Ecosystems

Brazil Gives Preliminary OK To Monsanto's GMO Corn
August 17, 2007 02:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Brazil is one step closer to approving Monsantos controversial GMO corn for future use. Corn is the third most planted crop in the world and Brazil ranks third in the world based on harvested area. Critics and scientists worldwide emphasize that, while not required by law, genetically modified crops have never been tested for their impact on the environment or human health.

South Korea to Send Emergency Aid to Flood-Hit North
August 17, 2007 12:17 PM - Jack Jim, Reuters

South Korea will send emergency aid worth 7.1 billion won ($7.5 million) to impoverished North Korea, where floods have left hundreds dead or missing and made more than 300,000 homeless, a minister said on Friday.

States Petitioned on Ocean Acidification
August 17, 2007 06:57 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

A conservation organization has requested that Alaska and six other states add bodies of water to their list of impaired waterways: the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Scientists Track Climate-Driving Atlantic Current
August 17, 2007 06:53 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation -- also known as the conveyor belt -- was featured in the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and the disaster flick "The Day After Tomorrow" as a changeable force that could wreak havoc on the climate in Europe and North America if it slowed down.

NASA Images: New Temples And Ancient Vast Urban Development Surrounded Cambodia's Angkor
August 16, 2007 05:48 PM - By Tan Ee Lyn, Reuters

Archaeologists have published a new map showing an extensive ancient settlement surrounding Cambodia's Angkor Wat that supported large numbers of inhabitants before and after the famous temple was built.

New Study: Household Chemicals Linked To Cat Disease
August 16, 2007 05:26 PM - By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

Common flame retardants meant to keep families safe from fire may be contributing to a rash of thyroid disease in household cats, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. They said polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs -- used in televisions, carpeting, furniture and mattresses -- were found in especially high levels in cats with hyperthyroidism, one of the most common and deadly diseases in older cats.

Tree Cutting Incentives For Developing Nations could Disrupt Cap & Trade Markets
August 16, 2007 04:17 PM - Reuters

The current carbon market actually encourages cutting down some of the world's biggest forests, which would unleash tonnes of climate-warming carbon into the atmosphere, a new study reported on Monday.

Australia Discovers Ocean Current "Missing Link"
August 16, 2007 04:03 PM - By Michael Byrnes, Reuters

Australian scientists have identified the missing deep ocean pathway — or ”˜supergyre’ — linking the three Southern Hemisphere ocean basins. The new research will help them explain more accurately how the ocean governs global climate.

Hundreds Killed In Peru Earthquake
August 16, 2007 01:10 PM - British Geological Survey

The British Geological Survey has recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 Mw at 23:40 GMT on the 15th of August 2007. This earthquake is located near the coast of Peru, approximately 150 km SSE of Lima. A state of emergency has been declared.

Biggest Great Lake Seen Heading for Record Lows
August 16, 2007 10:05 AM - Jonathan Spicer, Reuters

Warmer, drier weather coupled with alterations to the waterways of North America's Great Lakes will likely drive Lake Superior down to record low water levels sometime this year, experts say.

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