Ecosystems

Hurricane Henriette Bears Down On Mainland Mexico
September 5, 2007 06:15 PM - Reuters

LOS CABOS, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Henriette roared toward farming states in mainland Mexico on Wednesday, threatening heavy rain and winds for large corn and tomato crops after pummeling the Pacific beach resort of Los Cabos. Henriette, a relatively weak Category 1 storm that killed seven people including a foreign tourist on its route up the Pacific coast, swept into the Gulf of California with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Large waves were expected to batter the coastal states of Sonora and Sinaloa, where a storm last year ripped through the tomato crop, pushing up prices blamed for a brief inflation spike.

Delta Ecosystem Collapse: California Must Find an Alternative Water Source Say Fishermen
September 5, 2007 03:06 PM - Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations

San Francisco, CA — The most important estuary on the west coast of North and South America is in immediate danger of ecological collapse if water diversions are not sharply cut, a commercial fishing organization warned today. On the heels of a Federal Court decision last Friday in Fresno — ordering a reduction in diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta - the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) today called on the Governor and Legislature to begin developing alternatives to Delta water in order to save the fish of the estuary and finally provide the state with a reliable water supply.

Scientists Say Global Warming To Hit Africa Hardest
September 5, 2007 02:23 PM - Paul Simao, Reuters

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Africa will suffer the most if the world fails to reduce global warming, with parts of the impoverished continent becoming uncultivable or uninhabitable, top British government scientists said on Wednesday. In a presentation in Pretoria, David King, the British government's chief scientific adviser, warned climate change, if unchecked, would lead to worsening drought in Africa as well as flooding along much of its coastline. He said an additional 70 million Africans could be at risk of hunger by the 2080s as a result of continued global warming -- temperatures in Africa have risen by about 0.7 degrees Celsius during the last century.

Hurricane Henriette Approaches Mainland Mexico
September 5, 2007 02:15 PM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters

LOS CABOS, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Henriette roared toward farming states in mainland Mexico on Wednesday, threatening heavy rain and winds for large corn and tomato crops after pummeling the Pacific beach resort of Los Cabos. Henriette, a relatively weak Category 1 storm that killed seven people including a foreign tourist on its route up the Pacific coast, swept into the Gulf of California with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Large waves were expected to batter the coastal states of Sonora and Sinaloa, where a storm last year ripped through the tomato crop, pushing up prices blamed for a brief inflation spike.

USGS: Florida Aquifers and Drinking Water Supplies Contaminated With Pesticides, VOC's
September 5, 2007 01:06 PM - USGS News Service

TAMPA Fla. - As populations increase around areas with public water-supply wells in the northern Tampa Bay region there are corresponding increases in contamination. According to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey, human activities are polluting ground-water supplies. In the first phase of the study, 30 randomly-selected public-supply wells were sampled prior to treatment and analyzed for the presence of 258 compounds generated by humans such as pesticides and volatile organic compounds. The northern Tampa Bay area was selected for study because a large percentage of the population relies on ground-water resources from the Upper Floridan aquifer for drinking water supply.

Another Quake Shakes Mexico's Gulf of California
September 5, 2007 12:54 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An earthquake hit Mexico's Gulf of California on Tuesday, not far from the site of a stronger quake recorded on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The magnitude 5 quake hit about 100 miles north of the resort of Los Cabos on the tip of Baja California, at a depth of 6.2 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Smugglers Nabbed At Russian-China Border With Tiger Pelts, Hundreds Of Bear Paws
September 5, 2007 10:03 AM - , Wildlife Alliance

Vladivostok, Russia — Border police and Federal Security Bureau have collaborated in the arrest of a band of smugglers attempting to ship 480 bear paws as well as a tiger pelt and skeleton across the Russian-Chinese border Russian border police and federal security agencies found the smugglers on August 17th, attempting to cross the border by boat across Lake Khanka, 300 kilometers from Vladivostok. The smugglers - Chinese nationals - were working to feed the vast underground market for wildlife products in the People's Republic, where wildlife products are sold widely for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as luxury goods as status symbols.

Sicily's Mount Etna erupts, no danger to residents
September 5, 2007 07:24 AM - Reuters

Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano spewed out lava late on Tuesday in its latest spectacular eruption. Sparks lit the night sky and a small stream of lava was flowing down the volcano into an uninhabited valley but there was no danger to villages lower down on the slopes, officials said.

Britain To Decide On Human-Animal Embryo Research
September 4, 2007 09:26 PM - Tim Castle, Reuters

LONDON - British regulators will decide on Wednesday whether to permit the creation of hybrid human-animal embryos for research into illnesses such as Parkinson's, Motor Neurone Disease and Alzheimer's. Research in the controversial area has been on hold in Britain for nearly a year awaiting the outcome of a public consultation conducted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). Two teams of scientists have applied to the HFEA for permission to inject human cell nuclei into hollowed-out cow egg cells to overcome a shortage of donated human eggs.

Hurricanes Felix, Henriette, Set Records, Wreak Havoc
September 4, 2007 09:10 PM - Paul Kiernan, Associated Press

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico - Felix walloped Central America's remote Miskito coastline and Henriette slammed into resorts on the tip of Baja California as a record-setting hurricane season got even wilder Tuesday with twin storms making landfall on the same day. Felix roared ashore before dawn as a Category 5 storm along Nicaragua's remote northeast corner - an isolated, swampy jungle where people get around mainly by canoe. The 160 mph winds peeled roofs off shelters and a police station, knocked down electric poles and stripped humble homes to a few walls.

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