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.

Second Major U.S. Climate Change Science Program Report Issued
August 11, 2007 07:56 PM - U.S. Department of Energy

Report Evaluates the Emissions, Energy, and Economic Implications of Stabilizing Greenhouse Gas Concentrations.

Experiment Suggests Limitations to Carbon Dioxide 'Tree Banking'
August 11, 2007 03:16 PM - Monte Basgall, Duke University

Duke Forest trees receiving extra amounts of the gas for a decade added carbon to their tissues, but unevenly

No Development, No Peace
August 11, 2007 02:09 PM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

When a war erupts, as in Darfur, most policymakers look for a political explanation and a political solution. This is understandable, but it misses a basic point. By understanding the role of geography, climate, and population growth in the conflict, we can find more realistic solutions than if we stick with politics alone.

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