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How Climate Change Could Jam The World's Ocean Circulation

by NICOLA JONES
Scientists are closely monitoring a key current in the North Atlantic to see if rising sea temperatures and increased freshwater from melting ice are altering the “ocean conveyor belt” — a vast oceanic stream that plays a major role in the global climate system. READ MORE

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Wildlife Farming: Does It Help Or Hurt Threatened Species?

by RICHARD CONNIFF
Wildlife farming is being touted as a way to protect endangered species while providing food and boosting incomes in rural areas. But some conservation scientists argue that such practices fail to benefit beleaguered wildlife. READ MORE

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What Would a Global Warming Increase of 1.5 Degrees Be Like?

by FRED PEARCE
The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target? READ MORE

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After Paris, A Move to Rein In Emissions by Ships and Planes

by FRED PEARCE
As the world moves to slash CO2 emissions, the shipping and aviation sectors have managed to remain on the sidelines. But the pressure is now on these two major polluting industries to start controlling their emissions at last. READ MORE

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Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat

by NICOLA JONES
Ninety-nine percent of the planet's freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world's populated coastal areas. READ MORE

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