Ecosystems

NOAA, Indonesia Launch More Tsunami, Climate Buoys
September 23, 2007 12:29 PM -

NOAA image of Richard W. Spinrad (right), director of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, standing beside the tsunami buoy that will be deployed in the Indian Ocean. September 19, 2007 — Representatives of the governments and scientific communities of the United States and Indonesia marked a historic moment today in Jakarta, Indonesia, as the two countries jointly launched tsunami and climate-monitoring ocean buoys in the region. The ship embarked from Jakarta today to launch the second buoy to warn of approaching tsunamis and four buoys to monitor climate.

10 Easy Pieces
September 23, 2007 11:03 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The most inspiring thing I’ve read lately about the oceans is “10 Solutions to Save the Ocean,” a series of short, upbeat, and to-the-point essays in the latest issue of Conservation magazine.

Ivo weakens to tropical storm near Mexico
September 22, 2007 06:51 PM -

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Ivo weakened to a tropical storm on Friday on its way to Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where it is due to make landfall in a sparsely populated desert area in the coming days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ivo had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kph), making it less than hurricane strength.

Amazon forest shows unexpected resiliency during drought
September 22, 2007 08:43 AM - University of Arizona

Drought-stricken regions of the Amazon forest grew particularly vigorously during the 2005 drought, according to new research. The counterintuitive finding contradicts a prominent global climate model that predicts the Amazon forest would begin to "brown down" after just a month of drought and eventually collapse as the drought progressed.

Biologist-Divers Complete 42-Mile Snorkel Survey of Elwha River
September 21, 2007 03:34 PM -

Washington State - In one of the longest snorkel surveys ever completed in North America, fisheries biologists recently swam the length of the Elwha River - from its headwaters to its mouth - with the goal of establishing a baseline of the river's fish population before dam removal begins.

The forty-two mile underwater trip began at an elevation of 2,250 feet, just above Chicago Camp in the upper Elwha Valley and ended at sea level where the river enters the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles.

Cut out caviar to save the sturgeon: Russia's Ivanov
September 21, 2007 01:56 PM - Guy Faulconbridge, reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The rich may have to take black caviar off the menu to let sturgeon stocks recover, Russia's first Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Friday.

Ivanov, widely regarded as a leading contender to succeed President Vladimir Putin in 2008, said he could do without caviar if sturgeon fishing was banned.

"If we banned catches for a period of time then I would certainly survive," Ivanov told an investment conference in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, RIA news agency reported.

Bt corn more susceptible to aphids
September 21, 2007 01:38 PM -

Research into the environmental impact of genetically modified crops appears to be accelerating. Among several recent investigations, a Swiss study published in the journal PloS ONE has documented greater susceptibility to aphids among GM maize lines than among their conventional counterparts.

Amid Big Promises, Plans Proceed For First GMO Foodcrop Release In India
September 21, 2007 12:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

India - India is about to serve as host to a newly developed GMO eggplant, the first ever GMO foodcrop for India. The plant has been genetically modified to contain a pesticide that promoters hope will make it resistant to the fruit and shoot borer. Researchers admit, many questions about the new GMO food remain unanswered. No human trials have been conducted in the US or India. 

 

Tropical depression Forms In Gulf
September 21, 2007 12:01 PM -

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Subtropical Depression 10 in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened Friday into a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said in a report.

The NHC said the center of the depression was located about 50 miles southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, and about 155 miles east-southeast of Mobile, Alabama.

The depression, which is packing winds near 35 miles per hour, was moving toward the northwest near 11 mph. The NHC in a report at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) predicted the storm would turn to the west-northwest during the next 24 hours.

La Nina may impact global weather into 2008
September 21, 2007 11:35 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The weather anomaly La Nina could influence global weather patterns through the early part of 2008, according to the National Weather Service.

The U.S. agency said La Nina conditions have developed across the equatorial Pacific Ocean during the past few months, though some forecasting models have predicted a more rapid development than has occurred.

La Nina, which means "little girl" in Spanish, is an unusual cooling of Pacific Ocean surface temperatures and can trigger widespread changes in weather around the world, including a higher-than-normal number of hurricanes in the Atlantic.

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