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Glacier Melt & Its Impacts

Glacier Melt & Its Impacts

One of the significant, negative impacts of climate change is the melting of glaciers around the globe. Glaciers are an important source of freshwater for many people, and increasing temperatures are causing glaciers to melt at unprecedented rates. While glacier melt is a global concern, anxieties are particularly high for the consequences in Asia and the glaciers of the Himalayas. Nearly half a billion people people live at the base of these mountains, and even more rely on the rivers and the lakes they feed. 
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Palm Oil - The New Liquid Gold

Palm Oil - The New Liquid Gold

Crackers, candy, shampoo, ice cream, soap, chocolate, toothpaste, margarine, protein and granola bars, make-up, laundry detergent, and biofuel. What do these everyday household items and products all have in common? Answer: They all contain palm oil. In fact, it is the most widely used vegetable oil on the planet! The oil’s potential is undeniable. However, its large-scale production comes with ecological, agricultural, and economic costs.
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Hurricanes, Good for Mangrove Forests...In Moderation

Hurricanes, Good for Mangrove Forests...In Moderation

Along with coral reefs, fringing mangrove forests dramatically reduce wave energy, flooding, and strong winds associated with hurricanes. These storms can strip canopies, snap and uproot trees, and submerge smaller ones via high storm surge. While these initial impacts are clearly destructive, there is evidence that hurricanes also provide benefits to mangroves forests.

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