Nature & Environment

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Resigns Over Global Warming

The global warming theory left him out in the cold. Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, Sept. 13, from the premie...

Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines

Villagers and veteran hunters have captured a one-ton saltwater crocodile which they plan to make the star of a planned ecotourism park in a southern Philippine town, an official said Monday.

90-Year Old Woman In Serious Condition After Alligator Attack

A 90-year old southwest Florida woman remains hospitalized after she lost her leg in an alligator attack.

Journal editor resigns over 'problematic' climate paper

The editor of a science journal has resigned after admitting that a recent paper casting doubt on man-made climate change should not have been published.

Second giant ice island set to break off Greenland glacier

New photographs taken of a vast glacier in northern Greenland have revealed the astonishing rate of its breakup, with one scientist saying he was rendered "speechless."

Gulf of Mexico storm threatens oil rigs

Oil companies began evacuating workers from rigs in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday ahead of what US forecasters said could be a powerful and dangerous storm.

Panda Poop Could Be Key To Producing Biofuels

The waste of one of the world’s most endangered animals may hold the key to producing biofuels. The potency of the discovery had scientists talking about it at a major chemistry conference in Denver on Monday.

California could ban plastic foam containers

Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California’s Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins are razor thin.

Irene leaves estimated $7b in damages, kills 21 in US

Beth Fouhy and Samantha Gross The Boston Globe 29.08.2011
Irene leaves estimated $7b in damages, kills 21 in US

Stripped of hurricane rank, Tropical Storm Irene spent the last of its fury yesterday, leaving treacherous flooding and millions without power - but an unfazed New York and relief that it was nothing like the nightmare authorities feared.

Once-a-century 5.8 mag quake rocks US East Coast

Lily Kuo and Malathi Nayak Reuters 24.08.2011
Once-a-century 5.8 mag quake rocks US East Coast

A strong earthquake rattled the East Coast on Tuesday, sending tremors as far as Canada, damaging well-known buildings in the nation's capital and sending scared office workers into the streets.

Powerful Hurricane Irene heads toward Bahamas, US

Powerful Hurricane Irene heads toward Bahamas, US

A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Irene roared off the Dominican Republic's resort-dotted northern coast on Monday, whipping up high waves and torrential downpours on a track that could see it reach the U.S. Southeast as a major storm by the end o...

USA set for wave of power plant shutdowns

Brad Plumer The Washington Post 22.08.2011
USA set for wave of power plant shutdowns

Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated. And, not su...

Researchers: World Population to Reach 7 Billion This Year

The world population will reach seven billion later this year, with increases in the number of people in Africa off-setting birth rate drops elsewhere, according to a new French study published Thursday.

UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping

Suzanne Goldenberg The Guardian 21.07.2011
UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping

A special meeting of the United Nations security council is due to consider whether to expand its mission to keep the peace in an era of climate change.

Heat wave fosters toxic algae in touristy lakes

A prolonged heat wave in the central U.S. has fostered the growth of a dangerous form of algae in lakes and ponds, threatening swimmers and livestock and scaring away tourists during the busy summer season.

Asia pollution blamed for halt in warming: study

Smoke belching from Asia's rapidly growing economies is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulphur's cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a U.S. study said on Monday.

6.7 mag quake shakes Japan awake

A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled northeast Japan early this morning in the same area where a massive quake triggered a deadly tsunami in March. There have been no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Flood risk prompts evacuation of over 12,000 people in North Dakota

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of some 12,000 people from the city of Minot, North Dakota, and surrounding areas because of expected record flooding, officials said Tuesday.

San Francisco Mulls Goldfish Ban

Sajid Farooq NBC Bay Area 16.06.2011
San Francisco Mulls Goldfish Ban

First kittens, then puppies and hamsters and now goldfish? San Francisco's Animal Control and Welfare Commission is recommending that the City ban the sale of goldfish, tropical fish and guppies in its borders, according to Matier and Ross.

Fish farms spark green debate in New Zealand

As a flock of seagulls swoops on a salmon farm in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, attracted by the thrashing fish within, tour boat operator Peter Beech sighs and says: "I'm not sure this is a fight we can win."

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