Surfing from / November, 2011

Number of sea turtles visiting Kerala shores dwindling, India

Unpolluted Kerala beaches have always been the favourite nesting grounds for marine turtles, but their imprints may soon be washed away for ever.

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Thawing permafrost vents gases to worsen warming

Erosion, News
Nov
30

Massive amounts of greenhouse gases trapped below thawing permafrost will likely seep into the air over the next several decades, accelerating and amplifying global warming and coastal erosion, scientists warn.

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Mangrove: The Root Of The Matter

In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami disaster that struck Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey explored how these unique trees hemming the shorelines, which make up valuable forest ecosystems called mangroves, help safeguard lives, property and beaches during hurricanes, tsunamis and floods.

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Tsunami Survivors: We Didn’t Understand the Threat

By talking with survivors of the devastating tsunami that hit Japan earlier this year, scientists may now have a better idea as to how to help prevent fatalities from such events in the future.

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Climate Change And Global Security

Once viewed as an issue of interest only to greens or academics, the threat posed by climate change to security is now eyed with deepening concern by politicians and defence chiefs. Droughts and floods which devastate crops and rising seas which imperil coastal cities will become potent triggers for tensions and unrest, say experts.

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Shipping sector may accept price on CO2 emissions

News
Nov
29

The world shipping industry could accept a global levy on carbon emissions from merchant ships under a deal that would also channel proceeds to poor countries, according to an announcement at the UN climate talks on Tuesday.

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Brazil Wants Rich Countries To Renew Kyoto Commitments

News
Nov
28

Brazil said it would press rich countries attending climate change talks in South Africa to renew their commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto protocol.

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Active 2011 Hurricane Season Breaks Hurricane Amnesia

News
Nov
28

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Wednesday, having produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. Irene the first hurricane to hit U.S. in three years; Northeast reminded it’s also vulnerable.

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Landsat in Memory of the World Register

What do the Gutenberg Bible, Tolstoy’s personal library, the Book of Kells, an 8th century illuminated manuscript, created by Celtic monks, and the Landsat Multispectral Scanner System (MSS) data archive have in common? They are all among the 245 international documentary collections that make up the Memory of the World Register.

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