted air, poor sanitation and contaminated water may make the country among the most dangerous in the world for lungs.
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Even though Beijing has a widespread reputation of having some of the most polluted air of any major city in the world, scientists have recently concluded that the air quality in India is actually worse. India, in fact, has the world's highest death rate because of chronic respiratory diseases. Hence, India has to pay a higher price for air pollution than almost anyone. The article further pointed out due to the government's lack of awareness regarding pollution issues, the country has been suffered, resulting in the fact that many wealthy individuals have left the India for other countries.

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Captured carbon to feed farmed fish?

Captured carbon to feed farmed fish? | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it

ThiA project that turns captured carbon dioxide into food for farmed fish is to be tested in Norway.

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This is AMAZING! Norway has recently developed a new technique in which CO2 will be captured to produce algae, which is a great source of Omega3 fatty acids used to feed fish. I'm very much happy to hear that this new technique can absorb the gasses responsible for global warming while providing sustainable fish food. Great job Norway!

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As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu | Climate Central

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu | Climate Central | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
As Arctic ice – and access to seals living there – disappears, polar bears show they can adapt to a land-based diet.
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As the Arctic Sea is melting, I have always thought that polar bears would essentially starve during ice-free summer season. However, scientists have recently found that polar bears are actually adapting to a land-based diet. I don't know this should be considered the good or bad news since it's always the best for polar bears to be able to venture out to the sea and and capture their main source of energy: seals. Still, this indicates the optimistic future for polar bears, which I am very much happy to know about!

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An Appreciation of the Magical Waters of Mozambique

An Appreciation of the Magical Waters of Mozambique | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
A writer visits the coast of Mozambique, where the ocean holds one of the richest aquatic biological zones on the planet.
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Just a moment to appreciate the beauty of the coast of Mozambique, where biological riches has made this place so distinctive and spectacular. However, the challenge now is to protect the irreplaceable wealth of Mozambique's aquatic biodiversity from human influence. 

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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 500 Companies Over $1 Billion

Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 500 Companies Over $1 Billion | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
Renewable energy is dismissed  by some as being only for 'greenies' or as some kind of fringe technology, but a recent report has shown mainstream Fortune 500 companies are using it to save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Collectively, they are saving about $1.1 billion dollars, according to the report put out by Ceres, David
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This is why more organizations should put in more effort in conversing energy and saving the environment. Investment in clean energy will drive strong returns and help many companies save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. 

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Dark snow: from the Arctic to the Himalayas, the phenomenon that is accelerating glacier melting

Dark snow: from the Arctic to the Himalayas, the phenomenon that is accelerating glacier melting | ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU | Scoop.it
Industrial dust and soil, blown thousands of miles, settle on ice sheets and add to rising sea level threat
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I can't believe that "dark snow" (snow covered by layers of fine industrial pollution) is a factor accelerating global glacial melt. Researchers have found that so much dust from bare soil, fire, and fuel had been blown on to the artic surface that the ability of the ice to reflect sunlight and resist the heat significantly dropped. 

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Considering Multiple Futures: Scenario Planning to Address Uncertainty in Natural Resource Conservation

A new guide to scenario planning for natural resource management with a particular eye towards preparing for climate change.


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This is a new publication from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) which illustrates that one way to make pro-active decisions in conservation and natural-resource planning today is to consider various scenarios that may unfold tomorrow. In addition to offering insights on scenario planning, the report explains why a group might undertake a scenario planning effort, and describes the range of approaches for scenario planning in natural resource conservation. I love how detailed and thoughtful this report is and believe that this will be very much beneficial to our future. 

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This report covers a range of scenario planning approaches and 12 case studies of how the approach is being applied to natural resource management and climate change issues in the US.