Archive for the ‘Natural environment’ Category

Disappearing Glaciers less Serious than Feared

A new study, published in the journal Science, found that the shrinking Himalayan glaciers will have less of an impact on Asia’s freshwater supply than estimated in the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The research by scientists in the Netherlands suggests that increased rainfall in some river basins will blunt the effect of the disappearing snow and ice. Source: Clean Skies News

Arctic ice melting faster than feared

Canadian experts in arctic oceanography say their latest research voyage on the Amundsen research vessel shows that the Arctic is heating up much faster than expected. Source: CBC News

Can coal ever really be clean?

The US, which depends on coal for more than half of its electricity production, is looking to so-called “clean coal technologies” to lower coal’s carbon footprint. But environmentalists and people living in the areas where coal is mined say that the fuel’s ecological and environmental impacts are devastating and will continue – regardless of whether the CO2 emitted by coal-fueled power stations is captured and stored. Source: AFP

Global warming hits China’s Yangtze

A report by the World Wide Fund for Nature suggests the future of China’s Yangtze river basin is endangered by increasingly extreme weather patterns. Source: Reuters

Wild honey returns to Polish forests

The age-old tradition in Poland of scavenging the forests for wild honey was progressively abandoned more than a century ago in favour of beekeepers’ hives. But one group is attempting to renew with the taste of honey from the forests. Source: AFP

UN: Pace of climate change quickens

As world leaders meet in New York and Pittsburgh, a new report from the U.N. says the pace of climate change is surpassing predictions. Source: Reuters

“Critter Cam” records wildlife first hand

National Geographic came to MIT for the HEMBI (Human Environment Mobile Based Interactions) workshop and showed off their “Critter Cam”. Source: IDG

Spider-like sensors monitor volcano

Scientists from NASA have placed spider-like sensors inside Mount St. Helens in hopes of detecting seismic activity earlier than has ever been possible.

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