Ecosystems

Freshwater runoff from the Greenland Ice Sheet will more than double by the end of the century
June 12, 2008 09:28 AM - University of Alaska Fairbanks

The Greenland Ice Sheet is melting faster than previously calculated according to a recently released scientific paper by University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Sebastian H. Mernild. The study, published in the journal Hydrological Processes, is based on models using data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as satellite images and observations from on the ground in Greenland.

Environmental Skeptics Are Overwhelmingly Politicized, Study Says
June 12, 2008 09:15 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

A review of environmental skepticism literature from the past 30 years has found that the vast majority of skeptics, often identified as independent, are directly linked to politically oriented, conservative think tanks. The study, published in this month's issue of Environmental Politics, analyzed books written between 1972 and 2005 that deny the urgency of environmental protection. The researchers found that more than 92 percent of the skeptical authors were in some way affiliated to conservative think tanks - non-profit research and advocacy organizations that promote core conservative ideals.

Africa's deforestation twice world rate, says atlas
June 11, 2008 09:47 AM - Reuters

Africa is suffering deforestation at twice the world rate and the continent's few glaciers are shrinking fast, according to a U.N. atlas on Tuesday. Satellite pictures, often taken three decades apart, showed expanding cities, pollution, deforestation and climate change were damaging the African environment despite glimmers of improvement in some areas.

Gov. Sanford Asks President to Protect Deep Sea Corals Off South Carolina Coast
June 11, 2008 09:41 AM - Environmental Defense Fund

In a letter sent on May 21, 2008, Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina asked President George W. Bush to protect the unique deep sea coral reefs off the South Carolina coast by establishing the area as a marine national monument. These spectacular, but largely unexplored, reefs cover an area nearly the size of South Carolina and stretch from North Carolina to Florida.

Sea Ice Melt Could Thaw Permafrost, Too
June 11, 2008 09:02 AM - Science Now

Scientists tracking a dramatic shrinkage in Arctic sea ice over the past few years have come to a worrisome conclusion: If the trend continues, it could speed up the melting of Arctic permafrost as well. The environmental consequences of such a development are uncertain, but they could spell trouble for plants, animals, and humans in those regions that depend on solid ground underfoot.

Environmental Change Re-Draws Atlas of Africa
June 11, 2008 08:54 AM - United Nations Environment Programme

Johannesburg/Nairobi/London, 10 June 2008-Africa's rapidly changing environmental landscape, from the disappearance of glaciers in Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains to the loss of Cape Town's unique "fynbos" vegetation, is presented today to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment(AMCEN).

Forging African Strategies on Climate Change Adaptation
June 10, 2008 10:17 AM - UNEP

Africa, the continent most vulnerable to climate change, contributes little to global greenhouse gas emissions. How will the vulnerable populations, sectors and regions cope with the consequences of climate change? African environment ministers are poised to take action, what should they do?

Report confirms drilling, not earthquake, caused Java mud volcano
June 9, 2008 09:41 AM - Durham Univeristy

A mud volcano which has caused millions of dollars worth of damage was caused by the drilling of a gas exploration well, an international team of scientists has concluded. The two-year old mud volcano, Lusi, is still spewing huge volumes of mud and has displaced more than 30,000 people.

All-Consuming Question: Is Population or Human Behavior the Problem?
June 9, 2008 09:29 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Talking to reporters and others about my new book, More: Population, Nature, and What Women, I'm sometimes asked where consumption fits into the population picture. A review in the intriguingly named magazine Bitch, for example, criticized the book for "failing to adequately distinguish between the individuals who are overpopulating the world and the individuals who are responsible for the type of overconsumption that causes environmental deterioration."

Why Are Rising Sea Levels a Threat?
June 9, 2008 08:34 AM - , E Magazine

Recent NASA photos showed the opening of the Northwest Passage and that a third of the Arctic’s sea ice has melted in recent. Are sea levels already starting to rise accordingly, and if so what effects is this having?

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