Climate

Flooding leaves 3.5 million people homeless in India
September 11, 2007 07:19 AM - Reuters

Soldiers in motor boats rescued thousands of marooned people and helicopters air-dropped food as the number of people made homeless after some of the worst flooding in years in India's northeast rose to 3.5 million.

World likely to pass dangerous warming limits
September 11, 2007 07:17 AM - Reuters

The world will probably exceed a global warming limit which the European Union calls dangerous, scientists at Britain's MetOffice Hadley Centre said on Tuesday, presenting a new, 5-year research program. But not all scientists agree, demonstrating a shift in debate from whether climate change is happening -- on which where there is near consensus -- to how bad it will get and what to do about it.

Replacing Kyoto With Something Better Will Take Time, Germans Say
September 10, 2007 09:24 AM - Sylvia Westall, Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - A global deal to combat climate change must be decided by the end of 2009 as it will take about two years to ratify, Germany's environment minister said on Monday. World leaders said at the G8 summit last June they would pursue a new deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012. "We must have an agreement by the end of 2009, and then it will probably take about two years to reach a mandate," Sigmar Gabriel said, opening a two-day meeting of environment and energy ministers from 20 countries.

Thousands stranded as Bangladesh flood spreads
September 10, 2007 08:32 AM - Reuters

A second spell of floods in less than a month has spread across parts of Bangladesh, killing seven people and leaving thousands stranded, officials said on Monday.

More CO2, Plants Less Thirsty, Rivers Higher
September 9, 2007 12:15 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

University of Exeter, UK - Rising carbon dioxide levels will increase river levels in the future, according to a team of scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre, the University of Exeter and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. The findings, published on 30 August 2007 in the journal Nature, suggest that increasing carbon dioxide will cause plants to extract less water from the soil, leaving more water to drain into rivers which will add to the river flow increases already expected due to climate change.

In A Warmer World, Birch Trees Will Edge Out Aspens
September 9, 2007 12:03 PM - University of Michigan News

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Birches will likely drive out many aspens in northern forests as mounting levels of carbon dioxide force the trees to compete more fiercely for soil nutrients in the coming decades, a University of Michigan researcher and his colleagues have concluded. Carbon dioxide is emitted when fossil fuels are burned, and it's a heat-trapping gas blamed for global warming. But rising carbon dioxide levels also have a fertilizing effect on trees and other plants, making them grow faster than they normally would.

UNICEF Emergency Supplies Target Water, Sanitation And Education In Nicaragua
September 9, 2007 08:31 AM - UNICEF

According to the Nicaraguan Civil Defence Force, over 34,000 people have been affected by Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua's northern Caribbean region and 8,441 houses were damaged. These figures are likely to increase as the rescue brigades reach communities isolated by the rain and swollen rivers.

Does APEC merely add to global warming?
September 9, 2007 08:24 AM - Bill Tarrant -Associated Press

As Asia-Pacific leaders jetted home on Sunday with yet another APEC souvenir to stuff into their "funny shirt" closet, folks back home may well ask: "So what did you get out of that meeting besides the outback raincoat?".

Howard says APEC climate pact step towards post-Kyoto
September 9, 2007 08:12 AM - Reuters

An Asia-Pacific climate change agreement was a milestone because it marked the first time the world's biggest polluters had pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Australia's Prime Minister said on Sunday. "This is the first such agreement involving the major polluters -- the United States, China and the Russian Federation," John Howard told a news conference following the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle Hits North Carolina
September 9, 2007 08:10 AM - Gene Cherry, Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gabrielle strengthened slightly as it neared the North Carolina coast on Sunday but it was not expected to reach hurricane strength as it passed over the Outer Banks and curved back out into the Atlantic, U.S. forecasters said. With top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 km per hour), Gabrielle, the seventh named storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, was about 30 miles south-southeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, at 8 a.m. (0800 EDT). The system was moving toward the north-northwest at 10 mph (17 kph) and was expected to turn to the north later in the day and then to the northeast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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