Hurricanes Bring Temporary Relief to Florida Reefs Smothered by Invasive Seaweed
December 21, 2004 06:54 PM - Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution

In August, Harbor Branch scientists began a new survey of Florida coral reefs expecting to document the devastating spread of harmful seaweed that has been progressing now for several years, but hurricane havoc has instead led the team to a surprising find. With their first survey nearly completed, it appears all reefs in the path of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne have been largely scoured free of the menacing seaweed, and many have also been buried in sand. Seaweed overgrowth problems are likely to return, however, and could even be exacerbated by the storms' temporary removal. Further south, on reefs beyond the brunt of the storms, the team has found alarming concentrations of a cyanobacterium similar to algae killing corals and other reef organisms.

Flexible Climate Agreements after 2012
December 21, 2004 02:23 PM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

Now that it seems like the Kyoto Protocol will enter into force, it is time to look into building more comprehensive agreements when the Kyoto period runs out in 2012. Broad participation and comprehensive reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases can only be achieved through a flexible approach.

EERC To Test New Mercury Control Technologies
December 21, 2004 02:22 PM - Energy & Environmental Research Center

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota announces its participation in a consortium-based project to test the most promising new mercury control technologies for utilities that burn lignite coal.

WHOI Director Appointed to U.S. Commission to UNESCO
December 20, 2004 04:53 PM - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) President and Director Robert Gagosian has been appointed to the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

New Coordinator Continues Partnership for Pennsylvania IPM Program
December 20, 2004 04:52 PM - Pennsylvania IPM Program

Cathy Thomas, a biocontrol specialist for the Pennsylvania IPM Program, was recently named as the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's IPM coordinator for the statewide program. Ed Rajotte continues to fill the role of Penn State's IPM coordinator in a partnership between the agency and university that is the Pennsylvania IPM Program (PA IPM).

For a Better New Year: An Ecological Psychology Tool Helps Us Meet Our Most Urgent Goals
December 20, 2004 04:51 PM - Project NatureConnect, Institute of Global Education

A new on line article suggests that the environmental movement and green politics are not as successful as they could be because, being in denial, they don't help us meet urgent needs (1).

Swordfish Dropped From Another Major Restaurant Chain Menu
December 20, 2004 04:49 PM - Sea Turtle Restoration Project

In another victory for public health, Morton's Steakhouse of New York has removed swordfish from its menu. Morton's move marks the second major American restaurant chain to remove swordfish from its menu in just over a year. In the Fall of 2003, Red Lobster removed swordfish from its menu as a result of a national campaign calling for its removal due to high levels of mercury.

On Energy-Saving Standards, States Lead, DOE Lags
December 20, 2004 11:21 AM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

A coalition group today praised the states of California and New Jersey for advancing new energy-saving appliance standards this week. Meanwhile, in Washington, U.S. DOE announced yet another round of delays for new national standards for natural gas furnaces and other products.

Trade Measures Can Improve the Climate
December 20, 2004 11:17 AM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

Using trade measures against countries that do not comply with or do not participate in the Kyoto Protocol can make the climate regime more robust. "It appears, though, that the link between trade and climate is a bigger issue in the World Trade Organization than it is in the UNFCCC," says political scientist Olav Schram Stokke at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute.

Marine Biotechnology Product Offers Promise as Cystic Fibrosis Treatment
December 20, 2004 11:15 AM - University of North Carolina Wilmington

Researchers working with Florida red tide toxin at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science have discovered two new compounds that may treat mucus build-up associated with cystic fibrosis and similar lung diseases. Preliminary studies show these compounds improve the flow of mucus through the respiratory tract, allowing airways to clear more quickly and efficiently.

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