Ecosystems

Floods displace 2,000 in Malawi
November 19, 2007 11:44 AM - Reuters

Lawford Palani, Chikwawa district commissioner, told Reuters that about 20 villages have been destroyed following persistent rains and hailstorms in the area, about 50 kilometers west of the country's commercial capital Blantyre.

White-Tailed Eagle Back from the Brink
November 19, 2007 08:56 AM - Robert, Environmental Graffiti

The white-tailed eagle, once on the brink of extinction in Britain, has bounced back.

The eagle now has 42 breeding pairs on the west coast of Scotland, six more than last year’s total. This year’s breeding has resulted in 34 young birds. The total of all birds is close to 200.

The bird was once extinct in Britain after the last bird was shot in 1918, but the bird was reintroduced into the country in 1975 and it has done well so far. The massive bird has an eight-foot wingspan and is Britain’s largest bird of prey. It is also known as the sea eagle.

Delay in Autumn Colour is Caused by Increased Atmospheric CO2 not Global Warming
November 19, 2007 08:44 AM - University of Southampton

The delay in autumnal leaf coloration and leaf fall in trees is caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and not by increased global temperatures, suggests a new study by researchers at the University of Southampton.

In recent years, woodland autumnal colour changes have been occurring later in the season whilst re-greening in spring has been occurring earlier. During the last 30 years across Europe, autumnal senescence – the process of plant aging where leaves discolour and then fall – has been delayed by 1.3 - 1.8 days a decade. To date, this has been explained by global warming, with increasing temperatures causing longer growing seasons.

Act Now on Climate Change: Go For Energy Efficiency.
November 19, 2007 08:06 AM - , Private Landowner Network

The latest report on the state of global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ((IPCC) warns that without action soon climate change may cause abrupt and irreversible impacts.

(Glaciers, like those on Greenland, may experience rapid meltdown and cause sea levels to rise. Once gone glaciers won’t freeze up again. Droughts similar to that now being experienced in the southeast US may be more frequent and perhaps permanent. Populations without water to support them will have to move, never to return.)

Iron is a tonic for climate-saving plankton
November 18, 2007 08:24 PM - Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - From the deck of the research ship Weatherbird II, a California company hopes to prove a controversial theory that putting iron dust in the ocean can produce enough plankton to help save the Earth.

Another aftershock strikes northern Chile
November 18, 2007 08:40 AM - Reuters

There were no early reports of damage or injuries from Sunday's quake, which was centered in the Pacific about 40 miles north-northwest of Antofagasta, Chile, near the mineral-rich country's northern border with Peru.

Noah's Ark flood spurred European farming
November 17, 2007 07:19 PM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - An ancient flood some say could be the origin of the story of Noah's Ark may have helped the spread of agriculture in Europe 8,300 years ago by scattering the continent's earliest farmers, researchers said on Sunday.

Using radiocarbon dating and archaeological evidence, a British team showed the collapse of the North American ice sheet, which raised global sea levels by as much as 1.4 meters, displaced tens of thousands of people in southeastern Europe who carried farming skills to their new homes.

The researchers said in the journal Qua

Bangladesh cyclone toll tops 500
November 16, 2007 08:35 AM - Anis Ahmed -Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) - A severe cyclone has killed more than 500 people in Bangladesh and left thousands injured or missing, triggering an international relief effort on Friday to help the army-backed interim government cope with the disaster.

Local officials and Red Crescent workers said 508 deaths have been confirmed. Hundreds more were injured or missing after Cyclone Sidr struck overnight packing winds of 250 kph (155 mph).

Black Sea to take years to recover from oil spill
November 16, 2007 08:31 AM - WWF -Climate Change

Moscow, Russia – The oil spill that wreaked havoc in the Kerch Strait leading to the Black Sea last week will take at least 5 to 10 years for the marine environment to recover, says WWF.According to WWF specialists, the 2000-tonne spill has badly affected the local fishing industry. Fish caught in the Kerch Strait are not safe for consumption.

 

Conservation Groups Act to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtle
November 15, 2007 04:48 PM - , Oceana

Washington, D.C., – Conservation groups Oceana and the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government today to stop the precipitous decline of the western North Atlantic loggerhead sea turtle. The petition urges the National Marine Fisheries Service, the agency responsible for protecting loggerheads in ocean waters, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency responsible for protecting turtles on land, to change the designation of western North Atlantic loggerheads from “threatened” to “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

 

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