Understanding the global carbon budget is vital for managing climate change. Understanding the processes that regulate the carbon budget is critical to devising long-term conservation, mitigation, and restoration strategies. It is well known that through biogeochemical cycling processes, ecosystems around the globe …
By Alisa Zomer
Even before the climate negotiations began this week, Typhoon Haiyan sent a message to the world – a message that is still making waves. The strength and trajectory of Typhoon Haiyan was unprecedented, even for the Philippines, an island nation that experiences more disasters than most. In response, the lead Filipino negotiator declared a fast for the duration of the climate negotiations until progress has been made to “stop this madness.”
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Rit Aggarwala is the former director of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City and currently special advisor to Michael Bloomberg in his role as chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Anthropogenic climate change is predicted to dramatically alter biodiversity and species distributions around the globe, particularly if many species are unable to disperse to new habitats or evolve and adapt to new climatic conditions in their current habitat.
Regional climate responds to global temperature trends, but is also influenced by regional-specific and/or hemispheric processes. For example, as a result of global warming and higher polar…
Tracey Osborne is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development and Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets, and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Specifically, she explores the intersection of carbon markets, development, and agrarian change as they relate to forestry-based carbon initiatives in Mexico.
With the atmospheric CO2 level just reaching the hallmark value of 400 parts per million this May, a key question is how much global temperature change we should expect in the near and distant future…