Archive for June, 2001

Studies Measure Capacity of “Carbon Sinks”

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 21, 2001   View Article

After years of wide disagreement, scientists are getting a better grip on how much carbon Earth’s forests and other biological components suck out of the atmosphere, thus acting as “carbon sinks.” New research in this area may be highly useful in efforts to devise international strategies to address global warming.

The emission of carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels is the leading cause of the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which many people believe is the main culprit behind an increase in Earth’s temperatures.

New Mapping Tool Shows Impacts of Development Across the Globe

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 19, 2001   View Article

Step back and take in the big picture. Thousands of scientific studies assess the environmental impacts of a single road, or oil well, or mountain lodge, but the conclusions of these studies are generally disconnected. That is beginning to change.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has developed a global mapping technique, called GLOBIO, that combines these myriad conclusions into a comprehensive picture of the cumulative toll that infrastructure development is having on the planet.

Book Report: Search for Queen of Sheba Lures Writer to Arabian Desert

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 18, 2001   View Article

The Queen of Sheba’s visit to King Solomon takes up 13 lines of the Bible. Those lines created a legend that has spawned thousands of pages of literature, sculptures, paintings, circus acts, operas, and even a restaurant in Houston, Texas.

But did the queen really exist?

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