New U.S. Test: CO2 Could Make Grasslands 'Unusable'
August 30, 2007 10:26 AM - Maryke Steffens, SciDevNet
Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels could change the nature of grasslands and decrease their usefulness as grazing pastures, say researchers. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week (27 August). If carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, important grazing areas in parts of Africa, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mongolia, and southern and South East Asia could be under threat, according to lead author Jack Morgan, a plant physiologist from the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
Water-Soaked Planet-Forming Region Near Star Seen
August 30, 2007 07:40 AM - Will Dunham, Reuters
Scientists looking at a fledgling solar system have observed for the first time how water, considered a necessary ingredient for life, begins to make its way to newly forming planets.
New Book Details Dramatic Rescue of Dolphins Swept Out To Sea During Hurricane Katrina
August 29, 2007 07:00 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most catastrophic storms in the history of the United States, a new book chronicles the extraordinary rescue of eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The eight dolphins, Jackie, Jill, Michelle, Kelly, Tamra, Toni, Noah, and Elijah were washed out to sea from their Marine Life Oceanarium home in Gulfport, Mississippi, and dramatically rescued weeks later.
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.