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Ayles Ice Island
Vast ice island stuck in Arctic
(Aug 31, 2007)


An island of ice the size of Manhattan has drifted into a remote channel and is now jammed by pack ice. The Ayles Ice Island changed the Arctic map by breaking free from the Canadian coast two years ago. Scientists have been tracking the progress of this monster iceberg amid fears that it could edge west towards oil and gas installations off Alaska.

Read more. Source: BBC

rangers standing next to four dead gorillas
Missing DR Congo gorillas 'dead'
(Aug 18, 2007)


A female gorilla and its infant that were part of a 12-strong group attacked by gunmen last month are dead, say conservationists in the DR Congo. Rangers patrolling the area of the Virunga National Park where four of the great apes were killed discovered the remains of the female, called Macibiri.

Read more. Source: BBC

satellite photo showing deforestation in the Amazon basin
Brazil Amazon destruction slows
(Aug 13, 2007)


Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has welcomed new figures showing that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has decreased by 25%. President Lula said this had prevented the release of millions of tonnes of CO2 gas into the atmosphere. The government says environmental policies, including measures against illegal logging, have had an effect.

Read more. Source: BBC

smog over New York
Ozone has 'strong climate effect'
(Jul 26, 2007)


Ozone could be a much more important driver of climate change than scientists had previously predicted, according to a study in Nature journal. The authors say the effects of this greenhouse gas – known by the formula O3 – have been largely overlooked. Ozone near the ground damages plants, reducing their ability to mop up carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.

Read more. Source: BBC

heavy rainfall
Humans 'affect global rainfall'
(Jul 23, 2007)


Human-induced climate change has affected global rainfall patterns over the 20th century, a study suggests. Researchers said changes to the climate had led to an increase in annual average rainfall in the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. But while countries such as Canada, Russia and northern Europe had become wetter, areas including India and parts of Africa had become drier, they added.

Read more. Source: BBC

Columbia Glacier
Melting glaciers will dominate sea-level rise
(Jul 20, 2007)


Ice melt from small glaciers and ice caps will be the dominant cause of sea-level rise this century, according to new research. Scientists have previously suggested that the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland would be most responsible for rises as the Earth warms, as they hold the overwhelming majority of the world's frozen water.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Mount Everest
Climate change 'is ravaging Everest'
(Jul 6, 2007)


The sons of the first men to scale Mount Everest warned today that climate change was ravaging the mountain. Speaking prior to the LiveEarth concerts this weekend, Sir Edmund Hillary's son, Edmund, and Tenzing Norgay's son, Jamling, said the lives of millions of people who rely on Everest's glaciers for drinking water were being put at risk.

Read more. Source: Guardian

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