Ecosystems

Studying Earthquakes in the Himalaya
December 16, 2007 11:54 AM - California Institute of Technology Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--Scientists have long searched for what triggers earthquakes, even suggesting that tides or weather play a role. Recent research spearheaded by Jean-Philippe Avouac, professor of geology and director of the Tectonics Observatory at the California Institute of Technology, shows that in the Himalayan mountains, at least, there is indeed an earthquake season. It's winter.

New Satellite Imaging Method Tracks Earth Changes
December 16, 2007 11:48 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--For the past two decades, radar images from satellites have dominated the field of geophysical monitoring for natural hazards like earthquakes, volcanoes, or landslides. These images reveal small perturbations precisely, but large changes from events like big earthquake ruptures or fast-moving glaciers remained difficult to assess from afar, until now.

 

 

 

 

One dead, five infected with bird flu in Pakistan
December 15, 2007 12:27 PM - Alistair Scrutton, Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has recorded its first human death from bird flu and five other people have been infected with the deadly H5N1 virus, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Orangutan plan to curb carbon emissions
December 14, 2007 08:36 AM - WWF

Indonesia's new 10 year action plan for conserving orangutans will have important benefits in mitigating climate change, according to WWF.

These benefits were underlined by the launch of The Orangutan Conservation Strategy and Action Plan (2007 – 2017) during the Bali Climate Change Conference. Deforestation, for timber, pulp and palm oil plantations, have pushed Indonesia into the status of being a major carbon emitter, while threatening globally significant wildlife populations.

Immediate action needed to save corals from climate change
December 14, 2007 08:23 AM - SeaWeb

The journal Science has published a paper today that is the most comprehensive review to date of the effects rising ocean temperatures are having on the world’s coral reefs. The Carbon Crisis: Coral Reefs under Rapid Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, co-authored by seventeen marine scientists from seven different countries, reveals that most coral reefs will not survive the drastic increases in global temperatures and atmospheric CO2 unless governments act immediately to combat current trends.

Arctic explorers postpone sea ice study
December 14, 2007 06:54 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Three British polar explorers have postponed for a year a trip to the North Pole they were due to make in early 2008 to try to establish when Arctic summer sea ice will vanish because of global warming.

"It will only take a few months to organize this. But that means having to delay for a year because there is only one Arctic season in which you can do this," the group spokesman told Reuters. "So, reluctantly Pen took this decision."

 

Climate change "not luxury" for Africa
December 14, 2007 04:19 AM - Reuters

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Industrialized countries have a moral responsibility to help Africa mitigate the effects of climate change, Kenya's Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai said on Friday.

"For the global South, especially Africa, environmental issues are not a luxury," the environmental activist said in an article in Kenya's Business Daily newspaper on the final day of climate change talks in Bali.

 

Chemical Spill Threat in China
December 14, 2007 03:35 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A ship carrying 130 tons of a corrosive chemical was sinking on China's vast Yangtze River on Friday, but there was immediate no sign of pollution, state media said.

The ship was carrying liquid caustic soda and was sinking in the middle reaches of China's longest river, Xinhua news agency said.

Merck Fined $1.5M, Settles Clean Water Act Violations, Fined $1.5 Million, Must Overhaul Disposal System, Invest Millions
December 13, 2007 09:23 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON - Merck, the global pharmaceutical research company, has agreed to resolve violations of federal and state water pollution control regulations arising from spills including a June 2006 spill at its pharmaceutical plant outside of Philadelphia, announced Pat Meehan, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

 

Progress declared in Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts
December 13, 2007 09:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -  Pennsylvania's combination of mandatory requirements and environmental stewardship has led to sizeable reductions in nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay since 2004.

The Governor Rendell also announced that Pennsylvania will use its strengths in agriculture and alternative energy development to push for important federal farm legislation and technological breakthroughs in producing biofuels.

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