Climate Tipping Points: What Do They Mean For Society?
Jul15

Climate Tipping Points: What Do They Mean For Society?

The phrase “tipping point” passed its own tipping point and caught fire after author Malcolm Gladwell’s so-named 2000 book. It’s now frequently used in discussions about climate change, but what are “climate tipping points”? And what do they mean for society and the economy? Scientists at Rutgers University and Harvard University tackle the terminology and outline a strategy for investigating the consequences of climate tipping points...

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Russia’s 2025 Environmental Security Strategy
Jul03

Russia’s 2025 Environmental Security Strategy

Author: Sadiga Mehdizadeh Shortly after his speech at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree declaring 2017 ‘the Year of Ecology’ in Russia. The decree was designed to attract public attention to environmental problems, maintaining biodiversity and environmental security as the key priorities for environmental policy during 2017. As a part of this approach, the new draft document on...

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Vegetation in Russian Arctic has memory
Jul01

Vegetation in Russian Arctic has memory

The permafrost regions in the Arctic are among those areas of the world in which the temperature is rising particularly fast due to climate change. However, biologists are currently observing that the tree vegetation is only minimally adapting to these changes. In those areas where pine and spruce trees should be growing according to the air temperature, the Siberian larch is still thriving. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener...

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Siberian larch forests are still linked to the ice age
Jun30

Siberian larch forests are still linked to the ice age

The Siberian permafrost regions include those areas of Earth, which heat up very quickly in the course of climate change. Nevertheless, biologists are currently observing only a minimal response in forest composition. In the places where, when considering the air temperature, pine and spruce forests should be growing, Siberian larch trees are still thriving. The cause of this paradox has been tracked using million-year-old bee pollen...

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Good Bacteria Vital To Coral Reef Survival
Jun28

Good Bacteria Vital To Coral Reef Survival

Scientists say good bacteria could be the key to keeping coral healthy, able to withstand the impacts of global warming and to secure the long-term survival of reefs worldwide. “Healthy corals interact with complex communities of beneficial microbes or ‘good bacteria’,” said Dr. Tracy Ainsworth from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University who led the study. “It is very likely that these...

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