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Environment

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

SNH to Map the Secrets Beneath the Waves of Scotland’s loneliest island reserve

PR – The undersea world surrounding Scotland’s most remote National Nature Reserve (NNR) is about to be explored and charted for the first time next week (beginning 15th July) in a marine survey being conducted by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Reports Highlight Rights Recognition to Fight Poverty, Conflict and Climate Change

The Rights and Resources Initiative launched two new reports today in an event held at the London House of Commons, sponsored by RRI and the Forest Peoples Programme. The new reports examine the shifts in forest tenure around the world and highlight the critical role of rights recognition in addressing poverty, conflict and climate change.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

ESA Launches Programme in Support of Earth Observation Science

PR – Since the advent of Earth observation from space, satellite missions have become central to monitoring and learning about how the Earth works, resulting in significant progress in a broad range of scientific areas.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Myanmar’s Cyclone-Damaged Rice Production Regions Monitored with GIS

PR — Subsequent to Cyclone Nargis, a category 3 tropical storm that struck the low-lying and heavily populated coastline of Myanmar on May 2, 2008, the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began producing a series of geographic information system (GIS)-based maps of the damaged agricultural areas to accompany its commodity

Monday, July 7th, 2008

IUCN Calls on Industry and Governments to Stop Mining and Oil Operations in World Heritage Sites

PR — More than a quarter of natural World Heritage sites are under pressure by existing or future mineral extraction.  For this reason, IUCN is calling on the private sector, state-run companies and governments themselves to adopt and enforce  the “no go” principle, meaning that no mining and/or mineral and oil exploration and production can

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Gold Medal for a Green Decision

PR — IUCN commends Russian Prime Minister and Russia’s Olympic Organizing Committee for its decision to move parts of competition venues. The announcement made on 3 July to move some of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic sporting events to avoid threats to the Western Caucasus World Heritage Site is a victory for this exceptional protected

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Scripps Climate Researcher Awarded Major Environmental Prize

V. Ramanathan, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego professor of climate and atmospheric science and a pioneer of climate change research, received the Zayed International Prize for the Environment from the United Arab Emirates government in a recent ceremony.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

EU Outposts Battle Climate Change and Biodiversity loss

PR — For the first time ever, the EU’s overseas territories will come together to fight climate change and species loss on Reunion Islands. Ranging from tropical islands to polar regions the EU’s overseas outposts will propose a new dimension to EU environmental policy. They will work on developing effective policies and action for climate

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

A New Glacier Surge Under Way

PR – In April UNIS glaciologist Monica Sund discovered crevasses in the Comfortlessbreen. This can be the beginning of a surge, and Sund will now monitor the changes in the glacier to obtain more knowledge of the surge dynamics that we still know very little about.

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Understanding Climate Change—One Tree at a Time

MICROSOFT RESEARCH – On June 13, Purves, a scientist in the Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences group, part of the Computational Science group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, had the rare honor of having two papers published in the renowned journal Science. Read more

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