Carving Out a New Idea of the Past
September 7, 2007 07:15 AM - ucsd, Mario Aguilera

There was bad news and good news aboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking vessel Healy during a voyage to the Arctic Ocean. The bad news was a disturbing lack of sea ice, which, combined with strong winds, prevented the vessel from maintaining a steady position in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea. But the good news was that the ice-free seas gave the researchers a rare opportunity to make intricately detailed maps of the region's seafloor.

NOAA study backs up predictions of sea ice loss
September 7, 2007 07:07 AM - Associated Press

Sea ice loss in regions of the Arctic is likely to exceed 40 percent by 2050 compared with the 1980s, according to an analysis of ice computer models by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

New legislation could stop illegal wood imports to the U.S.
September 7, 2007 06:58 AM -

Have you ever wondered where the wood you’re buying comes from? Was it sustainably harvested, or was it illegally logged? Were animals displaced, did people lose their livelihoods so that you could buy a piece of furniture or lumber here in the U.S.? The truth is, we often don’t know where the wood we buy comes from, or the devastation it may have caused to reach our stores, and enter our homes.

GAO Faults Agencies Over Global Warming
September 6, 2007 05:47 PM - John Heilprin -Associated Press

Wildfires are flaring bigger and hotter in Alaska, the northern Rockies and the Sierra Nevada. Bighorn sheep, mountain goats and grizzly bears in Glacier National Park, along with deer and marsh rabbits in the Florida Keys, face a housing crisis.

Congressional Report: Climate Change Hitting Federal Lands And Waters Hard
September 6, 2007 05:11 PM - Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More beetles and fewer spruce trees in Alaska, whiter coral and fewer scuba-divers in Florida and more wildfires in Arizona already show the impact of climate change on U.S. lands and waters, a congressional watchdog agency reported on Thursday. But the federal agencies that manage over 600 million acres of federal land -- nearly 30 percent of the land area of the United States -- and more than 150,000 square miles of protected waters have little guidance on how to deal with the effects of global warming, the Government Accountability Office said.

Tremors Rattle Taiwan's Capital
September 6, 2007 04:16 PM - Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Two strong tremors rattled Taiwan's capital early on Friday, officials and witnesses said, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the first quake at 6.5 at 01:51 am local time. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said a second tremor followed four minutes later with a magnitude of 5.7.

La Nina May Strengthen In Coming Months
September 6, 2007 12:59 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The La Nina weather anomaly is gathering steam and will possibly strengthen in the next three months, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center predicted Thursday. In its monthly update, the center said conditions in the equatorial Pacific already reflected La Nina, in which waters in the area become cooler than normal. In the more famous El Nino phenomenon, waters in the Pacific turn abnormally warm and cause havoc around the Asia Pacific rim.

Futuristic Vessel Visits New York Harbor Promoting Ocean Conservation
September 6, 2007 11:07 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

New York City, NY — Looking like something out of the future, or a science fiction movie, the spider-like environmentally-friendly catamaran named Proteus, sailed into New York Harbor today prior to embarking on its "One Ocean" mission through America's national marine sanctuaries.

Biodiversity requires global monitoring mechanism
September 6, 2007 08:05 AM - , SciDevNet

Biodiversity has received increasing attention from scientists, governments and the public since the 'Earth Summit' at Rio de Janeiro and the establishment of the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992. There are local conservation successes to celebrate as a result, but global threats to biodiversity are still on the rise.

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.

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