Ecosystems

Automakers, UAW, and St. Louis Leaders Support of Raising Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards
August 22, 2007 09:44 PM - PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS - Hundreds of autoworkers, business leaders and government officials from St. Louis and surrounding counties rallied this morning at Gateway Mall in downtown St. Louis, urging federal lawmakers to protect jobs and consumer choice by supporting the bi- partisan federal legislation introduced by Representatives Baron Hill (D-IN) and Lee Terry (R-NE) to raise fuel economy in cars and trucks. Local congressional representatives from Missouri and Illinois were thanked for their support of the bill.

Monsoon Rains Threaten Wild And Domestic Animals in India
August 22, 2007 09:24 PM - International Fund for Animal Welfare

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass. - The International Fund for Animal Welfare has mobilized a team to aid animals amidst what the UN is calling "the worst floods in living memory." The immense region affected by the Monsoon includes Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and India.

UK Man Convicted Of Dumping Asbestos Is Jailed, Has Assets Frozen
August 22, 2007 09:12 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

London - Britian's Assets Recovery Agency (ARA), working in partnership with the Environment Agency, has frozen properties belonging to a Bradford man convicted of illegally dumping asbestos and excavation waste. ARA's investigation follows the conviction of William John Peter Reidy, aged 60, of Bradford. Reidy was convicted following the illegal activities of a demolition business run by him, called Space Making Development. In spite of not holding a waste management licence, the firm was being paid to take building waste away from companies across Yorkshire

NASA And U.S. Forest Service Partner On Wildfire Imaging Mission
August 22, 2007 08:44 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - NASA and the U.S. Forest Service have begun tests of their aerospace agency-developed technologies to improve wildfire imaging and mapping capabilities. From mid-August through September, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is conducting flights of a remotely piloted unmanned aircraft system to demonstrate the capabilities of its sophisticated new imaging and real-time communications equipment. The first flight of the series Aug. 16 captured images of California wildfires, including the Zaca Fire in Santa Barbara County. The aircraft carried instruments that collected data while flying more than 1,200 miles over a 10-hour period.

Shiping Co. Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To Pay $10 Million For Alaska Oil Accident
August 22, 2007 08:38 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON - A shipping accident in Alaska cost a Singapore shipping company $10 million dollars in fines today. The company was hit with the fine after pleading guilty today in federal court today in Alaska to violating the Refuse Act for the illegal discharge of oil and soy beans, and violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act - the killing of thousands of migratory birds as a result of the spills. The discharge of oil happened when the M/V Selendang Ayu ran aground on Dec. 8, 2004 in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in the Bering Sea.

University of Miami Offers A New Way to Look At Bleaching, Ocean Acidity, & Global Warming
August 22, 2007 03:45 PM - Univeristy of Miami

A modest new lab at the Rosenstiel School, at the University of Miami, is the first of its kind to tackle the global problem of climate change impacts on corals.

Antarctic Ice Thawing Faster Than Predicted
August 22, 2007 03:14 PM - Alister Doyle, Reuters Environment Correspondent

NY ALESUND, Norway - A thaw of Antarctic ice is outpacing predictions by the U.N. climate panel and could in the worst case drive up world sea levels by 2 meters (6 ft) by 2100, a leading expert said on Wednesday. Millions of people, from Bangladesh to Florida and some Pacific island states, live less than a meter above sea level. Most of the world's major cities, from Shanghai to Buenos Aires, are by the sea.

UN Says Human Trafficking Spreads HIV/AIDS In Asia
August 22, 2007 01:45 PM - Ranga Sirilal, Reuters

COLOMBO - About 300,000 women and children are trafficked across Asia each year, accelerating the spread of HIV/AIDS, the United Nations said on Wednesday. "Trafficking ... contributes to the spread of HIV by significantly increasing the vulnerability of trafficked persons to infection," said Caitlin Wiesen-Antin, HIV/AIDS regional coordinator, Asia and Pacific, for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Ancient Diamonds Unlock Secrets Of Early Earth
August 22, 2007 01:33 PM - Ben Hirschler, Reuters

LONDON - Diamonds more than 4 billion years old -- nearly as old as the Earth itself -- have been discovered in Western Australia, giving scientists vital clues about the early history of our planet. Found trapped in zircon crystals in the Jack Hills region, the small gems are the oldest identified fragments of the Earth's crust and their existence suggests the Earth may have cooled faster than previously thought, experts said on Wednesday.

Challenges Remain In Reintroducing American Chestnut
August 22, 2007 01:24 PM - Douglas M. Main, Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have developed a breed of American chestnut that is resistant to the fungal blight that decimated its population in the early 1900s. But the return of this "king of trees," so-called for its picturesque form and towering height of more than 100 feet, remains hampered by a slew of obstacles, said a Purdue University researcher.

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