Archives for February 2017

Increase in acidifying water in the western Arctic Ocean

Ocean acidification has expanded in the western Arctic Ocean. Observations from the 1990s to 2010 show that aragonite saturation levels have decreased, with low saturation water deepening to 250 m and increasing in area more rapidly than seen in other oceans.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3228

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The key role of forests in meeting climate targets requires science for credible mitigation

Forests are a key component of the Paris Agreement, providing about a quarter of planned emission reductions. Realizing this ambition, however, requires greater confidence in forest estimates, presenting a challenge and an opportunity for science.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3227

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Japan nuclear regulator asks Tepco to resubmit safety check application

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear regulator on Tuesday requested the Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings resubmit safety check applications for its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant after a review of its standards showed past inadequacies had not been properly reported.

Reuters: Environment

Slower snowmelt in a warmer world

Observations from western North America and model simulations are used to understand how climate change will affect snowmelt. Snowmelt is found to be slower under climate change as earlier melt means there is less energy for high melt rates.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3225

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Aerosol-weakened summer monsoons decrease lake fertilization on the Chinese Loess Plateau

Historically, warm periods enhanced the Asian summer monsoon—increased rainfall brought additional nutrients to freshwater ecosystems and increased production. However, anthropogenic aerosols have weakened the monsoon and altered lake ecosystems.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3220

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Melting snow new danger for those fleeing to Canada from U.S.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Asylum seekers crossing in the dead of night into Canada from the United States may face a new danger in coming weeks, as heavy snowpack melts in the flood-prone U.S. northern plains and province of Manitoba.

Reuters: Environment

Rhino poaching toll in South Africa falls 10 percent in 2016

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The number of rhinos poached for their horns in South Africa fell 10 percent in 2016 to 1,054, the second straight year of decline according to government data released on Monday, but conservationists said the levels remain alarming.

Reuters: Environment

Ivory Coast rains bode well for cocoa mid-crop but heat is a concern

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Good rains in the last week in most of Ivory Coast’s main cocoa growing regions are a positive sign for the development of the mid-crop but hot weather could hurt it, farmers said on Monday.

Reuters: Environment

Major Gold Mine Project in the Amazon Temporarily Suspended

A Brazilian judge temporarily suspended plans to open what would be the largest gold mine in the Brazilian Amazon this week, saying the Canadian company behind the project illegally obtained land and did not adequately address concerns from indigenous communities, according to news reports.

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Famine-hit South Sudanese eat weeds and water lilies to survive

THONYOR, South Sudan (Reuters) – Like thousands of other South Sudanese families caught up in famine, Sara Dit and her 10 children are hiding from marauding gunmen in the swamps and islands of the river Nile.

Reuters: Environment