Earth News

Is it the 10 Count for the Rainforests?

Is this inevitable or do we have an opportunity to make a change now?  Do we have enough sense to actually want to make a change?

BY THE end of the century, up to 82 per cent of today’s tropical forests could be damaged by a combination of climate change and local destruction.

Gregory Asner of Stanford University in California, and colleagues, tried to calculate where the effects of climate change, logging and other causes of deforestation will impact upon forest ecosystems.
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Navi Mumbai airport to cause environmental damage: Ramesh

Environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday disfavoured the proposed Navi Mumbai Airport saying it would have serious environmental implication and suggested an alternative site for the second airport in Mumbai.
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Preservation group restoring historic ‘Bug Light’ – Abington Mariner

Of the many landmarks in historic Plymouth, one literally stands alone as a comforting beacon. It also stands in need of a fresh coat of paint. Duxbury Pier Light, or “Bug Light” as it is more commonly known, rises …
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Marginal Performance at US Ecology – Motley Fool

Margins matter. The more US Ecology (Nasdaq: ECOL ) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. That’s …
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Are the Russian Fires and Pakistan Floods Linked?

What if they are connected?  What if this is what we have to look forward as our weather patterns change globaly?

They’re raging a continent apart, but two deadly natural disasters—the Russian wildfires and the Pakistan floods—may be connected by the Asian monsoon, one of the most powerful atmospheric forces on the planet, scientists say.

That’s because the monsoon—a seasonal wind system that brings rain and floods to Pakistan and much of the rest of Asia in summer—also drives the circulation of air as far away as Europe, said Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the Boulder, Colorado-based National Center for Atmospheric Research.
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Flying Squid?

Can squid fly? Well photos show that they are launching themselves out of the water on water jets!  Need any more proof that the earth is amazing?

Marine biologist Silvia Maciá was boating on the north coast of Jamaica in the summer of 2001 when she noticed something soar out of the sea. At first she thought it was a member of the flying fish family—a group of marine fish that escape predators by breaking the water’s surface at great speed and gliding through the air on unusually large pectoral fins. But after tracing the creature’s graceful arc for a few seconds, Maciá realized this was no fish. It was a squid—and it was flying.

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Ocean Dead Zones Growing?

Everything we do on land has an effect on the oceans.  When are we going to learn that?

Every summer for the past nine years, water with lethally low concentrations of oxygen has appeared off the Oregon coast. The hypoxia may be a sign of things to come elsewhere, finds Virginia Gewin.

The dead fish were one of the first signs. In July 2002, scientists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife found unusual numbers of bottom-feeding sculpin lying lifeless on the ocean floor, which would normally be teeming with life. Crabs were also dying, and they washed up onto some beaches in large numbers.
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Environmental Attorney Burton LeBlanc of Baron & Budd, P.C. Hired by Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and …

BATON ROUGE, La.—-Environmental attorney Burton LeBlanc of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and his firm Baron & Budd have been retained by Louisiana Attorney General James D. Buddy Caldwell to provide counsel to the state of Louisianas designated Trustees in connection with issues related to the Deepwater Horizon …
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