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Mar 14, 2012

Floods spurred by rising seas threaten 5 million in US

WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) – For the nearly 5
million people who live along the U.S. coasts from Maine to the
Gulf of Mexico and the West Coast, rising seas fueled by global
warming have doubled the risk of so-called once-a-century
floods, according to a trio of environmental reports released on

These new reports – one from the non-profit group Climate
Central and two others published in the peer-reviewed journal
Environmental Research Letters – offer a detailed picture of
where the most severe risks are along coastlines of the
contiguous 48 states.

Mar 7, 2012

Strong solar storm heading for Earth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A strong geomagnetic storm is racing from the Sun toward Earth, and its expected arrival on Thursday could affect power grids, airplane routes and space-based satellite navigation systems, U.S. space weather experts said.

The storm, a big cloud of charged particles flung from the Sun at about 4.5 million miles per hour (7.2 million km per hour), was spawned by a pair of solar flares, scientists said.

Mar 7, 2012

Saving biodiversity: a $300 billion-a-year challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saving biodiversity – the vast variety of animal and plant life on Earth – will be expensive: an estimated $300 billion a year for the next eight years, according to the new chief of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

But Brazilian Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias said that failing to protect the essential diversity in the natural world would cost more, creating global repercussions of disease, hunger, poverty and diminished resilience to climate change.

Mar 1, 2012

Oceans’ acidic shift may be fastest in 300 million years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The world’s oceans are turning acidic at what could be the fastest pace of any time in the past 300 million years, even more rapidly than during a monster emission of planet-warming carbon 56 million years ago, scientists said on Thursday.

Looking back at this bygone warm period in Earth’s history could offer help in forecasting the impact of human-spurred climate change, researchers said.

Feb 22, 2012

US could face tough tornado season in 2012 – experts

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – One year after a deadly
tornado season in the United States caused nearly $30 billion in
damage, an above-normal number of twisters could be in store for

While there is no way to predict that there will be a repeat
of 2011’s calamitous series of tornadoes, private weather
forecaster Accuweather.com said this week there are likely to be
more tornadoes than normal across the United States.

Feb 14, 2012

Elusive snow leopards seen thriving in Bhutan park

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The elusive, endangered snow leopard is apparently thriving in a park in Bhutan, as seen in camera trap images released on Tuesday by the government of Bhutan and World Wildlife Fund.

Over 10,000 pictures of the snow leopards were captured last October and November by four cameras placed in Wangchuck Centennial Park as part of a survey conducted by Bhutan and WWF.

Feb 8, 2012

US consumer groups want tougher probe of engineered salmon

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Three U.S. consumer
groups petitioned the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to
subject a new genetically engineered salmon to a more rigorous
review process than is now in place before the fish can be
approved as safe to eat.

The fish at issue, AquaBounty Technologies’ (ABTX.L: Quote, Profile, Research)
AquAdvantage salmon, is currently classified as a new animal
drug for the purposes of FDA review.

Feb 2, 2012

Storm over climate change among weather forecasters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

But weather forecasters, many of whom see climate change as a natural, cyclical phenomenon, are split over whether they have a responsibility to educate their viewers on the link between human activity and the change in the Earth’s climates.

Jan 26, 2012

Obama’s green tint signals shift to campaign mode

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Not long before his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama ventured to a place he’d never been in three well-traveled years as president: the Environmental Protection Agency.

For a Democrat who won the White House with strong green credentials, Obama has kept his environmental policies well below the radar for much of his presidency.

Jan 24, 2012

U.N. sustainable development summit shifts from climate change

By Deborah Zabarenko and Nina Chestney

(Reuters) – Representatives from around the world gather in Rio in June to try to hammer out goals for sustainable development at a U.N. conference designed to avoid being tripped up by the intractable issue of climate change.

But there is concern in the lead-up to the conference, known as Rio+20 or the Earth Summit, that it risks ending up as all talk and little action.

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      "I started with Reuters in 1986 in New York City, moving to Washington DC two years later. I've covered the Winter Olympics in Calgary and Salt Lake City, a couple wars, the State Department, White House, Pentagon, several long trials and a presidential sex scandal. Since 2006, I've been reporting on the environment and climate change."
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