New Study: Household Chemicals Linked To Cat Disease
August 16, 2007 05:26 PM - By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
Common flame retardants meant to keep families safe from fire may be contributing to a rash of thyroid disease in household cats, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. They said polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs -- used in televisions, carpeting, furniture and mattresses -- were found in especially high levels in cats with hyperthyroidism, one of the most common and deadly diseases in older cats.
Tree Cutting Incentives For Developing Nations could Disrupt Cap & Trade Markets
August 16, 2007 04:17 PM - Reuters
The current carbon market actually encourages cutting down some of the world's biggest forests, which would unleash tonnes of climate-warming carbon into the atmosphere, a new study reported on Monday.
Australia Discovers Ocean Current "Missing Link"
August 16, 2007 04:03 PM - By Michael Byrnes, Reuters
Australian scientists have identified the missing deep ocean pathway — or ”˜supergyre’ — linking the three Southern Hemisphere ocean basins. The new research will help them explain more accurately how the ocean governs global climate.
Hundreds Killed In Peru Earthquake
August 16, 2007 01:10 PM - British Geological Survey
The British Geological Survey has recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 Mw at 23:40 GMT on the 15th of August 2007. This earthquake is located near the coast of Peru, approximately 150 km SSE of Lima. A state of emergency has been declared.
Biggest Great Lake Seen Heading for Record Lows
August 16, 2007 10:05 AM - Jonathan Spicer, Reuters
Warmer, drier weather coupled with alterations to the waterways of North America's Great Lakes will likely drive Lake Superior down to record low water levels sometime this year, experts say.
Rainforest coalition proposes rewards for 'avoided deforestation'
August 15, 2007 02:47 PM - Keya Acharya , Panos London
A 15-country coalition of rainforest nations has complained that the UN climate change mechanism encourages countries to replant forests they have cut down, but fails to reward 'good' countries that have not deforested in the first place.
Study Shows Dredging Harming Great Lakes
August 15, 2007 07:08 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press
A "drain hole" in the St. Clair River caused by dredging and other commercial projects is costing Lakes Huron and Michigan a combined 2.5 billion gallons of water each day, according to a Canadian study released Tuesday.
Russia's Seabed Flag Heralds Global Ocean Carve-Up
August 15, 2007 07:03 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
A Russian flag on the seabed beneath the ice of the North Pole is among the few signs that states are waking up to a 2009 deadline for what may be the last big carve-up of maritime territory in history.
Invasive Weeds And Wildfire
August 14, 2007 08:27 PM - PR Newswire
Invasive plants systematically infiltrate millions of acres every year, selfishly soak up precious water supplies, forever alter wildlife habitats and quietly invade our backyards. In fact, the economic impact of invasive plants and weeds in the U.S. has been estimated at $34.7 billion annually, according to a recent Cornell University report.
Great Lakes Losing 2.5 Billion Gallons Per Day Due to Manmade Drain Hole Near Detroit
August 14, 2007 08:13 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Research released Tuesday finds that a river "drain hole" on the St. Clair River is sucking away triple the amount of water previously estimated--causing widespread ecological harm throughout the middle Great Lakes. The updated findings released by the Georgian Bay Association (GBA) show that the drain hole in the St. Clair River is causing the Michigan-Huron system to hemorrhage 2.5 billion gallons of water a day--more than triple the 845 million gallons documented two years ago by a consulting firm studying the impact of the U.S. Army Corps's dredging in the river.