July 31, 2011

65 percent Himalayan glaciers are melting due to global warming

In a July 19, 2011 study evaluating changes in the 55,000 glaciers across the Himalayan ranges between 1955 and 2007, a team of glaciologists found that an alarming 65 percent are melting due to global warming, which is also giving rise to increased risk of avalanches and high-magnitude earthquakes.

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Greater Kashmir
The Extinction Protocol

Paleoecologists suggest mass extinction due to huge methane release

In a study published on July 22, 2011 in the journal Science, Danish scientists report that massive extinctions occurred some 250 million years ago, due to a huge release of methane gas from the ocean floor, in a scenario that they say could parallel the path of climate change on Earth today.

Sources:
PhysOrg.com
ScienceMag.org
IB Times

July 30, 2011

Drought in western Cuba leads to serious situation in Havana

With prolonged drought in western Cuba having left water reserves in Havana at just 18% of capacity, some residents are receiving tap water only once every six days, with trucks that have been dispatched to deliver water in an effort to relieve the extreme situation.

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Caribbean News Now
Cuba Headlines
Trust.org

Earthquake causes river to disappear in Costa Rica

Following a series of mid-July, 2011 quakes and thousands of aftershocks in northern Costa Rica, the region's Guacalito River suddenly disappeared, leaving behind a dry riverbed, with scientists investigating possible reasons for this disturbing loss of water to the region.

Sources:
Inside Costa Rica
Costa Rica News Site

Fighting Climate change offers opportunity to boost African agriculture

In Kenya, the US-based charity Rockefeller Foundation announces in mid-July 2011 that it is working together with the World Bank and others on supporting agricultural projects to help the African people minimize the effects of climate change while maximizing food security and increasing economic growth.

Sources:
CNTV
Xinhua Net

July 26, 2011

Tuna species urgently need protection: IUCN

Compiled by the Swiss-based International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a report released as of July 2011 lists five of eight tuna species as now being classified as threatened or near threatened by extinction due to overfishing, habitat loss and climate change.

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France 24
UPI

Deadly Hendra virus appears in Australia

The city of Sydney, Australia registers shock at a first-ever occurrence of the deadly Hendra virus, a highly lethal disease that affects horses and humans with no medical cure, as 12 horses have now perished and eight people infected so far, with the disease thought to be spreading south in part due to the effects of climate change.

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XinhuaNet
Brisbane Times
ABC Link 1
ABC Link 2

July 25, 2011

Massive avian deaths in Vedanthankal Lake Bird Sanctuary in India

Vedanthankal Lake Bird Sanctuary in India's Tamil Nadu state, home to over 40,000 birds as the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country, reports massive avian deaths in the season ending in June 2011 for reasons that appear to include excessive heat and pollution.

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Economic Times

Drought is worsening across the US plains

In a report released July 14, 2011, US climatologists state that the most severe category of drought is worsening across the US plains, now covering over 70% of Texas, 40% of Oklahoma, and parts of the state of Kansas.

Sources:
Trust
US Drought Monitor

Farmers in the Kavango Region of Namibia report losses of up to 50% of their harvests due to unseasonably cold weather

Farmers in the Kavango Region of Namibia report losses of up to 50% of their harvests due to unseasonably cold weather and first time ever biting frost that has destroyed tons of crops such as potatoes, watermelons, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, corn and others.

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Namibian
All Africa

July 21, 2011

Extreme heat wave spread across U.S

With 882 record high temperatures that have been tied or set across the United States so far in July 2011, a severe heat wave has joined the prolonged drought, as thermometer readings of 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 degrees Celsius) continue to be seen in especially the central and southern regions of the country.

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Online News Website
Washington Post
Reuters

July 20, 2011

Warming oceans causing mass migration of marine species

European scientists find as of July 2011 that melting Arctic sea ice and warming waters have allowed a movement of species not seen for millions of years, with one effect being increasing numbers of jellyfish and other venomous organisms that have caused the closure of many UK beaches.

Sources:
The Extinct Protocol
Telegraph

Japan continues to endure the highest temperatures in decades

With 15 deaths and 7,000 hospitalized for heatstroke in June alone, health experts in Japan on July 12, 2011 urge residents not to spare the use of air conditioning despite a nationwide power-saving campaign as the country continues to endure the highest temperatures in decades.

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UPI
Japan Times
Thirdage

Death toll from US extreme heat wave rises to 39 people

Temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) for 12 consecutive days in counties across north Texas, USA have claimed two lives, with 39 who perished throughout the country by July 14 as heat warnings are issued in 24 states.

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Arirang
NBC DFW
The 33 TV
WTAW

July 18, 2011

Climate change causes spring to occur earlier in Alberta, Canada

Research from the University of Alberta in Canada, published in the July 2011 issue of the journal Bioscience, reports that as climate change causes spring to occur earlier, the native trees and wildflowers across Alberta province are blooming sooner, which is endangering their reproduction as they become more vulnerable to frosts.

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Science Daily
Express News

700 miles of coastal shores are shrinking in Italy

In Italy, the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research reports on July 11, 2011 that up to 700 miles of coastal shores are shrinking due to a combination of unregulated development, as well as increased violent winter storms, sea level rise and erosion due to climate change.

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Telegraph
PSFK

Air pollution still accounts for the premature death of some 40,000 people in France and tens of thousands in the UK

With the first week of July 2011 marking 55 years since the passage of the Clean Air Act, experts estimate that air pollution still accounts for the premature death of some 40,000 people in France and tens of thousands in the UK each year, as campaigners call for their governments to do more to reduce pollutants.

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Independent
Press TV

July 15, 2011

The Australian government introduces a plan to impose a tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) on the worst polluters

The Australian government introduces a plan to impose a tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) on the worst polluters in an effort to encourage businesses to invest in clean technologies and greener ways of operating as well as to reward farmers who reduce emissions and take other steps to protect the environment.

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Clean Energy Future
CNN

Tibetan antelope arrive to give birth in Tibet's Hoh-Xil National Nature Reserve

As herds of the beautiful and endangered Tibetan antelope arrive after a long migration to give birth in Tibet's Hoh-Xil National Nature Reserve, rangers safeguard against illegal poaching by implementing an invisible surveillance network that allows them to monitor the entire reserve without disturbing the animals.

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CNTV
Beijing Review

July 14, 2011

Severe drought in China's northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

In China's northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, severe drought as of July 2011 caused by lack of rain since the previous winter has dried up about 197 water reservoirs, creating a shortage of drinking water for 800,000 people and threatening more than four million acres of crops.

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NTD TV
Tibetan Review
China Daily

US President Barack Obama declared 12 counties in the state of Texas as disaster areas

On July 5, 2011, US President Barack Obama declared 12 counties in the state of Texas as disaster areas due to extensive wildfire damage, in addition to the entire state having been designated a natural disaster area due to the widespread impact of one of the worst droughts in more than 100 years.

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Lufkin Daily News
Daily Mail
KCBD

July 13, 2011

Green fuel developed from Coconut shells

A report in China-based CCTV news on July 6, 2011 states that the Cambodian non-profit Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise has developed a process to transform discarded coconut husks into a green source of fuel that provides jobs while reducing CO2 emissions and preventing rainforest trees from being felled.

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China.org

Increased rainfall and less snowfall leads to Arctic ice melts

Research presented by Australian scientists on July 4, 2011 revealed that rising air temperatures in the Arctic, the most rapidly warming area on Earth, have created conditions of increased rainfall and less snowfall, which in turn has raised the risk of sea ice melt in the region.

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Science Alert
Newsroom Melbourne

July 12, 2011

The entire state of Texas is declared a drought disaster area

As extreme heat and lack of rainfall persist into July 2011 throughout many areas in the US, the entire state of Texas is declared a drought disaster area, along with at least 81 counties in the states of Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico.

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Forbes
Reuters
Montgomery Advertiser
Examiner
Kansas

German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls for binding agreements at Berlin climate talks

At a climate change conference in Bonn, on July 3, 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on the world's industrialized economies to act swiftly in their commitments to greenhouse gas reductions, to ensure that the world's temperatures do not rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius this century.

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DW World
SPA

July 11, 2011

Rupture in a pipeline operated by Exxon Mobil Corp in Montana, USA caused up to 42,000 gallons of crude oil to spill into the Yellowstone River

On Friday, July 1, 2011, a rupture in a pipeline operated by Exxon Mobil Corp in Montana, USA caused up to 42,000 gallons of crude oil to spill into the Yellowstone River, with cleanup efforts hampered by the river's near-flood conditions and no estimates yet on the extent of environmental damage.

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CNN
IB Times

June 2011 average temperatures in Japan reached the highest ever since 1961

Kyodo News reports that June 2011 average temperatures in Japan reached the highest ever since 1961, with 13 times more recordings of temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius than the same month last year, when the country had already experienced record summer heat.

Sources:
Japan Today

July 8, 2011

USA drought conditions are found to worsen the degree of pH shifts in water

In a study by Baylor University researchers in Texas, USA, drought conditions are found to worsen the degree of pH shifts in water, making pesticides and other chemicals more toxic to fish, with a higher probability of pollutants accumulating in their tissues.

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PhysOrg
UPI

Indonesia plans to plant 1.5 billion trees in 2011

Indonesia’s Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan announces plans to rehabilitate degraded forests, plantations, ex-mining areas, and damaged river basin regions throughout the country by planting 1.5 billion trees by year's end with the participation of 10,000 community nursery gardens.

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Antara News
The Jakarta Post

July 6, 2011

The world’s climate is continuing to warm

In its annual State of the Climate report released June 28, 2011, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states it has been over 25 years since the average global temperature was below average, with 41 key data indicators showing that the world’s climate is continuing to warm.

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MS NBC
Huffington Post
Washington Post

Drought's increasing toll around the planet

In the African countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, more than 8 million people are short of food as the region faces the worst drought in living memory.

In southern Somalia, one in four children are acutely malnourished, while in Kenya, more than 2.4 million people are in critical need of humanitarian aid.

The USA has also been touched by drought, with Texas enduring her worst dry spell since record-keeping began 116 years ago, and farmers in the state of Georgia watching their corn and cotton crops fail as fields turn into dustbowls and rivers dwindle.

Half of Mexico is also enduring high temperatures and drought conditions, impacting agriculture and sparking wildfires. Europe too is enduring a historic drought throughout much of the north, even in areas that had previously enjoyed abundant rain. Recent rains were welcomed in England but have come too late for wheat as the average yield is expected to be the lowest in decades.

We are deeply saddened to know of the suffering faced by so many people.
Our sincere prayers that such climate calamities soon cease and harmonious weather patterns are restored as we adopt lifestyles that allow Mother Earth to revive.

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WSBTV
BBC
Prensa-Latina

Water quality getting worse in major rivers of Thailand

The 2010 Thailand Pollution Report, as summarized in a Friday, June 24, 2011 article in the Bangkok Post, reveals that, compared to the previous year, the nation's rivers have become more polluted, with air quality in major cities such as Bangkok that has also worsened.

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Bangkok Post

July 5, 2011

China will face an increasing risk of marine disasters during the next 10 years

In an interview with China Daily on June 23, 2011, leading Chinese marine environmental forecasters call for improved warning systems as they report that the nation is at increasing risk of storm-related disasters over the next decade due in part to the adverse effects of climate change.

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China Daily
InKunming

Cameroon and Nigeria launch the Regional Plan for the Conservation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee

On June 22, 2011, the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria launch the Regional Plan for the Conservation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee, calling on conservationists, development partners, researchers and academics to assist in protecting this precious endangered species.

Sources:
All Africa
Ellioti.org

More than 680 in Japan rushed to hospital for heatstroke

With the first weeks of June 2011 bringing extreme and oppressive summer heat to Japan, more than 680 people have been rushed to the hospital with heatstroke thus far this year, with one death reported.

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NHK World
Wall Street Journal

July 1, 2011

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) launches the interactive Climate Hot Map

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) launches the interactive Climate Hot Map as of June 21, 2011, available at climatehotmap.org, designed as a resource to illustrate the impacts of global warming in the hope of motivating people toward action before it is too late.

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ClimateHotMap.org
Union of Concerned Scientists

Wheat harvests in England are expected to drop 15% this year as a result of drought

According to a statement issued in mid-June 2011 by the British National Farmers' Union, wheat harvests in England are expected to drop 15% this year as a result of drought conditions, with farmers seeing the lowest yields since the 1980s.

Sources:
Independent.ie

Norway, Germany give the World Bank Carbon Fund $93 million to slow deforestation

The governments of Norway and Germany announce on June 21, 2011 donations of US$50 million and US$43 million, respectively, to the World Bank Carbon Fund to reimburse countries like Indonesia, Nepal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico and Costa Rica for their successful efforts in slowing deforestation.

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Trust.org