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Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Scientists Can't Find A Lot Of The Plastic They Know Is In The World's Oceans

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Oceangoing trash that accumulates on the windward side of the Hawaiian Island of Niihau. Every year, millions of tons of garbage end up in Earth’s oceans ... Read more about Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Scientists Can't Find A Lot Of The Plastic They Know Is In The World's Oceans

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Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Mark Tran, The Guardian
A soybean farmer in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The country's 'family farmers' are encouraged to feed urban populations. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
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UN special rapporteur on the right to food champions agroecology as sustainable alternative to existing framework

The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to import food. ... Read more about Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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There's nowhere to hide now that Global Forest Watch has launched - citizens around the world now have all the information they need to monitor the state of the world's forests. 

Global Forest Watch combines the latest satellite technology, open data and social media crowdsourcing to produce "near-real time, reliable, and actionable data" about what's happening to forests worldwide. ... Read more about Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

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European Geosciences Union - See Abstract
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Abstract. There is growing concern in Europe about the possible rise in the severity and frequency of extreme drought events as a manifestation of climate change. In order to plan suitable adaptation strategies it is important for decision makers to know how drought conditions will develop at regional scales. This paper therefore addresses the issue of future developments in streamflow drought characteristics across Europe. ... Read more about Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming twice earlier estimate

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Matt McGrath
The Larsen B ice shelf collapsed in just a month in 2002
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A new analysis of temperature records indicates that the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is warming nearly twice as fast as previously thought.

US researchers say they found the first evidence of warming during the southern hemisphere's summer months.

They are worried that the increased melting of ice as a result of warmer temperatures could contribute to sea-level rise.

The study has been published in the journal Nature Geoscience. ... Read more about West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming twice earlier estimate

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VMT in CA

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Total vehicle miles traveled (VMt) and VMt per capita declined slightly from 2007 to 2010 (-1% and -3.2%, respectively), though both increased compared to 2009 (Figure 34). Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation dropped by a much wider margin, with a ten percent drop in per capita emissions between 2007 and 2010, and a continued improvement since 2009 in both overall transportation emissions (-0.3%) and per capita transportation emissions (-1.1%).

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Cellphones track how malaria spreads in Kenya

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Hal Hodson
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The movement of millions of people, monitored through their cellphones, has shed new light on how malaria is transmitted via human hosts in Kenya. ... Read more about Cellphones track how malaria spreads in Kenya

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