Earth

Kilimanjaro’s Melting Snow Shows a Drastic Picture of Global Warming

November 3, 2009 / No Comments

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak, and used to be covered in snow throughout the year despite its proximity to the equator. The ill-effects of global warming however, have put up a drastic picture of the mountain, whose slopes went ice-free this year; probably for the first time in 12,000 years.

EU Agrees on Formula for Copenhagen

October 30, 2009 / 2 Comments

As the Copenhagen talks draw near, nations are working to set their goals and agenda for the summit. So far, a major point of contention has been the demand by developing nations that developed countries subsidize, or pay for their environment efforts. The demand is on grounds that developed countries have contributed greatly to pollution with their industries, and should ...

350 International Day of Climate Action

October 23, 2009 / 1 Comment

On Saturday, October 24, people in 181 countries are coming together for what many are describing as the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history.They're gathering to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis. Specifically, the web-based campaign called "350.org" is calling on people from around the world to organize an action that in ...

Indian Minister Backs Unconditional CO2 Cuts for the Country

October 19, 2009 / No Comments

India currently is the fourth largest emitter of carbon in the world, and has so far resisted any binding emission targets under an international agreement. India, and the Group of 77 developing nations have been opposing such binding targets unless they come tied with financial and technological support from developed nations which have so far led in carbon emissions.

The Philippines Prepares to face Typhoon Lupit

October 19, 2009 / 2 Comments

After already having faced two powerful typhoons, the Ketsana and the Parma, the Philippines is now getting ready to face another typhoon. The category 4 typhoon Lupit is forecast to strike the Philippines on October 22 at 00:00 GMT. The Lupit has center winds at about 175kph, while wind gusts could go as high as 210kph. The previous typhoons have affected ...

Hurricane Rick Track

October 18, 2009 / 1 Comment

Hurricane Rick is now an "extremely dangerous" category five storm, according to officials from the National Weather Service. Maximum sustained winds remain near 180 mph, with higher gusts. While fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next 24 hours, Rick is expected to remain an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next day or two.

Rio 2016 Olympic bid includes planting trees

October 2, 2009 / No Comments

Brazilians have planted some 46,000 trees to neutralize all of the carbon emitted during Rio de Janeiro's bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In fact, concern for the environment is one of the pillars of the Rio 2016 bid, and the saplings are part of the state government’s “Rio 2016 Zero Carbon” project. In all, Rio 2016 will ...

Earthquake strikes Peru and Bolivia

September 30, 2009 / 1 Comment

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 has struck southeastern Peru near Bolivias's capital of La Paz. [caption id="attachment_6553" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Map of Peru"][/caption] You can see all the seismic details from the US Geological Survey here. And, click here for a map of the area. Reuters is reporting that the quake was not felt by witnesses in the area, and there are no reports ...

Nature Conservancy Launches Web Campaign to Educate and Inspire Action About Climate Change

September 27, 2009 / No Comments

Did you know that the carbon emissions caused by deforestation are greater than those caused by the entire global transportation sector? The Nature Conservancy wants to equip you with facts like this so you can start thinking about the solutions that nature holds for slowing carbon emissions and dealing with the effects of climate change. In fact, last week, the Nature ...

Six Flags Under Water due to Flooding in Atlanta

September 22, 2009 / 2 Comments

[caption id="attachment_6451" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Six Flags Amusement Park Under Water"][/caption] The Six Flags amusement park has gone waterlogged as the flood situation in Atlanta, Georgia worsens, even parts of the roller coaster at the park have gone beneath the murky flood water. The Atlanta flooding is presenting a grim picture as the death toll has risen to 7, amongst these was a ...