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Methane bubbling through seafloor creates undersea hills

According to a recent paper published by MBARI geologists and their colleagues, methane gas bubbling through seafloor sediments has created hundreds of low hills on the floor of the Arctic Ocean. These enigmatic features, which can grow up to 40 meters (130 feet) tall and several hundred meters across, have puzzled scientists ever since they were first discovered in the 1940s.

Asia-European collaboration addresses water management in Indonesia

University of Leicester environmentalists are leading an international team in a research project that can help Indonesian researchers to reverse strategies that have resulted in inefficient water management which threatens local communities.

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac -- January 31, 2007

The American Chemical Society News Service Weekly Press Package with reports from 35 major peer-reviewed journals on chemistry, health, medicine, energy, environment, food, nanotechnology and other hot topics.

AMS climate change statement

Despite uncertainties, there is adequate evidence from observations and interpretations of climate simulations to conclude that the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are warming; that humans have significantly contributed to this change; and that further climate change will continue to have important impacts on human societies, on economies, on ecosystems and on wildlife through the 21st century and beyond, according to a new information statement on climate change issued by the American Meteorological Society today.

March/April Geological Society of America Bulletin media highlights

Geology topics of interest include: evidence from New Zealand challenging the hypothesis that the Northern Hemisphere drives global climate; evidence of two catastrophic volcanic eruptions in the Hannegan Pass area of Washington state's North Cascades National Park; origins of the highly productive topsoil of America's Great Plains; and new insights into hotspots in the Hawaiian-Emperor Island seamount chain.

Climate change only one symptom of a stressed planet Earth

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme responds to the IPCC AR4 by focussing on the need for an integrated, Earth Systems Science approach to the challenges posed by global environmental change. Several scientists from the IGBP network who authored chapters of the IPCC report are quoted.

New report presents strongest evidence yet of human link to global warming, Duke expert says

Evidence presented in the first phase of the IntergovernmentalPanel on Climate Change's 4th Assessment Report, released today in Paris, paints the clearest picture yet that human-derived greenhouse gases are playing a significant role in observed global warming, says a Duke University scientist who coauthored one of the report's main chapters.

Sea level on the rise -- in real and virtual worlds

The climate system, and in particular sea level, may be responding more quickly to rising carbon emissions than climate scientists have estimated with climate models.