Ecosystems

Scientists urge $2-3 billion study of ocean health
November 25, 2007 12:26 PM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Marine scientists called on Sunday for a $2-3 billion study of threats such as overfishing and climate change to the oceans, saying they were as little understood as the Moon.

Disasters quadruple over last 20 years: Oxfam
November 25, 2007 08:04 AM - Reuters

From an average of 120 disasters a year in the early 1980s, there are now as many as 500, with Oxfam attributing the rise to unpredictable weather conditions cause by global warming.

Ten millionth tree planted in Congo's gorilla habitat
November 24, 2007 07:07 PM - WWF

Gland, Switzerland/Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo – WWF and Congolese authorities are celebrating the ten millionth tree planted around Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a crucial habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla.

The WWF tree-planting project, launched in 1987 — and continuously operated despite recurrent armed conflicts in the region — aims to reduce the shortage of firewood for neighbouring communities. Strong demand has led to illegal wood harvesting and charcoal production within the park, a major threat for the protected area.

U.S. Navy vessel arrives in Bangladesh for relief efforts
November 23, 2007 12:17 PM - Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy vessel arrived in Bangladesh on Friday to help relief efforts after the country's deadliest cyclone in 16 years killed around 3,500 people and left thousands missing or injured.

Rising tides intensify non-volcanic tremor in Earth's crust
November 23, 2007 09:01 AM - University of Washington

For more than a decade geoscientists have detected what amount to ultra-slow-motion earthquakes under Western Washington and British Columbia on a regular basis, about every 14 months. Such episodic tremor-and-slip events typically last two to three weeks and can release as much energy as a large earthquake, though they are not felt and cause no damage.

EU to require biofuels cut emissions 10 pct
November 22, 2007 11:02 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will propose rules requiring biofuels used in the European Union to produce at least a 10 percent saving of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels, an EU official said on Thursday.

Russia may ban river oil shipments after spill
November 21, 2007 12:17 PM - Reuters

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia will limit oil products shipments by river in 2008 after a fuel oil spill from a river barge in the Kerch Strait this month caused damage estimated at $267 million, officials said on Wednesday.

Water runs dry in rural Tennessee town
November 21, 2007 11:37 AM - Reuters

ORME, Tennessee (Reuters) - A small town tucked away in the mountains of southern Tennessee is getting by on just a few hours of water a day because its spring has run dry in the drought sweeping the Southeast.

Rio eyes BHP pacts to fight off takeover: paper
November 20, 2007 01:26 AM - Reuters

The offer is part of a preliminary defense plan -- called Project Manchester -- against BHP's proposed three shares for one bid for Rio, the paper said in its online edition, without citing sources.

Autumn rain down 90 percent in China rice belt
November 19, 2007 10:06 PM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Large areas of south China are suffering from serious drought, with water levels on two major rivers in rice-growing provinces dropping to historic lows, state media said on Tuesday.

Rainfall since the beginning of October had dropped by 90 percent in Jiangxi and 86 percent in neighboring Hunan, the country's largest rice-growing province, from average figures, Xinhua news agency said.

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