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Tag: soil

Thawing Arctic Permafrost Likely to Release Large Amounts of Carbon

New research which contradicts 2007โ€™s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeโ€™s assessment suggests that billions of tons of carbon dioxide trapped in high-latitude permafrost may be released into the atmosphere by the end of this century if the temperatures continue to rise apace, which in turn will only further and quicken global warming.

Global Warming May Decrease Forest Carbon Storage, Not Increase

There have been hopes in the scientific community that as the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere warmed the planetโ€™s climate, the forests would grow and increase their carbon storage capacity. But new research suggests that another factor โ€“ increased litterfall โ€“ may turn about turn about any increased carbon storage.

Devastating African Droughts Seen from Space

The European Space Agency’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite has shone the spotlight on just how dire the drought in countries like Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti really is, with tens of thousands of people now looking for succour and refuge in neighbouring countries.

'Millennium Goal' to End World Hunger Will Not Be Met

The UN’s Millennium Development Goal of ending global under-nourishment by 2015 will not be met, but a new set of “mega” initiatives are being implemented to achieve more efficient delivery of “research outputs” to speed agricultural development.