Expanding Deserts in China Forcing Farmers from Fields, Sending Sandstorms across Pacific
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
Half a century after Mao Zedong's "Great Leap Forward" brought irrigation to the arid grasslands in this remote corner of northwest China, the government is giving up on its attempt to make a breadbasket out of what has increasingly become a stretch of scrub and sand dunes.
Dropping Ice Age Scenario, Researchers Discard Gulf Stream Catastrophe Scenario
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Karl Ritter, Associated Press
From the deck of a research ship moored in these gusty north Atlantic islands, workers are offloading three bright orange buoys whose sonar devices will help Bogi Hansen fill more gaps in an intriguing twist on climate change forecasts.
Arctic Tale Puts Faces To Global-Warming Threat
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Randall Mikkelsen, Reuters
"Arctic Tale," produced by the company behind "March of the Penguins" and narrated by singer-actress Queen Latifah, depicts the lives of female polar bear cub "Nanu" and female walrus calf "Seela" from birth to parenthood. The characters are composites of animals filmed in the Arctic over 10 years.
China Plants Trees To Hold Back Desertification
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Nick Mulvenney, Reuters
Seven years ago, with the desert creeping south at the rate of 3 km (2 miles) a year and the dust storms getting worse, the Chinese government decided to act and the solution was typical of a country where the Great Wall stands as the ultimate grand project. It began building a "Green Great Wall", a 700-km (435 mile) barrier of trees and enclosed grassland which will stretch across Inner Mongolia, Hebei and Shanxi provinces by 2010.
Gore Calls G8 Agreement on Climate Change a Disgrace
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore denounced a deal by world leaders on curbing greenhouse gases as "a disgrace disguised as an achievement", saying on Thursday the agreement struck last week was insufficient.
Southern Baptists Question Human Role in Global Warming; Say Regulations Hurt Poor
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Eric Gorski, Associated Press
Southern Baptists approved a resolution on global warming that questions the prevailing scientific belief that humans are largely to blame for the phenomenon and also warns that increased regulation of greenhouse gases will hurt the poor.
Transportation Department Acknowledges Intervention in California Emissions Waiver Request
June 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Ericka Werner, Associated Press
The Transportation Department acknowledged Tuesday encouraging members of Congress to weigh in with the EPA on California's request to implement global warming controls on automakers.
Salvage Logging, Replanting Worse
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, scientists have found that logging big dead trees after a wildfire and planting young ones makes future fires worse, at least for the first 10 or 20 years while the young trees create a volatile new source of fuel.
Environment Leaders Meet in Sweden for Informal Talks on Climate Change
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Environment experts and ministers from around the world on Monday gathered in Sweden to informally discuss the options and possibilities of a new global climate agreement that would replace the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.
Death Toll from Bangladesh Mudslides, Lightning Reaches 105
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Osman Gani Mansur, Associated Press
A torrent of mudslides, flooding and lightning killed at least 105 people and left scores more missing as the annual monsoon rains hit Bangladesh, washing away shanties and inundating cities, officials said Tuesday.