USA: Tropical Storm Bonnie Heads Over Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico will take another hit in its efforts to clean up the BP oil spill as Tropical Storm Bonnie develops over the next 48 hours. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida issued the following advisory: A tropical storm watch has been issued for the Northern Gulf of Mexico coast from Destin, … Read more USA: Tropical Storm Bonnie Heads Over Gulf of Mexico

UK: New Scientists Appointed to Drugs Council

Following sackings and resignations under the Labour government, four new appointments have been made to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. The new scientific advisors will have a difficult job of re-establishing useful relations with the government following the extraordinary sacking of Professor David Nutt. Famous for phrases such as “horse-riding is more … Read more UK: New Scientists Appointed to Drugs Council

Mexico & USA: Tropical Storm Alex, Hurricane Celia & Hurricane Darby

Hurricane Celia and Hurricane Derby are moving away from the USA & Mexico, whilst Tropical Storm Alex is moving towards the coast of Mexico, Belize and Honduras. Here are the latest updates from the local weather centres: Tropical Storm Alex NWS TPC/National Hurricane Center Miami Florida AL012010 1500 UTC Saturday June 26th 2010 Summary of … Read more Mexico & USA: Tropical Storm Alex, Hurricane Celia & Hurricane Darby

Australia Braces for Locust Outbreak

Australian agriculture has been bracing itself for plagues of locusts which are expected to hatch in the antipodean Spring, which occurs from late September through October. Good soil moisture in autumn and winter is expected to lead to significant hatchings and a much higher number than usual of locusts reaching maturity. The Australian Plague Locust … Read more Australia Braces for Locust Outbreak

Biotech: Eli Lilly does deal in Queensland

Eli Lilly will take a 20% share in a new joint venture with the Queensland government in Australia to develop research in bio-pharmaceuticals. The venture capital fund is worth USD$250 million of which the Queensland government will contribute US$25 million. Eli Lilly will invest USD$50 million. Other partners cannot be named under US law. The … Read more Biotech: Eli Lilly does deal in Queensland

India: Severe Weather Warning for Cyclone “Phet”

Cyclone Phet is threatening severe weather of the coast of India in the Arabian Sea. A severe weather warning from the Indian Meteorological Department was issued on June 3rd 2010 and is as follows: Heavy Rainfall Warning Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur over Assam & Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh over the next … Read more India: Severe Weather Warning for Cyclone “Phet”

Carbon Emissions: Campaign Group Outlines Improvements for EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Rob Elsworth is the Policy Office for Sandbag, a campaign group working to reduce carbon emissions. Here he gives The Global Herald his analysis of the latest developments in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. The EU Emissions Trading scheme looks set to lock in emissions, allowing for pollution to take place rather than encourage the … Read more Carbon Emissions: Campaign Group Outlines Improvements for EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Science: Venter Announces First Synthetic Lifeform

The J. Craig Venter Institute this week announced the creation of the first synthetically created lifeform – a self-replicating bacteria cell. Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 was created by synthesizing the 1.08 million base pair chromosome of a modified Mycoplasma mycoides genome. Daniel G. Gibson et al published the results in Science Express. Dr. Gibson stated, “To … Read more Science: Venter Announces First Synthetic Lifeform

Japan: Venus Climate Orbiter Launched into Space

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Venus Climate Orbiter “AKATSUKI” aboard H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 17 (H-IIA F17) at 6:58:22 a.m. on 21st May 2010 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 27 minutes and 29 seconds after … Read more Japan: Venus Climate Orbiter Launched into Space

Sri Lanka & India: Cyclone Laila Displaces over 100,000

Eighty lakhs of rupees have been released by the Sri Lankan President for the provision of flood relief in Gampaha, Kalutara, Colombo, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle and Matara districts as Cyclone Laila passes through the Bay of Bengal. Pre-monsoon rain has affected more than 100,000 people in Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa … Read more Sri Lanka & India: Cyclone Laila Displaces over 100,000

Mongolia: UN Calls for Help in Dzud Disaster

Mongolia is suffering from the effects of a natural phenomenon, termed locally as a “Dzud”. This describes harsh conditions which make it impossible for cattle to graze such as; drought, thick snow cover or ice covering grass. 17% of the country’s livestock has died as a result and the UN is calling for $18 million … Read more Mongolia: UN Calls for Help in Dzud Disaster

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland: Ash Plume 7km High

The latest status report from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland notes that the current ash plume at Eyjafjallajökull is 7km high and earthquakes are continuing at a depth of 5-13km. There are no signs that the eruption is ending. Ash is predicted to head towards … Read more Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland: Ash Plume 7km High

Science: Herschel Reveals What Happens When a Star is Born

The European Space Agency (ESA) have this week unveiled the first results from their infrared space observatory, known as Herschel, providing the above collection of images which go some way to explaining what happens during star formation. The new images, some of which are shown above, challenge several ideas about star birth and suggest new … Read more Science: Herschel Reveals What Happens When a Star is Born

BP Oil Spill: Deepwater Horizon Could Spill 9.5 Million Litres of Oil per Day

The BP oil spill at Deepwater Horizon is already five times bigger than first thought and BP bosses have been forced to admit that the worst case scenario for the spill could see 60,000 barrels per day pour into the ocean around the Gulf of Mexico. Briefing House Energy and Environment committee on Tuesday 3rd … Read more BP Oil Spill: Deepwater Horizon Could Spill 9.5 Million Litres of Oil per Day

Environment: BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Could be Worst in History

After days of stories with increasingly bad news filtering from various agencies dealing with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, USA, the US Coast Guard has now told that original estimates for the amount of oil spewing into the ocean could have been underestimated by as … Read more Environment: BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Could be Worst in History