Over 99 percent of today’s plastics come from oil, but new bio-based options are becoming available.
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One big problem with plastics is that they're largely made of petroleum. Sourcing bio-polymers from plants and bacteria has some big benefits – and the technology is starting to take off.
Extreme climatic events are harming plant communities in the Arctic. The resulting colour change is bad news for the region's carbon storage.
Vast 'underwater meadows' would lock up lots of carbon.
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world.
Last week Brazil opened thousands of kilometres of previously protected Amazon rainforest to mining, in a bid to combat ongoing political and economic disasters.
Mangroves are superheroes on both land and sea, storing carbon and providing protection for coasts.
Greta Dargie and team fight their way through the forest.
A swampy area the size of England stores as much carbon as 20 years of US fossil fuel emissions.
Dry period in semi-arid central Australia.
Extreme wet years are getting wetter and more common. This means Australia's terrestrial ecosystems will play a larger role in the global carbon cycle.
Plants absorb carbon and store it in the land.
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Australia is pumping 6.5 times more carbon into the atmosphere than the land can absorb.
Mangrove patch in the arid landscape of Baja California Peninsula, Mexico.
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Study shows mangrove forests along desert coasts have potential to lock up large amounts of carbon and buffer against rising seas.
Things got very wet, very quickly, in Brisbane in 2011.
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Since 1999, Australia has swung between drought and deluge with surprising speed, because El Niño has fallen into sync with similar patterns in the Indian and Southern Oceans.
Rice cultivation is one of the ways food production pumps methane into the atmosphere.
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Fossil fuel emissions are slowing, but another major climate problem is becoming clear: food production.
Sea turtles eating more seagrass could threaten the ocean’s ability to store carbon.
Sharks and other ocean predators help protect the ocean's carbon stores by keeping other wildlife in check.
High and dry: a water-stressed forest in the US Southwest.
Forests take longer than expected to rebound from droughts, diminishing their role as global carbon sinks.
Mangroves are still be cleared for aquaculture expansion. Since 1989, 6600 hectares of Tanjung Panjang Nature Reserve’s original 13,300 ha of mangroves have been converted.
Mangroves, hectare for hectare, store more carbon than any other forests. But they are also among the most threatened. New projects in Indonesia show how mangroves might be restored.
Lush rainforest above ground… spare a thought for what’s happening in the soil.
It’s no exaggeration to say the tropics drive our planet’s carbon cycle – the constant transfer of carbon back and forth, on a global scale, between living things and the environment. Understanding the…
The swollen Fitzroy River in Queensland, Australia, where heavy rains in early 2011 led to extraordinary regrowth with a global impact.
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Record-breaking rains triggered so much new growth across Australia that the continent turned into a giant green carbon sink to rival tropical rainforests including the Amazon, our new research shows…