Ecosystems

Water shortage cripples Palestinian farming
September 19, 2008 09:15 AM - Reuters

BARDALA, West Bank (Reuters) - In the plains around the village of Bardala, the Israeli-Palestinian tug-of-war over land and water plays itself out in vivid colour -- largely brown Palestinian farms border green fields owned by Jewish settlers.

Hundreds of new species found on Australia reefs
September 18, 2008 11:24 AM - Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have discovered hundreds of new coral and marine species on the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef which they say will improve monitoring reef biodiversity and the impact of climate change.

Arctic sea ice at second lowest extent ever recorded
September 18, 2008 10:59 AM - John Vidal, guardian.co.uk

Arctic sea ice has reached the second lowest extent ever recorded, according to the US national snow and ice centre, and a new map shows how far the 2008 melt has receded compared to the historical average.

Norway pledges $1 billion to Brazil Amazon Fund
September 17, 2008 08:57 AM - Fernando Exman, Reuters

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Norway will donate $1 billion to Brazil's Amazon protection fund through 2015, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday, to help Brazil fight deforestation.

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.

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