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Eco-news archive: September-October 2006

DR Congo hippos 'face extinction'
(Oct 20, 2006)

Poaching has brought the hippopotamus population in Democratic Republic of Congo to within a few months of extinction, wildlife experts say. Researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) say the population has halved in the last two weeks. They say the Mai Mai militia has set up camp in Virunga National Park and catches the animals for meat and ivory.

Read more. Source: BBC

Planet enters 'ecological debt'
(Oct 10, 2006)

Rising consumption of natural resources means that humans began "eating the planet" on 9 October, a study suggests. The date symbolised the day of the year when people's demands exceeded the Earth's ability to supply resources and absorb the demands placed upon it.

Read more. Source: BBC

hurricane approaching Florida
Humans 'causing stronger storms'
(Sep 12, 2006)

Increases in hurricane intensity are down to humanity's greenhouse gas emissions, according to new analysis. Scientists calculate that two-thirds of the recent rise in sea temperatures, thought to fuel hurricanes, is down to anthropogenic emissions. Research published last year found there had been a sharp rise in the incidence of category 4 and 5 storms – the strongest – in recent decades.

Read more. Source: BBC

methane bubbles in ice
Methane bubbles climate trouble
(Sep 7, 2006)

Thawing Siberian bogs are releasing more of the greenhouse gas methane than previously believed, according to new scientific research. Scientists from Russia and the US measured methane bubbling from a number of thawing lakes. Writing in the journal Nature, they suggest the methane release is hastened by warmer temperatures, positively feeding back into global warming.

Read more. Source: BBC

Antarctic ice core
Deep ice tells long climate story
(Sep 5, 2006)

Carbon dioxide levels are substantially higher now than at anytime in the last 800,000 years, the latest study of ice drilled out of Antarctica confirms. The in-depth analysis of air bubbles trapped in a 3.2km-long core of frozen snow shows current greenhouse gas concentrations are unprecedented. The East Antarctic core is the longest, deepest ice column yet extracted.

Read more. Source: BBC


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