Salt marshes on the beach can slow warming

At the University of Virginia conducted a study which showed that global warming and rising sea levels salt marshes are located near the sea, will absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to four times faster, which will slow the warming itself.

In addition to this coastal ecosystem functions perform like mangroves and algae that grow at the edge of the sea. The combined efforts of these three ecosystems can provide significant cooling effect, scientists say. Salt marshes are good for the fact that, thanks to its location near the sea, they constrain Surges storm surge and prevent flooding. Because

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Oceans, which ends with a fish

Mankind does not live by hunting and gathering as once — with one important exception. Fish — the only wild animal that we hunt in large numbers. And yet, we can be the last generation that was engaged in this fishery.

Entire species of marine life would never see the light in antropotsene (age person), not to mention being tested on taste, if we do not curb our insatiable voracity against fish. Last year, global consumption of fish has reached a record high of 17 kg per person per year, and that with the continued reduction of the

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Brazilian coral reefs in danger of extinction

Over the past 50 years, coral reefs, stretching for 3,000 km on the northeast coast of Brazil, lost 80% of their biomass. This rapid disappearance of an important component of the marine ecosystem can be considered a real natural disaster for the Atlantic Ocean.

Earlier on the reefs, located in the Atlantic at the Brazilian cities Fortaleza, Recife and Natal, home to about 18 species of corals, algae and various types of fish. Now, according to the Ministry of Environment of the country and the Federal University of Pernambuco, decreased not only the area of reefs and their biodiversity.

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Brazil in the next 50 years could lose 80% of coral reefs

Brazil in the next 50 years could lose 80% of coral reefs along its northeastern coast from discharges of untreated sewage.

According to the study, researchers from the Federal University of Pernambuco, led Biatriche Padrovani (Beatrice Padovani), the results of which lead agency AFP, in the next half-century will be lost coral reefs, which are located over three thousand kilometers along the northeastern coast of Brazil, at a short distance from the major industrial cities of Fortaleza , Recife and Natal. According to scientists, 18 species of corals and algae may disappear under the influence of domestic, industrial and agricultural

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The water temperature in the North East of the continental shelf has reached a record high

In the first six months of 2012 the sea surface temperature in the large marine ecosystems of the North-eastern shelf, situated between the Gulf of Maine and Cape Hatteras, rose to a record high. In all parts of the ecosystem from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the observed values above the norm, the shelf area on the border with the Gulf Stream temperature increase was even more pronounced.

Flowering Time / reproduction of plankton in 2012 started earlier, was much more intense the previous years and the average is longer. This fact could not affect

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Forest and its impact on climate

Over the past two decades, the death of large areas of forest, caused by high temperatures and dry weather conditions have been documented on every continent except Antarctica. And, as expected, the death of so many trees definitely lead to climate change. Although studies were conducted on the basis of individual cases of forest destruction, the consequences of a global extinction, little is known. Although, I think it is not difficult to assume that in this case, we are unlikely to expect a bright future. Recent studies have been published on September 9 authors Carnegie's William and Leander Anderegg in

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China is quickly trying to save the Tibetan plateau ecosystem

Major threat to low-lying wetland areas on the Tibetan plateau, rich moisture and vegetation is active livestock activities of local residents. The continuous growth in livestock destroys flora and water resources, thus violating the natural balance in the region, which is the source, feeding one of the most important waterways in China — the Yangtze River, the second longest in all of China.

In 2002, most suffering from the onslaught of 460,000 head of cattle a plateau area, it was decided to establish a National Nature Reserve. Three thousand families of herdsmen who breed yaks and horses, had to

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The more different kinds of living things forms the ecosystem, the better it resists external influences

According to a study conducted by ecologists and botanists of the Zurich and the University of Göttingen, ecosystems, a large amount of different species more resistant to external influences, in particular — change in temperature and an increase in salinity.

These two factors have come to the fore in a warming climate, and every day more and more ecosystems facing unprecedented scale of the climate. However, to deal with it every ecosystem on its own.

One of the objective criteria of ecosystem resilience to external impact is the increase in biomass for a certain period of time. As an experimental

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WWF attract local people to save the snow leopard in the Russian Federation and Mongolia

Environmentalists of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia and Mongolia have decided to actively involve local communities to protect the Red Book of the snow leopard in the cross-border area between the two countries, reported RIA Novosti project coordinator of the Altai-Sayan branch of WWF Russia Mikhail Paltsyn.

Snow leopard, which number in the world at the present time has been steadily declining in need of special protection measures. Environmentalists believe that there are no resources and not enough to protect the snow leopard from poaching by both state environmental authorities and protected areas. The main task, experts say

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Deforestation in the area for the construction of the Khibiny over 50 hectares

Square cut forests in the Khibiny Mountains, where the construction of the mine, more than 50 hectares, although not yet held public discussion of the project, according to Kola Conservation Center. Customer cuttings — JSC "NWPC" previously stated its readiness to build an environmentally responsible mine, refused to comment.

Planned to develop in the near future apatite-nepheline deposit Partomchorr frame to be mine, located in one of the most visited valleys — Kuniyok. Meanwhile, according to the concept of protected areas of Russia, in the area in 2015 will be the national park "Khibiny". Field itself is not included in

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