Nature & Environment

Locusts invade Melbourne

Melbourne commuters marvelled on Friday at locusts landing on the streets of Australia's second-biggest city.

Climate scientists plan campaign against global warming skeptics

Neela Banerjee Los Angeles Times 07.11.2010
Climate scientists plan campaign against global warming skeptics

Faced with rising political attacks, hundreds of climate scientists are joining a broad campaign to push back against congressional conservatives who have threatened prominent researchers with investigations and vowed to kill regulations to rein i...

University of New Hampshire scientists to study cow burps . . . and more

CLYNTON NAMUO New Hampshire Union Leader 06.11.2010
University of New Hampshire scientists to study cow burps . . . and more

University of New Hampshire and outside researchers are creating a computer model to help organic dairy farmers cut greenhouse gas emissions such as methane, because Beano probably isn't an option.

Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, speaks at a forum on climate change in Hong Kong.

Leaders and mayors from the world’s largest cities, including Toronto, New York City and Johannesburg, gathered in Hong Kong for a two-day forum on reducing carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

Tropical Storm Tomas nears Haiti, camps under rain

Tropical Storm Tomas approached Haiti on Thursday, dumping rain on fragile, crowded earthquake survivors' camps in the poor Caribbean country, which is also reeling from a deadly cholera epidemic.

Indonesian warns volcano 'could erupt for months'

Indonesia warned Tuesday its most active volcano could continue erupting for months as 50,000 remained in temporary shelters and airlines cancelled flights over the disaster-hit nation.

The sneezing monkeys of Myanmar

A new species of snub-nosed monkey has been discovered living in the forests of northern Burma.

Indonesia tsunami toll hits 343 as bodies found

Indonesia tsunami toll hits 343 as bodies found

Rescuers searching islands ravaged by a tsunami off western Indonesia raised the death toll to 343 Thursday as more bodies were found and said the number is likely to climb higher because hundreds of missing people may have been swept away.

Global extinction crisis looms, new study says

The Washington Post 28.10.2010
Global extinction crisis looms, new study says

A growing number of creatures could disappear from the earth, with one-fifth of all vertebrates and as many as a third of all sharks and rays now facing the threat of extinction, according to a new survey assessing nearly 26,000 species across the...

'Stink bugs' hit New York

NBC New York 22.10.2010
'Stink bugs' hit New York

They're ugly, they smell and they've come to the New York area. We're talking stink bugs. It's no joke -- the insect's real name is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. And that name is an appropriate one.

Southern China braces for super typhoon [PHOTO/VIDEO]

Residents scrambled to stockpile food and authorities ordered ships to remain docked as southern China geared up Wednesday for a super typhoon after it killed 15 people and wiped out crops in the northern Philippines.

'We Are Destroying Life on Earth,' UN Conference Claims

A U.N. biodiversity conference aims to address a simple problem: "We are destroying life on Earth," said the head of the U.N. Environment Program.

New fish species found deep below Pacific Ocean surface

Scientists have discovered a new species of fish living almost 4 1/2 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Shipping lines to voluntarily cut emissions in Hong Kong

A dozen of the world's largest container shipping lines have agreed to switch voluntarily to low sulphur fuel while at port in Hong Kong, a media report said Saturday.

APL volunteers to clear the air over Hong Kong

APL, the world’s fifth-largest container shipping line, has volunteered to clear the air over Hong Kong. The carrier said today it will begin using cleaner-burning fuel in its 85 ships calling here weekly.

Hungary Arrests Official, Citing Role in Red Sludge

DAN BILEFSKY The New York Times 13.10.2010
Zoltan Bakonyi, whose company is involved in the production of aluminum.

The managing director of the company whose reservoir unleashed a lethal torrent of red sludge on three villages last week has been arrested, the Hungarian prime minister said Monday, castigating the company for corporate greed before Parliament.

Hungary races to build dam amid new sludge threat

Gergely Szakacs Reuters 11.10.2010
Hungary races to build dam amid new sludge threat

Workers raced to build an emergency dam in western Hungary on Sunday as cracks in a reservoir widened, threatening to unleash a second torrent of toxic sludge on the village of Kolontar and nearby rivers.

Hungary sludge reservoir at risk of collapse

PABLO GORONDI Yahoo! News 09.10.2010
Hungary sludge reservoir at risk of collapse

The walls of a red sludge reservoir in Hungary were "very likely" going to collapse, the prime minister said Saturday as the government rushed to prevent another deluge like the one earlier this week that killed at least seven people.

Hungary clears up after toxic spill, rivers at risk

Emergency workers in Hungary battled on Wednesday to keep a tide of toxic red sludge that spilled from an alumina plant from reaching the Raba and Danube rivers.

Panel: US government thwarted worst-case scenario on BP oil spill

The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been.

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