• Nobel winners say science must transcend borders

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Scientists must break through the boundaries between disciplines and nations to find solutions to some of the great unanswered questions, some of 2007's Nobel prize winners said on Friday.

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  • Indonesia: Can’t See the Conference for the Trees

    On November 28, the United Nations announced that it had reached its goal of planting 1 billion trees in 2007, just days before the landmark UN climate change conference began in Bali, Indonesia, on December 3. Indonesia, meanwhile, has planted some 79 million trees nationwide in just the last few weeks to offset emissions from the conference. With one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world, the country has become a symbolic epicenter of a wide range of tree-related activities and discussions. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.S rejects stiff 2020 greenhouse goals in Bali

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Washington rejected stiff 2020 targets for greenhouse gas cuts by rich nations at U.N. talks in Bali on Monday as part of a "roadmap" to work out a new global pact to fight climate change by 2009.

    "It's prejudging what the outcome should be," chief negotiator Harlan Watson said of a draft suggesting that rich nations should aim to axe emissions of heat-trapping gases by between 25 and 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

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  • Dutch debate building Tulip Island in North Sea

    Dubai has built Palm Island. Now the world leaders in land reclamation are considering an island in the shape of a tulip to fight overcrowding and shield the coastline from the rising sea.

    Supporters of the scheme say it will give Dutch companies a chance to showcase water management skills that are increasingly in demand due to global warming, but critics say the plan will be prohibitively expensive and harm delicate ecosystems.

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  • Al Gore sees hope in "people power"

    OSLO (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore said on Sunday he was optimistic that a growing "people-power" movement would push the world's leaders to take action to stop global warming.

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  • South Korea's worst oil spill blackens coast

    TAEAN, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean workers using skimmers and containment fences battled on Saturday to clean up the worst oil spill in the country's history, as the slick washed ashore near a nature preserve on the west coast.

    Parts of about 17 kms (11 miles) of coastline about 100 km southwest of Seoul have already been blackened by oil, the coast guard said. More of the spill is expected on Sunday to hit the area that has marine farms and oyster beds.

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  • Island states urge far tougher U.N. climate goals

    BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Saying that rising seas might wipe countries off the map, small island states urged rich nations at U.N. climate talks on Saturday to axe emissions of greenhouse gases far beyond their existing plans.

    "The principle must be that no island must be left behind," said Angus Friday of Grenada, chair of the 43-member alliance of small island states at December 3-14 climate talks at a beach resort in Bali looking for new ways to fight global warming.

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  • Greenpeace urges EU and Africa to end deforestation

    LISBON (Reuters) - Greenpeace urged European Union and African leaders meeting in Lisbon over the weekend to take urgent measures to stop the destruction of African forests which cause carbon emissions responsible for climate change.

    "Leaders in Lisbon have to exercise political muscle and immediately support a halt to deforestation in Africa," said Stephan Van Praet, coordinator for the Greenpeace International Africa Forest Campaign.

    Trees soak up carbon dioxide -- the main greenhouse gas -- as they grow and release it when they rot or are burnt.

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  • Noted forecasters see 7 hurricanes next year

    MIAMI (Reuters) - The noted Colorado State University hurricane research team predicted on Friday that 13 tropical storms will develop in the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, of which seven would strengthen into hurricanes.

    The team formed by forecasting pioneer William Gray, whose long-range forecasts have been wrong for the past three years, said that would make 2008 a "somewhat above-average" hurricane season. The long-term average is for 10 tropical storms and six hurricanes during the six-month season starting June 1.

    Gray's team, now led by his protege Philip Klotzbach, said three of the hurricanes next year would be the most dangerous Category 3 or above storms, with winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 km per hour).

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  • 'Hellish' Hot Springs Yield Greenhouse Gas-eating Bug

    A new species of bacteria discovered living in one of the most extreme environments on Earth could yield a tool in the fight against global warming.

    In a paper published on Dec. 6 in the prestigious science journal Nature, U of C biology professor Peter Dunfield and colleagues describe the methane-eating microorganism they found in the geothermal field known as Hell’s Gate, near the city of Rotorua in New Zealand. It is the hardiest “methanotrophic” bacterium yet discovered, which makes it a likely candidate for use in reducing methane gas emissions from landfills, mines, industrial wastes, geothermal power plants and other sources.

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