Arctic Ocean Sea-ice Getting Thinner: New Study
September 17, 2007 09:23 AM - Alfred-Wegener Institute

Bremerhaven - Large areas of the Arctic sea-ice are only one metre thick this year, equating to an approximate 50 percent thinning as compared to the year 2001. These are the initial results from the latest Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association lead expedition to the North Polar Sea.   50 scientists have been on board the Research ship- Polarstern for two and a half months, their main aim; to carry out research on the sea-ice areas in the central Arctic. Amongst other things, they have found out that not only the ocean currents are changing, but community structures in the Arctic are also altering.  Autonomous measuring-buoys have been placed out, and they will contribute valuable data, also after the expedition is finished, to the study of the environmental changes occurring in this region.


Greenspan Says Iraq War Is Largely About Oil", Creates Political Storm
September 17, 2007 08:04 AM - JoAnne Allen, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Clarifying a controversial comment in his new memoir, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he told the White House before the Iraq war that removing Saddam Hussein was "essential" to secure world oil supplies, according to an interview published on Monday.

Indonesian quake spurred greater volcanic activity
September 17, 2007 07:29 AM - Reuters

A massive earthquake that shook Indonesia's Sumatra island last week triggered more activity in three volcanoes in the area, but all have since calmed down, the head of the country's volcanological survey said on Monday.

Weather Aids Crews Fighting SoCal Fires
September 17, 2007 07:22 AM - Associated Press

Aided by cooler weather, firefighters in Southern California were gaining ground on two wildfires that raged through brush left dry by high summer temperatures.

Typhoon hits S.Korea, Six dead, four missing
September 16, 2007 11:40 AM - Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Six South Koreans died and four were missing in South Korea on Sunday after a typhoon hit the country's southern coast, an official from the government emergency agency said. Five were killed and four were missing in the resort island of Cheju as it was battered by typhoon Nari, whose name means a lily in Korean language, an official at South Korea's National Emergency Management Agency told Reuters by telephone.

Could Kyoto Protocol use a touch of Montreal?
September 16, 2007 11:36 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Could the solution to global warming be as simple as a switch of cities? For those who think the Kyoto Protocol is not working to cut greenhouse gas emissions that are heating the planet, why not take some lessons from the Montreal Protocol, praised as the world's most successful climate treaty? Both the United Nations and the Bush administration plan to try out this idea this week as parties to the treaty gather in Montreal, 20 years after the pact to cut ozone-depleting chemicals was signed. Sunday, the anniversary of the signing, has been dubbed International Ozone Day.

Forest fires seen crucial as Greeks vote
September 16, 2007 11:31 AM - Michele Kambas, Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greeks cast ballots on Sunday in an election expected to determine the fate of key economic reforms and turn fringe politicians into powerbrokers as voters angry with this summer's forest fires punish big parties. The election pits conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis against socialist leader George Papandreou, both heirs to prominent political dynasties, but opinion polls showed neither easily winning a majority in parliament. Karamanlis called the early vote confident he could secure an easy victory, but criticism of the government's response to the forest fires which killed 65 people in August and a series of scandals may have harmed his chances.

Businesses and Water Shortages: A Drought of Risk Management
September 15, 2007 09:41 AM - Anne Moore Odell, Green Money Journal

"It's raining it's pouring, the old man is snoring . . . " goes the old nursery rhyme. However, the "old man" in this case is the business community that is asleep over the consequences of not considering long-term water issues. A report from the newly launched Marsh Center for Risk Insights states that less than 20% of Fortune 1000 companies surveyed are prepared for a water shortage crisis.

Canadian summer was warmer than normal again
September 15, 2007 09:07 AM -

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Summer temperatures were 0.9 (C) degrees (1.6 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than normal in Canada this year, continuing a long-term trend, weather forecasters said on Friday. Environment Canada said the average summer temperature has also increased 0.9 (C) degrees since it began keeping national records in 1948, and five of the 10 warmest summers have occurred in the past decade.

Ingrid Moves Through Open Atlantic
September 15, 2007 08:39 AM - Associated Press

Tropical Storm Ingrid moved through the open Atlantic early Saturday, but the weak storm was not expected to pose a threat to land, forecasters said.

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