Notes from a rare planet: Severe drought in Amazon raises concerns about region’s ability to absorb CO2

Morning in the Amazon...

Amazon drought ‘severe’ in 2010, raising warming fears (BBC News)

  • “Last year’s drought in the Amazon raises concerns about the region’s capacity to continue absorbing carbon dioxide, scientists say.”
  • “In drought years, the Amazon region changes from being a net absorber of carbon dioxide into a net emitter.”

New Caledonia’s forests are second most threatened in the world, not New Zealand’s (Mongabay)

  • “Down to only 5% of its original forest landscape, New Caledonia in the southeast Pacific ocean is famous for its endemic species, meaning found no-where else in the world. According to a 2009 study, the island of New Caledonia supports some of the world’s highest levels of endemic species, including five families of plants found no-where else on Earth.”

Sea urchins released to battle invasive coral weeds (Planet Green)

  • “The invasive seaweed has been causing trouble in the Aloha State for years. Like another invasive species working its way toward the North AmericanGreat Lakes (Asian carp), this seaweed was originally brought in to help. So much for that.”

Whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish, could be even bigger than previously recorded, a new study reveals (BBC News)

  • “The laser system will allow us to reliably obtain accurate measurements from free-swimming sharks, so we may well find out that the world’s largest fish is even larger than presently recorded,” says Mr Rohner.

Princeton to install largest PV field of any college campus. 16,500 panels! (Treehugger)

  • “The photovoltaic collector field will feature a 5.3-megawatt system, and will include 16,500 PV panels. The university says that once installed, the field will generate 5.5 percent of the campus’ electrical power and bring down its energy costs by about 8 percent.”