Giant Clam Poaching Wipes Out Reefs in South China Sea

By Rachael Bale PUBLISHED July 12, 2016 A new analysis of satellite imagery shows extensive coral reef damage in the South China Sea for the first time. Cover Photograph by John McManus -Giant clam poachers left this reef left broken and barren. More than 40 square miles (104 square kilometers) of coral reefs—some of the most biodiverse on Earth—have been destroyed by…

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What You Need to Know About the World’s Water Wars

By Laura Parker PUBLISHED July 14, 2016 Underground water is being pumped so aggressively around the globe that land is sinking, civil wars are being waged, and agriculture is being transformed. Cover Photograph by Manish Swarup, AP--A shepherd drinks water on the dry bed of Manjara Dam, which supplies water to Latur and nearby villages in the Indian state of Maharashtra. India…

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In Secrets of Coral Spawning, Hope for Endangered Reefs

By WILLIAM J. BROADJUNE 20, 2016 SCIENCE By NATALIA V. OSIPOVA 1:00Mysterious Rite of Reproduction Mysterious Rite of Reproduction Watch corals in their procreative dance, a spectacular event that happens once a year after a full moon. By NATALIA V. OSIPOVA on Publish Date June 20, 2016. Cover Photo by Courtesy of Emma L. Hickerson/NOAA. At night, just after the full moon, teams of scientists dive beneath…

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What Massive Land Rehabilitation Project Teaches Us About Ecological Health, Poverty and Our Prospects for the Future

By Dr. Mercola The Chinese Loess Plateau regeneration project proves that in a mere decade, a community can transform a desert landscape into a lush, thriving landscape capable of producing abundant amounts of food Floods, mudslides, droughts and famines are not inevitable. They’re the result of improper land management. Poverty is also closely connected to land degradation, and is therefore not an…

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How the Great Barrier Reef got polluted – from farms and fossil fuels to filthy propaganda

By Graham Readfearn Wednesday 8 June 2016  Cover Photograph: Essential Media Policies and rhetoric around the Great Barrier Reef have rarely matched reality as the natural wonder suffers under the stress of pollution Coral bleaching at Loomis Reef, off Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. In late November 2015, as corals across the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef started to bleach…

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Should you be Concerned About Higher CO2 Levels?

By John Hood June 20, 2016 In Paris this past year, 190 met and discussed Climate Change and what their countries were prepared to do to combat it. How does this meeting affect you, the average citizen or me? So there is more CO2 in the air, what effect does it have on me and my family? What's the bottom line here?…

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Antarctica CO2 Hits Highest Level in 4 Million Years

Earth Jun 15, 2016 04:38 PM ET Cover Photo-Denis Burdin/Shutterstock The last bastion of a sub-400 ppm world has officially fallen as carbon dioxide reached new heights in Antarctica. We're officially living in a new world. Carbon dioxide has been steadily rising since the start of the Industrial Revolution, setting a new high year after year. There's a notable new entry to…

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The Last Time CO2 Was This High, Humans Didn’t Exist

By Andrew Freedman Published: May 3rd, 2013 , Last Updated: May 2nd, 2013 The last time there was this much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere, modern humans didn't exist. Megatoothed sharks prowled the oceans, the world's seas were up to 100 feet higher than they are today, and the global average surface temperature was up to 11°F warmer than it…

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