Review article frosty wind of change review news week. The vagaries of nature: cold and snow in Russia lead to disaster. Rosprirodnadzor: continuation of the events. Environmentalists oppose the nuclear waste. Russia joined the Convention on Tobacco Control. Tiger Week: accident, a foundling, and the attack on the logger.
Bullfinch – a bird of the year 2008: an expert commentary. Review from 21/01/2008 to 27/01/2008. A short overview of the major environmental news for the week. Poplars are able to eliminate the effects of pollution U.S. scientists have come to the conclusion that the poplars are able to cope with urgent in our time has hit the problem of environmental pollution. Thus, it became clear that these trees so unloved in Russia for its ‘intrusive’ down, absorb and break down very carcinogenic industrial solvent trichlorethylene, widely used in many fields, including medicine and print production.
—- The temperature of the permafrost layer has been steadily increasing for three years, the temperature of permafrost in Russia was almost twice as high. As reported by ITAR-TASS, the disturbing results of observations on the eternal permafrost in Russia provided the Japanese scientific and technological Agency for Research on land and sea (JAMSTEC published in Tokyo.) three years, this is not thawing soil, located on the three-meter depth, was warmer. —- Climate change threatens humanity disappearance, said WHO Director-General opened in Geneva on the 122nd session of the Executive Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaking in front of her participants, WHO Director General Margaret Chan stressed that climate change, growing instability and internal conflicts have a negative impact on human health and undermining the global system health, reversing earlier gains in this area. —- In the United Arab Emirates will be the most ‘green’ city in the world earlier this year to begin construction of Masdar City – the first city in the world without carbon dioxide emissions, without the usual vehicles and no waste. Today at the World Summit future of energy in Abu Dhabi, the WWF and the government of one of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Abu Dhabi – presented a new model city, which will meet all the strictest principles of sustainable development. —- Earth waiting for the ice age of global warming on Earth will not be. With such a sensational statement was made by Dr. Mathematical and Physical Sciences Khabibullo Abdusamatov. Moreover, according to a scientist in the next 50 years, the planet can expect a new glacial period, that would affect 80% of the world’s population. And though his colleagues Abdusamatova forecasts are skeptical, scientific advice to start preparing for global cooling now. —- The role of terrestrial ecosystems in the binding greenhouse gas emissions: more questions than answers Terrestrial ecosystems, absorbing or releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gases (CO2, methane, nitrogen oxides), thus not only participate in the global carbon cycle, but also exert a significant influence on climate. But no less important is the converse impact – the impact of climate change on the processes occurring in ecosystems. In an article published in the journal Nature, Martin Heimann (Martin Heimann) and Marcus Rayhshtayn (Markus Reichstein) from the Institute of Biogeochemistry Max Planck (Jena, Germany) emphasized that the relationship Climate and processes within ecosystems, remains still very poorly known. It is clear only that the effects of global warming can be mitigated as ecosystems, and amplified.