Year's First Hurricane Churns Toward Caribbean
August 16, 2007 02:09 PM - By Michael Christie, Reuters

Tropical Storm Dean strengthened into the 2007 Atlantic storm season's first hurricane on Thursday as it careened toward the Caribbean and looked set to become "extremely dangerous," the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane, with top sustained winds near 90 miles per hour (145 kph) at 11 a.m EDT, was expected to strengthen further in the next few days and could pass to the south of Jamaica on its way toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as a powerful Category 4 storm.

Heatwave sweeps Japan, kills at least seven
August 16, 2007 11:06 AM - Reuters

Temperatures hit record highs in Japan on Thursday as a heatwave swept through the country, leaving at least seven people dead over the last few days.

Storm Erin Takes Aim At Texas As Dean Strengthens
August 16, 2007 12:29 AM - By Jeff Franks, Reuters

Tropical Storm Erin, swirling in the Gulf of Mexico, took aim at the Texas coast on Wednesday while Tropical Storm Dean strengthened in the open Atlantic and was expected to become the season's first hurricane. Texas officials closed beaches and put emergency crews on standby before Erin's expected landfall on Thursday near the seaside city of Corpus Christi.

Flossie Edges Past Hawaii Island
August 15, 2007 11:17 AM - Reuters

Hurricane Flossie was downgraded to a tropical storm hours after sending powerful waves, wind and rain toward the island of Hawaii's southern coast late on Tuesday. The hurricane watch for the big island of Hawaii was cancelled, but a flash flood watch remained in effect. Flossie gradually weakened on its westward path that skirted the Pacific archipelago, falling to a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 miles per hour, before being downgraded to a tropical storm.

New Study: Record Deep Ocean Turbulence Discovered - Impact On Climate
August 14, 2007 12:25 PM - By Libby Fairhurst, FSU

Scientists have discovered deep sea turbulence packing an energy wallop equal to about five million watt. That's comparable to output from a small nuclear reactor, according to a landmark study led by Florida State University researcher Louis St. Laurent. The discovery is described in the August 9 edition of the journal Nature.

Irrigation may not cool the globe in the future
August 14, 2007 10:41 AM - DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Expansion of irrigation has masked greenhouse warming in California’s Central Valley, but irrigation may not make much of a difference in the future, according to a new study in the Aug. 13 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Making Global Warming Cuts Expensive but Feasible for Power Industry, Study Says
August 14, 2007 09:32 AM - Alan Zibel, Associated Press

Making big cuts in emissions linked to global warming could trim U.S. economic growth by $400 billion to $1.8 trillion over the next four decades, a new study says.

Climate change isolates Rocky Mountain butterflies
August 14, 2007 08:32 AM - University of Alberta

Expanding forests in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are slowly isolating groups of alpine butterflies from each other, which may lead to the extinction of the colourful insects in some areas, says a new study from the University of Alberta.

Brazil Says Amazon Deforestation Down
August 13, 2007 10:25 AM - Associated Press

Destruction of the Amazon rainforest dropped by nearly a third during the last year, reaching the lowest rate since Brazil's space research agency began keeping track in 1988, according to preliminary figures released Friday.

Heat on Australian PM Over Climate Skeptic MPs
August 13, 2007 10:18 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

A report questioning climate change and calling global warming a "natural phenomenon" on Monday led to accusations Australia's Prime Minister John Howard was a climate skeptic, possibly denting his re-election hopes.

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