Melting Glaciers Pose a Carbon Menace

Melting glaciers dump massive amounts of carbon into the world's oceans, a new study finds.

The organic carbon could be a temporary boon for tiny creatures at the bottom of the aquatic food chain that gobble the compound as food, but if this manna disappears because the glaciers have vanished, the overfed ocean ecosystems may collapse, the study authors warned.

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Growth of Carbon Dioxide Levels Accelerating

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are rising faster than predicted, largely due to a burgeoning global economy and the hampering of overburdened natural carbon-storage mechanisms on land and in the ocean, a new study finds.

While the United States and Europe are longstanding leaders in carbon output, scientists have in recent years cited the main reason for increasing carbon dioxide levels as the growing global economy, especially the explosion of economies in developing countries such as China and India.

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Recycling and Separating

While many cities offer recycling programs in which employees of the city will actually collect all of your recycling on trash day for you, not many people take advantage of this program. This is a disturbing fact because recycling is such an important part to saving our environment. If we can reuse what we have already manufactured we will save time, money, and natural resources. Here is a brief overview on what can be recycled and how it should be separated.

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Is there life on Earth thanks to acid rain?

Is there life on Earth thanks to acid rain? Huge storm lasting 100,000 YEARS melted thick glaciers covering our planet 650 million years ago
650 million years ago, the Earth was in its Marinoan glaciation period
The whole planet was a snowball covered in glaciers 1.2 miles (2 km) thick
Evidence of chalk deposits were found in rocks, suggesting intense acid rain
This melting could have led to the Cambrian Explosion when most major animal phyla appeared  

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The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change? Trees

When people talk about technologies that might offset climate change, they often evoke not-yet-invented marvels, like planes spraying chemicals into the atmosphere or enormous skyscrapers gulping carbon dioxide from the clouds.

But in a new report, Oxford University researchers say that our best hopes might not be so complex.

In fact, they are two things we already know how to do: plant trees and improve the soil.

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Eiffel Tower Disappears in Thick Paris Smog

by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Facing its worst winter pollution in a decade, Paris is sticking to controversial traffic restrictions.

Paris city hall has barred half of all cars from traveling and made public transportation free for a third consecutive day. A similar scheme will be implemented in the city of Lyon Friday as the pollution hit various regions across France including the Rhone valley.

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10 Solutions for Climate Change

Ten possibilities for staving off catastrophic climate change

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What is the Greenhouse Effect?

A definition of the Greenhouse Effect

“When we burn organic (i.e. carbon-containing) fuels, or organic matter decomposes, carbon dioxide is released into the air. It is transparent to incoming solar radiation, but opaque to some wavelengths of heat radiated from the warmed surface of the Earth, and so traps heat, leading eventually to a warming of the lower atmosphere”1.

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