No growth for Boulder fire overnight; 5 reportedly missing

BOULDER – Fire officials say new infrared mapping of the Fourmile Canyon Fire released on Wednesday reveals it is 6,168 acres. Five people remain missing. Twenty people were initially reported missing in the fire area and authorities say they have cleared 15 of those cases, but five people remain missing. “They’re open investigations,” Cmdr. Rick […]

New education system may rise from Haiti’s ruins

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Of the 800 children born each day in this luckless Caribbean nation, only 567 are fortunate enough to eventually attend school. One of three finishes sixth grade, and just seven of that original 800 ever see the inside of a university. And those numbers reflect the situation before the Jan. 12 earthquake wiped out […]

U.S. to boost aid as number of homeless doubles in Pakistan floods

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The number of Pakistanis rendered homeless by massive flooding doubled to 4 million, the United Nations said Thursday as Washington planned to ramp up assistance to aid the suffering. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she plans to announce an additional $60 million in U.S. aid to add to the $90 […]

Clean electricity from invasive trees in Namibia?

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AlertNet) – The area around Otjiwarongo in Namibia’s heartland is a green sea of short, shrubby trees as far as the eye can see. While beautiful to some, this bush is an invader species and seen by ranchers as a dreaded pest that pushes out nutritious grasses. Since the 1950s, bad grazing practices […]

UN declares access to clean water a human right

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Wednesday recognized access to clean water and sanitation as a human right. After more than 15 years of debate on the issue, 122 countries voted in favor of a compromise Bolivian resolution enshrining the right, while 41 abstained. Read More…

A Political View of CO2

For those interested in the study of climate – including its impact on society and society’s impact on it – 1972 was an extremely important year. In that year a collection of weather anomalies occurred adversely affecting global food production and therefore availability. At that time some blamed the food shortages on the weather. More […]

International Conference on Climate Change and People
(with a focus on Greater South Asia, from Kyrgyzstan to Bangladesh)

15-19 November 2010, Kathmandu, NEPAL The burning Issues on climate change and their impacts – many of which are effectively irreversible – will affect everyone on the Earth. Human health, patterns and intensity of precipitation, water and food supplies, energy supplies, and the viability of natural systems: all will be affected if Earth’s climate continues […]