• Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    Garden vegetables such as tomatoes and potatoes have been found to be deadly insect killers on a par with Venus fly traps, according to research. >> Read the Full Article
  • Photo corner: Penguin Day Care

    The black and white king penguin waddled into the crowd of chicks - known as woolies - as they fattened up on the shoreline of South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic. The birds pictured are among 400,000 king penguins living in the world's largest colony. >> Read the Full Article
  • World’s Leading Marine Scientists Call on WTO Ministers to Stop Overfishing Subsidies

    In a letter to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy nine marine scientists asserted that "the WTO has an unprecedented opportunity to make new trade rules that will turn the tide for the world’s fisheries." The scientists recognized the relevance of trade and the WTO to the environment and urged the Director-General to "continue to use your leadership to achieve a successful outcome in the fisheries subsidies negotiations and demonstrate to the world that the WTO can play a constructive role in solving problems of global consequence." >> Read the Full Article
  • Planned City "Rawabi" Draws on Palestinian Enterprise and Israeli Experience

    For many Palestinians, the norm is tight-quartered living with barely a garden in sight, no defined sidewalks and a poor water system. But this is about to change with an ambitious plan for a new way of living. Just six miles north of Ramallah, Palestinians have begun planting thousands of evergreen tree saplings as part of a major greening project to grow a forest to hug the edges of what will be the first planned Palestinian city. The city is already named Rawabi, Arabic for "hills". For Palestinians it presents a new kind of urbanism, which aims to draw middle-class professionals away from smoggy towns and villages towards a better way of life. >> Read the Full Article
  • Chicago Canal Poisoned to Keep Invasive Carp Out of Great Lakes

    State and Federal agencies have begun poisoning a nearly 6-mile stretch of the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal to kill off invasive Asian carp while maintenance is performed on an electrical barrier intended to keep the fish out of Lake Michigan. The Lake’s ecosystem is already irreparably damaged by invasive species making the introduction of these new invasive fish a dire threat to the entire Great Lakes system. The fish can grow to 100 pounds in size and out-compete native species in an ecosystem. >> Read the Full Article
  • Not Just the Polar Bear: Ten American Species Feeling the Heat from Climate Change

    A new report, America’s Hottest Species, highlights a variety of American wildlife that is currently threatened by climate change from a small bird to a coral reef to the world’s largest marine turtle. >> Read the Full Article
  • Antarctic May Be Shielded by Ozone Hole

    Antarctica has been protected from the most damaging effects of climate change by the impact of one of the worst environmental disasters of the 20th century, the hole in the ozone layer, research published today revealed. However, the study has also found that increased melting of some parts of the ice cap around the south pole will cause sea levels to rise much higher than previously expected. >> Read the Full Article
  • The Changing Role of US Forest Management in Response to Climate Change

    The US Forest Service may be moving in a new direction. US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell told his regional offices and station directors that "responding to the challenges of climate change in providing water and water-related ecosystem services is one of the most urgent tasks facing us as an agency. History will judge us by how well we respond to these challenges." >> Read the Full Article
  • British Antarctic Survey Climate Review finds the Ozone Hole has Shielded Antarctica from Global Warming!

    An important report from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) shows things aren’t always what they seem to be, and that our knowledge of our complex Earth is not a good as we thought. Sometimes problems are not what they seem to be, and sometimes a problem in one sense carries unknown benefits in other senses. The BAS is a global leader in studying the Antarctic, and it has recently published the first comprehensive review of the state of Antarctica’s climate and its relationship to the global climate system. The review — Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment — presents the latest research from the icy continent, identifies areas for future scientific research, and addresses the urgent questions that policy makers have about Antarctic melting, sea-level rise and biodiversity. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mars Meteorite Reexamined for Signs of Life Using New Analysis

    A controversial Mars meteorite is once again in the spotlight as scientists use a new kind of analysis on the rock. The study is reminiscent of initial research, published in 1996, suggesting that tiny iron sulfide and iron oxide grains in the meteorite had biological origins, and that tiny, worm-shaped objects in the rock could be the fossilized remains of Martian microbes. >> Read the Full Article