Climate

Hurricane Dean: Deadly Category 5
August 18, 2007 01:35 PM - By Jim Loney, Reuters

Hurricane Dean is expected to grow into a ferocious Category 5 storm as it passes Jamaica and nears Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and the oil and gas rigs of the Gulf of Mexico after it smashed into several Caribbean islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday. With top sustained winds of 150 mph early on Saturday, the hurricane center said Dean was a Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and capable of widespread destruction.

Ecological restoration -- a global strategy for mitigating climate change
August 18, 2007 01:33 PM - Society for Ecological Restoration International

The Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER) issued a position statement on global climate change during its joint conference with the Ecological Society of America (ESA) “Ecological Restoration in a Changing World” held this week in San Jose, CA. The SER position statement has been endorsed by the ESA governing board. An estimated 4,500 people are participating in the meeting.

Climate Change Devastating Wildlife in East Africa
August 17, 2007 07:02 PM - , SciDevNet

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) says climate change is to blame for increasing conflicts between humans and wildlife across East Africa, and is heightening the risk that animal diseases will spread.

Hurricane Dean Blows Into Caribbean, Targets Gulf
August 17, 2007 06:46 PM - Reuters

Hurricane Dean grew into a major storm with 125 mph (200 kph) winds on Friday after it smashed into the Caribbean islands, knocking out power and setting off landslides before heading toward the oil and gas rigs of the Gulf of Mexico.

Australian Scientists Want Deep-Ocean Climate Early Warning Probes
August 17, 2007 05:01 PM - Reuters

Australian scientists want to string a vast array of probes across the oceans of the southern hemisphere to warn of changes in ocean circulation that may affect the global climate.

British climate protesters set out target shortlist
August 17, 2007 12:37 PM - Jeremy Lovell - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Climate campaigners protesting at the planned expansion of London's Heathrow airport said on Friday they had drawn up a list of targets for "direct action" over the weekend including a bank and airport operator BAA.

Peru Quake Disaster Area Hit by Powerful Aftershock
August 17, 2007 10:54 AM - Reuters

Peruvian Rescue teams scrambled on Friday to find survivors in the disaster zone of a powerful earthquake that killed some 500 people and where an aftershock of 6.0 magnitude struck on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey and witnesses said.

Arctic Sea Ice Expected to Hit Record Low in September
August 17, 2007 06:58 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

The extent of Arctic sea ice will likely have melted to a record low this September partially due to man-made greenhouse gas emissions, researchers at the University of Colorado said Thursday.

CU-Boulder Research Group Forecasts 92 Percent Chance Of Record Low Arctic Sea Ice Extent In 2007
August 16, 2007 02:33 PM - University of Colorado, Boulder

University of Colorado at Boulder researchers are now forecasting a 92 percent chance that the 2007 September minimum extent of sea ice across the Arctic region will set an all-time record low.

Year's First Hurricane Churns Toward Caribbean
August 16, 2007 02:09 PM - By Michael Christie, Reuters

Tropical Storm Dean strengthened into the 2007 Atlantic storm season's first hurricane on Thursday as it careened toward the Caribbean and looked set to become "extremely dangerous," the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane, with top sustained winds near 90 miles per hour (145 kph) at 11 a.m EDT, was expected to strengthen further in the next few days and could pass to the south of Jamaica on its way toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as a powerful Category 4 storm.

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