Drifting Icebergs Are Hotspots of Life
June 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Icebergs that break off Antarctica and drift away turn out to be hotspots of life in the cold southern ocean, researchers report. Climate warming has led to an increase in the number of icebergs breaking away from the Antarctic in recent years, and a team of researchers set out to study the impact the giant ice chunks were having on the environment.
China Overtakes U.S. as Top CO2 Emitter
June 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
China has overtaken the United States as the top emitter of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, because of surging energy use in its economic boom, a Dutch government-funded agency said on Wednesday.
In Climate Change Debate, U.S. Eyes Turn to California
June 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Samantha Young, Associated Press
It celebrates tree-sitters like Julia Butterfly Hill, who spent two years on top of a giant redwood to prevent it from being chopped down. And its laws protect geckos, yellow-billed cuckoos and the Mohave ground squirrel.
Google Aims To Go Carbon-Neutral by the End of 2007
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters
Google Inc. aims to voluntarily cut or offset all of its greenhouse emissions by the end of the year, the Web search leader said Tuesday. Google is one of a number of companies, including News Corp., and Yahoo Inc. that are attempting to cut emissions of gases scientists link to global warming.
Desalination Could Aggravate Climate Change
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Eliane Engeler, Associated Press
Extracting salt from seawater to make it drinkable is the wrong way to handle water shortages around the world and could exacerbate climate change, a leading conservation group said Tuesday.
Search for Water Gets Harder in U.S. Southwest
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Nick Carey, Reuters
The heavily forested, mountain town of Flagstaff has grown to 62,000 people from 45,000 in 1990, straining its water resources. Upper Lake Mary, a man-made reservoir that provides up to 40 percent of the town's water needs of 11 million gallons a day, is down to 18 percent of normal levels.
Dreams of Europe in Drought-Stricken Morocco
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Tom Pfeiffer, Reuters
Moroccan officials blame the drought for an expected slump in Morocco's economic growth this year, showing how farming in the kingdom still relies on smallholdings that lie beyond the network of dams and irrigation channels that guarantee water in dry years.
Greenpeace Asks Passengers at Four UK Airports To Travel by Train Instead
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Greenpeace set up booths at four British airports on Tuesday aimed at persuading people to help fight global warming by traveling by train instead of plane.
Expanding Deserts in China Forcing Farmers from Fields, Sending Sandstorms across Pacific
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
Half a century after Mao Zedong's "Great Leap Forward" brought irrigation to the arid grasslands in this remote corner of northwest China, the government is giving up on its attempt to make a breadbasket out of what has increasingly become a stretch of scrub and sand dunes.
Dropping Ice Age Scenario, Researchers Discard Gulf Stream Catastrophe Scenario
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Karl Ritter, Associated Press
From the deck of a research ship moored in these gusty north Atlantic islands, workers are offloading three bright orange buoys whose sonar devices will help Bogi Hansen fill more gaps in an intriguing twist on climate change forecasts.