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Global warming

Global warming is one of the defining issues of our time. Drastically shifting weather patterns not just disturb the ecological system but also have a negative effect on the life of humans. This problem, if not monitored, can lead to serious problems that may be experienced on a large scale in the future.   Auroop Ganguly, an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University,...

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reefs

Rising global temperatures have caused such widespread damage to the Great Barrier Reefs that scientists believe, its coral may never recover. The world’s largest reef system is deteriorating at rates scientists expected to not see for at least another 30 years. Located off the northeast coast of Australia, it is home to 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of molluscs...

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calving

The glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica hold 90% of the world’s fresh water. Due to the greenhouse effect and global warming, these glaciers are calving at an accelerated rate. And if this continues glacial melt could raise the sea level worldwide enough to swamp coastal communities on every shore. An accelerating crack in the ice shelf known as Larsen C, the fourth-largest ice shelf in...

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Soot or Black Carbon (BC) is the reminiscence of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuels, and biomass. This emission often tends to contain aerosol which can be extremely harmful to the aquatic environment. BC contributes to the acceleration of sea ice melting in the Arctic. Scientists from all over the world are trying to figure out strategies to change this situation.   Aron Stubbins, a professor of...

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capitalism

Capitalism and climate change have been topics of discussion capable of both inspiring and overwhelming the masses. After numerous discussions, political meetings, proposals, and planned actions humans still stand at “work under progress”. Climate change can be considered as a sum total of all environmental problems that humans have to deal with in current times. With the early news of ice-free arctic by 2050, the...

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With the progress of science, breeding animals have become even easier. The process has become faster and efficient to breed cows that give milk, bigger pigs, and sheep with thick layers of wool. Katie Lotterhos, an assistant professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University, thought of applying the same method to breed oysters. There has been an increased contribution of oyster hatcheries to breed oysters that are...

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Organic soil retains carbon

Organic farms are better at sequestering carbon than soil from conventional farms, shows research conducted by scientists Geoffrey Davies and Elham Ghabbour, at Northeastern University. Over the past ten years, Davies and Ghabbour have been elbow-deep in analyzing soils from different parts of their country. According to Ghabbour, a soil expert, organic soil can hold more carbon because it has higher concentrations of humic acids....

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climate change and its effects on people

The change in climate around the world is not only affecting the ecosystem and the environment but it has adverse effects on humans as well. Ysabelle Kempe is on a journey to chronicle the effects of climate change on people across the United States. The journalism student at Northeastern University has taken up a long journey to cover various places and topics across  the States....

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antarctica

Antarctica is one of the few places which aren’t explored to the limits. Antarctica's huge glaciers, hard to survive temperature and the remoteness are what cause a burning curiosity, a nagging itch to discover what lies just beyond the horizon. It’s what drives every scientific expedition. It’s the same reflex that has driven William Detrich, a marine and environmental science professor at Northeastern University, to...

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If we are successful in planting more trees, to the tune of 1.2 trillion more trees, we could save Earth, with trees capable of storing so much carbon dioxide that they could cancel out a decade’s worth human-created carbon dioxide emission. Thanks to work of ecologist Thomas Crowther and colleagues at Swiss University ETH Zurich we now know that there is room for additional 1.2 trillion trees on the planet. Crowther stated that planting...

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