Climate

Power Outage From California Heat Wave
September 3, 2007 08:19 AM - Associated Press

Dozens of cooling centers opened across California as a scorching heat wave strained the state's electrical grid and left many residents without power. Nearly 14,000 customers were without power late Sunday, largely because of increased demand on air conditioners. Highs reached 109 degrees in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley and more than 100 degrees in other parts of the state.

Thousands Flee Hurricane Felix
September 3, 2007 08:06 AM - Gustavo Palencia, Reuters

TEGUCIGALPA - Tens of thousands of people, including Miskito Indians and foreign tourists, began fleeing low-lying coastal areas on Central America's Caribbean coast on Monday to escape the approaching Hurricane Felix. The highly dangerous Category 4 storm charged toward Nicaragua and Honduras with top sustained winds of 145 mph, provoking fears of a repeat of Hurricane Mitch, which killed some 10,000 people in Central America in 1998. "We are faced with a very serious threat to lives and property. The most important thing is that people pay heed to the call for evacuation so that we don't have to count bodies later," said Marco Burgos, head of Honduras' civil protection agency.

U.S. Oil Companies Monitor Felix, Output Unharmed
September 3, 2007 08:04 AM - Reuters

U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas producers were monitoring powerful Hurricane Felix as it churned through the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, but none had reported reduced offshore production or evacuated workers to onshore locations.

Carbon From Cars Drops
September 3, 2007 07:44 AM - Reuters

Climate-warming carbon emissions from new cars and light trucks in the United States dropped 3 percent in 2005, the first decrease in nearly two decades, Environmental Defense reported Thursday. "We see some signs of good news here," said the group's Jon DeCicco in a telephone news briefing announcing the findings.

APEC Set For World Trade, Climate Change Talks
September 3, 2007 07:36 AM - Reuters

U.S. President George W. Bush hopes to spur momentum for a world trade pact and a global target on climate change at this week's APEC summit in Sydney, but host Australia has warned not to expect binding greenhouse targets. Organizers anticipate violent demonstrations at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, which will be attended by 21 leaders including Bush, and are staging the nation's biggest ever security operation.

Pope Urges, Save The Planet Before It's Too Late
September 2, 2007 02:29 PM - Philip Pullella, Reuters

LORETO, Italy (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, leading the Catholic Church's first 'eco-friendly' youth rally, on Sunday told up to half a million people that world leaders must make courageous decisions to save the planet "before it is too late". "A decisive 'yes' is needed in decisions to safeguard creation as well as a strong commitment to reverse tendencies that risk leading to irreversible situations of degradation," the 80-year-old Pope said. Wearing green vestments, he spoke to a crowd of mostly young people sprawled over a hillside near the Adriatic city of Loreto on the day Italy's Catholic Church marks it annual Save Creation Day.

Tropical Storm Henriette Kills 6 In Mexico Resort
September 1, 2007 06:35 PM - Gerardo Torres, Reuters

ACAPULCO, Mexico - Tropical Storm Henriette swept by Mexico's Pacific coast on Saturday, killing six people in the resort of Acapulco before moving out to sea, where it could become a hurricane. A man and his two children were killed in a poor area of Acapulco overnight when heavy rain dislodged a boulder from a hill and sent it crashing down on their house.

Looking for Life in and Under Antarctic Ice
September 1, 2007 11:55 AM - LSU

If confirmed, "immortal cells" could prove potential for life on Mars and Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons; Antarctica is home to the largest body of ice on Earth. Prior to approximately 10 years ago, no one thought that life could exist beneath the Antarctic ice sheets, which can be more than two miles thick in places, because conditions were believed to be too extreme. However, Brent Christner, assistant professor of biological sciences at LSU, has spent a great deal of time in one of the world’s most hostile environments conducting research that proves otherwise.

Climate change and N. America farms to be studied
September 1, 2007 08:37 AM - Reuters

Iowa State University researchers will join a study of climate change to produce mid-century projections by late next year of the likely regional effects on North American farms from global warming. "There is no question now that the climate is changing on a global scale," said Gene Takle, an Iowa State University professor of geological and atmospheric sciences who will lead a study to project North American climate from 2040 to 2070. Iowa and Illinois are the epicenter of the U.S. Midwest farm belt, which produces the world's largest exportable surpluses of corn, soybeans and wheat and vast amounts of meat, dairy products, poultry and vegetables.

Hurricane Felix Seen Becoming Top-Ranked Storm
September 1, 2007 07:18 AM - Irasi Jimenez, Reuters

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Hurricane Felix intensified at an alarming rate on Sunday while passing north of Aruba and was expected to become an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm as it brushed Central America and neared Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, U.S. forecasters said. On a similar though more southerly track toward the Yucatan as last month's powerful Hurricane Dean, which killed 27 people, Felix's top sustained winds had increased to 140 mph (220 km per hour) by 5 p.m. EDT, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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