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Massive solar and wind farms could bring vegetation back to the Sahara

Juanjo Tugores / shutterstock Alona Armstrong, Lancaster University Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy is an important and necessary step towards averting climate change. However, in our efforts to go green, we also need to be mindful of other consequences, both intended and unintended – and that includes how a mass deployment of renewable technology might affect its surrounding …

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Central Asia risks becoming a hyperarid desert in the near future

Jakub Czajkowski / shutterstock Natasha Barbolini, Stockholm University Around 34 million years ago, sudden climate change caused ecological breakdown in Central Asia. This ancient event, triggered by rapid drops in temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide, permanently affected biological diversity in the region. Large areas of Mongolia, (geographic) Tibet and north-western China suddenly became hyperarid deserts with little vegetation cover – …

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