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Eco-news archive: January-February 2007

Climate change: scientists warn it may be too late to save the ice caps
(Feb 19, 2007)

A critical meltdown of ice sheets and severe sea level rise could be inevitable because of global warming, the world's scientists are preparing to warn their governments. New studies of Greenland and Antarctica have forced a UN expert panel to conclude there is a 50% chance that widespread ice sheet loss "may no longer be avoided" because of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Read more. Source: Guardian

dead crabs
Wind shifts devastate ocean life
(Feb 18, 2007)

The delicate interplay between the oceans and atmosphere is changing with catastrophic consequences. Entire marine ecosystems have been wiped out, devastating populations of sea birds and larger marine mammals. These "dead zones" occur where there are disturbances to the nutrient-rich ocean currents, which are driven by coastal winds.

Read more. Source: BBC

Two images showing the extent of ice loss in the Andes
Mountain glacier could 'vanish'
(Feb 17, 2007)

The disappearance of a glacier high in the Andes could provide the clearest evidence yet of global climate change, a senior academic has warned. The Peruvian Qori Kalis glacier could vanish in just five years, climatologist Lonnie Thompson predicts. The fragile sliver of ice is one of many dripping from the Quelccaya Ice Cap, the largest tropical body of ice.

Read more. Source: BBC

Svalbard International Seed Vault
'Doomsday' vault design unveiled
(Feb 10, 2007)

The final design for a "doomsday" vault that will house seeds from all known varieties of food crops has been unveiled by the Norwegian government. The Svalbard International Seed Vault will be built into a mountainside on a remote island near the North Pole. The vault aims to safeguard the world's agriculture from future catastrophes, such as nuclear war, asteroid strikes and climate change.

Read more. Source: BBC

power station emissions
Warming 'very likely' human-made
(Feb 2, 2007)

Climatic changes seen around the world are "very likely" to have a human cause, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will conclude. By "very likely", the IPCC means greater than 90% probability. The scientific body has spent this week finalising its positions on key issues, notably forecasts of sea level rise, as it prepares to publish a major report. But a new study released on the eve of publication suggests its previous reports may have been too conservative.

Read more. Source: BBC

glacier retreat
Melting of glaciers 'speeds up'
(Jan 30, 2007)

Mountain glaciers are shrinking three times faster than they were in the 1980s, scientists have announced. The World Glacier Monitoring Service, which continuously studies a sample of 30 glaciers around the world, says the acceleration is down to climate change. Its announcement came as climate scientists convened in Paris to decide the final wording of a major report.

Read more. Source: BBC

2007 to be 'warmest on record'
(Jan 4, 2007)

The world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007, the UK's Met Office has forecast. An extended warming period, resulting from an El Nino weather event in the Pacific Ocean, is likely to push up global temperatures, experts predict. They say there is a 60% chance that the average surface temperature will match or exceed the current record from 1998.

Read more. Source: BBC


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