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Greenland ice cap may be melting at triple speed
New Scientist
The world's second largest ice cap may be melting three times faster than indicated by previous measurements, according to newly released gravity data collected by satellites.

Trees may migrate slower in response to climate change
mongabay.com
Genetic analysis of living spruce trees suggests that trees cannot migrate in response to climate change as quickly as some scientists believed.

World 'warmest for 12,000 years'
BBC News
The world is the warmest it has been in the last 12,000 years as a result of rapid warming over the past 30 years, a study has suggested.

Global ecosystems 'face collapse'
BBC News
Current global consumption levels could result in a large-scale ecosystem collapse by the middle of the century, environmental group WWF has warned.

The Day That Changed the Climate
The Independent UK
Washington - Climate change has been made the world's biggest priority, with the publication of a stark report showing that the planet faces catastrophe unless urgent measures are taken to reduce gre

Rising Seas Could Leave Millions Homeless in Asia
Reuters
A climate change report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found global warming in the Asia Pacific region could cause sea levels to rise by up to 16 cm (six i

Ice Caps Are Melting Even in Winter, Global Warming Evi
Nasa/The San Francisco Chronicle
The vast expanses of ice floating in the Arctic Sea are shrinking in winter as well as summer, most likely a result of global warming, NASA scientists said today.

Polar Bears, Hippos Top New IUCN Red List
Environment News Service
The polar bear and the hippopotamus are listed for the first time as vulnerable species at risk of extinction in the 2006 Red List of Threatened Species.

Are Mobile Phones Wiping Out Our Bees?
The Independent UK
Sunday 15 April 2007 Scientists claim radiation from handsets is to blame for mysterious "colony collapse" of bees.

Commerce Department Imposes Gag Order on Government Sci
Environment News Service
WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2007 (ENS) - An order has been issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce that controls what federal government climate, weather and marine scientists can say to the media or i

Polar Bears, Hippos Top New IUCN Red List
Environment News Service
The polar bear and the hippopotamus are listed for the first time as vulnerable species at risk of extinction in the 2006 Red List of Threatened Species

Scientists call for Canadian boreal forest's protection
CBC News
1,500 scientists from more than 50 countries around the world on Monday urged Canadian governments to protect the country's 566.6 million-hectare boreal forest.



Fresh Water
In India, Water Crisis Means Foul Sludge
New York Times
Fresh water crisis in middle class New Delhi.



Human Conditions
U.S. Population to Top 300 Million
Environmental News Network
Some time this month, the number of Americans will surpass 300 million, a milestone that raises environmental impact questions for the only major industrial nation whose population is increasing subst

INDIA: More than 53 per cent children face sexual abuse
11/04/2007 - The Times of India
[NEW DELHI, 11 April 2007] - A government commissioned survey has found that more than 53 per cent of children in India are subjected to sexual abuse, but most donít report the assaults to anyone.



Energy Supply
World energy supply 'heading for crisis'
The Scotsman
The world's energy supply is heading for crisis, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned yesterday, predicting "skyrocketing prices or more frequent blackouts" unless urgent action was taken.



Food from the Land


Food from the Oceans
Accelerating Loss of Ocean Species Threatens Human Wel
Science
In a study published in the November 3 issue of the journal, Science, an international group of ecologists and economists show that the loss of biodiversity is profoundly reducing the oceanís ability



Development & Debt


Wealth
Study Shows Richest Two Percent Own Half World Wealth
World Institute for Development Economics Research, UNU
The richest 2% of adults in the world own more than half of global household wealth according to a path-breaking study released today by the Helsinki-based World Institute for Development Economics Re



Toxic Pollution
US Has Been Stockpiling Banned Pesticide
The Los Angeles Times
The United States has stockpiled millions of pounds of methyl bromide, a pesticide that depletes the ozone layer, according to newly public documents - information that could create a stir during

A 'Silent Pandemic' Of Brain Disorders
CBS News
Researchers Say Chemical Exposures May Explain Rise in Autism And ADHD

Plastic Ocean
Best Life Magazine
A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility...and worse.



Biotechnology
Biotech Firm, Govt. Hid Rice Contamination from Public
The NewStandard
In August 2006, the US Department of Agriculture announced that US commercial rice supplies are contaminated with "trace amounts" of genetically engineered rice unapproved for human consumption.

Officials Cut Corners with Biotech Crop Permits
Environmental News Network/ Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled that U.S. agriculture officials violated environmental laws in permitting four companies to plant genetically modified crops in Hawaii to produce experimental drugs.