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Belo Monte hydroelectric dam construction work begins

News
Mar
10

With most Brazilian eyes firmly fixed on the country’s annual carnival, construction work officially started this week on the controversial Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the Amazon, after reversal of a February suspension ruling.

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Goats Put Their Graze Anatomy to Good Work

News
Mar
6

A couple hundred of the inveterate munchers are eating their way through invasive weeds in a burned portion of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Nature Preserve, California, clearing the way for native plants and insects to move back in this coastal habitat. Grazing, low-cost and environmentally friendly, is becoming a more common practice in restoration and conservation efforts.

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California Islands Give Up Evidence of Early Seafaring

The sea-going people may have followed a “kelp highway” stretching from Japan to Kamchatka, along the south coast of Beringia and Alaska, then southward down the Northwest Coast to California. Rising seas have since flooded the shorelines and coastal lowlands where early populations would have spent most of their time.

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Protecting Nature Through “Radical Collaboration”

Blog
Mar
2

For too long, the conservation movement has viewed development as something that must be stopped in order to protect nature. Conversely, businesses and governments have traditionally given too little thought to the value of nature.

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The Problems With Dams

News
Feb
27

Project to build world’s third-largest hydroelectric plant is suspended after failing to meet environmental requirements. Dams block sediments going to the ocean, which implies accelerated erosion.

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Alliance between the Arctic and Tropics

Inuit leaders seek common front against climate warming.

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Testing the Limits of Where Humans Can Live

News
Feb
22

Understanding what made residents stay and how they survived could inform how we adapt to modern vulnerabilities, including climate change.The findings also have implications for how we rebound from contemporary catastrophes, such as the Indonesian tsunami in 2004, hurricanes Katrina and Rita and last year’s earthquake in Haiti.

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50 million environmental refugees by 2020, experts say

These are people who can no longer gain a secure livelihood in their homelands because of drought, soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and other environmental problems, together with the associated problems of population pressures and profound poverty.

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Darwin’s Elevation Changes Theory Confirmed, Cape Verde

Blog
Feb
21

More recent geologic studies in Cape Verde have confirmed Darwin’s conclusions about elevation changes and that multiple geologic processes under the ocean floor have raised Cape Verde at varying rates over the past 6 million years.

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