U.N. Voices Concern Over U.S., Australia On Climate
August 23, 2007 05:15 PM - Reuters, Alister Doyle

U.S. and Australian calls for a new world deal to fight climate change and ditch the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol misrepresent key elements of the U.N. plan, the global body's top climate official said on Thursday.

U.S. Told to Issue Global Warming Plans
August 23, 2007 09:19 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

A federal judge ordered the Bush administration to issue two scientific reports on global warming, siding with environmentalists who sued the White House for failing to produce the documents.

Climate Change to Strain China Food Supply by 2030
August 23, 2007 06:54 AM - Reuters

Climate change and a growing population mean China, which is already losing farmland to deserts and urban sprawl, could face a food shortfall of 100 million metric tons by 2030, a top weather official said. "Global warming may cause the grain harvest to fall by 5 to 10 percent ... by 2030," the official China Daily quoted Zheng Guoguang, head of the State Meteorological Administration as saying.

NASA And U.S. Forest Service Partner On Wildfire Imaging Mission
August 22, 2007 08:44 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - NASA and the U.S. Forest Service have begun tests of their aerospace agency-developed technologies to improve wildfire imaging and mapping capabilities. From mid-August through September, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is conducting flights of a remotely piloted unmanned aircraft system to demonstrate the capabilities of its sophisticated new imaging and real-time communications equipment. The first flight of the series Aug. 16 captured images of California wildfires, including the Zaca Fire in Santa Barbara County. The aircraft carried instruments that collected data while flying more than 1,200 miles over a 10-hour period.

New Risk Maps, Price Tag, For New Orleans Hurricane Protection - $6.3Billion
August 22, 2007 08:27 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW ORLEANS - The US government today detailed the improved hurricane protection that will be provided to New Orleans area residents once the city's levees are built to the 100-year level. The plan will take another $6.3 billion of further funding to improve protection for the New Orleans area.

Corals and climate change
August 22, 2007 03:52 PM - University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

VIRGINIA KEY, FL (August 22, 2007) — A modest new lab at the Rosenstiel School is the first of its kind to tackle the global problem of climate change impacts on corals. Fully operational this month, this new lab has begun to study how corals respond to the combined stress of greenhouse warming and ocean acidification. The lab is the first to maintain corals under precisely controlled temperature and carbon dioxide conditions while exposing them to natural light conditions.

ODP scientists say no large Northern Hemisphere ice sheets 41 million years ago
August 22, 2007 03:49 PM - Joint Oceanographic Institutions

New research to test global ice volume approximately 41.6 million years ago shows that ice caps at this time, if they existed at all, would have been small and easily accommodated on Antarctica.

University of Miami Offers A New Way to Look At Bleaching, Ocean Acidity, & Global Warming
August 22, 2007 03:45 PM - Univeristy of Miami

A modest new lab at the Rosenstiel School, at the University of Miami, is the first of its kind to tackle the global problem of climate change impacts on corals.

Researchers Urge Officials To Study Indirect Impacts of Fossil Fuels
August 22, 2007 03:23 PM - Carnegie Mellon

A team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers report that the choices U.S. officials make today could limit how the nation's future energy needs are met and could cost consumers billions in idle power plants and associated infrastructure systems.

Antarctic Ice Thawing Faster Than Predicted
August 22, 2007 03:14 PM - Alister Doyle, Reuters Environment Correspondent

NY ALESUND, Norway - A thaw of Antarctic ice is outpacing predictions by the U.N. climate panel and could in the worst case drive up world sea levels by 2 meters (6 ft) by 2100, a leading expert said on Wednesday. Millions of people, from Bangladesh to Florida and some Pacific island states, live less than a meter above sea level. Most of the world's major cities, from Shanghai to Buenos Aires, are by the sea.

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