RedskyNews Category: Scientific Reports

Swine flu could cause up to 90,000 U.S. deaths

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The H1N1 flu virus could cause up to 90,000 U.S. deaths, mainly among children and young adults, if it resurges this fall as expected, according to a report released Monday by a presidential advisory panel. The report

Large Volumes of Methane seeps from Arctic sea bed as temperatures rise

Methane bubbles observed by sonar, escape from sea bed as temperatures rise Scientists say they have evidence that the powerful greenhouse gas methane is escaping from the Arctic sea bed. Researchers say this could be evidence of a predicted positive

Asia facing unprecedented food shortage, UN report says

Major investment in irrigation systems needed to feed population expected to grow by 1.5 billion over next 40 years The UN has said that billions of dollars will be needed to improve irrigation in Asia. Asia faces an unprecedented food

Global, U.S. drought anticipated

IN INDIA Excessive irrigation and the unrelenting thirst of tens of millions of people are causing groundwater levels in northern India to drop dramatically, a problem that could lead to severe water shortages in a country of more than 1

Hurricanes in the Atlantic more frequent

Hurricanes in the Atlantic are more frequent than at any time in the last 1,000 years, according to research just published in the journal Nature. Scientists examined sediments left by hurricanes that crossed the coast in North America and the

Australia: Climate Change reef damage will cost billions

CLIMATE change will inflict more than $37 billion worth of damage to the Great Barrier Reef over the next century, a report has found. The Oxford Economics report, commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, put the economic cost of

Alaska glaciers shrinking fast

Three major glaciers in Alaska and Washington state have thinned and shrunk dramatically, clear signs of a warming climate, according to a study released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey. The three glaciers — Gulkana and Wolverine in Alaska and

Pandemic flu death toll passes 1,000 mark

The death toll in the swine flu pandemic has passed the 1,000 mark, with 1,154 deaths since the outbreak was uncovered in April, data published Wednesday by the World Health Organisation showed. Swine flu now reaches 168 countries and territories,

Treatment resistant swine flu detected in US

Health officials said they had found cases of Tamiflu-resistant swine flu along the US border with Mexico, as India and South Africa announced their first deaths from the A(H1N1) virus. “We have found resistance to Tamiflu on the border. We

Australia’s deadly wildfires will be worse next year

Australian officials have warned the country could be hit by even worse wildfires next summer than the deadly blazes which killed a record 173 people in February. Victoria state premier John Brumby said the fire season could be the toughest

Climate change: ‘Feedback’ triggers could amplify peril

PARIS (AFP) – New studies have warned of triggers in the natural environment, including a greenhouse-gas timebomb in Siberia and Canada, that could viciously amplify global warming. Thawing subarctic tundra could unleash billions of tonnes of gases that have been

Water in Punjab causes DNA Mutations

Ground water in Punjab, India, has been contaminated to such an extent that it is now causing DNA to mutate in people who drink it, warns a research commissioned by the Punjab Water Pollution Control Board. The study was conducted

Global warming seen worse than predicted

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The climate is heating up far faster than scientists had predicted, spurred by sharp increases in greenhouse gas emissions from developing countries like China and India, a top climate scientist said on Saturday. “The consequence of that

Sea level rise worse than expected

Long-term sea level increases that could have a devastating effect on southern Florida and highly populated coastal areas may be even larger than once thought, a report suggests. Some studies have suggested that melting of ice in Antarctica and other

Taiwan coral reefs “turn black” with disease

Coral reefs off the southeast coast of Taiwan have turned black with disease possibly due to sewage discharge, threatening fragile undersea ecosystems and tourism, a study released on Friday said. The discovery on a problem long suspected but seldom documented

Climate change to hit Africa fisheries hard-study

African nations will be the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change on fisheries, ranging from damage to coral reefs to more severe river floods, according to a study of 132 nations on Thursday. Angola and the Democratic Republic