August 31, 2011

Malaysia Sabah state plans to impose a complete ban on shark fishing

On August 29, 2011, Malaysia's Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Masidi Manjun, announced Sabah state's plans to impose a complete ban on shark fishing, in an effort to protect the rich biodiversity in the waters around Borneo Island.

Sources: Google News, SMH.com

Brazil's wind farm developers to deliver lower cost electricity than natural gas

Brazil’s Energy Research Company reports that 44 wind farm developers in August 2011 agreed to deliver electricity at a lower cost than energy generated by natural gas, making this sustainable source of energy the most cost-effective electricity in the country.

Sources: Business Green, Bloomberg

United Nations reports worsening food insecurity in Indonesia's West Timor district

An August 29, 2011 United Nations report states that people in Indonesia’s West Timor District and neighboring areas, historically among the nation's driest, are now suffering from worsening food insecurity due to ongoing deforestation that has led to extreme weather fluctuations such as torrential rains and catastrophic flooding.

Source: Relief Web

August 30, 2011

Arctic sea routes open as Arctic ice melts

An article published on August 25, 2011 reflected environmentalists' concern over satellite images from the European Space Agency showing a simultaneous opening of the Northwest Passage and Russia's Northern Sea Route, saying that this could be another indication of Arctic ice retreating to their lowest levels ever.

Sources: Vancouver Sun, BBC

Greenpeace calling for clothing manufacturers to stop using hazardous chemicals

Greenpeace announced on August 23, 2011 that it is calling for clothing manufacturers to eliminate commonly used hazardous chemicals such as nonylphenol ethoxylates that mimics female hormones, affecting reproductive systems and damaging health and the environment, even at low levels.

Sources: France 24, Vancouver Sun

August 29, 2011

Solar-powered drip systems is enabling small-scale farmers in Benin to sustainably irrigate their fields

Solar-powered drip systems from the US-based nonprofit Solar Electric Light Fund is enabling small-scale farmers in the west African country of Benin, many of whom are women, to sustainably irrigate their fields and grow fresh produce during the six-month dry season for the first time.

Source: Self.org

Reports show changes in climate are linked with unrest in countries

A study published in the journal Nature on August, 24, 2011, reports that changes in climate are linked with unrest in countries, with tropical nations having double the risk of conflict during the warm and dry El Niño weather effect, especially compared to the cooler La Niña.

Sources: France 24, Nature.com

August 28, 2011

Indigenous communities are working to preserve the region's protective mangrove forests

In Honduras’ Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, indigenous communities are working to preserve the region's protective mangrove forests through efforts that include clean-up, waste recycling, placing limits on fishing and the promotion of ecotourism activities.

Sources: IPS News, Honduras Coco

Devastating droughts in southwest China continue

In the southwest Chinese provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan, a devastating drought since early July has caused 779 reservoirs and 409 rivers to dry up as of August 26, 2011, with 7 million people suffering from water shortages and more than a million hectares of crops impacted.

Sources: China Daily, People Daily

August 27, 2011

Bhutan alarmed by Himalayan climate change

Bhutan’s Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley conveys his nation's concern about the effects of climate change, saying that fluctuating water supplies from the Himalayas are now threatening power generation, with workers who also risk their safety as they attempt to relieve pressure from high-altitude lakes formed by glacial melt.

Sources: Google News, France24.com

Highest temperatures in half a century seen across the Balkans

As the highest temperatures in half a century are recorded in cities across the Balkans, overheated people collapse in the streets of the Serbian capital Belgrade during the week of August 22, 2011, while wildfires ignited in areas of Montenegro, Bosnia and Albania.

Sources: Independent, News Day

August 26, 2011

Heat wave hits central Europe

As a heat wave hits central Europe, record temperatures are being seen in places like Sion, Switzerland, which has registered 35.4 degrees Celsius, and in Austria, where temperatures of up to 38 degrees are making the month of August 2011 the hottest on record since weather records began in 1767.

Sources: The Local, Austrian Independent

Scientist say water from ice melt is altering Earth's gravity field

Scientists say that water from ice melting in Greenland and Antarctica appears to be altering the Earth's gravity field, as the mass that was once concentrated as frozen ice at the North and South poles is now flowing into the oceans and collecting around the equator.

Sources: Our Amazing Planet, Live Science

August 25, 2011

Drought continues to parch southern China

As of August 23, 2011, farmers in provinces such as Yunnan and Guizhou in China, report the loss of rice and vegetable crops to a 2010 drought, which has now stretched into this year, forcing many to cut down on meals and buy food instead of selling their harvests as they have in the past.

Sources: Xinhua Net, CNTV

New Zealand's green party proposes national water quality standards

New Zealand’s Green Party proposes national water quality standards that would require reducing livestock animals as well as chemical fertilizers, toward a goal of cleaning up the country’s rivers and lakes so that fish can once again thrive and people can safely swim.

Sources: Evana.org, NZ Herald

Mekong Delta of Âu Lạc (Vietnam) becoming increasingly salty due to climate change

As the sea level rises due to climate change, water in the Mekong Delta of Âu Lạc (Vietnam) is becoming increasingly salty, with the resultant crop damage threatening the livelihoods of millions of farmers in a region that produces about half of the country’s rice.

Sources: Guardian, Commodity Online

August 24, 2011

Thai villagers renewed their calls for the halt to a controversial new dam project

In Myanmar (Burma), the Asia News Network reported on August 20, 2011 that villagers renewed their calls for the halt to a controversial new dam project, the Kaeng Sua Ten, saying that extreme and repeated flooding endured for years from existing dams has not yet been addressed.

Source: Asia One

Eco-car which can travel 659 km on 1 liter of gasoline unveiled

Students from the University of Warsaw in Poland unveil in mid-August 2011 an updated prototype of the Droplet, a 40-kilogram, three-wheeled vehicle that can travel up to 659 kilometers on one liter of gasoline.

Sources: Rian, Sanu, TVN24

New oil spills in North China Sea may cause damage to wildlife and the environment

The China oil subsidiary of US-based ConocoPhillips reported on August 21, 2011 that it is assessing potential damage to wildlife and the environment after finding nine new sources of oil spills from a platform in the North China Sea's Bohai Bay.

Sources: Xinhua Net, Taiwan News

August 23, 2011

IUCN released 20% of all mammals at risk of extinction

Findings of a study by scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released in mid-August 2011 reveal that hunting and other human activities has left a full 20% of all mammals at risk of extinction, with many other species also in danger of rapid declines.

Sources: Discovery News, Sott.net

As of August 2011, climate change related disasters have caused over US$1 billion in damages

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that as of August 2011, nine weather disasters across the nation had caused over US$1 billion in damage, which as the highest on record thus far is revealing an increasing impact of climate change-related disasters.

Sources: PhysOrg.com, Christian Post

Swimmer succumbs to a brain infection caused by amoeba found in warm, stagnant waters

After swimming in a public outdoor area, 16-year old Courtney Nash of Florida, USA succumbed to a brain infection caused by an organism that thrives in warm waters, prompting officials to issue water warnings on August 13, 2011 during an extreme heat wave.

Sources: The Extinction Protocol, CF News 13

August 22, 2011

Torres Strait Islanders say they could become Australia's first climate change refugees

Concerned that they will become among the world’s first climate change refugees, indigenous Torres Strait Islanders of northern Australia in August 2011 call for the government's action to deal with rising sea levels that are causing accelerated coastal erosion and destruction of crops and infrastructure.

Sources: BBC, Island Business, Torres News

Waters of coast of Guangdong, China, infested with a dark red algae

Chinese officials reporting on August 18, 2011 say that nearly 100 kilometers of waters off the coast of southern Guangdong province have been infested with a dark red algae that is spreading as the water temperature rises, with thousands of fish that have died so far due to oxygen-deprived suffocation.

Sources: China Daily, China.org

Unpredictable weather causing crop losses in Pakistan

Due to increasingly unpredictable weather in southern Pakistan, Reuters news agency reports on August 18, 2011 that mango crop yields have declined over last several years, forcing farmers to cut down decades-old trees and switch to growing other crops.

Source: Trust.org

August 21, 2011

The world's largest sun-powered boat, the PlanetSolar, docked in Hong Kong

On August 15, 2011, the world's largest sun-powered boat, the PlanetSolar, docked in Hong Kong after having embarked from Monaco last September, highlighting the potential for sustainable energy use in the shipping industry.

Sources: France24.com, Clean Energy Authority

Worst oil spill in a decade in the North Sea

In the worst oil spill in a decade for the region, the British government reports as of August 16, 2011 that an estimated 1,300 barrels of oil had leaked from a platform in the North Sea before being brought under control, with officials stating that the oil’s natural dispersion would hopefully avoid adverse effects on wildlife.

Sources: Guardian, France24.com

Extremely high temperatures continue in Japan

Japan's NHK news agency stated that 35 people across 12 prefectures died of heatstroke the week of August 8, 2011, with the nation's Fire and Disaster Management Agency reporting that 7,071 people were treated for that same week heat-related effects as extremely high temperatures continued.

Sources: NHK, Mainichi Japan

Zimbabwean Government distributes 5.5 million free compact fluorescent bulbs

According to a mid-August 2011 report, the Zimbabwean government is sponsoring a US$12 million project that includes the distribution of 5.5 million free energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs along with a new billing system that allows customers to monitor and conserve electricity usage.

Sources: PhysOrg, Yahoo News UK

August 20, 2011

WWF calls for action to save Mekong dolphins

In an effort to save the Irrawaddy dolphin, environmental organization World Wildlife Federation in August 2011 calls for the creation of special conservation zones along the Mekong River in countries such as Cambodia and Laos to protect the rare species whose numbers there have dropped below 100.

Sources: Al Jazeera, PysOrg.com

Israeli officials urge conservation measures for the Sea of Galilee

Israeli officials urge conservation measures as they note in mid-August 2011 that the water level of Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, which is a major reservoir for Israel's National Water Carrier System and provides about one-third of the country's annual water, has dropped below a red warning line.

Sources: Ynet News, International Lake Environment Committee

Swedish study show extreme weather events are on the rise

A study conducted by Sweden's Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, reports on August 16, 2011 that extreme weather events such as rain downpours, which leave damage and require exceptional response from emergency personnel, are on the rise across the country.

Sources: Sott.net, The Local

August 19, 2011

British actor Orlando Bloom supports butterfly preservation efforts in the UK

Prominent British actor Orlando Bloom supports butterfly preservation efforts in the UK through his sponsorship of the children’s book about butterflies, “Crystal, the Small Miracle,” written by his mother Sonia Copeland Bloom, dedicated to helping youth appreciate the wonderful world of insects.

Sources: France24.com, Contact Music, Butterfly Conservation

Researchers report the Platypus increasingly at risk of extinction

Australian researchers report in August 2011 that the unique egg-laying platypus is increasingly at risk of extinction as climate change reduces the suitable cold and icy habitat needed by the mammal to survive.

Sources: Online Library, Tree Hugger

August 18, 2011

Malaria is killing off UK house sparrows and owls

Experts in the UK reporting on August 16, 2011 state that global warming-related malaria is reducing wildlife populations, with 30% of UK house sparrows that are infected with malaria as well as two-thirds of the country’s 38,000 tawny owls being afflicted thus far.

Sources: Daily Mail, Telegraph

Australian government releases report on water quality in the Great Barrier Reef

On August 12, 2011, the Australian government released a first-ever report on water quality in the Great Barrier Reef, finding that 28,000 kilograms of chemical pesticides from agricultural runoff enter the area annually along with 14 million metric tons of contaminating sediment that originates primarily from livestock cattle farms.

Sources: ABC news link 1, ABC news link 2, Herald Sun

August 17, 2011

Arctic sea ice hit record low in July 2011

Scientists from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center report that July 2011 Arctic sea ice was the lowest level ever, at 210,000 square kilometers less than the previous low in July 2007, and 2.18 million square kilometers below the average for 1979 to 2000.

Sources: NSIDC.org, Summit Country Voice

Burmese leader calling for halt to the construction of the Myitsone Dam

Burmese democracy leader Dr. Aung San Suu Kyi joins environmentalists and other residents in calling for a halt to the construction of the Myitsone Dam on the Irrawaddy River, saying that besides displacing at least 10,000 primarily ethnic Kachin people, it would devastate an area rich in biodiversity and introduce dangerous risk in the event of an earthquake.

Sources:
Mizzima
International Rivers
Guardian
UPI

Yale University students discovered organisms that can degrade plastic

US-based Yale University on August 2, 2011 announces that students participating in Amazon Rainforest field research have discovered a naturally-occurring organism that can degrade plastic even in the absence of oxygen, which could offer a solution for buried landfill situations.

Sources:
UPI.com
Physorg.com

High temperatures in USA causing heat-related deaths

With a heat-related death toll that has reached 26 for the states of Oklahoma and Texas, USA, high temperature advisories are posted on August 5, 2011 across 15 states, with Texas also experiencing the worst drought on record.

Sources:
CNN
China Daily
Chron
Newsok.com

Extreme drought in Darfur, Sudan

In North Darfur, Sudan, extreme drought as of the beginning of August 2011 is causing farmers to suffer crop failure, with concerns being raised of an emerging famine by summer 2012 if the dry conditions continue.

Sources:
ReliefWeb
Radio Dabanga

Border fence of United States and Mexico threatens wildlife

In findings announced on August 2, 2011, US researchers state that some 1,000 kilometers of an impenetrable border fence separating sections of the United States and Mexico is also hampering the range of wildlife movement by up to 75%, raising the extinction risk of several already endangered species.

Sources:
Sott.net
Nature.com

August 16, 2011

US EPA report that the heat wave is causing main water lines to break

Experts from the US Environmental Protection Agency report on August 13, 2011 that this summer’s heat wave in the USA is causing main water lines to break, with an estimated 700 fractures of the vital lines occurring daily, affecting supplies in states such as California, Texas, Indiana, Kentucky and New York.

Sources:
KITV
CNN

Drought causing shortage of safe drinking water in Guizhou, China

Officials in China's Guizhou province report on August 12, 2011 that 2.2 million people living in 84 of the province’s cities and counties are suffering from shortages of safe drinking water due to drought that has brought 70% less rain than normal since the beginning of July.

Sources:
UPI
Xinhua Net

Congolese government announced a new program to plant trees across one million hectares

As part of the effort to increase national forest cover and encourage a green economy, the Congolese government announced a new program on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 to plant trees across one million hectares of previously degraded forestlands.

Source:
Mongabay

August 15, 2011

Hot weather continue in Japan

With unseasonably hot weather continuing in Japan as of August 12, 2011, temperatures in many areas remain well above 35 degrees Celsius, with four people who perished due to heat-related conditions in the past several days alone and 859 who were hospitalized with heatstroke symptoms.

Sources:
Mainichi Daily News
Google News

US researchers warn of rapid collapse of ice shelves

After discovering that historic warming of ocean waters by around two degrees Celsius prompted rapid discharges of the northerly Laurentide Ice Sheet in what is now Canada, US researchers warn that very small amounts of sub-surface water warming at the poles could lead to rapid collapse of ice shelves and rising sea levels.

Sources:
Science Daily
US News

Climate change is a factor in chronic malnutrition in Guatemala

Agence France-Presse reports on August 9, 2011 that climate change, which is causing weather extremes of droughts and floods in Guatemala, is a factor in chronic malnutrition in the Central American nation where half of all children under five do not have enough to eat.

Source:
France24.com

August 14, 2011

A third of freshwater fish worldwide facing extinction

An August 2011 interim status report in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List reveals that a third of freshwater fish worldwide are facing extinction, with overfishing and human-caused pollution among the main threats to their survival.

Sources:
SMH
Telegraph

Prolonged drought in Afghanistan causing major food shortages

In a report published August 9, 2011, the UN World Food Program warns that prolonged drought in western and northeastern Afghanistan is already causing seven million people to face food shortages, with potential failure of current wheat crops raising further concerns.

Sources:
The Extinction Protocol
Food Security Link

Gigantic Iceberg is floating southward along the eastern shores of Canada

A 97-square-mile (251-square-kilometer) iceberg, which broke off Greenland's Petermann Glacier a year ago, is floating southward along the eastern shores of Canada as of August 6, 2011 with its likely course of running aground near the coast causing a danger to shipping traffic and oil rigs.

Sources:
Sott.net
IB Times

August 13, 2011

Texas drought will harm wildlife habitat for years

Wildlife experts in Texas, USA report on August 8, 2011 that the state’s worst one-year drought in history will impact wildlife for years, even as their habitat recovers, with the lack of water adversely affecting both nesting areas and birth rates.

Sources:
Sott.net
Whec.com

August 12, 2011

Eastern Caribbean countries to protect 100,000 hectares of fragile marine habitat

International charity Global Environment Facility donates nearly US$9 million on August 5, 2011 to help ensure long-term protection of more than 100,000 hectares of fragile marine habitat in the Eastern Caribbean nations of Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Sources:
Caribbean News Now
Caribbean 360
The Gef

Extreme heat and drought conditions in Texas killed many fish in lakes

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in the USA reports that as of August 1, 2011, prolonged extreme heat and drought conditions in the north of the state has caused the death of many fish in lakes due to depleted oxygen levels, with those in smaller lakes and ponds being the most likely to perish.

Sources:
Sott.net
CBS DFW

Arctic fires endanger planet

Despite being normally associated with frigid temperatures and icy snow, a new study published in the journal Nature points to the Arctic tundra as a potential source of massive greenhouse gas emissions as warm, dry weather ignites underground flames.

An unprecedented wildfire, called the Anaktuvuk, already broke out in July 2007 in northern Alaska, burning more than 1,000 square kilometers before it was extinguished by snowfall in October.

With the fire consuming vast amounts of ancient underground peat materials it released more than 2 million tons of carbon, roughly equivalent to what the entire Arctic tundra absorbs in a year.

Research lead, Dr. Michelle Mack of the University of Florida in the USA warned that more fires like this could steeply accelerate global warming since, along with the released carbon, the blackened soil after the fire absorbs more solar energy than ever.

In Russia, which is covered by nearly two-thirds permafrost tundra, Andrei Bolov, head of the nation's Disaster Monitoring Department, has also stated that 30% of the permafrost could melt by mid-century, destabilizing transportation, building, and energy infrastructure in addition to releasing massive amounts of methane.

Dr. Mack, Mr. Bolov and all fellow scientists, our sincere thanks for this important information about Arctic tundra fires and global warming. May we all heed such urgent climate messages and adopt lifestyles that allow our planet to once again thrive.

Sources:
ABC
BBC

Glaciers Yala and AX010 in Nepal have been shrinking, may disappear completely - 12 Aug 2011

A study by Japanese researchers, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on August 2, 2011 reveals that the two glaciers Yala and AX010 in Nepal have been shrinking at an accelerated rate in the past decade due to global warming and are now in danger of disappearing completely.

Sources:
Trust.org
PNAS.org

August 11, 2011

Thousands of fish perished in Indiana, USA

Thousands of fish found perished in an Indiana, USA lake during the July 2011 heat wave are thought by Department of Natural Resource officials to have suffocated from reduced oxygen levels in the overly warm water.

Sources:
Sott.net
wave3.com

July 2011 was 2nd-hottest month in Washington, D.C. history

US meteorologists report that July 2011 was considered the second-hottest month in recorded history in New Jersey, USA, and was the hottest month ever in the nation's capital of Washington, DC.

Sources:
Washington Post
North Jersey

August 10, 2011

Habitat loss imperils monarch butterflies across the US Midwest

Researchers in a July 2011 study find significantly reduced populations of monarch butterflies across the US Midwest as milkweeds, where the butterflies lay eggs for their young, are being eliminated by herbicides as well as genetically modified corn and soybeans, leaving the butterflies flying over 100 million acres of farmland in search of the milkweed plants.

Sources:
UPI.com
Miami Herald

Âu Lạc (Vietnam) raises awareness for Tigers on Tiger Day

Âu Lạc (Vietnam) celebrates International Tiger Day on July 29, 2011, to raise awareness about the dwindling numbers of the extremely rare animal, with just 30 estimated to remain in the country, along with a US$50 million national program established in the hope of doubling the population in the wild by 2020.

Sources:
VNA Net
Asia News Net
Thanh Nien News

China bans pasturing at eight scenic locations in Xinjiang

To help mitigate severe land degradation caused by long-term overgrazing, the government of China bans pasturing at eight scenic locations in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, with 100,000 hectares of land being returned to grassland over the next five years starting in August 2011.

Sources:
China Daily
Want China Times

August 9, 2011

Call to recognize the Australian Strzelecki Koala as a threatened species

Environmental organization Friends of the Earth is calling for the Strzelecki Koala in the state of Victoria, Australia, to be recognized as a threatened species as its food source, the Mountain ash tree, is disappearing due to logging.

Sources:
Weekly Times Now
Yahoo News
The Age

August 8, 2011

Reducing deforestation has resulted in a doubling in the number of butterflies

Experts in Mexico on July 28, 2011 state that reduced deforestation in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve this winter has resulted in a doubling in the number of butterflies, with the change due in part to the government's provision of income-generating alternatives such as growing tree nurseries.

Sources:
Happy News
USA Today

Severe drought in China leaves 290,000 people short of water

Severe drought in China's central province of Hunan as of the end of July 2011 leaves 290,000 people short of water, with fire engines delivering drinking water to Yongzhou city, where supplies have run out, while nearly 17,000 hectares of crops lie ruined due to the lack of rain.

Sources:
XinhuaNet
CRIEnglish.com

Loss of global biodiversity can't be stopped with the current growth of protected areas

A report by United Nations scientists published in the July 28, 2011 issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series finds that despite the rapid growth of protected land and marine areas worldwide, significant biodiversity loss continues due to natural resources still being consumed by humans at an unsustainable rate.

Sources:
UPI.com link 1
UPI.com link 2
Business Green

August 5, 2011

Lethal algal bloom linked to more deaths in Brittany

Thirty-three wild boars are the most recent victims thought to be poisoned by noxious gas emitted by algae on the normally beautiful tourist beaches in the Brittany.

With mountains of algal slime that have washed up on the coastline in the past weeks, two boar babies were discovered lifeless on July 7, with the death toll since then continuing to rise.

The region has already been visited by similar disaster, with a worker who died in 2009 while clearing the seaweed, and a horse that succumbed that same year within 30 seconds of entering a beach where the toxic seaweed was present, while his 27-year-old rider was rescued after losing consciousness to the fumes.

Environmentalist Jean-Frangois Piquot noted that while this region of Brittany occupies just 5% of French agricultural land, it contains 60% of the nation's livestock pigs, 45% of the poultry and 30% of the dairy farms.

Meanwhile, the group Stop the Green Tides has called on the nation's army to remove the toxic sludge, while French newspaper Le Monde published a front-page editorial saying that the government should acknowledge agricultural and livestock pollution as the problem's real cause. Meanwhile, municipal officials have cordoned off beaches and issued warnings for people's safety.

Our appreciation for the French officials' protective measures and for the concerned voices of Stop the Green Tides and media such as Le Monde. May everyone awaken to the lasting solution of animal-free fare for lives of harmony with nature that also restore the Earth's pristine beauty.

Sources:
Guardian
Telegraph
AOL Travel

Persistent drought continues in southern USA

As a persistent drought continues into August 2011 in southern USA, economists estimate that in Texas alone, where associated wildfires also burned across the state, damage to agriculture could reach an all time high.

Sources:
The Globe & Mail
Fox News

August 4, 2011

Growing algae bloom off the coastline of Qingdao, China

Associated with pollution, an algal bloom off the coastline of Qingdao in China's Shandong province covers nearly 20,000 square kilometers at the end of July 2011, prompting concerns for marine life as the seaweed degrades habitat and consumes large amounts of oxygen.

Sources:
The Watchers
MNN.com

Honda Motor Company in North America realize zero waste to landfills

As part of its Green Factory initiative, Japan-based Honda Motor Company announces in July 2011 that 10 of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities are now sending zero waste to landfills, with the other four having nearly accomplished this goal.

Sources:
Sustainable Business
AZO CleanTech

August 3, 2011

Mississippi runoff expands the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico off the US coast

With the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico off the US coast already measuring 3,300 square miles (5,300 square kilometers) as of June 2011, US researchers at the end of July state that the oxygen-deprived area, fed by warming waters and nitrates from Mississippi River runoff, is expected to be the largest ever this year.

Sources:
Sott.net link 1
Sott.net link 2

Delhi, India, getting 64% less rain

Scientists in India state that as of the end of July 2011, the capital Delhi is registering a 64% shortage of rain compared to other normal monsoon years, with concerns being raised as the region's aquifers threaten to run dry.

Sources:
Relief Web
Times of India

US temperature has steadily increased due to global warming over the past several decades

With temperatures having steadily increased due to global warming over the past several decades, new and higher 30-year averages based on readings between 1981 and 2010 are established by the US National Weather Service.

Sources:
AZ Central
Chron

August 2, 2011

Three year resettlement planned for Solomon Island

Funded by the European Commission, a three-year resettlement plan is launched in the Solomon Islands to move residents living in areas most vulnerable to climate change effects such as rising sea levels, coastal erosion, storm surges and water contamination to the safety of higher land.

Sources:
Media Global

Global warming in the Arctic is releasing harmful chemicals such as DDT

As reported on July 24, 2011, a study by international scientists has found that global warming in the Arctic is now releasing harmful chemicals such as the banned pesticide DDT as well as lindane and chlordane, with concerns for their effect to both marine life and humans.

Sources:
Guardian
France24

August 1, 2011

Hungary destroys GMO corn crops

In an effort to keep Hungary free of genetically modified organisms (GMO), the country’s government announces on July 22, 2011 the closer monitoring of seed distribution and plantings, also saying that 1,000 acres of illegally sowed GMO corn crops had recently been plowed under.

Sources:
Natural News
IB Times

Melting Alpine glacier pushing Europe closer to water crisis

A study published in the July 2011 Water Resources Research states that a substantial amount of the water in major European rivers originates in alpine glaciers, with glacial shrinking due to climate change raising greater concerns for related economies, the environment and water shortages.

Sources:
Swiss Info
Guardian

Arctic sea ice melting could accelerate even more than predicted

A recent study by Canadian scientists from Queens University showed that Arctic storm surges have increased due to the dramatic loss of sea ice, with salty water eroding coastlines and devastating inland ecosystems.

According to Professor Peter Wadhams (PhD) (WAHD-hams) of Cambridge University, United Kingdom, this is one of the factors that in turn are accelerating the loss of sea ice in a feedback cycle.

He, like other researchers, warns of a tipping point quickly coming in which the summer ice melt will exceed the previous winter’s formation of new ice.

Peter Wadhams - Professor of Ocean Physics, Cambridge University (M): The Arctic Ocean will still be ice covered in winter, but it’ll be covered with first-year ice, that’s thin ice, and it will all go in the summer.

And this will happen in perhaps 20 to 30 years, but I suspect it’ll happen quicker. You’ve got now big ocean areas which used to be ice covered, so you can be getting big waves and storms, and the waves come in and break the ice up some more.

And because the ice is unconstrained by land masses, it can expand out and break up. So I think what’ll happen is that the rate of decay or the rate of retreat will increase as the actual area gets much smaller, until, well, it’s like falling off a cliff, it will just all go.

VOICE: Our appreciation, Professor Wadhams and Queens University researchers for alerting us to the worsening disappearance of the Arctic sea ice. May we all work to halt the climate change through our concerted planet-cooling actions.

Sources:
Reuters