Ecosystems

China and Mexico team up to fight wheat disease
December 13, 2007 12:46 PM - Arturo Barba, SciDevNet

MEXICO CITY - Two agricultural research organisations have agreed to collaborate on research to combat wheat diseases and develop climate change-resistant wheat varieties using traditional methods of breeding.The agreement, between the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, was signed last week.

2007 among top 7 warmest years: WMO
December 13, 2007 10:17 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - This year will be among the seven warmest on record, with extreme events including a precipitous thaw of Arctic sea ice, U.N. data showed on Thursday on the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference.

Polar ice cap vanished at record clip
December 13, 2007 12:40 AM - Reuters

While in the summer of 1980 the North Pole was covered by an ice sheet about the size of the continental United States, this summer the ice would not have covered the states west of the Mississippi River, he added.

"It's a tremendous decrease, but of course, the mystery is how did it happen?" Perovich said.

Scientists said two principal factors are accelerating the vanishing of the polar ice pack, which helps cool the Earth by reflecting the sun's rays back into the atmosphere.

 

Canadian museum unveils long, long-lost dinosaur
December 12, 2007 05:02 PM - Claire Sibonney, Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's Royal Ontario Museum unveiled the skeleton of a massive dinosaur on Wednesday that had been lost for decades -- in its own collection.

Scientists shed light on monster sea waves
December 12, 2007 01:59 PM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ocean waves as tall as an eight-story building, once dismissed as maritime folklore, can be studied using waves of light, offering hope of predicting where these monsters may appear, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

Seychelles promises to protect its sharks
December 12, 2007 01:36 PM - Ed Harris, Reuters

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The Seychelles will protect its rapidly declining shark population, the government said on Wednesday, after a Taiwanese fishing boat was caught in its waters with an illegal load of fins.

StatoilHydro says 25,000 barrels of oil spilled in N.Sea
December 12, 2007 11:02 AM - By John Acher, Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - About 25,000 barrels of oil spilled into the Norwegian sector of the North Sea at the Statfjord oilfield on Wednesday, field operator StatoilHydro and oil officials said.

Kenya to compensate locals for planting shrub
December 12, 2007 08:59 AM - Reuters

Baringo District residents had argued during a one-year legal battle that Prosopis Juliflora, known locally as Mathenge weed, had spread rapidly and that its thorns caused the paralysis of limbs in humans and livestock.

IBM’s Green Drive Reaches South Africa
December 12, 2007 08:45 AM - , Triple Pundit

According to the base case reference scenario built into the US Energy Information Administration's International Energy Outlook 2006, worldwide electricity demand is expected to grow at a healthy average 2% per annum pace between 2000 and 2030—increasing from 400 to more than 700 quadrillion BTUs per year. The majority of increasing demand will be in industrializing countries where more than 80% of the world’s population will live by 2030.

Australia's PM hands over Kyoto papers in Bali
December 12, 2007 01:31 AM - By Supriyatin, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Australia's new prime minister handed over documents ratifying the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations in Bali on Wednesday and said his own country was already suffering from global warming.

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