Tag Archives: Global Warming

CO2, methane up sharply during 2007

A U.S. government study shows global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide increased by 19 billion tons last year, while methane rose by 27 million tons. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists said the findings are part of the agency’s annual

OECD ministers plead for environment despite economic concerns

PARIS (AFP) – OECD environment ministers on Tuesday stood by efforts to tackle climate change, despite arguments in some quarters that at a time of economic uncertainty, spending on green issues could damage competitiveness. In an “excellent and lively debate”

Mississippi River floods doom promising year for farmers

REDWOOD, Miss. — Farmers here are experiencing water torture as they wait for the flooded Mississippi River to recede and give them a chance to salvage what’s left of what might have been the best season in memory. The muddy

Raging Wildfire burns Canary Island world heritage site

MADRID. Hundreds of Spanish fire fighters, backed by planes and helicopters, were fighting on Monday to stop a fire spreading into Garajonay National Park, a world heritage site on the Canary Island of La Gomera. A La Gomera local government

Tornadoes rip through Virginia

Three tornadoes have caused devastation in Virginia, injuring more than 200 people and destroying buildings. Report courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk

Mercury found in birds in U.S. rivers

WASHINGTON – Mercury contamination in rivers can spread to nearby birds, even ones that don’t eat fish or other food from the water. Researchers from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., found high levels of mercury in

US secretary concedes biofuels may spur food price rises

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Setting aside farmland to produce biofuels like ethanol may be partly to blame for driving up world food prices, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday. “There has been apparently some effect, unintended consequence from the

Virus outbreak in Chinese city kills 19 children

BEIJING (Reuters) – A virus outbreak in an eastern Chinese city has killed 19 children and left hundreds ill, state media reported on Sunday nearly two months after the outbreak started. The intestinal virus called “enterovirus 71” or EV71, one

Japan detects bird flu in wild swans

TOKYO. Japan has detected a strain of bird flu in a flock of wild swans after stepping up checks following major outbreaks of the disease in neighbouring South Korea, local and government officials said on Monday. The birds, three of

Hundreds flee US wildfires

Five hundred homes have been evacuated in California after the first wildfire of the year broke out near Los Angeles. Report courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk