The Coral has a Chance (Shame that Chance is Us)

The warming of the seas signals the end For many living gardens in full bloom; The bleaching of the coral is a trend, The killing of the algae bringing doom. But there may yet still be some breathing room, Some species can these warm waters withstand; Their spreading larvae could …

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Who’ll Save the Seagrass?

A flowering home for turtles and fish, These mixed seagrass meadows harbour much life; Moving in currents with a gentle swish, Net global warming is less when they’re rife. By burying carbon deep beneath The sediment, stacked high in metres thick. Excess carbon deposits it could sheath, But now they …

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Soil Diversity is Great

Soil microorganisms are a pest, Releasing petagrams of C O two As a by-product of what they digest. Whilst nitrogen deposits do accrue, More harmful greenhouse gases will ensue. But if the soil diversity is great, Small animals can then graze their way through These microorganisms at a rate That …

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Diversity was what made this land great

In the US petrol is running out, So should we plant more biofuel despite Cries that the land use is really in doubt, As we replace all the cropland in sight.   So should we plant more biofuel despite Far too much CO two being released? As we replace all …

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The Oceans are Dying

The Oceans are dying; can this be so? It happened before, so scientists claim, One quarter of a billion years ago Will it happen again, are we to blame?   All marine creatures almost left the game Volcanic eruptions then caused the blow Now it’s mankind that has entered the …

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A Glacial Retreat

In Canada a study found, How glaciers melt in the West. The shrinkage is beyond profound, With seventy per cent at best; If we ignore the Earth’s request Then ninety-five per cent will go. New barren lands will not be dressed, With climate change too warm for snow, The alpine …

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A Cold Wind Blows No More

Researchers have thrown us a new curve ball, That whilst cold snaps might now seem like the norm The surface heating variance will fall.   And as this variation takes its form, These surface changes will start to commence The global climate really to transform.   Less frequent cold snaps …

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Painting the Clouds

Looking up at the milky, sapphire sky Sulphur butterflies in my titanium gut My purpose to counteract some oversupply Existing to add in order to cut   The launch begins, but am I ready to go Apparently there was no choice In those distant skies I will dilute their blue …

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Arctic Methane

Since the Industrial revolution in the 18th Century, Methane levels have gone up by almost a factor of three. And whilst termites and bovines have their roles to play It’s anthropogenic emissions that are mostly to blame.   What’s going on in the Arctic is important to know, With potential …

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