Report: Lake Tahoe Has Fewer Cold Days, Less Snow, Warmer Water
August 22, 2007 11:01 AM - UC Davis
Lake Tahoe, California - Overall, the most striking data in a new report are those showing that the Tahoe climate is warming up. This trend could have profound implications for the natural features that make Tahoe a popular international vacation destination: snowfall in winter and the beautiful cobalt-blue lake in summer. This news comes from UC Davis, which has released the first in a new series of annual reports designed to give the non-scientific community an unprecedented compendium of information that documents changing water quality and weather conditions in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Insiders Story: Greening China, Cutting Carbon
August 22, 2007 10:25 AM - Jane Wu, SciDevNet
Zhang Fubin, who works at the Tianjin Cement Industry Design & Research Institute in China, is constantly being interrupted by his mobile phone. Since the institute successfully developed new technology to generate energy from the waste gases emitted during cement making, he has barely had time to himself. "My colleagues and I are busy running between cement plants to update their facilities with this new technology," he says.
Peace Parks book explores how protected areas can resolve conflict
August 22, 2007 10:03 AM - The World Conservation Union
A book which examines how environmental conservation can be used to contribute to peace-building in conflict zones has just been published.Peace Parks, with a foreword by the World Conservation Union’s Director General, Julia Marton-LefĂ¨vre, explores how the parks can help resolve political and territorial disputes.
Stalk Burning Fuels China Pollution Woes
August 22, 2007 09:58 AM - Jia Hepeng, SciDevNet
A new study published in the August issue of the Chinese Science Bulletin, scientists estimate that farmers burning stalks produced 210.2 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2000, the most recent year for official figures on China's total carbon dioxide emissions. This was 6.1 per cent of China's total emissions that year.
Brazil Rejects Reports of Amazon Logging in Camps
August 22, 2007 07:13 AM - Raymond Colitt, Reuters
Brazil's government rejected accusations Tuesday that its settlement of poor peasants in the Amazon was fueling the destruction of the world's largest rain forest but promised an investigation.
New Report Lists “Top Ten” Threats to Oceans and Coasts in South America
August 21, 2007 05:15 PM - The Nature Conservency
The Nature Conservancy released an unprecedented study highlighting the top ten threats to marine conservation in South America. Citing over-fishing as the number one threat, compounded by intense development pressures and numerous environmental challenges.
Timber Rattlesnakes In Decline, Researchers Use Radio Transmitters To Track Reptiles
August 21, 2007 01:56 PM - Western Carolina University
Western Carolina University - Researchers are using geographic information systems technology and radio transmitters to track timber rattlesnakes to determine whether new mountain subdivisions and road-building are pushing an animal listed as a “species of special concern” toward the endangered list.
Savanna Habitat Drives Birds To Cooperative Breeding
August 21, 2007 01:26 PM - By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley
Delaying having kids to help raise the offspring of others seems like a bad choice if you want to reproduce, but many African starlings have adopted this strategy to deal with the unpredictable climate of their savanna habitats, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University biologists. It appears in the Aug. 21 issue of the journal Current Biology.
UK Asks Farmers To Help Improve Water Quality
August 21, 2007 01:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
London - Britian's government news agency asked farmers to help improve water quality by making changes to their farming practices to provide a "base line of protection for waters from nitrate and phosphate pollution." The government wants to reduce nitrogen from manure and fertiliser getting into surface or groundwater.
For Earthquakes ”Speed Kills’
August 20, 2007 10:49 PM - University of Oxford
High-speed ruptures travelling along straight fault lines could explain why some earthquakes are more destructive than others, according to an Oxford University scientist. In this week’s Science, Professor Shamita Das suggests that ruptures in the Earth’s surface moving at 6km per second could make future earthquakes along California’s San Andreas fault much more destructive than current models predict.