Ecosystems

Amazon Fund seen as "paradigm shift" for forest
August 15, 2008 11:10 AM - Reuters

An international fund to protect the Amazon forest launched by Brazil this month marks an important step in harnessing the forest's wealth in less destructive ways, a leading Amazon expert said on Thursday. The $100 million initially pledged by Norway would only have a marginal impact on deforestation even if it was repeated for 20 years, said Carlos Nobre, a senior scientist at the National Institute for Space Research.

Scientists "listen" to plants to find water pollution
August 14, 2008 10:29 AM - Reuters

Scientists in Israel have discovered a new way to test for water pollution by "listening" to what the plants growing in water have to say. By shining a laser beam on the tiny pieces of algae floating in the water, the researchers said they hear sound waves that tell them the type and amount of contamination in the water.

Oil and gas projects in western Amazon threaten biodiversity and indigenous peoples
August 13, 2008 10:54 AM - Public Library of Science

According to a new study, over 180 oil and gas "blocks" – areas zoned for exploration and development – now cover the megadiverse western Amazon, which includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and western Brazil. These oil and gas blocks stretch over 688,000 km2 (170 million acres), a vast area, nearly the size of Texas.

Climate change may boost Middle East rainfall
August 13, 2008 09:35 AM - University of New South Wales

The prospect of climate change sparking food and water shortages in the Middle East is less likely than previously thought, with new research by an Australian climate scientist suggesting that rainfall will be significantly higher in key parts of the region.

Creating solutions to a water crisis

The International Herald Tribune, August 11, 2008 Monday - The first thing you see is shelf after shelf of plain glass bottles all containing different colored liquids. Some of the liquids are clear, and others whitish, yellowish, brownish, greenish, or almost black. The colors change daily, as does the consistency, and whatever is growing inside.

U.S. ship heads for Arctic to define territory
August 12, 2008 10:26 AM - Reuters

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter will embark on an Arctic voyage this week to determine the extent of the continental shelf north of Alaska and map the ocean floor, data that could be used for oil and natural gas exploration. U.S. and University of New Hampshire scientists on the Coast Guard Cutter Healy will leave Barrow, Alaska, on Thursday on a three-week journey. They will create a three-dimensional map of the Arctic Ocean floor in a relatively unexplored area known as the Chukchi borderland.

Pacific Shellfish Ready To Invade Atlantic
August 11, 2008 11:19 AM - University of California - Davis.

As the Arctic Ocean warms this century, shellfish, snails and other animals from the Pacific Ocean will resume an invasion of the northern Atlantic that was interrupted by cooling conditions three million years ago, predict Geerat Vermeij, professor of geology at the University of California, Davis, and Peter Roopnarine at the California Academy of Sciences.

Meltdown in the Arctic is speeding up
August 11, 2008 11:02 AM - http://www.guardian.co.uk

Scientists warn that the North Pole could be free of ice in just five years' time instead of 60

Researchers find cancer-inhibiting compound under the sea
August 8, 2008 09:08 AM - University of Florida

University of Florida College of Pharmacy researchers have discovered a marine compound off the coast of Key Largo that inhibits cancer cell growth in laboratory tests, a finding they hope will fuel the development of new drugs to better battle the disease.

Water Advocates Speak Out for Improved Sanitation
August 8, 2008 08:46 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The Ganges is proof that even the holiest of nature's creations can fall victim to the destructive powers of pollution.

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