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Efficient source of biofuel can be black forest — scientist

Forests of genetically modified trees with black leaves can significantly improve the absorption of carbon dioxide and become more efficient feedstock for biofuels, said Nobel laureate Hartmut Michel (Hartmut Michel), speaking on Monday with a lecture at the traditional meeting of Nobel laureates in the southern German town of Lindau.

Professor, Institute of Biophysics, Max Planck Society, Hartmut Michel won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1988 for research on the mechanism of photosynthesis.

His lecture in Lindau was devoted to the performance of one of the technology, "green energy" — the use of biofuels and biomass as a means

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UN Expert Group on Climate has worked on the bugs

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the June adopted new procedures work — began their review after two years in the report of the Nobel winners, errors were detected solutions IPCC published on its website.

Winter 2010 IPCC publicly acknowledged that the text of the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) in 2007 have errors. The most famous of which is the assertion that the glaciers in the Himalayas are retreating faster than anywhere else, and that they may disappear by 2035. The source of these data were not articles in scientific journals, and the report WWF, which, in turn,

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Arctic countries with 2015 will be reporting on emissions of soot

The countries of the Arctic Council in 2015, will report regularly on emissions of black carbon, a component of soot, according to a joint ministerial statement on the environment of the Arctic countries.

Representatives from Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at the meeting in the Swedish Jukkasjärvi February 5-6, discussed environmental issues in the Arctic, climate change, protection of biodiversity and pollution control in the region.

"(Ministers) agreed that each Arctic nation should periodically prepare national reports on emissions of black carbon standards that countries have developed under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.

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Climate change is not as critical for the forests of Amazonia, as previously

Common disturbing reports that climate change rainforest on the banks of the Amazon quickly disappear is not met the results of recent research at the University of Exeter in England. The basis of the new assumptions on survival of forests is the opinion that CO2 is a kind of fertilizer that tropical plants absorb from the air, and its abundance only benefit.

Thus, getting additional portions of carbon dioxide from the air, tropical vegetation quite well able to withstand the effects of rising global temperatures, causing drought, and will not disappear by 2050, as previously thought. Tropical forest

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Environmentalists welcome the investment in Australia saving coral reefs

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia supports the decision of the authorities of the country to contribute an additional $ 8 million to save the coral reefs in the framework of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, said the conservationists.

About 19% of coral reefs in the world are doomed to failure because of pollution and climate change, besides fishermen greatly reduced populations of fish that are cleaned corals, eating them with seaweed. Thus, according to UNESCO, the area of corals inhabiting the Great Barrier Reef, declined by a quarter in the 30 years that have passed after the natural

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Penguin colony in the world Adele could fall by the end of the century to 80%

The number of Emperor penguins in Terre Adélie in Antarctica by the end of 2100 could be reduced from three thousand to 500-600 pairs, due to the melting of Antarctic ice, according to a press release from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) with the support of NCAR studied colony of Emperor penguins in Terre Adélie (Antarctica).

"According to our most optimistic projections, by the end of the century the Earth will be 500-600 pairs of Adelie penguins against today's figures of three thousand pairs" — said biologist Stephanie Zhenovre (Stephanie

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Tundra forest overgrowth leads to an increase in CO2 emissions — scientists

The transformation of the Arctic tundra to the taiga, or other types of wood will result in the release of carbon dioxide from the centuries-old inventory of soil and its ability to reduce the storage of CO2, which can accelerate the rate of climate change, climate scientists say in a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Arctic "freezer"

Flora tundra absorbs a relatively small amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but with most of the CO2 remains in the organic remains, which prevent degradation low temperatures and permafrost. During the millennia of its existence in the frozen

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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

January 30, 1995 the UN General Assembly proclaimed 17 June as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, on the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, June 17, 1994.

Desertification — it is a problem of global significance, which has serious implications for the international environmental security, poverty eradication, social and economic stability and sustainable development.

According to the report of the Global Environment Outlook-4, from dryland ecosystems vary the order of two billion people, 90% live in developing countries. In the world in the category of drylands are more than 30% of the

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In Canada, the National Day of sweaters remind Climate Change

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, on Thursday, February 7, will hold the next National Day sweater — a festival designed to remind you of energy conservation and climate change, the organization said.

In the National Day sweaters WWF Canada offers all residents to dress a little warmer and a few degrees lower temperature heating in homes. Thus, environmentalists are trying to draw attention to the problem of climate change caused by human activities, and in particular the burning of fossil fuels.

"Climate change — one of our priorities, both in Canada and around the world. This is probably the

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Formula to overcome climate change: less work, more rest

Center for Economic Policy and Research says that any problem of climate change, including the change itself, can be overcome, spending less time at work and spend more time gaming and leisure. The best model of working order, able to preserve the planet, will be a model that is close to Europe which provides for a longer vacation, enough time for various types of recreation, rational distribution of work hours.

Of American labor model, which implies a rather long work week, and a little vacation, is phased out. As soon as a reduction in the number of hours each

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