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Claim: Due to landscape fragmentation, Brazil’s rainforests are releasing more carbon dioxide than previously thought

Effect has so far been missing in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Because of the deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil, significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed. As scientists of the Hemholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) write in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the effect of…

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NOAA: Lots of land cover change in coastal areas seen

From NOAA: NOAA analysis reveals significant land cover changes in US coastal regions Land Cover Atlas helps communities ‘see’ vulnerabilities and craft stronger resilience plans A new NOAA nationwide analysis shows that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions–an area larger than the state of Wisconsin–experienced changes in land cover, including a…

Is Fighting Global Warming the Solution to Water Shortages in Malawi (or Elsewhere)?

Guest essay by E. Calvin Beisner In late May two evangelical environmentalists, recently returned from visiting Malawi, published articles in which they said poor Malawians are suffering from reduced rainfall caused by manmade global warming. Jonathan Merritt wrote for Religion News Service, “In America, climate change is a matter of debate, but in places like…