Wetlands are essential to ecosystems Scranton Times-Tribune In the middle of October, my travels took me back to a favorite public land wild place, the "Great Dismal Swamp," an hour or so from the Navy base at Norfolk, Va.
World Wildlife Fund. By 2050, rising population and demand, as well as an increase in use of wood for bioenergy, could triple the amount of wood society takes from forests and plantations per year, according to the latest ...
Sydney (AFP) Oct 30, 2013 - Australia launched a probe Wednesday into the agency responsible for protecting the Great Barrier Reef after some board members were urged to resign over alleged conflicts of interest related to the mining industry.
Here’s a new twist to the geoengineer’s dilemma: just change the climate locally – over the bit you want to protect – and leave the rest of the planet alone.
Dr. Alan Gadian, from Leeds University in the UK, wants to make the marine clouds brighter and in effect raise a parasol over the ocean’s most sensitive structures, the coral reefs.
Carbon dioxide dissolves in water to make a very weak carbonic acid and there’s a continuing argument about the eventual fate of the world’s coral reefs as the planet warms and the oceans become more acidic.
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere look set to double. Can the corals adapt to changes in the pH of sea water as yet more carbonic acid pours from the skies and drains from the rivers?
And carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. Can the coral reefs – with a well-documented tendency to “bleach” with rises in sea surface temperatures – survive a global average warming of anything from 2° to 6°C?
Since living coral reefs provide natural protection for tropical coasts, a tourist attraction, a fishery resource and above all the richest habitat in the entire oceans, their survival is vital.
Gadian and colleagues report in Atmospheric Research Letters that spraying fine seawater droplets on the clouds over the reefs to make them brighter could provide a level of protection for the reefs.
“Our research focuses on how Marine Cloud Brightening (MCB) could quickly lower sea temperatures in targeted areas” says Gadian.
Farmers, graziers question 'marsh' status The Land Newspaper “It also includes wetlands of international significance (Ramsar wetlands) and is home to a range of important flora and fauna, including some of Australia's largest waterbird breeding...
HOW does a meeting of signatories to an international treaty on the world's wetlands affect the River Murray? Asks Ruchira Talukdar (RT @AusConservation: #MDbasin plan will fail 8 of 16 #ramsar sites; can the Murray live on one kidney?
National Guidelines for Ramsar Wetlands are being developed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment in consultation with the states and territories through the Wetlands and Waterbirds Taskforce.
An innovative new approach to sugarcane plantation weed management trialled in select Great Barrier Reef catchments have shown a dramatic 90% reduction in runoff of highly soluble herbicides into waterways. ...
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