Major store of carbon going down the sink

10 March, 2011 by (comments)

Did you know that mangroves and sea grasses store up to five times more carbon than tropical forests? Presenting a major opportunity for carbon sequestration, their conservation is vital for managing the impacts of climate change. Read more in today’s feature from Scientific American.

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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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Bangladesh: Freak surge in fish supply “alarming”

9 February, 2011 by (comments)

Fisherman in Bangladesh are reporting unusually abundant catches of their national fish, Hilsa, at a time of year when supplies are normally quite lean, and scientists are saying climate change is a contributing factor. While a win for local fishermen, this disturbance in the breeding cycle may be connected to a series of environmental interruptions, and is symptomatic of anRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Regions