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Coffee growers turn to carbon credits for helpEnvironment Data Interactive Exchange | 14 May 2012
The devastating impact of climate change on coffee production globally could be significantly off-set by reforestation programmes funded by carbon trading, using carbon credits earned by newly planted trees.
Petition to veto Brazil's forest codeGuardian Unlimited | 11 May 2012
More than 1.5 million people have petitioned Dilma Rousseff to reject a bill that may lead to further destruction of the AmazonMore than 1.5 million people in Europe, the US and elsewhere have petitioned the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, to veto a law that critics say could lead to the loss...
European mountain plant population shows delayed response to climate changeScienceDaily.com | 10 May 2012
A modeling study from the European Alps suggests that population declines to be observed during the upcoming decades will probably underestimate the long-term effects of recent climate warming on mountain plants. A European team of ecologists has presented a new modeling tool to predict migration of mountain plants which explicitly takes population dynamic processes into account.
Scientists core into California's Clear Lake to explore past climate changeScienceDaily.com | 04 May 2012
One of the oldest lakes in the world, Clear Lake in northern California has deep sediments that contain a record of the climate and local plants and animals going back perhaps 500,000 years. Scientists are drilling cores from the sediments to explore 130,000 years of this history and fine-tune models for predicting the fate of today's flora and fauna in the face of global warming and pressure from a growing human population.
Ecosystem effects of biodiversity loss could rival impacts of climate change, pollutionScienceDaily.com | 03 May 2012
Loss of biodiversity appears to impact ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution and other major forms of environmental stress, according to a new study. There has been growing concern that the very high rates of modern extinctions -- due to habitat loss, overharvesting and other human-caused environmental changes -- could reduce nature's ability to provide goods and services like food, clean water and a stable climate.
Do urban 'heat islands' hint at trees of future?ScienceDaily.com | 26 Apr 2012
A new study shows that common native red oak seedlings grow as much as eight times faster in New York's Central Park than in more rural, cooler settings in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. Red oaks and their close relatives dominate areas ranging from northern Virginia to southern New England, so the study may have implications for changing climate and forest composition over a wide region.