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hammerhead shark
Many sharks 'facing extinction'
(Jun 25, 2009)

Many species of open ocean shark are under serious threat, according to an assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Red list gives the status of 64 types of shark and ray, over 30% of which are threatened with extinction. The authors, IUCN's Shark Specialist Group, say a main cause is overfishing.

Read more. Source: BBC

Eaglesham wind farm
Largest wind farm comes on stream
(May 20, 2009)

The final section of Europe's largest onshore wind farm is coming on stream as plans are under way to expand it. The 300m Whitelee development on Eaglesham Moor, in East Renfrewshire, is made up of 140 massive turbines. Developers ScottishPower Renewables estimate the wind farm can generate enough energy to power 180,000 homes.

Read more. Source: BBC

Ice sheet melt threat reassessed
(May 15, 2009)

The collapse of a major polar ice sheet will not raise global sea levels as much as previous projections suggest, a team of scientists has calculated. Writing in Science, the researchers said that the demise of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) would result in a sea level rise of 3.3m (10 ft). Previous estimates had forecast a rise in the region of five to six meters.

Read more. Source: BBC

coral reef in the Philippines
Key coral reefs 'could disappear'
(May 13, 2009)

The world's most important coral region is in danger of being wiped out by the end of this century unless fast action is taken, says a new report. The international conservation group WWF warns that 40% of reefs in the Coral Triangle have already been lost. The area is shared between Indonesia and five other south-east Asian nations and is thought to contain 75% of the world's coral species.

Read more. Source: BBC

old coal mine
'Safe' climate means 'no to coal'
(May 2, 2009)

About three-quarters of the world's fossil fuel reserves must be left unused if society is to avoid dangerous climate change, scientists warn. More than 100 nations support the goal of keeping temperature rise below 2C. But the scientists say that without major curbs on fossil fuel use, 2C will probably be reached by 2050.

Read more. Source: BBC


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