Ecosystems

House passes bill allowing offshore drilling
September 17, 2008 08:47 AM - Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that lifts a longstanding ban on offshore oil drilling, opening most of the U.S. coastline to exploration.

Pushing the modelling envelope
September 16, 2008 10:36 AM - Nature News

Estimates of the impact climate change will have on wildlife may be much less reliable than thought, according to research that is reopening debate over a widely used modelling method endorsed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Polar bears 'could become extinct' because of melting ice, scientists claim
September 16, 2008 10:27 AM - Louise Gray

Polar bears and other rare species are in danger of dying out, scientists fear, as latest figures show the Artic sea ice is at record lows.

Oil palm plantations are no substitute for tropical rainforests, a new study shows
September 15, 2008 10:34 AM - Queen Mary, University of London

The continued expansion of oil palm plantations will worsen the dual environmental crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, unless rainforests are better protected, warn scientists in the most comprehensive review of the subject to date.

Relief operations ramp up in storm-hit Texas
September 15, 2008 09:56 AM - Reuters

A huge relief effort was accelerating in storm-struck Texas on Monday as the big oil center of Houston struggled to get back to business after it was battered by Hurricane Ike. About 2,000 people had been rescued from flooded areas in the largest such effort in the state's history as searchers scoured hard-hit places like the devastated island city of Galveston, which was shredded when the hurricane made landfall on Saturday morning before heading inland to Houston.

Lowest ever sea ice in Arctic
September 15, 2008 09:23 AM - WWF

Declining ice thickness and what is looking like the second lowest coverage on record means that Arctic sea ice may well have reached its lowest levels ever in terms of total volume.

Hurricane Ike punishing Texas coast
September 13, 2008 09:21 AM - Reuters

Hurricane Ike barreled into the densely populated Texas coast near Houston early on Saturday, bringing with it a wall of water and ferocious winds and rain that could cause catastrophic flooding along the Gulf of Mexico and cripple the fourth-largest U.S. city. Ike, which has idled more than a fifth of U.S. oil production, came ashore at the barrier island city of Galveston as a strong Category 2 storm at 2:10 a.m. CDT (3:10 a.m. EDT) with 110 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center said.

1 million people told to flee Ike
September 12, 2008 12:03 PM - Denver Post

Cars and trucks streamed inland and chemical companies buttoned up their plants Thursday as a gigantic Hurricane Ike took aim at the heart of the U.S. refining industry and threatened to send a wall of water crashing toward Houston. Nearly 1 million people along the Texas coast were ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm, which was expected to strike late today or early Saturday, but in a calculated risk aimed at avoiding total gridlock, authorities told most people in the nation's fourth-largest city to just "hunker down."

Antarctic winter ice gets bigger; Arctic shrinks
September 12, 2008 11:13 AM - Reuters

The amount of sea ice around Antarctica has grown in recent Septembers in what could be an unusual side-effect of global warming, experts said on Friday.

Loggers still a threat to Amazon Indians
September 12, 2008 10:05 AM - Reuters

Isolated native Indians in the Amazon forest of Brazil and Peru remain threatened by advancing loggers despite growing international attention to their plight, a senior Brazilian official said on Thursday.

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