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Eco-news archive: January-February 2011

coral reef
Coral reefs report warns of mass loss threat
(Feb 24, 2011)

Three-quarters of the world's coral reefs are at risk from overfishing, pollution and climate change, according to a report. By 2050 virtually all of the world's coral reefs from the waters of the Indian Ocean to the Caribbean to Australia – will be in danger, the report warns. The consequences – especially for countries such as the Philippines or Haiti which depend on the reefs for food – will be severe.

Read more. Source: The Guardian

Amazon drought
Mass tree deaths prompt fears of Amazon 'climate tipping point'
(Feb 4, 2011)

Billions of trees died in the record drought that struck the Amazon in 2010, raising fears that the vast forest is on the verge of a tipping point, where it will stop absorbing greenhouse gas emissions and instead increase them. If the Amazon switches from a carbon sink to a carbon source that prompts further droughts and mass tree deaths, such a feedback loop could cause runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences.

Read more. Source: The Guardian

newborn babies
UN 'concerned' by world population growth trends
(Feb 3, 2011)

The world population growth rate must slow down significantly to avoid reaching unsustainable levels, says a new UN report. To have a reasonable chance of stabilising world population, fertility must drop to below "replacement level". It must then be maintained at that level for an extended period, says the report.

Read more. Source: BBC

wind farm
China has highest wind power capacity: report
(Jan 14, 2011)

China has the world's highest wind power capacity after adding 62 percent or 16 gigawatts (GW) in new capacity last year, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday. The country's total installed wind power capacity reached 41.8 GW at the end of last year, the report said, citing Li Junfeng, secretary general of the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association.

Read more. Source: Reuters

2010 tied 2005 as the hottest year on record
(Jan 13, 2011)

New US government figures for the global climate show that 2010 was the wettest year in the historical record, and it tied 2005 as the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880. The new figures confirm that 2010 will go down as one of the more remarkable years in the annals of climatology, featuring prodigious snowstorms in the US and Europe; a record-shattering summer heat wave that scorched Russia; strong floods that drove people from their homes in places like Pakistan, Australia, and California; a severe die-off of coral reefs; and a continuation in the global trend of a warming climate.

Read more. Source: New York Times


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