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Smithsonian scientist warns that palm oil development may threaten Amazon

Oil palm cultivation is a significant driver of tropical forest destruction across Southeast Asia. It could easily become a threat to the Amazon rainforest because of a proposed change in Brazil's legislation, new infrastructure and the influence of foreign agro-industrial firms in the region, acc...

Carbon dioxide already in danger zone, warns study

A group of 10 prominent scientists says that the level of globe-warming carbon dioxide in the air has probably already reached a point where world climate will change disastrously unless the level can be reduced in coming decades. The study is a departure from recent estimates that truly dangerous...

Oceans on the precipice: Scripps scientist warns of mass extinctions and 'rise of slime'

Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world's oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at Scripp...

Don't count on long-term success in climate policy, warns paper in Decision Analysis

Long-term climate change policy in the U.S. and abroad is likely to change very slowly, warns a researcher who calls for stronger short-term goals to reduce carbon emissions, according to a study published in Decision Analysis , a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Managemen...

International team of scientists warns of climate change's impact on global river flow

A global analysis of the potential effect of climate change on river basins indicates that many rivers impacted by dams or extensive development will require significant management interventions to protect ecosystems and people, according to an article published today in the online version of Fron...

New study warns limited carbon market puts 20 percent of tropical forest at risk

Arlington, Virginia In an ironic twist, 11 countries that have avoided widespread destruction of their tropical forest are at risk of being left out of an emerging carbon market intended to promote rainforest conservation to combat climate change. A study published Tuesday in the Public Librar...

Biofuels boom could fuel rainforest destruction, Stanford researcher warns

Farmers across the tropics might raze forests to plant biofuel crops, according to new research by Holly Gibbs, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment. "If we run our cars on biofuels produced in the tropics, chances will be good that we are effectively bur...

Turtle nesting threatened by logging practices in Gabon, Smithsonian warns

Endangered sea turtles are victims of sloppy logging practices in the west central African country Gabon, according to a study led by William Laurance, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The study will be published online in the journal Oryx later this month. Sea t...

Genetic ancestral testing cannot deliver on its promise, study warns

Berkeley -- For many Americans, the potential to track one's DNA to a specific country, region or tribe with a take-home kit is highly alluring. But while the popularity of genetic ancestry testing is rising - particularly among African Americans - the technology is flawed and could spawn unwelcom...

Study warns deep-sea mining may pose serious threat to fragile marine ecosystems

Undersea habitats supporting rare and potentially valuable organisms are at risk from seafloor mining scheduled to begin within this decade, says a new study led by a University of Toronto Mississauga geologist. Mining of massive sulphide deposits near "black smokers"—undersea hydrothermal vent ...

Reef warns of sea level rise

Margaret River in WA, famed for its wine, is about to become famous for another reason: warning coastal dwellers what they may have to cope with under global warming. A fossil coral reef, lying several metres above today's high tide mark at Foul Bay near Margaret River, points to the high point o...

Report warns about carbon dioxide threats to marine life

Worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning are dramatically altering ocean chemistry and threatening marine organisms, including corals, that secrete skeletal structures and support oceanic biodiversity. A landmark report released today summarizes the known effects of increased ...

Scientist warns of threat to last stronghold of endangered turtle

A major conservation effort, led by Dr Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter, has just got underway to help protect endangered leatherback turtles which nest in Gabon, West Africa. The region is thought to be the animals' last global stronghold, as pacific populations dwindle precariously. I...

Infectious disease expert warns of spread of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

An infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins who has spent nearly three decades studying the life-threatening, tick-borne infection known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever warns that the first widespread outbreak of the bacterial disease in Arizona is a growing and dangerous sign of how humans can i...

FSU scientist warns North Atlantic right whale facing extinction

The North Atlantic right whale's future looks grim if the current mortality rates continue, according to Florida State University assistant professor of oceanography Douglas Nowacek and a group of fellow scientists from across the nation. They have co-authored a paper titled "North Atlantic Right...

FDA Warns About Antipsychotic Drugs and Elderly

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a public health advisory to alert health care providers, patients, and patient caregivers to new safety information concerning an unapproved (i.e., "off-label") use of certain drugs called "atypical antipsychotic drugs." These drugs are approved f...

WHO Warns Of Increased Risk Of Vector-borne Diseases In Tsunami-affected Areas

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned about increased risk of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever across tsunami-affected areas in Southeast Asia. Nearly four weeks after the disaster struck the region on 26 December, the organization is strengthening its disease surveillanc...

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Home-Use Diagnostic Kits Marketed by Globus Media

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use unapproved home-use diagnostic test kits that have been marketed nationwide via the Internet by Globus Media, Montreal, Canada. The use of these products could result in false results that could lead to significant adverse healt...

Triggering muscle development -- a therapeutic cure for muscle wastage?

... of this hormone as we age, this may combine with the lack of intensive physical activity to cause muscle wasting in elderly people. "The downside", warns Dr. Goldspink, "is that MGF has great potential for doping in sports. A synthetic version is already available over the internet, and although it is s...

Study highlights massive imbalances in global fertilizer use

...tic fertilizers. But in a report published in the June 19 issue of the journal Science , an international team of ecologists and agricultural experts warns against a "one-size-fits-all" approach to managing global food production. "Most agricultural systems follow a trajectory from too little in ...

Cancer-causing protein can also help fight the tumors it causes

... plan to publish their results soon. The more researchers learn, the more they can exploit these cells to keep the human body healthy but Rechavi warns that not all the news may be good. "It could be that a bad protein is able to transfer from cancer cells to immune cells as well, upon acquiring such ...

Coral 'can't escape the heat'

... take no action then big emitters like China and India will see that as a justification not to act. It is up to us to show a lead." Prof. McCulloch warns that the ability of the oceans to soak up man-made carbon is already diminishing, raising the risk that global warming could accelerate. Prof McCul...

Australia's most endangered snake might need burning

...mation about the likely costs and benefits of the different strategies. This includes the potential collateral impacts upon other species of concern," warns Professor Shine. ...

American carnivores evolved to avoid each other, new study suggests

...is exposed group have facial or body coloring with an abrupt demarcation between white and dark. For skunks, this contrasting coloration almost surely warns predators of their noxious spray, Hunter explained, while with some weasel family members -- the notoriously aggressive badgers and wolverines, for ex...

Decisive action needed as warming predictions worsen, says expert

...ncreasing the danger that without aggressive action to reduce emissions the climate system could cross a critical threshold by the end of the century, warns a leading member of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Studies indicate that greenhouse warming could trigger a viciou...

Plant soybean early to increase yield

...search also suggests that early planting may lead to increased oil concentration of Midwest soybean. However, early planting may not be for everyone," warns Robinson. "Further research is needed to quantify the impact early planting has on seed quality." ...

Dramatic expansion of dead zones in the oceans

...n acidification, the other great oceanic consequence of high atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from fossil fuel burning. Professor Shaffer warns that as a result, "the future of the ocean as a large food reserve would be more uncertain. Reduced fossil fuel emissions are needed over the next few...

Anakinra for rheumatoid arthritis: A modest benefit with some risk

... New research supports a modest beneficial effect of anakinra for rheumatoid arthritis patients, but warns against potential risks for serious infections and its use with other biologic medications. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease ...

U of Minnesota researcher finds link between aggression, status and sex

... self-defense. Statistics reinforce this idea; police reports show that "trivial altercations" is the leading reason for homicide. But Griskevicius warns that his work should not suggest that people are attracted to aggression. Rather, "it is all about status--the one who wins the game--he's the one tha...

September 2007 Sumatran earthquakes research findings

... Three great earthquakes and destructive tsunamis over the past four years is not enough to spare the region of another large earthquake, warns an international group of earthquake researchers in their paper published in the Dec. 4 issue of the journal Nature . The first of the recent grea...

Major conference on food Dec. 1-2, 2008

...lopment Report 2008. New investments in agriculture and political will are needed to make African agriculture more productive and resilient. The CGIAR warns that unless the world addresses these challenges, the livelihoods and food security of millions of poor people, as well as the economic, ecological an...

'Arid aquaculture' among livelihoods promoted to relieve worsening pressure on world's drylands

...lands residents, many of whom are the world's "poorest of the poor," employ "highly vulnerable livelihood strategies that depend on land productivity" warns the report, which describes the success of several occupational options explored in a four-year, multi-country study. Other promising alternative l...

Study helps clarify role of soil microbes in global warming

...spiration in heated soils is caused by the adaptation of individual microbes, by shifts in species composition or a combination of the two factors. He warns against minimizing the role of soil microbes in global warming, even though his findings suggest that current models overstate their contribution. ...

Providing toilets, safe water is top route to reducing world poverty: UN University

...ttend school and, an opportunity to participate in the local economy; all mechanisms which work towards breaking the cycle of poverty. The analysis warns that microbial and chemical contamination of water and other new threats are emerging from pharmaceuticals in drinking water to exposure to avian inf...

Study: urban black bears 'live fast, die young'

...food source namely garbage bears are being drawn in from backcountry areas into urbanized landscapes where they meet their demise." The study warns that urbanized areas are functioning as "sinks" for black bear populations, drawing in bears from outlying wild areas, where they ultimately die. As ...

Don't blame cities for climate change, see them as solutions

... Cities are being unfairly blamed for most of humanity's greenhouse gas emissions and this threatens efforts to tackle climate change, warns a study in the October 2008 issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization . The paper says cities are often blamed for 75 to 80 percent of em...

Wolves would rather eat salmon

...injuries. In addition to safety benefits we determined that salmon also provides enhanced nutrition in terms of fat and energy". The research also warns that this already vestigial predator-prey relationship one that once spread from California to Alaska might not be around forever. Darimont cautions...

Tiny invasive snail impacts Great Lakes, alters ecology

...He notes that signs are beginning to mark areas in New York where the snail is found to warn people to clean their gear. The Penn State researcher warns that the snails are difficult to control, noting "I have frozen them for 12 hours at a time and about 50 percent of them survive." ...

Looking for the Founatain of Youth? Cut your calories, research suggests

...d you may live to be substantially older." When cutting calories, Weiss warns that it is imperative to maintain a healthy diet by eating nutrient-rich fo... health and a slowing of aging." Because it also slows metabolism, Weiss warns that calorie-restricted weight loss could make people more prone to weight ...

Coastal management cooperation, enforcement key to avoid pending crisis for millions: UN experts

...lunt assessment, to be presented Weds. June 4 at UN Headquarters, New York, UNUs Canadian-based International Network on Water, Environment and Health warns of a looming, potentially terminal disaster in several coastal areas unless we introduce much more effective management immediately. Coastal marin...
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