Young Nepal Conservation Heroes Awarded Scholarships By World Wildlife Fund
September 24, 2007 05:15 PM -

KATHMANDU, Nepal - World Wildlife Fund has awarded scholarships to four promising Nepalese conservation students in memory of the 24 people who perished in last year's Himalayan helicopter tragedy.

The scholarships are designed to encourage promising Nepalese students to pursue careers in conservation, recognizing the tremendous loss of leadership in last year's accident. Some of Nepal's -- and the world's -- finest conservation leaders were lost when the helicopter went down in the mountains surrounding Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain. The leaders had been celebrating the handover of Kangchenjunga's conservation areas to the local community.

Cyclone Possible In Gulf, Atlantic Depression Forms
September 24, 2007 03:41 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A tropical cyclone could form in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, while a couple of tropical depressions could form in the Atlantic over the next day or two, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday.

The NHC will name the next three tropical storms Karen, Lorenzo and Melissa. A tropical storm has winds of 39 to 73 mph.

In the Gulf of Mexico, three out of four weather models predict the system will steer clear of the U.S. oil and gas producing and refining facilities in the northern Gulf and make landfall in central Mexico in a few days.

Treaty may restart polar bear hunts in Russia: WWF
September 24, 2007 10:47 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A new Russia-U.S. treaty could allow hunters in Russia to kill polar bears, a species already under threat from global warming, WWF said on Monday.

Russian and U.S. scientists and authorities drew up the treaty to improve cooperation and standardize treatment of polar bears living across the Bering Strait -- which stretches from Russia's Chukotka region to Alaska in the United States.

But it may force Russia to reintroduce polar bear hunting, 50 years after the Soviet Union banned it, to match legislation in Alaska, said Viktor Nikiforov, WWF Russia's polar bear expert.

Warming shrinks Kashmir's rivers, streams: report
September 24, 2007 08:27 AM - Reuters

Water levels in Indian Kashmir's rivers and streams have decreased by two-thirds as a result of global warming which is melting most of the Himalayan region's glaciers, a voluntary group said on Monday.

Great South Channel Identified as Critical Habitat
September 24, 2007 08:07 AM - , Oceana

After nearly a ten-year struggle, the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) this week voted to designate the Great South Channel as a Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC). The channel is located southeast of Cape Cod and provides habitat that is essential to the survival of juvenile cod populations. Officially designating this area as a HAPC under federal fisheries law will allow for special consideration in the coming years to conserve sensitive and rare marine habitat in the area.

Indonesia's Sumatra hit by new quake
September 24, 2007 07:27 AM - Reuters

An undersea earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale rattled Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday, close to the area that was shaken by a powerful quake nearly two weeks ago, the meteorology agency said.

NOAA, Indonesia Launch More Tsunami, Climate Buoys
September 23, 2007 12:29 PM -

NOAA image of Richard W. Spinrad (right), director of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, standing beside the tsunami buoy that will be deployed in the Indian Ocean. September 19, 2007 — Representatives of the governments and scientific communities of the United States and Indonesia marked a historic moment today in Jakarta, Indonesia, as the two countries jointly launched tsunami and climate-monitoring ocean buoys in the region. The ship embarked from Jakarta today to launch the second buoy to warn of approaching tsunamis and four buoys to monitor climate.

10 Easy Pieces
September 23, 2007 11:03 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The most inspiring thing I’ve read lately about the oceans is “10 Solutions to Save the Ocean,” a series of short, upbeat, and to-the-point essays in the latest issue of Conservation magazine.

Ivo weakens to tropical storm near Mexico
September 22, 2007 06:51 PM -

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Ivo weakened to a tropical storm on Friday on its way to Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where it is due to make landfall in a sparsely populated desert area in the coming days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ivo had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kph), making it less than hurricane strength.

Amazon forest shows unexpected resiliency during drought
September 22, 2007 08:43 AM - University of Arizona

Drought-stricken regions of the Amazon forest grew particularly vigorously during the 2005 drought, according to new research. The counterintuitive finding contradicts a prominent global climate model that predicts the Amazon forest would begin to "brown down" after just a month of drought and eventually collapse as the drought progressed.

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