Warmer Water Leads to Male Offspring -- if You're a Fish Fri,30 Dec 2011 12:10 PM PST Time.com - To a list that includes extreme weather patterns and disappearing polar bears, you can add another dispiriting effect of climate change: too many males. Three years ago, Francesc Piferrer and other scientists working at Barcelona's Institute of Marine Sciences proved that rising water temperatures caused some species of fish to produce a disproportionate ratio of males to females. Now, Piferrer and his team have gone on to discover something of a mechanism behind that imbalance. Full Story
Gingrich Kills Chapter on Climate Change in Upcoming Book Fri,30 Dec 2011 10:37 AM PST National Journal - DES MOINES, Iowa -- Newt Gingrich says he has killed a chapter on climate change in a post-election book of essays about the environment. But the intended author of the chapter, who supports the scientific consensus that humans contribute to climate change, says that's news to her.From National Journal:YEAR IN REVIEW Biggest Flops of 2011 CAMPAIGN 2012Ron Paul's Fans: Will They Vote GOP in 2012? YEAR IN REVIEW Backdrop to Action: The Capitol Building in 2011 Full Story
Scientists Hunt for Meteor Crash Clues in 200-Million-Year-Old Murder Mystery Fri,30 Dec 2011 10:23 AM PST SPACE.com - Mass extinctions are a relatively common theme in the history and evolution of life on Earth, and the most famous one is the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. A plethora of research has been conducted to determine how the dinosaur era ended, generating theories of massive volcanic eruptions, catastrophic climate change and giant impactors from space. Full Story
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tea sold through the Kenyan auction fell by 4.1 percent to 333.9 million kg this year from 348.15 million in 2010, Africa Tea Brokers said on Friday. Kenya, the world's leading exporter of black tea, exported 247.3 million kg, or 74 percent of the total, down from 259 million in 2010. The rest came from eight regional producers including Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Burundi, which sell their produce through the auction in the port city of Mombasa. ...
2011 renewables investment by firms $3.9 billion - DECC Thu,29 Dec 2011 04:16 AM PST Reuters - LONDON (Reuters) - Companies have announced plans to invest almost 2.5 billion pounds in renewable energy projects in the UK this year, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said on Thursday. The plans could potentially create almost 12,000 jobs, DECC said, and compare with estimates from various consultants of around 2.1 billion pounds for the previous year. "Renewable energy is not just helping us increase our energy security and reduce our emissions. It is supporting jobs and growth across the country," Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said. ... Full Story
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday approved a new $46.3 million loan program for Mali and approved an immediate disbursement of $9.3 million. "The loan arrangement was made under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) in support of the country's strategy to increase growth and reduce poverty," the IMF said in a statement. The economic outlook for Mali is favorable, but subject to downside risks because the country's agricultural sector remains highly vulnerable to adverse weather conditions, the IMF said. ...
Summary Box: Crop prices jump on dry weather Tue,27 Dec 2011 01:34 PM PST Associated Press - CROPS RISE: January soybeans rose 37 cents Tuesday to $12.095 per bushel. March wheat rose 22.75 cents to finish at $6.4475 per bushel. March corn rose 13.75 cents to $6.3325 per bushel. Full Story
Soggy weather and wind whipping up East Coast Tue,27 Dec 2011 11:24 AM PST Reuters - BOSTON (Reuters) - A storm system expected to drench the Southeast on Tuesday was set to barrel northward later in the day, forecasters said, bringing damaging winds and some snow to parts of the Northeast. Strong-to-severe thunderstorms were forecast to rumble across parts of the Southeast coast, with areas from southern North Carolina to northern Georgia the most likely to be hit, according to AccuWeather.com. Damaging winds and downpours are the major threats, with the possibility of a tornado from the strongest storms, it said. ... Full Story
Tips to Protect Skin From Cold Winter Weather Mon,26 Dec 2011 08:48 PM PST HealthDay - MONDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Cold weather is drier and can have damaging or negative effects on skin, but there are steps people can take to look and feel better, according to Dr. Amy McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Full Story
The nation's most active weather feature Sunday will be prompted by a low pressure system moving over the Gulf of Mexico. This storm will produce widespread rain from eastern Texas through Alabama. A mix of rain and snow cannot be ruled out in the cold air over and eastern New Mexico in the afternoon and evening.
Where Christmases Are Most Likely to Be White Fri,23 Dec 2011 03:26 PM PST The Atlantic Wire - We can't give you this year's Christmas Day weather forecast in your hometown -- for that you'll have to check in with the local TV stations, or if you're under 30, Google. But we can show you historically where Christmases are most likely to be white in the U.S. The map of the lower 48 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plots the probabilities of having at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on December 25 based on some 31 years of data. ... Full Story
DENVER (Reuters) - Snowfall in the Rockies, strong winds in the West and soaking rain in the South caused problems for holiday travelers on the first official day of winter, forecasters said on Thursday. A snowstorm swept across Colorado overnight, dumping up to 10 inches of snow in the Denver metropolitan area and up to two feet of snow in the foothills west of the city, according to the National Weather Service. ...