Texas Prepares For Tropical Storm Humberto
September 12, 2007 05:24 PM - Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Forecasters predicted heavy rains and flooding for the Houston area as Tropical Storm Humberto formed on Wednesday in the northern U.S. Gulf. Hurricane trackers were also keeping an eye on a second storm system making its way west in the central Atlantic after being declared Tropical Depression 8 on Wednesday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that a system offshore of Galveston, Texas, had become Tropical Storm Humberto.

Federal Study: Loggerhead Sea Turtles Face Extinction, Fishing Fleets Blamed
September 12, 2007 01:12 PM - , Oceana

Washington - One of the oldest animals on earth, the loggerhead sea turtle, is in deep trouble. The population of this animal is declining precipitously experts say. Now the federal government is confirming that, reversing a long standing 'hands off' approach to a problem conservationists have been alarmed by for years. The species is now considered threatened under the endangered species act.

World Conservation Union:16,300 species threatened
September 12, 2007 10:50 AM - Deborah Zabarenko

From the lowland gorillas of Africa to corals of the Galapagos Islands, more than 16,300 species are threatened with extinction, the World Conservation Union said on Wednesday in its annual Red List. In what is billed as the world's most authoritative assessment of Earth's plants and animals, the global group considered 41,415 species and found that of those, 16,306 were under threat, said Craig Hilton-Tailor, the list's manager.

Tsunami warning issued after quake hits Sumatra
September 12, 2007 10:45 AM - Ahmad Pathoni -Reuters

A powerful earthquake measuring 8.2 struck Indonesia's Sumatra region on Wednesday, triggering tsunami warnings in the Indian Ocean and sparking panic in coastal areas across southeast Asia. About 2-½ hours after the quake hit, Indonesia's meteorological agency lifted its tsunami warning and said via a telephone text message that there had been no tsunami.

Big quake hits Indonesia's Sumatra region
September 12, 2007 08:26 AM - Mita Valina Liem -Reuters

A powerful quake struck measuring 7.9 struck near Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday triggering tsunami warnings in Indonesia, Malaysia and India, officials said. The United States Geological Survey initially said on its Web site there was quake measuring 8.0, and then a short time later said there was a quake measuring 7.9 at slightly different location causing confusion about the number of quakes.

Code red for threatened species
September 12, 2007 08:19 AM - World Wildlife Foundation

The planet is being pushed to its limits as indicated by the increasing number of threatened species across the globe, according to the latest trends in the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN’s) Red List. The Red List of Threatened Species acts as a barometer that shows the effects habitat loss and degradation, over-exploitation, pollutants and climate change are having on our planet.

Alaska to probe recent fires at BP oil fields
September 12, 2007 08:11 AM - Yereth Rosen -Reuters

Alaska officials said on Tuesday they were investigating BP Plc's local unit due to a spate of fires at oil-field facilities, which come after two years of scrutiny over safety at BP's U.S. operations.

China Clamping Down On Polluters
September 11, 2007 06:24 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Beijing, China - Chinese leaders are vowing a more aggressive prosecution of polluters, keeping in step with demands from the public there for tougher enforcement of anti-pollution laws. More than 8,000 Chinese enterprises have been penalized for pollution offenses in the first eight months of this year but the vice director of China's environmental watchdog believes the results are "far below" the expectations of the public.

Researchers To Study Ecological Genomics
September 11, 2007 05:03 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

MANHATTAN -- A research geneticist at Kansas State University, will be taking a much closer look at the complex relationship between genes in a microscopic worm and a changing environment. "Global change" says Dr Michael Herman,"is making the environment sick, and we're using genomics to understand exactly what's going wrong." A big federal grant will allow him to continue his research on soil nematodes, a nearly microscopic organism, in the emerging field of ecological genomics. The money comes from a National Science Foundation grant, $622,000. With it, Dr Herman will further his research on soil nematodes, a nearly microscopic type of worm, in the emerging field of ecological genomics.

Report: Atrazine Contaminates Midwest Drinking Water
September 11, 2007 03:34 PM - NRDC

WASHINGTON — New water quality data obtained by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) confirms high levels of Atrazine — a cancer-causing pesticide — in Midwest drinking water supplies. Environmental Protection Agency data reveals raised Atrazine levels in 94 of 136 water systems tested at the source. Tests were conducted in Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota and Nebraska.

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