Climate

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)

Study Forcast: High Probability Of Record Low Arctic Ice In 2007
August 18, 2007 03:24 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Researchers are monitoring dwindling sea ice in the Arctic and not liking what they are seeing. The researchers now forecast a 92 percent chance that the 2007 September minimum extent of sea ice across the Arctic region will set an all-time record low.

Hundreds Pose Naked on Shrinking Swiss Glacier
August 18, 2007 02:22 PM - Anne Richardson, Reuters

Hundreds of people posed naked on Switzerland's shrinking Aletsch glacier on Saturday for U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick as part of a Greenpeace campaign to raise awareness of global warming. Glaciers are sensitive to climate change and have been receding since the start of the industrial age but the pace of shrinkage has accelerated in recent years. The environmental group Greenpeace, which organized the shoot, said the aim was to "establish a symbolic relationship between the vulnerability of the melting glacier and the human body."

NASA eyes warm sea surface temperatures for hurricanes
August 18, 2007 01:41 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Sea surface temperatures are one of the key ingredients for tropical cyclone formation and they were warming up in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and eastern Atlantic Ocean by the middle of August. As a result, they helped spawn Hurricane Dean in the central Atlantic, and Tropical Storm Erin in the Gulf of Mexico, both during the week of August 13.

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.

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