Greenland's Rising Air Temperatures Drive Ice Loss At Surface And Beyond
February 21, 2008 09:35 AM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

Greenland's enormous ice sheet is home to enough ice to raise sea level by about 23 feet if the entire ice sheet were to melt into surrounding waters. Though the loss of the whole ice sheet is unlikely, loss from Greenland's ice mass has already contributed in part to 20th century sea level rise of about two millimeters per year, and future melt has the potential to impact people and economies across the globe. So NASA scientists used state-of-the-art NASA satellite technologies to explore the behavior of the ice sheet, revealing a relationship between changes at the surface and below.

AfDB gives $814 mln for Central Africa forests
February 21, 2008 09:23 AM - Reuters

TUNIS (Reuters) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) will provide $814 million over the next two years to help safeguard Central African forests threatened by war, poverty and poor governance, the bank said on Thursday. Bank President Donald Kaberuka told reporters the money would go to 13 projects aimed at improving the management of natural resources in 2008-2010 in the Congo Basin, home to 37 percent of the world's remaining tropical forests.

Norway's biggest quake hits Svalbard archipelago
February 21, 2008 07:48 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude -- the biggest in Norwegian history -- jolted the thinly populated Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic on Wednesday night, the Norsar seismic research institute said on Thursday. No one was hurt by the quake and no damage has been reported in the islands, about 1,000 km (600 miles) from the North Pole, reports said.

Field Dispatch: Natural Habitat Antarctica Trip Pt.3
February 20, 2008 10:03 AM - Sybille Klenzendorf, WWF

I’ve traveled to a lot of mountainous regions in my life – the Himalayas in Nepal, the Karakorum in Pakistan, the Spanish Pyrenees, the Austrian Alps, the Canadian Rockies… But of all the places I’ve visited, few can compare to the magnificence of South Georgia Island. I’m hard pressed to think of another place on earth that features such a spectacular combination of snow and glacier covered peaks, abundant wildlife, beautiful bays and fjords, a rich history, and very limited signs of civilization.

Wildlife trading ring “dismantled” on Sino-Russian border
February 20, 2008 09:58 AM - WWF

Key members of a smuggling ring trading tiger skins and bear parts into China will face trial in March after a 6 month operation in which WWF and TRAFFIC provided technical assistance to customs, police and navy officials in the Russian far east. About 900 paws of brown and black bears, 4 tiger skins, more than 60 kilos of tiger bones and 531 saiga horns, valued at more than $US 200,000 were seized in three joint seizures by customs, police and navy services.

Breaking Down the Barriers to a Green Economy
February 20, 2008 09:50 AM - UNEP

UNEP Launches Year Book 2008 at its 10th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Monaco 20-22 February Monaco, 20 February 2008-An emerging Green Economy is glimpsed in the latest United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Year Book as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions of dollars into cleaner and renewable energies.

Harsh spring sandstorms forecast for north China
February 20, 2008 09:32 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Northern China is likely to be hit with more frequent and more severe sandstorms this year, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, posing a challenge to Olympics organizers hoping for blue skies over Beijing. Sandstorms were forecast to increase this spring in the northern provinces of Inner Mongolia and Hebei, which surrounds Beijing, Xinhua said, citing the China Meteorological Administration.

Gorilla project unites Uganda, Rwanda and Congo
February 20, 2008 06:05 AM - Reuters

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda, Rwanda and Congo launched a joint effort on Wednesday to protect endangered mountain gorillas that roam the three nations' jungle borders.

Sea levels in Venice plunge to 14-year low
February 19, 2008 11:42 AM - Reuters

VENICE (Reuters) - Sea levels in the lagoon city of Venice plunged to a 14-year low this week, beaching some gondolas and exposing the canal-beds of famed waterways. The Centro Maree, whose forecasts are vital for organizing transport in Venice, said a high-pressure system set off a "Code White" alert that signals low sea levels.

Tuna fish may be saved by study of "cod collapse"
February 19, 2008 09:05 AM - ENN

BOSTON, Mass. – Continued mismanagement could force some tuna populations to quickly go the way of cod, a highly threatened fishery that once helped shape economies of whole nations, leading scientists said in the symposium “Last Best Chance for Tuna: Learning from the Cod Collapse” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Boston on February 18.

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