Climate

Japan feels the heat: global warming pushing temps higher
January 8, 2008 10:33 PM - Reuters

The average temperature in Japan could rise by up to 4.7 degrees Celsius (8.5 Fahrenheit) this century unless steps are taken to combat global warming, the Environment Ministry said on Wednesday. Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, could face a rise in the average temperature of 1.3-4.7 C (2.3-8.5 F) in the 2070-2099 period from levels registered in 1961-1990, the ministry said in a report.

Powerful storms, tornadoes hit Midwest
January 8, 2008 01:32 PM - Reuters

The U.S. Midwest was battered by rain, thunderstorms, and tornadoes late on Monday and early on Tuesday, while the central Plains was spared much of the harsh weather, which was a relief for cattle already stressed by previous storms. The National Weather Service on Tuesday had a tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of southwest Arkansas and flood warnings for much of northern Illinois and northern Indiana.

Floods cause havoc in southern Africa
January 8, 2008 06:41 AM - Reuters

About 1.5 million Zambians may have to flee their homes because of floods in southern Africa that have cut off vast areas of Zimbabwe and killed six people in Mozambique. Zambian state television showed people carrying beds, chickens and goats above their heads as they moved through surging waters. Half of the country has been put on alert.

U.N. climate panel head probably seeking re-election
January 7, 2008 06:10 PM -

India's Rajendra Pachauri said on Monday he will probably seek a new term as head of the U.N. climate panel that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. "I think we are riding a crest ... as far as climate change is concerned, particularly spreading the information of climate change," Pachauri, 67, told Reuters in Oslo after making an evening speech about the risks of global warming.

Electric sand findings could lead to better climate models
January 7, 2008 02:48 PM - University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Wind isn't acting alone in the geological process behind erosion, sand dunes and airborne dust particles called aerosols. The other culprit is electricity. By taking both factors into account, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new model that matches real-world measurements of "saltation" better than the decades-old classical theory. Saltation is the process of wind blowing grains of sand across a landscape, sending them bouncing against the ground and each other. The bouncing motion of the saltating grains on the soil bed kicks dust aerosols into the air.

As Global Warming Advances, We're "Losing Winter."
January 7, 2008 02:11 PM - E- The Enviornmental Magazine

Janisse Ray, an outdoor recreation enthusiast in Danville, Vermont, got so frustrated when the West River hadn't frozen by last January that she donned a wet suit and floated downstream in an inner tube, holding aloft a sign that said “Where’s winter?”

Heavy rains flood drought-hit Australian farmers
January 7, 2008 01:29 AM - Reuters

Heavy rains and flooding in northeast Australia have been both a blessing and a curse for drought-hit farmers, but more rain is needed to break a seven-year drought. Farm officials say a series of storms have delivered heavy, but sporadic, rain in two of Australia's largest agricultural states, Queensland and New South Wales.

Romania to contest EU carbon emission cuts: report
January 6, 2008 11:05 AM - Reuters

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania has asked for an annulment of a 2007 European Commission decision to cut its carbon emission quota, a government official said. The European Commission decided in October to cut the new EU member's emission quota for 2008-2018 by 20.7 percent and lower its 2007 ceiling by 10 percent.

Floods kill six in central Mozambique
January 6, 2008 11:02 AM - Reuters

MAPUTO (Reuters) - Floods in central Mozambique have killed six people, driven thousands from their homes and forced others to seek refuge in trees and on rooftops, a senior official said on Sunday. The head of Mozambique's national relief agency INGC, Paulo Zucula, said the flooding caused by torrential rains had cut major transport links to neighboring countries.

Flights cancelled as heavy snowfalls hit Iran
January 6, 2008 07:21 AM - Reuters

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Some of the heaviest snowfalls in years caused severe transport disruptions in Iran on Sunday, forcing the cancellation of most flights and the closure of many roads, Iranian media said. All international and domestic flights to and from Tehran were cancelled and some northwestern cities saw their first snow in 20 years. State radio said many roads to and from Tehran were also closed.

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