Ecosystems

Japan hit by moderate quake, no damage reported
November 26, 2007 09:50 AM - Reuters

The Japanese Meteorological Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 5.9 and was centered 40 km (25 miles) deep under the sea off the coast of Fukushima, a prefecture around 240 km (149 miles) northeast of the capital, Tokyo.

Illuminating Study Reveals How Plants Respond to Light
November 26, 2007 08:41 AM - www.nsf.gov

Most of us take it for granted that plants respond to light by growing, flowering and straining towards the light, and we never wonder just how plants manage to do so. But the ordinary, everyday responses of plants to light are deceptively complex, and much about them has long stumped scientists.

Now, a new study "has significantly advanced our understanding of how plant responses to light are regulated, and perhaps even how such responses evolved," says Michael Mishkind, a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF).  This study, which was funded by NSF, will be published in the November 23, 2007 issue of Science.

Global delegation led by Valli Moosa meets Nelson Mandela
November 26, 2007 08:37 AM - IUCN

The governing body of the world's leading authority on biodiversity, the Council of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), met yesterday with President Nelson R. Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.

The Council, led by its President Valli Moosa, includes the world's leading ecologists and environmentalists, and handed to President Mandela the latest updated IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The 2007 IUCN Red List concluded that 16,306 of the 41, 415 species listed are currently threatened with extinction.

Human safety, prosperity depend on better ocean observing system: Scientists
November 26, 2007 08:26 AM - University of California - San Diego

Speedy diagnosis of the temper and vital signs of the oceans matters increasingly to the well being of humanity, says a distinguished partnership of international scientists urging support to complete a world marine monitoring system within 10 years.

The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) says warming seas, over-fishing and pollution are among profound concerns that must be better measured to help society respond in a well-informed, timely and cost-effective way.

Ecuador backs Indonesia bid for forest compensation
November 26, 2007 05:00 AM - Reuters

Correa said Ecuador and Indonesia, both home to some of the world's richest biodiversity, had agreed to have a common negotiation position at a U.N. climate change conference in Bali next month.

Battle with industry leaves scars on Indian farmland
November 26, 2007 04:15 AM - Reuters

NANDIGRAM, India (Reuters) - It's the peak harvest season, but not a single sheaf of paddy grows on Abu Tayeb's land, testament to a hollow victory for farmers in eastern India who fought to keep big industry off their land but now face ruin.

Scientists urge $2-3 billion study of ocean health
November 25, 2007 12:26 PM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Marine scientists called on Sunday for a $2-3 billion study of threats such as overfishing and climate change to the oceans, saying they were as little understood as the Moon.

Disasters quadruple over last 20 years: Oxfam
November 25, 2007 08:04 AM - Reuters

From an average of 120 disasters a year in the early 1980s, there are now as many as 500, with Oxfam attributing the rise to unpredictable weather conditions cause by global warming.

Ten millionth tree planted in Congo's gorilla habitat
November 24, 2007 07:07 PM - WWF

Gland, Switzerland/Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo – WWF and Congolese authorities are celebrating the ten millionth tree planted around Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a crucial habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla.

The WWF tree-planting project, launched in 1987 — and continuously operated despite recurrent armed conflicts in the region — aims to reduce the shortage of firewood for neighbouring communities. Strong demand has led to illegal wood harvesting and charcoal production within the park, a major threat for the protected area.

U.S. Navy vessel arrives in Bangladesh for relief efforts
November 23, 2007 12:17 PM - Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy vessel arrived in Bangladesh on Friday to help relief efforts after the country's deadliest cyclone in 16 years killed around 3,500 people and left thousands missing or injured.

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