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Huge Antarctic Ice Block Ready to Break Away

antarctic-icesheetA huge ice shelf that has shown recent signs of thawing is in danger of breaking free from the Antarctic Peninsula, the European Space Agency announced Friday. The shelf is a massive block of floating ice about 90 miles by 70 miles. The northern portion of the ice shelf was first seen and mapped in 1910 by by a French expedition lead by Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Full Story : Allheadlines.com….

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New math formula might predict tsunamis

tsunami-wavesBritish mathematicians say they’ve created a formula that can be used to predict tsunamis and how destructive the tsunamis might become. Johnson and Professor Adrian Constantin of the University of Vienna, said they discovered that the number and height of the tsunami waves hitting the shoreline depends critically on the shape of the initial surface wave in deep water. Full Story : UPI.com….

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US North East coast in high risk of rising sea level

us-north-eastThe northeastern U.S. coast is likely to see the world’s biggest sea level rise from man-made global warming, a new study predicts. However much the oceans rise by the end of the century, add an extra 8 inches or so for New York, Boston and other spots along the coast from the mid-Atlantic to New England. That’s because of predicted changes in ocean currents, according to a study based on computer models published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. Full Story : MSNBC.com……

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Tropical Species More Threatened from Global Warming?

treesA team of researchers say that in spite of all the media attention given to the Arctic region and polar bears, species living in the tropics may face an even greater risk as the world warms up. Shrinking polar ice has concerned ecologists that polar bears will soon start dying off as their hunting ground literally melts away. Because tropic species are adapted to living within a much more narrow temperature range. Once temperatures get beyond that comfortable range, many species will likely have a difficult time coping. Full Story : Dailygalaxy.com…………

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20-Year Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

exxon-validezTwenty years ago shortly after midnight on 24 March 1989, the Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef in Prince William Sound in the Gulf of Alaska. Nearly 40 million liters of oil spilled from the Exxon Valdez . The accident became a lightening rod for environmentalists and lawmakers, but has also prompted hundreds of scientific studies looking at the implications of the disaster on local people, the ecosystem, remediation practices and oil spill response. Full Story : Nature.com….

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Land Degradation Endangers Quarter of World Population

land-degenerationLand degradation is the decline in soil, water, and vegetation quality - the very things we depend on for life. For the first time scientists have used satellite pictures and GIS software to assess the degradation of land over the entire Earth. They found that from 1981-2003, 24% of the globes land surface has been degraded, often in productive areas. The worst-hit areas are Africa south of the Equator, SE Asia and S China.

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Earth Hour: Power down for 60 minutes on March 28

Earth From SpaceFor Earth Hour, citizens of the world will turn off their power for an hour at 8:30 p.m. on March 28, in a move against global warming. The World Wildlife Fund started the event two years ago in Sydney, with 2.2 million people and thousands of businesses going dark. The next year, more than 400 cities on all seven continents participated. 1,858 cities, towns and municipalities in 81 countries have already committed to VOTE EARTH for Earth Hour 2009, as part of the worlds first global election between Earth and global warming.

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Underwater quake, volcano off Tonga

volcanoA major underwater earthquake struck in the Pacific Friday, 132 miles off the island nation of Tonga, where an underwater volcanic eruption was in progress. The spectacular plumes are erupting from the ocean about six or seven miles (10 - 12 km) off the coast of the main island of Tongatapu. Full Story : UPI.com

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Solar panels in the Sahara ‘could power the whole of Europe’

All of Europe’s energy needs could be supplied by building an array of solar panels in the Sahara, the climate change conference has been told. A £50 billion investment by governments over the next ten years would be enough to make Saharan solar power an attractive and viable prospect for private investors. By harnessing the power of the Sun, possibly in tandem with wind farms along the North African coastline, Europe could easily meet its 2020 target of generating at least 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources. Full Story : Timesonline

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Buckingham Palace Tops List of the Least Green Buildings in London

buckingham-palaceBuckingham Palace is found to be the top energy inefficient building in London. Buckingham Palace, the main residence of British sovereigns for almost 175 years, leaks so much energy it could be a sieve. Thermal imaging of the 775-room palace showed heat flowing from closed, curtained windows, pouring from the roof and streaming through cracks in the walls. In 2008 Buckingham Palace’s energy bill was close to $3 million.

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Restoring Forests can create 10 Million jobs

treesThe United Nations is advising governments to invest in green jobs working with “sustainable forest management” to address the growing problem of unemployment worldwide. Food and Agriculture organization, one of the UN agency, say in a recent report that at least 10 million green jobs could be created. Sustainable forestry aims to prevent depletion of forests by managing them and making sure their use does not interfere with natural benefits or the local environment. One of the major concerns arising from deforestation is the global effect it produces on climatic change. Between May 2000 and August 2006, Brazil lost nearly 150,000 square kilometers of forest, an area larger than Greece.

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Seven New Species Of Deep-sea Coral Discovered

Scientists identified seven new species of bamboo coral discovered on a NOAA-funded mission in the deep waters of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Six of these species may represent entirely new genera, a remarkable feat given the broad classification a genus represents. Full Story : Sciencedaily

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Risks of Global Warming Rising

climate-changeThe risk of catastrophic climate change is getting worse, according to a new study from scientists involved with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Threats—ranging from the destruction of coral reefs to more extreme weather events like hurricanes, droughts and floods—are becoming more likely at the temperature change already underway: as little as 1.8 degree Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) of warming in global average temperatures. Full Story : Sciam.com

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West “Responsible” For Third of China’s CO2 Emissions

EmissionsAbout 9% of total Chinese emissions are the result of manufacturing goods for the US, while 6% come from producing goods for Europe, a new report finds. The new research shows that about a third of all Chinese carbon emissions between 2002 and 2005 — or half of its rise over that period — were the result of producing goods for export. In addition to green house gas emissions China destructs vast swathes of forest, which provide wood for US-bound furniture.

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Driving or Riding in an Ethanol-Powered Vehicle Could Be Sin: Islamic Scholar

ethanol in fuelSince ethanol is a form of alcohol, the use of it in the vehicles could be considered a sin, says Saudi scholar Sheikh Mohamed al-Najimi. Sheikh Mohamed, who’s a member of the Islamic Fiqh Academy, stressed that this opinion was his own, was not a fatwa. A fatwƒÅ, in the Islamic faith is a religious opinion on Islamic law issued by an Islamic scholar.

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Great New Google Earth Layer Maps US Carbon Emissions

google us carbon emissions mapPurdue university, designed a great layer for Google Earth which maps the US’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. The layer have the option to choose map either absolute carbon emissions or per capita, at a state or county level, isolate sources. Now we can associate different colors for the states than blue and red.

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German electricity plant runs on corn waste

german biogas plantGerman scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems have developed an electricity plant that produces its biogas, a form of biofuel, from non-edible plant waste. Full Story : GreenTech……

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Namaste Solar Becomes Poster Child for Economic Recovery

solar panelNamaste Solar Electric snagged a starring role in the signing of the $787 billion economic stimulus package by President Obama on Tuesday. Namaste Solar designs, supplies, installs and services solar electric systems for homes and businesses throughout Colorado. The stimulus package includes tax credits, grants and loan guarantees for solar, wind, plug-in hybrid cars, advanced batteries and other renewable energy sectors. Full Story : GreenTechMedia…..

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Young Butterflies Trick Ants Into Raising Them

butterflyIt turns out that ant queens make subtle sounds that signal their special status to worker ants. The caterpillars have learned to mimic those sounds, the researchers say, earning high enough status to be rescued before others if the nest is disturbed. Full Story : Discovery….

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@ a glance : 140-Year-Old Lobster Released From NYC Eatery

A lobster believed to be 140 years old that became a restaurant mascot for a short time will be returned to more familiar waters Full Story : MSNBC…..

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