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Aerosols Control Rainfall in the Rainforest

A team of environmental engineers, who might better be called "archeologists of the air," have, for the first time, isolated aerosol particles in near pristine pre-industrial conditions.


Grassroots Campaign Unites Millions across Globe to Restore and Protect Nature

Millions across the globe will be cleaning up their local parks, waterways and forests in a bid to restore and protect nature this Clean Up the World Weekend, in support of the United Nations 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.


UNESCO Declares Everglades Endangered Site

A U.N. panel has declared the Florida's Everglades to be an endangered World Heritage site due to the wetlands' continued degradation, officials said on Friday, 30 July 2010.


President Obama signs Executive Order establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes

President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes on July 19, 2010. That Executive Order adopts the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and directs Federal agencies to take the appropriate steps to implement them.


Tiny Marine Microbes Exert Influence on Global Climate

New research indicates that the interactions of microscopic organisms around a particular organic material may alter the chemical properties of the ocean--influencing global climate by affecting cloud formation in the atmosphere.


Researchers Discover Source of Essential Nutrients for Mid-Ocean Algae

For almost three decades, oceanographers have been puzzled by the ability of microscopic algae ("microalgae") to grow in open-ocean areas where there is very little nitrate, an essential nutrient for the algae.


Expanded Focus of Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Efforts Recommended

Conservation efforts aimed at protecting endangered Caribbean corals may be overlooking regions where corals are best equipped to evolve in response to global warming and other climate challenges.


New Web-Tool Shows Critical Migratory Waterbird Sites Need Urgent Protection

A new website launched today, 14 June 2010, by Wetlands International, BirdLife International and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) reveals major gaps in the protection of many critical sites used by migratory waterbirds across Africa the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia.


Breakthrough in International Year of Biodiversity, as Governments Give Green Light to New ‘Gold Standard’ Science Policy Body

History was made on June 11, 2010, in the southern, South Korean port city of Busan, when Governments gave the green light to an Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


Long-Distance Larvae Speed to New Undersea Vent Homes

Working in a rare, "natural seafloor laboratory" of hydrothermal vents that had just been rocked by a volcanic eruption, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and other institutions have discovered what they believe is an undersea superhighway.


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