Climate change and urban sprawl alter Iditarod race
February 28, 2008 07:03 AM - Reuters

WASILLA, Alaska (Reuters) - Urban sprawl and dwindling snow have forced organizers of the world's most famous sled-dog race to bypass Wasilla, a fast-growing Alaskan city that calls itself "Home of the Iditarod." The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has formally moved the start of the race's timed competition to Willow, a hamlet 40 miles north of Wasilla.

Field Dispatch: Natural Habitat Antarctica Final Dispatch
February 27, 2008 09:54 AM - Sybille Klenzendorf,William Penhallegon, WWF

How can I discuss the profound experience of visiting Antarctica in a way that hasn’t already been done? Libraries are filled with books that describe travels to the continent, but most seem to describe it as a place to be conquered, or at least survived. Practically a whole subgenre of literature concerns the incredible survival stories from the early and not-so-early explorers; names like Scott, Mawson, Byrd, Ross, Amundsen, and of course, Shackleton, are embedded in our collective consciousness as men who challenged the continent — and who sometimes paid the ultimate price. Fortunately, however, Antarctica is being seen more recently as something greater than just a savage world to be survived.

Death toll from Madagascar cyclone hits 60
February 26, 2008 08:18 AM - Reuters

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Cyclone Ivan killed 60 people when it tore through Madagascar last week, officials said on Tuesday, more than doubling the previous death toll of 22. "More than 200,000 people are affected," Jean Rakotomalala, head of the country's National Office of Disasters and Risk Management, told reporters.

Using organic fertilizers could protect against climate change
February 25, 2008 09:25 AM - ENN

Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, and Singapore (25 February, 2008) — Applying organic fertilizers, such as those resulting from composting, to agricultural land could increase the amount of carbon stored in these soils and contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research published in a special issue of Waste Management & Research (Special issue published today by SAGE).

Power users warn EU investment stalls over climate
February 21, 2008 11:41 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Energy-intensive industries in Europe warned on Thursday that big investment decisions are being put on hold until the European Union hammers out its plan for fighting climate change after 2012. A month after the EU's executive announced proposals to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the 27-nation bloc, executives from some of Europe's biggest companies said they could not afford to wait long for details of how the system will work.

Greenland's Rising Air Temperatures Drive Ice Loss At Surface And Beyond
February 21, 2008 09:35 AM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

Greenland's enormous ice sheet is home to enough ice to raise sea level by about 23 feet if the entire ice sheet were to melt into surrounding waters. Though the loss of the whole ice sheet is unlikely, loss from Greenland's ice mass has already contributed in part to 20th century sea level rise of about two millimeters per year, and future melt has the potential to impact people and economies across the globe. So NASA scientists used state-of-the-art NASA satellite technologies to explore the behavior of the ice sheet, revealing a relationship between changes at the surface and below.

Breaking Down the Barriers to a Green Economy
February 20, 2008 09:50 AM - UNEP

UNEP Launches Year Book 2008 at its 10th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Monaco 20-22 February Monaco, 20 February 2008-An emerging Green Economy is glimpsed in the latest United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Year Book as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions of dollars into cleaner and renewable energies.

Norway mall offers shoppers greenhouse gas credits
February 19, 2008 07:45 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Half a kg of salmon; two kg of potatoes; a tonne of greenhouse gas reductions -- shoppers at one Norwegian mall can now buy cuts in their carbon footprint as they pick up their weekly groceries. The Stroemmen Storsenter shopping centre outside Oslo began selling the certificates on Saturday, at 165 Norwegian crowns ($30.58) per tonne, to people who feel bad about contributing to climate change.

Floods kill 10, force thousands to flee in Philippines
February 19, 2008 05:54 AM - Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - Flash floods have killed at least 10 people in the central Philippines and forced tens of thousands to flee to higher ground after three days of heavy rain, the head of the local Red Cross said on Tuesday. "Ten people have drowned," said Richard Gordon, appealing for food, medicine, warm clothes and materials for temporary shelter. Three people were injured.

UK farm chief urges science to fight global warming
February 18, 2008 09:33 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must overcome an aversion to new technologies in parts of society as it seeks to combat the menace of climate change and help feed a rapidly growing world population, farmers' leader Peter Kendall said on Monday. "It is acutely painful to me to see how we have allowed our science base to run down. Part of the problem is the aversion to new technology and risk that has been fostered by a section of our society," Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union, told an annual conference.

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