Ecosystems

Pennsylvania Joins Multi-State War On Mercury
August 29, 2007 06:35 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is joining neighboring Great Lakes states to dramatically reduce mercury in consumer products. This, from Governer Edward Rendell and Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty. "The Governor is now proposing that Pennsylvania take further action to protect our citizens from this dangerous toxin by joining our fellow Great Lakes states in decreasing the use of mercury in consumer products," she said.

The Death of Ratty - England's Iconic Rivers and Lakes Being Wrecked, says WWF
August 29, 2007 08:11 AM - WWF

The iconic river and lakeside scenery that has defined England's beauty through the ages in music, art and literature - from Handel to Turner to Dickens - is being destroyed by our careless use of water and disregard for freshwater habitats.

Low oxygen in coastal waters impairs fish reproduction
August 29, 2007 07:00 AM - University of Texas at Austin

PORT ARANSAS, Texas�Low oxygen levels in coastal waters interfere with fish reproduction by disrupting the fishes� hormones, a marine scientist from The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute has found. Incidents of seasonal low levels of oxygen, known as hypoxia, have increased dramatically in coastal waters throughout the world over the past few decades, largely as a result of increased run-off from human agricultural and industrial activities. Hypoxia�s long-term impact on marine animal populations is unknown.

Experts Say Greenhouse Gases Fueled 2006 US Heat, Not El Nino
August 28, 2007 05:40 PM - Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

WASHINGTON - Greenhouse gas emissions -- not El Nino or other natural phenomena -- pushed U.S. temperatures for 2006 close to a record high, government climate scientists reported on Tuesday.

Group Accuses Chevron Of Unethical Tactics In $10 Billion Rainforest Trial
August 28, 2007 05:35 PM - PR Newswire

QUITO, Ecuador - According to a rain forest protection organization in Equador, global oil giant Chevron is fabricating evidence and engaging in a "campaign of intimidation" in Ecuador. The group says the oil company is doing this to derail a class action rain forest pollution trial as it nears completion, said Pablo Fajardo, the Ecuadorian lawyer, a spokesman for the Coalition to Defend the Amazon, the non-profit group bringing the case.

Environmentalists Seek to Ground Hawaii Superferry with Court Order; New Protest Held
August 28, 2007 08:52 AM - Jaymes Song, Associated Press

A state judge agreed Monday to temporarily block the first passenger-vehicle ferry service between the Hawaiian Islands from using Maui's Kahului Harbor, giving environmental groups a victory.

U.N. says floods affect 100,000 Ethiopians
August 28, 2007 08:19 AM - Reuters

More than 100,000 people have been affected by floods in Ethiopia and 17 have died of waterborne disease, the United Nations said on Tuesday. "Approximately 103,000 people in Amhara, Tigray, South Sudan Nations and Nationalities Peoples State and Gambella regions have been affected by floods," the U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said in a report following days of heavy rains.

Malaysia discovers "Singapore-size" water reservoir
August 28, 2007 07:51 AM - Reuters

Malaysia has discovered water caverns roughly the size of Singapore, a government official said on Tuesday, dispelling fears that Selangor, its most developed state, could run dry in three years. Initial studies reveal the existence of water-filled granite caverns in Batang Padang, a district in northern Perak state, which can be tapped for use as early as 2009, Energy, Water and Communications Minister Lim Keng Yaik told reporters.

China puts summer flood death toll at 1,138
August 28, 2007 07:43 AM - Reuters

Stronger relief efforts helped limit damage and loss of life from droughts and flooding in China this summer, but floods still killed more than 1,100 people, officials said on Tuesday. Torrential rain has inundated large swathes of China's east, south and southwest since June despite a smaller number of typhoons and tropical storms so far this year, while a prolonged heatwave and drought have afflicted several eastern provinces.

New Maine Wind Turbine Protects Seabirds
August 27, 2007 08:57 PM - Krishna Ramanujan

Appledore Island, Maine - It's a wind turbine, with a heart, some might say, and the ability to swing out of the way of migrating birds. This custom-designed tower by Robert Pechie, engineer and CEO of Northeast Wind Energy, has a counterbalance and a pivot-point built into the long mast that holds the turbine and allows operators to easily swing the turbine down for maintenance, educational inspections or to protect migrating birds.

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