Climate

Study Shows Sudden Sea Level Surges Threaten One Billion
April 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Kahn, Reuters

More than one billion people live in low-lying areas where a sudden surge in sea level could prove as disastrous as the 2004 Asian tsunami, according to new research presented Thursday.

Astronauts Recall View Before Earth Day
April 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

The rarest view in humanity -- Earth from afar -- moves many of the lucky few observers to tears and gives them a new appreciation of that blue marble we all call home. For Earth Day this year -- at a time when perhaps some perspective is needed -- The Associated Press asked space travelers to recall what it's like to see Earth from above.

Third World Crops Get $37.5 Million Gene Storage Aid
April 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

A $37.5 million seed storage plan will help safeguard crops vital for developing nations from global warming and other threats, the head of a U.N.-backed scheme said on Thursday.

Canada Mulls Diluting Emissions Targets
April 19, 2007 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

As recently as last week Canadian officials mulled whether to weaken the government's commitment to cut emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, according to a leaked document.

Researchers Debate Warming, Hurricanes
April 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Many researchers believe warming is causing the storms to get stronger, while others aren't so sure. Now, a new study raises the possibility that global warming might even make it harder for hurricanes to form.

EPA Proposing Limits to Lawnmower Emissions To Stem Pollution
April 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Those polluting engine-powered mowers that are a staple of suburban lawn care would become much cleaner under emission limits proposed Tuesday. Walk-behind and riding mowers and other garden equipment account for up to 10 percent of summertime smog-forming emissions from mobile sources in some parts of the country.

U.S. Rejects Call for Tougher U.N. Environment Role
April 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Daniel Wallis, Reuters

The United States supports moves to strengthen the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) but sees no need for a new, more powerful U.N. agency, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

EPA Chief Says Bush Climate Policy Working
April 17, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday the growth of greenhouse gases by less than 1 percent in 2005 shows the administration's program to address global warming "is delivering real results." The pronouncement by EPA Administrator Dave Johnson brought a quick response from some environmentalists.

Global Warming May Put U.S. in Hot Water
April 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

As the world warms, water -- either too little or too much of it -- is going to be the major problem for the United States, scientists and military experts said Monday.

Melting Himalayan Glaciers Pose Security Risk, UNEP Says
April 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Koh Gui Qing, Reuters

Global warming will cause the Himalayan glaciers to melt, leading to mass migration and possibly conflicts over valuable resources such as agricultural land and fresh water, the U.N. Environment Programme chief said.

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