Climate

Scientists To Launch Polar Grid Research With Massive Computer Network
August 25, 2007 06:29 PM - Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Researchers from Indiana University create a cyberinfrastructure that will help scientists better understand the current and future state of polar ice sheets. The Polar Grid project will transform U.S. capabilities in ice sheet research. With this technology, it will be possible to collect, examine and analyze data -- and then use the results of such analysis to optimize data collection strategies -- all during the course of a single expedition. This will help scientists more quickly gain understanding about the potential impact of rising sea levels and how they relate to global climate change, a problem of urgent importance.

Greece Declares Nationwide Emergency, Wild Fires Death Toll At 46, Rising
August 25, 2007 04:55 PM - Vassilis Triandafyllou, Reuters

ZACHARO, Greece - The Greek government declared a nationwide state of emergency on Saturday after raging forest fires killed at least 46 people and trapped many more in villages surrounded by flames. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said the rash of forest fires "can't be a coincidence". He vowed the culprits, an apparent reference to arsonists, would be found and punished.

Scientists: Polar ice clouds may be climate change symptom
August 25, 2007 12:30 PM - University of Alaska

To the casual observer, they may simply be a curiosity, dismissed as the waning light of the midnight sun. But to scientists, these noctilucent ice clouds could be an upper-atmospheric symptom of a changing climate. “The question which everyone in Alaska is dealing with is what are the symptoms of climate change and, as in medicine, how do these symptoms reflect the underlying processes,” said Richard Collins, a researcher at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “It is believed that [these clouds] are an indicator of climate change.”

German Chancellor: Climate At Top Of Agenda
August 25, 2007 10:18 AM - Madeline Chambers, Reuters

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Friday to fight climate change and tackle the skills shortage in Europe's biggest economy in the second half of her government's term, but critics said her plan lacked ambition.

Midwest U.S. Storms, Floods, Create More Havoc
August 25, 2007 10:13 AM - Michael Conlon, Reuters

CHICAGO - Heavy thunderstorms flooded portions of the central United States again on Friday, knocking out the water supply in one Iowa city and disrupting a major transcontinental highway.

Offsets, the Indulgencies of Today?
August 25, 2007 08:19 AM - Saul Gomez, Global Policy Innovations Program

What do political heartbreaker turned environmental heartthrob Al Gore, British rockers Coldplay, and multinational banking giant HSBC have in common? They are all seeking to make personal and business activities carbon neutral. More and more, wealthy individuals and companies are offsetting their carbon consumption out of a sincere concern for the environment, for good public relations, and for economic value.

USDA Declares Colorado, Iowa and Maryland Disaster Areas In 3 States
August 24, 2007 07:44 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agriculture Department declared 32 counties in Colorado, Iowa and Maryland as primary disaster areas on Friday, a move that will make farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans. USDA said Delta County, Colorado, was designated a natural primary disaster area because of losses caused by a freeze that occurred in April. Rio Blanco County, Colorado, also was impacted by frost and freezing temperatures in June and drought that is ongoing since May.

Worst Forest Fires In Decade, 16 Dead, Greece Asks EU For Help
August 24, 2007 06:58 PM - George Hatzidakis and Tatiana Frangou, Reuters

ATHENS - The worst forest fires to hit Greece in decades killed at least 16 people on Friday, including two French tourists, and Athens asked the European Union for urgent help. Six people including two firefighters and two French tourists died in a blaze near the town of Areopolis, on the southerly Peloponnese peninsula, where multiple fire fronts fanned by strong winds burned farms, homes and forests.

Puru's Good Land Use Choices Helping Rainforest
August 24, 2007 05:38 PM - Stanford University, California

Stanford University - A regional study featured in this month's issue of Science magazine shows that land-use policies in Peru have been key to tempering rain forest degradation and destruction in that country. Using satellite technology developed by Greg Asner, assistant professor, by courtesy, of geological and environmental sciences at Stanford, scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology led an international effort to analyze six years of high-resolution satellite data covering most—79 percent—of the Peruvian Amazon for their findings.

Global Warming Causing Mediterranean Sea to Rise, Threatening Egypt's Lush Nile Delta
August 24, 2007 08:24 AM - Anna Johnson, Associated Press

Millions of Egyptians could be forced permanently from their homes, the country's ability to feed itself devastated. That's what likely awaits this already impoverished and overpopulated nation by the end of the century, if predictions about climate change hold true.

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