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Climate Change To Shrink Animal And Plant Habitats Dramatically, Study Forecasts

* More than half of all plants, a third of animals at risk-study<p>* Rapid peak in greenhouse gas emissions could reduce impacts<p>By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle<p>OSLO, May 12 (Reuters) - The habitats of many common plants and animals will shrink dramatically this century unless governments act …

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Preventing land degradation and effective use of water resources

<i>Photo credit: Google</i><p><i>Eleusine coracana is an annual plant widely grown as a cereal in the arid areas of Africa and Asia. Earliest Karnataka</i> …

Land Degradation: A Pathway to Nourishing the Future Is Found in Africa

Life on earth hangs on a thin thread. The warming of the earth's climate is taking place in an atmospheric layer which makes up two-tenths of a percent of the radius of the planet. Land degradation, soil erosion, and desertification, problems affecting a growing area around the globe, involves the …

Air pollution increases chances of low birth-weight babies

Sooty air pollution in towns and cities increases the chances of women giving birth to small babies, new research has shown.<p>A study involving millions of births around the world found that higher pollution levels raised the risk of low birth-weight.<p>Although small, the effect is said to be …

Surprise! CO2 Directly Linked To Global Warming

For the first time since the climate debate began, a team of researchers led by the U.S. DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory directly measured the contribution of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) to heating of the Earth (<i>Nature</i>).<p>Of course, this will spark further debate and …

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth

CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.<p>Water is eating away at the Antarctic …