Ecosystems

Massive Arctic ice shelf breaks away
September 3, 2008 09:19 AM - Reuters

A huge 19 square mile (55 square km) ice shelf in Canada's northern Arctic broke away last month and the remaining shelves have shrunk at a "massive and disturbing" rate, the latest sign of accelerating climate change in the remote region, scientists said on Tuesday.

Forecaster expects four September hurricanes
September 2, 2008 10:45 AM - Reuters

The noted Colorado State University hurricane research team on Tuesday said it expects well above-average Atlantic hurricane activity in September, with four hurricanes, two of which will become major storms. "We predict that September will be quite active based on climate signals through August," said pioneer hurricane season forecaster Dr. Bill Gray, founder of the research team.

Sea level rises could far exceed IPCC estimates
September 1, 2008 11:33 AM - New Scientist

Could our coastlines disappear underwater much sooner than we think? The controversial view that sea levels could rise at a rate of more than 1 metre per century has found support from a new study of a long-melted ice sheet.

Water Corruption Prevents Progress
August 29, 2008 09:57 AM -

Africa's largest water transfer effort, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, plans to supply water to the industrial heartland of South Africa and to generate energy for impoverished Lesotho. The multi-billion dollar investment offers economic growth and greater water security for underserved communities in the region.

Arctic ice on the verge of another all-time low
August 28, 2008 11:00 AM - European Space Agency

Envisat observations from mid-August depict that a new record of low sea-ice coverage could be reached in a matter of weeks. The animation above is a series of mosaics of the Arctic Ocean created from images acquired between early June and mid-August 2008 from the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) instrument aboard Envisat. The dark grey colour represents ice-free areas while blue represents areas covered with sea ice.

The weekends are more rainy – and it may be our fault
August 28, 2008 09:44 AM - NS : Envrionment

IT SEEMS to happen with depressing frequency - sunny skies turn to rain just as the weekend arrives. Now Spanish researchers say they have evidence that in some parts of Europe the weather really does follow a weekly cycle, although not in the straightforward way that the anecdote might suggest.

10 Species You Can Kiss Goodbye
August 28, 2008 09:14 AM - Live Science

Think the polar bear has it bad? Here are 10 critters who are even worse off than our favorite threatened Arctic resident. Listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List as critically endangered, meaning they face an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future.

Baltic states failing to protect most damaged sea
August 27, 2008 12:22 PM -

Nine Baltic sea states all scored failing grades in an annual WWF evaluation of their performance in protecting and restoring the world’s most damaged sea. The assessment, presented today at the Baltic Sea Festival, graded the countries on how well they are doing in six separate areas - biodiversity, fisheries, hazardous substances, marine transport and eutrophication - and on how they have succeeded in developing an integrated sea-use management system.

When glaciers disappear, the bugs move in
August 27, 2008 09:58 AM - New Scientist

We've all been stunned by images showing the dramatic retreat of mountain glaciers. Yet few of us have given much thought to what happens next.

Cut greenhouse gases to save coral reefs: scientists
August 27, 2008 09:48 AM - Reuters

To keep coral reefs from being eaten away by increasingly acidic oceans, humans need to limit the amount of climate-warming greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, a panel of marine scientists said on Wednesday.

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