Ecosystems

Croatia seizes Italian trawler for illegal fishing
January 3, 2008 08:27 AM - Reuters

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia's navy seized an Italian trawler in Croatian territorial waters on Thursday, in the first such incident since Zagreb enforced a protected fishing zone in the Adriatic despite opposition from the European Union. "According to my information, a Croatian military ship caught an Italian trawler illegally present in (Croatia's) territorial waters. The trawler has been taken to a port on the (southern Adriatic) island of Vis for an investigation," a Transport and Maritime Ministry official told Reuters.

Heavy snow blankets Romania and Bulgaria
January 3, 2008 06:59 AM - Reuters

Meteorologists said the snow, which had been falling for two days, was expected to continue throughout Romania until late on Thursday, with temperatures expected to fall as low as minus 16 degrees Celsius (3 degrees Fahrenheit).

Global warming hits Australia with fires and floods
January 3, 2008 01:54 AM - Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia endured bushfires, floods and record high temperatures in its drought-ravaged foodbowl in 2007 as global warming brought the nation's sixth hottest year on record, the weather bureau said on Thursday.

Loosing more than we gain from Autumn warming in the north
January 2, 2008 02:04 PM -

Gif-sur-Yvette, France - An international study investigating the carbon sink capacity of northern terrestrial ecosystems discovered that the duration of the net carbon uptake period (CUP) has on average decreased due to warmer autumn temperatures.

European conference aims to create global commodity market for non-GM soy and feed
January 2, 2008 01:15 PM -

Brussels, Belgium - Ensuring a reliable, global supply of non-GM soy for feed was the focus of a two-day conference held in December in Brussels, Belgium. The conference, “Non-GM Feedstuffs, Quality Productions and European Regional Agricultures’ Strategy,” was organized by Europe’s GMO-Free Regions Network and the European Committee of Regions, which hosted the event at its Brussels headquarters.

Unique Kenyan game park threatened
January 2, 2008 08:53 AM - Reuters

KITENGELA, Kenya (Reuters) - A short distance from the slums and skyscrapers of Nairobi, Naanyu Ntirrisa pulls thorn bushes around her Maasai village to keep out marauding lions that have killed a cow and two sheep. "We are doing our best to be vigilant," she says. Across a river from the village, tourists in Land Rovers photograph giraffes munching on acacia thorns, with the city's towers visible in the distance.

Philippine rebels raid mine to stop "plunder"
January 2, 2008 03:55 AM - Reuters

Communist rebels in the Philippines said on Wednesday they attacked a mine majority-owned by Xstrata Plc to "punish" the Switzerland-based firm, protect the environment and safeguard the rights of local tribes. About 30-40 armed men raided the Tampakan mine in the southern Philippines on Tuesday morning and burned six buildings, police said. They said the rebels were from the Communist New People's Army (NPA).

Housewives are more ecologically aware and recycle more than university students
January 1, 2008 10:31 PM - University of Granada

University of Granada - According to a new study, a high awareness of the environment does not necessarily entail the practice of ecologically responsible behaviour.Research was carried out from a sample of 525 university students and 154 housewives. The research, carried out at the University of Granada, reveals that housewives are more willing to separate glass from other garbage than students.

Good News About Ocean Methane
January 1, 2008 10:21 PM - University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted in great quantities as bubbles from seeps on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara. About half of these bubbles dissolve into the ocean, but the fate of this dissolved methane remains uncertain.

New plant study reveals a 'deeply hidden' layer of the transcriptome
January 1, 2008 09:55 PM - Salk Institute for Biological Studies

La Jolla, CA – Cells keep a close watch over the transcriptome – the totality of all parts of the genome that are expressed in any given cell at any given time. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have now teamed up to peel back another layer of transcriptional regulation and gain new insight into how genomes work.

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