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Increases in vegetation influenced past temperatures

 Over the last 12,000 or so years, during a period we call the Holocene epoch, human society grew from a small population of hunter-gatherer communities to the global civilization of the modern day. Scientists view the Holocene as an important period for placing today’s human-driven... click to read more

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published on Feb 3, 2023
Desertification danger: the aridification of humid regions

A major ongoing threat to our planet is global warming. One of the main implications of global warming is the aridification of the continents, which is when a region becomes dry. Both natural (e.g., higher temperature, reduced precipitation, increased evaporation) and human influenced changes (e.g.,... click to read more

  • Lucas Vimpere | PhD student at Earth and environmental sciences section, Faculty of science, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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published on Mar 16, 2022
Can forests survive climate change?

Many forests across the globe are experiencing tree mortality episodes as a consequence of long, intense drought periods, likely associated to anthropogenic – human-caused, as opposed to natural – climate change. To date, most research has focused on plant mortality processes during drought, and the... click to read more

  • Enric Batllori | Serra Húnter Fellow, Lecturer at Unitat de Botànica i Micologia, Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Universitat de Barcelona; Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF), Barcelona, Spain
  • Francisco Lloret | Professor at Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF); Unitat d’Ecologia, Departament de Biologia Animal, Biologia Vegetal i Ecologia, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 21, 2022
How to fight climate change? Let forests grow

The world is waking up to the potential for trees to help in the fight against climate change. Forests have always absorbed substantial carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Still, the human disturbance has relegated forests to approximately half their pre-historic extent, with more forests... click to read more

  • Susan C. Cook-Patton | Senior Forest Restoration Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA, USA
  • Sara M. Leavitt | Climate Science Deputy Director at The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA, USA
  • Peter W. Ellis | Natural Climate Solutions Science Team Lead at The Nature Conservancy, Portland, ME, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 6, 2021
How fisheries bring carbon dioxide back to the atmosphere

Today's global warming is increasingly threatening our planet. The Paris Agreement – an international agreement on climate change mitigation – aims to limit global warming to below 1.5-2°C relative to preindustrial levels. To meet this ambitious goal, we may need to drastically cut human-related emissions... click to read more

  • Gaël Mariani | PhD Student at MARBEC, University of Montpellier, CNRS, IFREMER, IRD, Montpellier, France
  • David Mouillot | Professor at MARBEC, University of Montpellier, CNRS, IFREMER, IRD, Montpellier, France
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 23, 2021