Ecosystems

UNICEF Emergency Supplies Target Water, Sanitation And Education In Nicaragua
September 9, 2007 08:31 AM - UNICEF

According to the Nicaraguan Civil Defence Force, over 34,000 people have been affected by Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua's northern Caribbean region and 8,441 houses were damaged. These figures are likely to increase as the rescue brigades reach communities isolated by the rain and swollen rivers.

Australia, Indonesia back Kalimantan forest plan
September 9, 2007 08:26 AM - Reuters

Australia and Indonesia on Sunday signed a deal that aims to preserve 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) of peat forest in Indonesia's Kalimantan region, re-flood 200,000 hectares of dried peat land and plant up to 100 million trees.

Human Ecology: Bin Laden Video May Signal New Attacks
September 8, 2007 06:53 PM - Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent, Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Abandoning his Kalashnikov and dyeing his beard from grey to black, Osama bin Laden presents a new image to the world in a video that makes no specific threats but may be a signal for new al Qaeda attacks. In a half-hour address released four days before the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States, bin Laden lurched between history lesson and sermon, urging Americans to ditch capitalist democracy and embrace Islam if they want to end the war in Iraq.

Chinese Pandas Start Royal Life in Spain
September 8, 2007 12:41 PM - Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - Two giant pandas were welcomed like heads of state when they arrived in Spain from China on Saturday to begin a new life in an air-conditioned pagoda and custom-built gardens at Madrid zoo. Seven-year-old male Bing Xing and 3-year-old female Huz Zui Ba were whisked through an area usually reserved for presidents and diplomats at Madrid airport before heading to the zoo in an air-conditioned truck, escorted by paramilitary police.

Floods leave North Koreans hungry
September 8, 2007 08:21 AM - Stephanie Nebehay -Reuters

North Korea, where floods have seriously damaged nearly one sixth of arable land, will continue to need international food aid in the long term, the United Nations said on Friday.

Minnows Exposed to Red Tide Died Quickly
September 8, 2007 07:13 AM - Associated Press

Minnows exposed to samples of red tide from waters in southeastern Virginia and the lower Chesapeake Bay died within hours, scientists report. The findings are the first indication the burgundy-hued algae blooms could cause serious aquatic harm.

NOAA Experts: La Nina Is Coming
September 7, 2007 05:35 PM - NOAA News

WASHINGTON - Scientists with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say that La Nina is on its way in today’s release of the monthly El Nino/Southern Oscillation Diagnostic Discussion. “While we can’t officially call it a La Nina yet, we expect that this pattern will continue to develop during the next three months, meeting the NOAA definition for a La Nina event later this year,”Ł said Mike Halpert, acting deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Md.

Tipping Points In Earth System, Not Always Smooth
September 7, 2007 03:05 PM - Timothy M. Lenton, U of East Anglia

University of East Anglia - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its many excellent reports tends to portray climate change as a smooth transition. Although the projections are rarely straight lines the underlying system and its responses appear ”ślinear’ in mathematical terms. There are, of course, exceptions to this, notable ones being the possible collapse of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation or irreversible melt of the Greenland ice sheet, which both get significant attention in the latest IPCC report. These represent large scale ”śnon-linear’ components of the Earth system.

Tahoe Research Center Among 'Greenest' Buildings In World
September 7, 2007 02:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

LAKE TAHOE - One of only five such buildings in the world, the new home of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center has received a Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The center is located in Incline Village, Nev., on the north shore of the lake. The Tahoe Center is a 45,000-square-foot facility housing UC Davis's research laboratories, a public education center; Sierra Nevada College laboratories and classrooms; and office space for the Desert Research Institute and University of Nevada, Reno's Academy for the Environment. All of these functions are focused on understanding and preserving the unique ecology of the Lake Tahoe watershed.

Researchers Rewrite Origins Of Ancient Urban Sprawl
September 7, 2007 01:57 PM - University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge - A team of archaeologists, including scholars from the University of Cambridge, have unveiled new research that could rewrite the history of the world's earliest cities. Surveys at the ancient settlement of Tell Brak, in north-east Syria, have produced fresh evidence that indicates the first urban settlements were the result of natural migration, and not the artificial creations of those in power. Academics have traditionally believed that the growth of ancient cities resulted from the policies and demands of a centralized authority, such as a ruling monarch or religious institution.

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