Climate

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.

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.

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