Climate

Carving Out a New Idea of the Past
September 7, 2007 07:15 AM - ucsd, Mario Aguilera

There was bad news and good news aboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking vessel Healy during a voyage to the Arctic Ocean. The bad news was a disturbing lack of sea ice, which, combined with strong winds, prevented the vessel from maintaining a steady position in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea. But the good news was that the ice-free seas gave the researchers a rare opportunity to make intricately detailed maps of the region's seafloor.

NOAA study backs up predictions of sea ice loss
September 7, 2007 07:07 AM - Associated Press

Sea ice loss in regions of the Arctic is likely to exceed 40 percent by 2050 compared with the 1980s, according to an analysis of ice computer models by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Bush presses Asia-Pacific on trade and climate
September 7, 2007 06:53 AM - Matt Spetalnick and Caren Bohan -Reuters

U.S. President George W. Bush urged the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouses on Friday to help secure elusive global deals on trade and climate change and pledged an "unshakeable" commitment to the region's security.

Bush shows gift of gaffe at APEC summit
September 7, 2007 06:47 AM - Reuters

Even for someone as gaffe-prone as U.S. President George W. Bush, he was in rare form on Friday, confusing APEC with OPEC and transforming Australian troops into Austrians. Bush's tongue started slipping almost as soon as he started talking at a business forum on the eve of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney.

Typhoon batters Tokyo, moves on
September 7, 2007 06:39 AM - Hiroaki Watanabe -Reuters

A typhoon pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Friday, killing at least one man and snarling transport and power supplies, before weakening and moving north. The typhoon, the biggest to hit Tokyo since October 2002, brought down record rainfall in many parts of the capital, but by afternoon it had weakened to a tropical storm.

Climate talks will test U.S. resolve
September 7, 2007 06:31 AM - Noah Barkin and Markus Wacket -Reuters

A climate meeting in Washington later this month will show whether the United States is really serious about curbing greenhouse gas emissions after years of playing down the problem, Germany's environment minister said. In an interview with Reuters, Sigmar Gabriel welcomed President George W. Bush's vow at a G8 summit in June to work with the United Nations to fight global warming, but said it was now time for Washington to take firmer steps.

New faraway sensors warn of emerging hurricane's strength
September 6, 2007 05:01 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

A new study supported by NASA and the U.S. Office of Naval Research takes forecasters one step further to improving their ability to predict just how powerful an oncoming storm may become by using highly-sensitive sensors located thousands of miles from the storm to detect lightning outbreaks within a hurricane’s most dangerous area.

Hurricane Henriette Pounds Mexico, 2 Reported Dead
September 6, 2007 04:14 PM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters

LOS CABOS, Mexico, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Hurricane Henriette pounded an already flooded northern Mexico with driving rain and shrieking winds on Wednesday, as local media reported two fishermen were killed. Henriette was downgraded to a tropical storm as it raged over farming states, having pummeled the Pacific beach resort of Los Cabos on Tuesday then crossed the Sea of Cortez to the mainland, snapping palm trees on the coast. The storm killed two fishermen from a village in Sonora state, the daily Reforma said in its online edition, citing the local attorney general's office. The deaths could not immediately be confirmed.

La Nina May Strengthen In Coming Months
September 6, 2007 12:59 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The La Nina weather anomaly is gathering steam and will possibly strengthen in the next three months, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center predicted Thursday. In its monthly update, the center said conditions in the equatorial Pacific already reflected La Nina, in which waters in the area become cooler than normal. In the more famous El Nino phenomenon, waters in the Pacific turn abnormally warm and cause havoc around the Asia Pacific rim.

Global Warming May Pose Threat to Heart
September 6, 2007 11:15 AM - Maria Cheng -Associated Press

Global warming may be melting glaciers and forcing polar bears onto land, but doctors warn it could also affect your heart. "If it really is a few degrees warmer in the next 50 years, we could definitely have more cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, of the department of cardiology at Sweden's Karolinska Institute.

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