Programs & Projects

  • Permafrost-Denali-National-Park

    Arctic Permafrost

    WHRC works in places where great stores of terrestrial carbon are at risk - threatening the global climate system. Locked within the ancient frozen soils is more carbon than has been emitted through fossil fuel combustion to date.

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  • Ecosystems-jungle

    Ecosystems and Climate Change

    Climate change is altering natural ecosystems by transforming landscapes, and changing animal and plant species distribution and biodiversity. These changes reflect a shift in terrestrial carbon.

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  • Forest-Monitoring-new-zealand

    Forest Monitoring

    It is estimated that the forests of the world contain 450 billion tons of carbon, an amount equal to 45 years of fossil fuel combustion at the current rate. Each year, 1 billion tons of this carbon is released into the atmosphere through deforestation.      

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  • Global-Carbon-sky

    Global Carbon

    Global warming is driven by the increase in concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due primarily to fossil fuel combustion. Changes in land use, such as deforestation for agriculture, represent a smaller fraction.

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  • Sustainable-Economy-projet-equateur

    Green Economy

    After the Amazon, the Congo Basin comprises the second largest forest on Earth. International agriculture and mining interests, charcoal production, subsistence farming, and the bush meat trade all threaten increasingly larger swaths of virgin forest.

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  • Sustainable-tanguro

    Sustainable Landscapes

    Agriculture is expanding rapidly into tropical forests and savannas in response to global demands for food and fuel. Pressures to conserve remaining forest and reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation are increasing.

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  • Global-Rivers-Orinoco

    Global Rivers

    To a large degree, river water chemistry is a function of processes occurring in the river’s watershed. As a result, changes on land also lead to changes in river chemistry. Watershed health be assessed by monitoring river water chemistry.

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  • Climate-Land-use-forest2

    Climate and Land-use Change in New England

    Rising population and expanding residential and commercial development have led to a rise in deforestation rates from 1990 to 2005, especially in southern New England.

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