Worst Forest Fires In Decade, 16 Dead, Greece Asks EU For Help
August 24, 2007 06:58 PM - George Hatzidakis and Tatiana Frangou, Reuters
ATHENS - The worst forest fires to hit Greece in decades killed at least 16 people on Friday, including two French tourists, and Athens asked the European Union for urgent help. Six people including two firefighters and two French tourists died in a blaze near the town of Areopolis, on the southerly Peloponnese peninsula, where multiple fire fronts fanned by strong winds burned farms, homes and forests.
Puru's Good Land Use Choices Helping Rainforest
August 24, 2007 05:38 PM - Stanford University, California
Stanford University - A regional study featured in this month's issue of Science magazine shows that land-use policies in Peru have been key to tempering rain forest degradation and destruction in that country. Using satellite technology developed by Greg Asner, assistant professor, by courtesy, of geological and environmental sciences at Stanford, scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology led an international effort to analyze six years of high-resolution satellite data covering most—79 percent—of the Peruvian Amazon for their findings.
Global Warming Causing Mediterranean Sea to Rise, Threatening Egypt's Lush Nile Delta
August 24, 2007 08:24 AM - Anna Johnson, Associated Press
Millions of Egyptians could be forced permanently from their homes, the country's ability to feed itself devastated. That's what likely awaits this already impoverished and overpopulated nation by the end of the century, if predictions about climate change hold true.
Canada Report Defends Saying No to Kyoto Target
August 24, 2007 08:20 AM - Allan Dowd, Reuters
An attempt to force Canada to say how it will meet its Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions has produced a government report warning that doing that will damage the economy and drive up energy costs.
Climate, Biofuel New Challenge to Poverty Alleviation
August 24, 2007 07:43 AM - Reuters, Nao Nakanishi
Climate change and biofuels pose fresh challenges in the fight against poverty, which requires more than ever cooperation among scientists, the new head of an international body for agricultural research said.
Climate Fight Brings Mega Profits to Euro Power Companies
August 24, 2007 07:17 AM - Reuters
European power companies are making billions of euros in excess profits in the European Union's battle to beat global warming by cutting emissions of carbon gases, and consumers are paying for it, economists say.
Working Assets Wireless First To Offer a Solar Powered Charger
August 23, 2007 07:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
SAN FRANCISCO - Doing their part to slow global warming, a wireless phone company is offering a solar-powered charger with their phone. To sweeten the deal, the solar-powered charger is free for a limited time. This is the first solar-powered charger offered by a mobile phone company in the United States. The hybrid charger by Better Energy Systems accepts power from the sun or a wall socket, and is part of Working Assets' effort to help people make a difference for the environment and reduce climate change.
Central U.S. Flooding Claims More Lives
August 23, 2007 07:04 PM - Michael Conlon, Reuters
CHICAGO - A fresh round of thunderstorms battered parts of the central United States for a fifth day on Thursday as the region battled deadly floods that drove hundreds from their homes. A wave of storms hit the Chicago area just before the evening rush hour, stranding children in schools, toppling dozens of trees, snarling rush hour train commutes and knocking flower boxes and barbecue grills off downtown high-rise balconies, according to various media reports.
Prius Tops The List For Consumer Interest
August 23, 2007 06:59 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
COSTA MESA, Calif. - Automotive industry sales reports show that the popularity of Hybrids continues to grow, according to HybridCars.com. Sales of Hybrids in the U.S. were up 50% from January to July of this year with the Toyota Prius topping the list. The Nissan Altima Hybrid gained the largest month-over-month sales growth at 40.7% in July, compared to June.
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.