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Environment Counts | Massive collapse of Antarctica ice shelf likely due to surface warming :

Published by geoff on 2014-09-11 In February to March of 2002, the Larsen-B ice shelf in the Antarctica catastrophically collapsed in one season with a loss of 3,250 square km of floating ice. Larsen B had been stable for 12,000 years since the last glacial period. Larsen B ice sheet collapse Source NASA Radiocarbon-constrained chronologies […]


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Environment Counts | Rapid thinning of the Pine Island glacier also occurred 8,000 years ago :

Published by geoff on 2014-02-21 Pine Island Glacier, a major outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, has been undergoing rapid thinning and retreat for the past two decades. Pine Island Glacier This study shows that Pine Island Glacier also experienced rapid thinning of about a meter per year, which is comparable to modern rates, […]


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Environment Counts | WHO links 23% of global deaths to the environment :

Published by geoff on 2016-03-15 The World Health Organization (WHO) has released statistics linking 23% of global deaths or roughly 12.6 million deaths a year to the environment. Deaths linked to the environment The most common causes of death linked to the environment are stroke, ischaemic heart disease, unintentional injuries (accidents and natural disasters), cancers, […]


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Environment Counts | Change in plankton responsible for rapidly increasing nutrient production in North Pacific since 1850 :

Published by geoff on 2013-12-21 The North Pacific subtropical gyre (NPSG) is a major source of carbon and other nutrients to the deep ocean. Primary production in the NPSG has increased in recent decades due to a shift in the dominant forms of plankton to nitrogen-fixing. As a proxy for nitrogen-supported nutrient production in the […]


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Environment Counts | IPCC 5th Assessment Report: Rate of sea level rise is likely increasing :

Published by geoff on 2013-09-30 It is very likely that the mean rate of global averaged sea level rise was Period Sea level rise Error bars 1901 and 2010 1.7 mm/yr 1.5 to 1.9 1971 and 2010 2.0 mm/yr 1.7 to 2.3 1993 and 2010 3.2 mm/yr 2.8 to 3.6 The rate of sea level […]


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Environment Counts | The World’s Lungs

The World’s Lungs Author: Rick Higgins – Published At: 2011-08-14 14:10 – (915 Reads) An outstanding eight-part article which describes the state of forests and the rising threats they face from human exploitation and climate change. The Economist – Part 1 Editor’s comments Forests are indispensable to life on earth as we know it but […]


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Environment Counts | New record low for Arctic sea ice extent Sep 16 2012 :

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Environment Counts | Evidence for vast quantities of water deep in Earth’s mantle :

fresh water Published by geoff on 2014-03-13 It has been suggested that the Earth’s transition zone, at depths between 410 and 660 kilometres, could be a major repository for water. A transition zone containing significant quantities of water may have a key role in plate tectonics. The types of rocks in this zone which include ringwoodite, […]


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Environment Counts | Record low arctic sea ice extent :

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Environment Counts | Peak Water

Peak Water Author: Rick Higgins – Published At: 2011-07-20 20:49 – (1065 Reads) In the past few years, discussions about the possibility of resource crises around water, energy, and food have introduced new terms and concepts into the public debate. Energy experts predict that the world is approaching, or has even passed, the point of […]

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Environment Counts | Evidence of local species extinctions resulting from climate change :

Published by geoff on 2016-12-29 Many studies have reported evidence that species have shifted their geographic ranges, often further north (south) in the northern (southern) hemisphere, as the world has warmed – see example of northern range extension of a northern orchid. These studies also provide valuable data on extinctions in localized areas. As ranges […]

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Environment Counts | Reconstruction of North Atlantic surface temperature and salinity from 818 to 1780 AD

Reconstruction of North Atlantic surface temperature and salinity from 818 to 1780 AD Author: Geoff Zeiss – Published At: 2014-07-20 12:39 – (1208 Reads) The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a global ocean current system which transports heat and nutrients throughout most of the Earth’s oceans and has a strong influence on the Earth’s […]

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