In the 21st century, the share of China's grasslands subject to severe and moderate desertification fell from 52 percent to 37 percent. Photo: neverdance CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unportedneverdance CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

A new index details the decline of desertification in China

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In the 21st century, the share of China's grasslands experiencing severe and moderate desertification has dropped from 52 percent to 37 percent. This is revealed in a new survey by the Beijing Academy of Sciences
La foresta amazzonica conserva circa il 30% del mercurio sequestrato nel suolo a livello globale. Foto: Neil Palmer/CIAT CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Deforestation fosters mercury emissions into the atmosphere

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Forests perform an essential ecosystem service by storing mercury and preventing its spread into waterways. That's why deforestation poses a threat in terms of pollution, a MIT study finds
Simulations indicate that compound droughts will be more frequent in the future due to climate change Photo: Sreyasvalsan CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalSreyasvalsan CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Drought limits carbon uptake more than expected

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A Chinese study challenges methods for detecting compound drought events affecting vegetation. The impact of these events is likely to increase in the future
Mining waste can have a negative impact on the environment. Photo: Roy Luck CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericRoy Luck CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Mining waste threatens biodiversity conservation

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According to an Australian study, 29 percent of mining tailings storage facilities are located in or near protected areas. With significant risks to the environment
The causes of floods are multiple and involve several variables interacting with each other. Photo: somersetpedia.paul CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unportedsomersetpedia.paul CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Between floods and forests is a matter of probability

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Properly managing forests and preventing floods requires a paradigm shift, a Canadian study explains. That means replacing the deterministic approach with probability analysis and take all factors into account
In the Amazon, rising temperatures would have played a larger role in determining drought than the El Niño oscillation. Image: Robert Stone Google Earth Detail - Amazon Basin CC BY-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 GenericRobert Stone Google Earth Detail - Amazon Basin CC BY-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Climate change is behind record drought in the Amazon Basin

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Without climate change, the Amazon Basin would not have experienced the exceptional agricultural drought that has affected the area around the region's main river, an international study finds
The Ruki provides 20 percent of the dissolved carbon in the Congo River. Photo: International Rivers CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalInternational Rivers CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Analysis of a river in Congo reveals carbon dynamics

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As a tributary of the Congo River, the Ruki provides one-fifth of the dissolved carbon in the region's main waterway. A figure that suggests a lower sequestration capacity by the local forest, says a research
Nanopesticides were developed to ensure efficient distribution and lower environmental impact than traditional products. Photo: Aqua Mechanical CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericAqua Mechanical CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

“Further investigation is needed on nanopesticides,” Dutch researchers say

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According to four scientists at Leiden University, current assessments of nanopesticides do not take into account some problems related to their use
Historical yield study involved ten corn and soybean fields in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, in the agricultural region of the American Midwest.Photo: Dwight Burdette CC BY 3.0 DEED Attribution 3.0 UnportedDwight Burdette CC BY 3.0 DEED Attribution 3.0 Unported

Crop yield history reveals details of soil health

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A study by the University of Michigan reveals the link between agricultural yield and soil quality. Using a new metric, key information can be obtained to plan agricultural strategies while reducing environmental impact
The Atlantic Forest stretches along the east coast of Brazil from Rio Grande do Norte state to Paraguay and Argentina. Photo: Alex Popovkin CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericAlex Popovkin CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Atlantic Forest, Brazil, 82% of tree species could disappear

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In the forest area spanning the southeastern region of Brazil, two-thirds of all species and more than four-fifths of endemic ones are threatened with extinction