Posted by: Michael Ritter PhD | June 2, 2006

News Roundup

Reflooding Restores Wildlife to Iraqi Marshes

“In the 1990s the Garden of Eden was destroyed. The fertile wetlands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers were diked and drained, turning most of 15,000 square kilometers of marsh to desert. By the year 2000, less than 10 percent of that swampland–nearly twice as big as Florida’s Everglades–remained. But reflooding of some areas since 2003 has produced what some scientists are calling the “miracle of the Mesopotamian marshes”–a return of plants, aquatic life and even rare birds to their ancestral home.”
Read article at Scientific American.
[TPE Link: “Habitat Degradation and Human Activity“]

Climate Change Responsible For Increased Hurricanes, Researchers Find

Human induced climate change, rather than naturally occurring ocean cycles, may be responsible for the recent increases in frequency and strength of North Atlantic hurricanes, according to Penn State and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers.
Read article at Science Daily
[TPE Link: “Hurricanes“, “Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming“, “Climate Change”]

Earth’s Ozone Layer Appears To Be On The Road To Recovery


“Think of the ozone layer as Earth’s sunglasses, protecting life on the surface from the harmful glare of the sun’s strongest ultraviolet rays, which can cause skin cancer and other maladies.” (Image courtesy NASA)
Read article at Science Daily
[TPE Link:”Stratosphere“]


Sinking Levees: New Report Maps Subsidence, Addresses Flooding In New Orleans

“Most of New Orleans is sinking at an average rate of 6mm a year. In some areas, subsidence is occurring at a rate of as much as 29mm/year. That’s according to research published in this week’s edition of the journal Nature by scientists from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Titled, “Subsidence and Flooding in New Orleans,” the authors conclude that when global sea level rise is factored into their analysis, the average rate of subsidence of the city relative to sea level is even higher — 8mm on average per year.”
Read article at Science Daily
[TPE Link:”Deltas“]

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