Australia Discovers Ocean Current "Missing Link"
August 16, 2007 04:03 PM - By Michael Byrnes, Reuters

Australian scientists have identified the missing deep ocean pathway — or ”˜supergyre’ — linking the three Southern Hemisphere ocean basins. The new research will help them explain more accurately how the ocean governs global climate.

Hundreds Killed In Peru Earthquake
August 16, 2007 01:10 PM - British Geological Survey

The British Geological Survey has recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 Mw at 23:40 GMT on the 15th of August 2007. This earthquake is located near the coast of Peru, approximately 150 km SSE of Lima. A state of emergency has been declared.

Biggest Great Lake Seen Heading for Record Lows
August 16, 2007 10:05 AM - Jonathan Spicer, Reuters

Warmer, drier weather coupled with alterations to the waterways of North America's Great Lakes will likely drive Lake Superior down to record low water levels sometime this year, experts say.

Rainforest coalition proposes rewards for 'avoided deforestation'
August 15, 2007 02:47 PM - Keya Acharya , Panos London

A 15-country coalition of rainforest nations has complained that the UN climate change mechanism encourages countries to replant forests they have cut down, but fails to reward 'good' countries that have not deforested in the first place.

Study Shows Dredging Harming Great Lakes
August 15, 2007 07:08 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

A "drain hole" in the St. Clair River caused by dredging and other commercial projects is costing Lakes Huron and Michigan a combined 2.5 billion gallons of water each day, according to a Canadian study released Tuesday.

Russia's Seabed Flag Heralds Global Ocean Carve-Up
August 15, 2007 07:03 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A Russian flag on the seabed beneath the ice of the North Pole is among the few signs that states are waking up to a 2009 deadline for what may be the last big carve-up of maritime territory in history.

Invasive Weeds And Wildfire
August 14, 2007 08:27 PM - PR Newswire

Invasive plants systematically infiltrate millions of acres every year, selfishly soak up precious water supplies, forever alter wildlife habitats and quietly invade our backyards. In fact, the economic impact of invasive plants and weeds in the U.S. has been estimated at $34.7 billion annually, according to a recent Cornell University report.

Great Lakes Losing 2.5 Billion Gallons Per Day Due to Manmade Drain Hole Near Detroit
August 14, 2007 08:13 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Research released Tuesday finds that a river "drain hole" on the St. Clair River is sucking away triple the amount of water previously estimated--causing widespread ecological harm throughout the middle Great Lakes. The updated findings released by the Georgian Bay Association (GBA) show that the drain hole in the St. Clair River is causing the Michigan-Huron system to hemorrhage 2.5 billion gallons of water a day--more than triple the 845 million gallons documented two years ago by a consulting firm studying the impact of the U.S. Army Corps's dredging in the river.

U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card
August 14, 2007 08:04 PM - John Tibbetts, Environmental Health Perspectives

If the U.S. government were a student, it would be on the verge of flunking Ocean Policy 101, to judge by the U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card issued 3 February 2006 by the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. The United States has accomplished far too little in response to a health crisis in the nation's oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes, according to the report card. More than a dozen federal agencies have a say in setting and implementing ocean policy, and they often fail to work together. Policy makers need to repair this fragmented system of ocean governance, and they need to do it fast.

Australia Holds the Last Great Savanna in the World
August 14, 2007 09:38 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Northern Australia contains the world's largest remaining savannas and is one of the last great pristine wilderness zones, covering an area larger than western Europe, Australian researchers said on Tuesday.

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