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Environmentalists from Russia and Spain will share experiences on reforestation

Environmentalists from the Spanish Forest Technology Center will become familiar with the technology for restoration after fires in the Altai Nature Biosphere Reserve, the director of the reserve Igor Kalmykov.

Both Russia and Spain this year, hit hard by wildfires. So, this summer in Spain in the second half of July, strong forest fire occurred in the province of Catalonia, the flames destroyed 14 000 hectares of forest. And fires Garajonay National Park in the Canary Islands and the island of La Palma, where fire destroyed 17,000 hectares of forest have been contained only the day before Tuesday. In

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Acidification of water can disrupt the food chain in the ocean

Mollusk shells become smaller in size with an increase in the acidity of ocean waters, and this could lead to the extinction of many species, the base of the food chain, resulting in chain may change significantly, according to a statement on the website of British National Centre for Antarctic Studies (British Antarctic Survey — BAS) .

The research is published in the journal Global Change Biology.

Scientists have proved that the ocean absorbs excess atmospheric carbon dioxide, which is then transformed into carbonic acid and gradually neutralized. However, if the ocean water in a short time falls too much

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Earth still absorbs about half of human carbon dioxide emissions

Earth's oceans, forests and other ecosystems to continue to absorb half of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activity, in spite of the growth of the last, say members of the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (both — USA).

Scientists analyzed the half-century base measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and came to the conclusion that the Earth's ecosystems that absorb this greenhouse gas, has not filled to capacity.

Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere mainly due to burning fossil fuels, and as a result of forest fires and some natural processes. Then some

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MEP will develop criteria impact of climate change on health

Criteria effects on health and mortality effects of climate change (drought, destruction of permafrost and others) will be developed by July MEP in 2013, according to the Government of the Russian Federation.

"Development of criteria parameters (thresholds), the conditions of the Russian Security under climate change with regard to the health of individual social groups (an increase in morbidity and mortality), droughts and wetlands, forest fire, permafrost degradation, ecological imbalance, infectious and parasitic diseases, increasing the cost of electricity for air conditioning in the summer, "- said in a paper published in the government database.

These criteria will be part

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Media statement about the beginning of the ice age in 2014 are unfounded

Statements of imminent "ice age", reprinted in the media is unfounded and inconsistent with current understanding of climate change, experts say.

Earlier, some media reported that Russian scientists predict the beginning of "Ice Age" in 2014. According to the authors in the journal "Natural Gas Industry", observed with the XX century the increase in global average temperature is out of the "Little Ice Age", followed by re-cooling followed caused the minimum of solar activity.

"All these catastrophism — should still be a level of evidence. And now people are using other people's results and said it expected (" Ice

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Russia need to discuss violations of rules at the UN climate talks

Russia will raise the issue of violations of rules at the UN climate talks in the June session, said Thursday in Warsaw Presidential Advisor, Special Envoy on Climate Alexander Bedritsky.

Previous session of the UN negotiations on climate change was held in late 2012 in the Qatari capital Doha. Final decisions, including an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, officially launches the second period of the agreement, then were taken despite the objections of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Bedritsky said that rules were broken in a similar way and during the negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancun in 2010.

"We

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Fertility polar bears on Svalbard has fallen 5 times

The number of newborn white bears on the island Kongseya (Svalbard) dropped from 25 to 5 for the last three years, since not all females from the surrounding region, due to the late formation of ice time to find a place for their dens, leaving their babies die in the ice, according to Blog of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) three years ago on the island Kongseya watched 25 cubs, and this year — only five. Specialists explain the decline in fertility that, for successful reproduction, bears need to find a good

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Russia will help South Korea keep the population of tigers

Russia is ready to share with environmentalists in South Korea experience a conservation of tigers, which are threatened with extinction, told the Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation Sergey Donskoy.

"From Korea, we discussed the question of how in the future to share experiences on the conservation of tigers. Korea is going to develop this population, we have enough experience, and we will delegate the professionals so they can help them to keep the population" — said Don.

APEC Ministerial Meeting on the Environment as part of the APEC forum held on Wednesday in Khabarovsk. The

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Quarter of amphibians and reptiles in the United States are threatened with extinction

About a quarter of all the species of amphibians and reptiles inhabiting the United States, are threatened with extinction, and therefore the need to expand the Red Book of the United States, according to the U.S. Center for Biological Diversity.

"According to the researchers, one of four species of amphibians and reptiles are threatened with extinction. However, only 58 of them are included in the Red Book of the United States, which protects 1.4 thousand species," — said in a statement.

In this regard, conservationists have made a request by fish and wildlife U.S. futures listed in the Red Book

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Prince Charles is concerned about climate change

At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Brazil, the Prince of Wales expressed concerns about the possible "catastrophic" consequences of inaction on climate change.

In a video, Prince Charles said in despair watching the leisurely progress on "critical issues of our time." He called on world leaders to adopt a more integrated approach to issues such as climate change and food security. Waiting for serious consequences, you might miss the moment and will be too late to act, the prince said. He also added that there were scientific evidence of potential consequences of ignoring risks.

At Rio

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