October 18, 2013
What’s happening in environmental news? Here are the Eco News Network top picks for water, climate, and soil environmental news this week including the Ross Sea Marine Sanctuary, climate change and America’s forests, and the Bohol quake.
End of U.S Government Shutdown Potentially Secures Marine Sanctuary
The U.S, New Zealand, and other countries have been working, for a decade, on a deal to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in the Ross Sea. Throughout the years it has come across various obstacles, like Russia and Ukraine not agreeing to the proportions; which have been made smaller in the hopes they’ll agree at a meeting in Australia next week. The most recent obstacle was the government shutdown which threatened U.S participation in the meeting, but luckily, ended on Wednesday night. Read the full story at mysask.com.
Climate Change Affects North America’s Forests
Dartmouth researchers published a study in the journal Ecological Monographs, in which they reviewed around 500 scientific papers to assess climate change. They concluded that the warmer temperatures are causing insect outbreaks that are responsible for killing trees, but that also forests are growing faster and less susceptible to pests. Read the full story at ScienceDaily.
Bohol Quake Among Deadliest in Philippine History
An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Central Visayas, Philippines on Tuesday, October 15. It is among the country’s worst earthquakes in history, falling into number 5 among the top 10. When the article was written there had been 150 fatalities, but the number has risen to 161 as of Thursday, October 17, 2013. Read the full story at: The Philippine Star.
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