Experiment Suggests Limitations to Carbon Dioxide 'Tree Banking'
August 20, 2007 09:36 AM - , Green Progress
While 10 years of bathing North Carolina pine tree stands with extra carbon dioxide did allow the trees to grow more tissue, only those pines receiving the most water and nutrients were able to store significant amounts of carbon that could offset the effects of global warming, scientists told a national meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).
Heathrow Protesters Want Expansion Of Air Travel Halted
August 19, 2007 10:12 PM - Reuters
British police with batons scuffled with groups of climate change protesters on Sunday near the headquarters of the operator of Heathrow airport. The clashes in a field close to airport operator BAA's building came after largely peaceful marches from a camp where campaigners, who want to draw attention to the impact of aviation on global warming, have been massing all week.
Typhoon Drives Million Chinese From Homes
August 19, 2007 09:07 PM - Reuters
Typhoon Sepat swept China's southern coast on Sunday, killing 14 people and forcing almost a million from their homes, before weakening into a tropical storm. Eleven of the deaths were attributed to a tornado that spun off the typhoon, wrecking houses and injuring more than 60 residents in China's Zhejiang Province, Xinhua state news agency reported.
Powerful Hurricane Dean Menaces Jamaica
August 19, 2007 07:30 PM - Reuters
Jamaica declared a curfew and troops patrolled the streets on Sunday as fiercely powerful Hurricane Dean bore down on the island after killing five people earlier on its run through the Caribbean.
South Korea to Send Flood Aid to North Next Week
August 19, 2007 02:51 PM - Reuters, Jack Kim
South Korea will ship emergency aid supplies worth $7.5 million to North Korea across their militarized border over three days next week in the wake of flooding that left hundreds dead, the South said on Sunday.
Powerful Hurricane Dean threatens Jamaica
August 19, 2007 01:57 PM - Reuters
Jamaica declared a curfew and troops and police patrolled the streets on Sunday as Hurricane Dean bore down on the island as a ferociously powerful storm, having already killed five on its path through the Caribbean.
APEC to Back "aspirational" Climate Targets: Report
August 19, 2007 12:14 AM - Reuters
Asia-Pacific leaders meeting in Sydney in September will be asked to support long-term "aspirational" goals to cut greenhouse gases, rather than firm targets, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported.
Panama: Tropical Trees Stunted By Higher Temperatures
August 18, 2007 06:24 PM - Eva Aguilar, SciDevNet
Rising temperatures over the last few decades in Malaysia and Panama may have decelerated the growth of rainforest trees, according to a new study. The researchers found that as many as 71 per cent of plant species in Panama and up to 95 per cent of species in Malaysia showed decreases in growth rates.
Typhoon Sepat Slams Taiwan, Heads For China
August 18, 2007 05:04 PM - Reuters, Lee Chyen Yee
Typhoon Sepat lashed Taiwan with strong winds and torrential rain on Saturday, cutting power supplies to nearly 57,000 homes, injuring 12 people and forcing more than a thousand others to evacuate, before plowing on towards China.
Bush Approves Pre-Landfall Emergency Over Dean
August 18, 2007 04:28 PM - Reuters
President Bush on Saturday approved a pre-landfall emergency declaration for Texas in case the state is hit by Hurricane Dean. Dean is expected to become a Category 5 storm within two days, with sustained winds of more than 155 mph (250 kph)