• Africa's deforestation twice world rate, says atlas

    Africa is suffering deforestation at twice the world rate and the continent's few glaciers are shrinking fast, according to a U.N. atlas on Tuesday. Satellite pictures, often taken three decades apart, showed expanding cities, pollution, deforestation and climate change were damaging the African environment despite glimmers of improvement in some areas. >> Read the Full Article
  • Gov. Sanford Asks President to Protect Deep Sea Corals Off South Carolina Coast

    In a letter sent on May 21, 2008, Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina asked President George W. Bush to protect the unique deep sea coral reefs off the South Carolina coast by establishing the area as a marine national monument. These spectacular, but largely unexplored, reefs cover an area nearly the size of South Carolina and stretch from North Carolina to Florida. >> Read the Full Article
  • Sea Ice Melt Could Thaw Permafrost, Too

    Scientists tracking a dramatic shrinkage in Arctic sea ice over the past few years have come to a worrisome conclusion: If the trend continues, it could speed up the melting of Arctic permafrost as well. The environmental consequences of such a development are uncertain, but they could spell trouble for plants, animals, and humans in those regions that depend on solid ground underfoot. >> Read the Full Article
  • Environmental Change Re-Draws Atlas of Africa

    Johannesburg/Nairobi/London, 10 June 2008-Africa's rapidly changing environmental landscape, from the disappearance of glaciers in Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains to the loss of Cape Town's unique "fynbos" vegetation, is presented today to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment(AMCEN). >> Read the Full Article
  • Forging African Strategies on Climate Change Adaptation

    Africa, the continent most vulnerable to climate change, contributes little to global greenhouse gas emissions. How will the vulnerable populations, sectors and regions cope with the consequences of climate change? African environment ministers are poised to take action, what should they do? >> Read the Full Article
  • Report confirms drilling, not earthquake, caused Java mud volcano

    A mud volcano which has caused millions of dollars worth of damage was caused by the drilling of a gas exploration well, an international team of scientists has concluded. The two-year old mud volcano, Lusi, is still spewing huge volumes of mud and has displaced more than 30,000 people. >> Read the Full Article
  • All-Consuming Question: Is Population or Human Behavior the Problem?

    Talking to reporters and others about my new book, More: Population, Nature, and What Women, I'm sometimes asked where consumption fits into the population picture. A review in the intriguingly named magazine Bitch, for example, criticized the book for "failing to adequately distinguish between the individuals who are overpopulating the world and the individuals who are responsible for the type of overconsumption that causes environmental deterioration." >> Read the Full Article
  • Why Are Rising Sea Levels a Threat?

    Recent NASA photos showed the opening of the Northwest Passage and that a third of the Arctic’s sea ice has melted in recent. Are sea levels already starting to rise accordingly, and if so what effects is this having? >> Read the Full Article
  • China's shoreline waters seriously polluted: expert

    Vast stretches of China's coastal waters are seriously polluted, and the country's coastal wetlands and mangrove forests are vanishing, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing a marine specialist. Luan Weixin, a professor at the Economics and Management College at Dalian Maritime University, said 50 percent of inland coastal wetlands had disappeared because of excessive reclamation and 80 percent of coral reefs and mangrove forests had been destroyed over the past 50 years. >> Read the Full Article
  • Take biofuel crops off the land and grow them at sea

    The environmental and social costs of producing biofuels on land can be avoided by farming seaweed, says Ricardo Radulovich. The dream of tackling climate change with biofuels has been tarnished by the rush to produce them on land. >> Read the Full Article