Ecosystems

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.

Great Lakes Pollution Rising, Fish Flesh Toxic, Unfit For Human Consumption
August 20, 2007 05:11 PM - Environmental Defence

Levels of toxic chemicals in Great Lakes fish are alarmingly high, and becoming more serious over time, a report released by Environmental Defence shows. The report, Up to the Gills: Pollution in Great Lakes Fish, analyzed the fish advisories published by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for four species of fish in 13 locations across the Great Lakes. It found that many categories of fish are somewhat or completely unfit for human consumption, and that other categories of fish are becoming so.

Family Planning Needs In Developing Countries Spurs W.H.O., Johns Hopkins, To Publish Science-Based Contraception Handbook
August 20, 2007 12:42 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

The World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University, have published a handbook on family planning for developing nations. The handbook, is based on the best available scientific evidence was driven by the urgent unmet needs of millions of women and families who seek information on contraception.

Uganda Agricultural Effort Gets $12M From World Bank
August 20, 2007 11:59 AM - Ochieng' Ogodo, SciDevNet

Agricultural research in Uganda has received a US$12 million boost from the World Bank. The bank's board of directors approved the loan for Uganda's Second Agricultural Research and Training Project this month (August). "Raising agricultural productivity is a key area for the [Ugandan] government's Poverty Eradication Action Plan and a flagship operational area for the bank's Africa Action Plan," said John McIntire, the World Bank's country director for Tanzania and Uganda, in a press release.

Bangladesh seeks emergency flood aid from donors
August 20, 2007 10:25 AM - Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has asked foreign donors and development partners for hundreds of millions of dollars to help its economy after floods destroyed crops and left millions homeless, a government official said on Monday.

Heathrow Protesters Want Expansion Of Air Travel Halted
August 19, 2007 10:12 PM - Reuters

British police with batons scuffled with groups of climate change protesters on Sunday near the headquarters of the operator of Heathrow airport. The clashes in a field close to airport operator BAA's building came after largely peaceful marches from a camp where campaigners, who want to draw attention to the impact of aviation on global warming, have been massing all week.

Typhoon Drives Million Chinese From Homes
August 19, 2007 09:07 PM - Reuters

Typhoon Sepat swept China's southern coast on Sunday, killing 14 people and forcing almost a million from their homes, before weakening into a tropical storm. Eleven of the deaths were attributed to a tornado that spun off the typhoon, wrecking houses and injuring more than 60 residents in China's Zhejiang Province, Xinhua state news agency reported.

Panama: Tropical Trees Stunted By Higher Temperatures
August 18, 2007 06:24 PM - Eva Aguilar, SciDevNet

Rising temperatures over the last few decades in Malaysia and Panama may have decelerated the growth of rainforest trees, according to a new study. The researchers found that as many as 71 per cent of plant species in Panama and up to 95 per cent of species in Malaysia showed decreases in growth rates.

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