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A new scientific organization—ALERT, the Alliance of Leading Environmental Scientists and Thinkers—has urged Indonesian officials to support World Heritage listing for a critically endangered ecosystem on the island of Sumatra. In recent years, Sumatra’s forests have been rapidly felled for industrial plantations and slash-and-burn farming. Now the ... keep reading
For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21st century for the continental U.S. are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the College of Earth, Oceanic and ... keep reading
Amidst the deaths and devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan that lashed the Philippines last weekend, the island nation has caught a much-needed break. The rice crop was spared because the storm struck in between planting seasons, say officials with the International Rice Research Institute. Leyte, the province that ... keep reading
Even though the Philippines has been hit by more than twenty typhoons this year, nothing could have prepared it for Typhoon Haiyan- called the strongest storm to ever hit land, by some. The initial death toll of 10,000 is now, luckily, seen as an over-estimate- but communication services in ... keep reading
As the atmosphere warms, the air will hold more water, leading to an increase in extreme rainfall, scientists claim. Research published in Geophysical Research Letters warns that extreme rainfall, currently considered a once in 50-year event, will become more common over the course of the century. Using eight advanced, high-resolution ... keep reading
Some reactions from some big NGOS to the recent IPCC report Asad Rehman, Head of International Climate, Friends of the Earth EWNI says the report is the equivalent of a planetary alarm bell ringing its final chimes. The merchants of doubt who deliberately muddy the science so they can hit ... keep reading
The Russian Coast Guard has boarded the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise and arrested the 25 activists on board, including two New Zealanders, following a protest against Gazprom’s Arctic oil drilling operations. The names of the arrested crew have not been released yet due to legal reasons. At the ... keep reading
Australia’s new government plans to axe not only the carbon price, but also iconic, World Heritage-listed, Tasmanian forests. Opening these forests for logging would break international law, and that would damage Australia’s reputation, demand for forestry products, and Tasmania’s clean, green brand upon which other industries rely ... keep reading
In a landmark study, scientists at The University of Queensland (UQ) have simulated future ocean conditions and found climate change will jeopardise the future of coral reefs. The study in PNAS, finds coral reefs dissolve rapidly once exposed to warmer, more acidic ocean conditions associated with business-as-usual CO2 emission ... keep reading
In the "no surprise here " department , the Australian Greens say the issue of climate change has been sidelined in the federal election campaign. remember the Kevin Rudd who , while in opposition, called climate change "the greatest moral, economic and social challenge of our time" and called for a cut to ... keep reading
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