The bitter-sweet taste of Indonesia’s chocolate

25 November, 2015 by (comments)

An environmental disaster is unfolding in Asia. The “haze” plumes of smoke from Indonesia, where El Nino has stirred up more peatland fires, have since September topped average daily emissions in the US, with the smog stretching to nearby countries. During 1997, one of the worst years on record, the annual fires cost the government an estimated US$20 billionRead More …

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World on the brink of runaway climate change: experts

31 May, 2011 by (comments)

Global carbon emissions have reached an all time high according to new research published this week. The US Earth Systems Research Lab in Hawaii declared that carbon levels in the atmosphere peaked last week at 394.97ppm. There is broad consensus among climate scientists that levels should be kept under 400ppm in order to prevent temperature rises of more thanRead More …

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China bolsters greening strategy with new targets

29 March, 2011 by (comments)

China has increased targets for industry to reduce carbon emissions and save water, as it works towards sustaining its economic growth at a lower environmental cost. The five-year plan is to cut carbon emissions and energy intensity by 18 per cent, and water use by 30 per cent. These goals form part of the country’s international pledge to reduceRead More …

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Scientists crunch the numbers on Arctic carbon emissions

24 February, 2011 by (comments)

Scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in the US have, for the first time, quantified exactly how much carbon might be released as global warming causes the thawing of Arctic permafrost, Discovery News reports. They estimate that by 2200, 190 gigatons of carbon will have been released into the atmosphere – roughly 20 per cent ofRead More …

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Plants show adaptability to climate change

17 February, 2011 by (comments)

Increased carbon dioxide levels can affect some plants’ defense mechanisms against preying insects, a recent study from the University of Michigan has found. In an evaluation of chemical and physical changes of milkweed plants in response to elevated levels of carbon dioxide, some plant families increased their production of toxic compounds used to deter hungry insects. In plants whose toxin levelsRead More …

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