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A map detailing carbon stocks across Peru has been launched after a collaboration between the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO), the Peruvian Ministry of Environment and Wake Forest University
A team of researchers has used integrated radar observations from a consortium of international satellites to create the first complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica
Twenty years ago, Mexico City was considered the ultimate urban disaster. But, recent political and economic reforms have transformed it into a hub of individualism, cultural diversity and consumerism

Global salinity

Satellite data collected by NASA’s new Aquarius instrument has been used to create a detailed new map of global salinity
The Met Office has developed a new map that shows the impact that climate change could have on the whole planet by the end of the century if carbon emissions continue to rise
A new satellite study has revealed that about three quarters of the water removed from the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since 2004 has come from underground sources, raising fears about future water supply to western USA
Iron-rich Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamian islands, providing the nutrients necessary for specialised bacteria to produce the island chain’s carbonate-based foundation, according to a new study published in Geology
Oil palm plantations cause more damage to the environment than was previously thought, according to a new study that documents their effect on water quality
Flood-mitigation efforts on China’s Yellow River that began almost 3,000 years ago are at least partly responsible for devastating floods that have killed millions and toppled dynasties, according to a new study
Britain’s urban rivers are the cleanest they’ve been for more than 20 years, according to a 21-year study by scientists from Cardiff University
Large-scale surface melting of Greenland ice in 1889 and 2012 caused by combination of rising temperatures and Northern Hemisphere forest fire ash, not warming alone
Over the past 30 years, wildfires across the western USA have been getting bigger and more frequent, according to new research
A team of researchers at Imperial College London launches a detailed atlas of fine-scale environment and health maps for England and Wales

Fruits of the forest

Once a hotbed of political unrest, southern Kyrgyzstan is now home to an innovative ecotourism initiative based around its walnut forests
Unique study of blooming patterns of high-altitude wildflowers in the Rocky Mountains shows the plants’ response to climate change is more complex than previously believed

Diamonds are forever

Will Millard, the winner of the 2013 Journey of a Lifetime award, recalls an uncomfortable episode during his attempt to packraft down the Moro River to mark the foundation of a new peace park in Sierra Leone and Liberia
A graduate student from the University of California, Los Angeles has developed a new method for remotely measuring river flows
EU researchers develop mapping software that uses correlations of environmental and health data to identify areas that are at risk of disease outbreaks

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