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07/04/2009 08:00 PM
EU: Earth warming faster
Reuters: Global warming is likely to overshoot a 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) rise seen by the European Union and many developing nations as a trigger for "dangerous" change, a Reuters poll of scientists showed on Tuesday. Nine of 11 experts, who were among authors of the final summary by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 (IPCC), also said the evidence that mankind was to blame for climate change had grown stronger in the past two years. Giving personal views of ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Struggling car firms call for green incentive scheme
Business Green: The government was yesterday facing fresh calls for the introduction of a "scrappage scheme" to encourage motorists to trade in older polluting cars for newer models, after figures revealed sales of new cars last month dropped by nearly a third on last year. Sales of new cars during March, traditionally a strong month for the industry, fell 30.5 per cent to 313,912 cars, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), prompting fresh calls for a ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Maldives Plans to Halt Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, President Says
Bloomberg: The Maldives, one of the nations most threatened by global warming, plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to zero to set an example in tackling climate change, the country's president said. As the Indian Ocean island-nation of about 385,000 people develops, it plans to bypass polluting technologies in favor of renewable energy, President Mohamed Nasheed said in a Bloomberg television interview in London. "We know that even if we stop emitting any carbon, that's not going to ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
New data show rapid Arctic ice decline
Washington Post: The Arctic sea ice cover continues to shrink and become thinner, according to satellite measurements and other data released yesterday, providing further evidence that the region is warming more rapidly than scientists had expected. The data on this winter's ice buildup came on the day that international ministers gathered in Washington to address issues facing Earth's polar regions, which have been disproportionately affected by global warming. At the State Department, Secretary of ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Australia: January's heatwave could have killed 374 Victorians
Australian: JANUARY'S extraordinary heatwave could have killed 374 Victorians, more than double the number of deaths in the Black Saturday bushfires. The alarming findings have just been made public by Victoria's Chief Health Officer Dr John Carnie, who investigated the health effects of the extreme heatwave that ran from 26 January to 1 February. Dr Carnie found the heatwave particularly affected the elderly, especially those with existing health conditions. He found that compared ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Heatwave blamed for deaths rise
Age: JUST over 370 Victorian deaths were probably attributable to the state's heatwave in late January, health authorities say. In total, 980 people died between January 26 and February 1 this year, 374 more than usual for that time of year. The State Government says the effects of the extreme heat had been a contributing factor in many deaths, particularly among elderly people. Of the dead, 248 were over 75, 46 were aged 65 to 74, and 67 were under 64. Melbourne's ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Arctic ice getting thinner, fading fast
San Francisco Chronicle: Ice in the ocean surrounding the Arctic is thinner than it's been in 30 years, and there's much less of it, say scientists who are monitoring the effects of climate change. At the same time, another team of climate scientists is predicting from earlier data that the Arctic's ice cover has been melting so rapidly over the past few years that much of it could be gone within another three decades. "Ice extent is an important measure of the health of the Arctic," said Walter Fowler ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Sea Level Rise Could Hit North America Hardest
Scienceline: A melting ice sheet may cause sea levels to rise unevenly around the globe, recent research reveals. By Allison Bond, posted April 6th, 2009. Share: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. The ocean bordering North American coastal cities like New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles may rise by more than 20 feet if the West Antarctic ice sheet melts due to global warming, new research suggests. That figure is 25 ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Heat-Trapping CO2 Cuts May Be 'Catastrophic,' Greenpeace Says
Bloomberg: Cuts in heat-trapping CO2 emissions proposed by the United States, Canada and the European Union will reduce output of the greenhouse gas less than needed to halt a "climate catastrophe," Greenpeace said. Total emissions cuts proposed so far by industrialized countries will lead to a carbon-dioxide output reduction of 4 percent to 14 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels, Greenpeace said today at United Nations climate talks in Bonn. The International Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, says ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Fears for future after Antarctic dam breaks away
Sydney Morning Herald: AN ICE wall damming the endangered Wilkins ice shelf against the Antarctic Peninsula has shattered, just as scientific alarms ring out about the region's rapid warming. The 40 kilometre-long bridge held for more than a year while ice behind it broke up, but European Space Agency images show it finally failed on Sunday night, and Australian glaciologist, Neal Young, said yesterday. "Now it looks like a laminated windscreen hit by a stone," said Dr Young, of the Antarctic Climate ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Heathrow runway plan challenged
BBC: A legal appeal is to be launched by councils opposed to the decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow. At the High Court the 2M group, which represents 23 local authorities, will apply for a judicial review of the government's approval of the expansion. The group will argue the decision was irrational and that the consultation process was not lawful. If permission for a review is granted, there is not expected to be a hearing until the early part of 2010. The ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Nigeria: Shell: corporate impunity goes on trial
Guardian: Could this be the beginning of the end of the age of impunity? Fourteen years after the judicial murder of the Nigerian novelist, environmentalist and human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Shell is about to go on trial in New York, accused of complicity in his execution. This represents a remarkable moment in the struggle between people and multinational corporations. Regardless of the outcome of the trial, the fact that one of the planet's most powerful companies finds itself in the dock ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
HK people show enthusiasm on combating climate change
Xinhua: About 2.9 million people of Hong Kong participated in Earth Hour 2009, a World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) environmental protection event, announced WWF Hong Kong on Tuesday. According to a survey commissioned by WWF, 58 percent of 984 people aged between 18 and 64 interviewed across Hong Kong said they participated in Earth Hour. This amounts to approximately 2.9 million people, which significantly exceeded the initial target of 1 million people. At 8:30 p.m. on March ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Heathrow airport expansion threatened by legal challenge
Guardian: Councils, residents and environment groups representing several million people have launched a legal challenge against the government's decison to expand Heathrow airport with a new runway. The coalition of 13 organisations claim that the consultation process for the new runway was flawed and that the decision was "irrational". They also argue that a third runway means that the UK risks breaching legal limits on noise and air pollution, that it will seriously undermine government ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Arctic Literally On Thin Ice, According To New Satellite Data
ScienceDaily: The latest data from NASA and the University of Colorado at Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center show the continuation of a decade-long trend of shrinking sea ice extent in the Arctic, including new evidence for thinning ice as well. The researchers, who have been tracking Arctic sea ice cover with satellites since 1979, found that the winter of 2008-09 was the fifth lowest maximum ice extent on record. The six lowest maximum events in the satellite record have all occurred in ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Satellite data shows Arctic on thinner ice
Reuters: Arctic sea ice, a key component of Earth's natural thermostat, has thinned sharply in recent years with the northern polar ice cap shrinking steadily in surface area, government scientists said on Monday. Thinner seasonal sea ice, which melts in summer and freezes again every year, now accounts for about 70 percent of the Arctic total, up from 40 to 50 percent in the 1980s and '90s, the researchers said, citing new satellite data. At the same time thicker ice, which lasts two ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Can Organic Cropping Systems Be As Profitable As Conventional Systems?
ScienceDaily: To answer these questions, the University of Wisconsin's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute agronomists established the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST) in 1990. This research is funded by USDA-ARS. Systems ranging from species-diverse pasture and organic systems to more specialized conventional alfalfa-based forage and corn-based grain systems were compared at two sites in southern Wisconsin from 1993 to ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate change in Lake Superior ice
Minneapolis Star Tribune: What started as a high school science fair project is the latest piece of evidence that global warming is affecting Lake Superior. Forrest Howk, now a freshman at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, studied 150 years of data in his hometown of Bayfield, Wis., and found that the harbor's frozen season has shrunk from about 120 days to 80 days. The findings, published in the latest issue of Journal of Great Lakes Research, are consistent with recent studies showing that ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Polar bears and penguins 'just tip of climate change iceberg'
WWF: New evidence from the North and South Poles indicates that time is running out for the world's leaders to respond to climate change. As ministers from Arctic Council and Antarctic Treaty states hold their first ever joint meeting in Washington on April 6 celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty, WWF is challenging the ministers to mark the occasion by affirming their commitment to climate change action. The conservation organisation provided the ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Obama: Accord on climate will be tough
Various: President Barack Obama says an international accord on combatting climate change will be difficult because of political and economic hurdles. Obama told a group of Turkish college students on Tuesday that some companies in many nations will resist efforts to limit the production of carbon gases because of the costs. He said political leaders face tough decisions on who would bear such costs. Obama said, "This is going to be a big, big project, a very difficult one, and costly ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Organic industry reports better than expected sales
Business Green: Sales of organic products slowed last year according to the latest figures from the Soil Association, but still fared significantly better than anticipated by some analysts who had predicted that organic and green consumer products would be particularly badly hit by the recession. Far from collapsing, UK sales of organic products increased 1.7 per cent last year to just over £2bn, according to data from the Soil Association, the body responsible for certifying goods as ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Arctic ice shows winter thinning
BBC: Arctic ice reached a larger maximum area this winter than in the last few years, scientists say, but the long-term trend still shows it declining. The 30-year trend shows the maximum annual sea-ice cover, usually seen in March, is shrinking by 2.7% per decade. Only 10% of the cover consists of relatively durable ice that has formed over more than two years, a record low. Scientists from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), say the thin ice is prone to summer ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Marine algae project launches with €6m in funding
Business Green: A joint Scottish-Irish research project intended to identify the best strains of algae for producing biofuels officially launched last week after securing EUR6m in funding from a raft of government bodies. The BioMara project will assess the suitability of marine macroalgae and microalgae as sustainable sources of biofuel. In particular it will focus on single-celled organisms that are capable of producing oil directly, and fast-growing seaweeds that can be converted into biofuels or ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Arctic Ice Got Smaller, Thinner, Younger This Winter
National Geographic: Turns out there is such a thing as being too young and too thin. Arctic ice continued its decline this winter, with hardy, thicker old ice increasingly being replaced with quick-to-melt, thinner young ice, according to a new report by NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center. This winter's maximum Arctic sea ice extent was 5.85 million square miles (15,150,000 square kilometers)--about 278,000 square miles (720,000 square kilometers) less than the Arctic average between ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Rich China and poor China conundrum as clout grows
Reuters: Success in winning China's help with global tasks like reviving the world economy or fighting climate change can depend on which China you're talking to: the established economic powerhouse or the developing country. China the new power holds $2 trillion (1.34 trillion pounds) in foreign reserves, including about $1 trillion in U.S. debt, and increasingly lectures rich nations on economic management. Developing China has tens of millions of rural poor among its 1.3 billion people and ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Japan pursues plutonium-based fuel
United Press International: Japan, which currently produces about 30 percent of its electricity from nuclear power, is turning to a plutonium-based fuel to supplement its existing energy programs. For the resource-poor country, recycling reprocessed plutonium – which can also be used to produce nuclear weapons – can help reduce dependence on foreign energy supplies. There are still some issues to be resolved in implementing the program, however. The process involves burning a mixed plutonium-uranium oxide, or ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Reject the god of growth for a sustainable future, says professor
Western Mail: Tomorrow, Professor Tim Jackson, economics commissioner for the Sustainable Development Commission, will be in Swansea to launch a report calling on the UK government to tackle the economic crisis through low carbon recovery measures. Here, he suggests a new way of thinking to meet the challenges that lie ahead THIS year is likely to be seen as a defining moment in economic history. The combination of the severest economic recession since the 1930s; increasingly stark warnings ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Clinton urges Antarctica enviro-guards
United Press International: Protection of the Antarctic region against increased tourism is the goal of a proposal to the Antarctic Treaty, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. "Strengthening environmental regulation is especially as important as tourism to the Antarctica increases," Clinton said Monday during the 32nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Baltimore. "The United States is concerned about the safety of the tourists and the suitability of the ships that make the journey south. ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
India, China reject climate pact that obstructs economic growth
Indo-Asian News Service: India and China have told the United Nations a climate change agreement that slows down their economic growth and locks them into poverty is unacceptable to them. The UN's climate change boss said Monday the two Asian giants have taken a series of "ambitious" domestic actions to combat climate change but want to draw the line at anything that would upset their economic growth strategies. "Both of those countries are increasingly taking action - at home - not waiting for an ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Arctic sea ice thinnest ever going into spring
Associated Press: The Arctic is treading on thinner ice than ever before. Researchers say that as spring begins, more than 90 percent of the sea ice in the Arctic is only 1 or 2 years old. That makes it thinner and more vulnerable than at anytime in the past three decades, according to researchers with NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado. "We're not set up well for summertime," ice data center scientist Walt Meier said Monday. "We're in a very precarious situation." Young ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Ice 'melting faster than first thought'
AAP: Researchers have warned that the world's ice sheets might melt faster than previously thought. A study based on rare, preserved stalagmites in a coastal cave in Italy has provided a timeline of sea level rises during warm periods of the earth's history. Australian and European researchers have calculated the stalagmites are about 190,000 to 245,000 years old, during which time there were three warm periods, reflected in three peaks in sea level. It's the oldest record of ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Salazar: Eastern wind could replace coal for power
Associated Press: Windmills off the East Coast could generate enough electricity to replace most, if not all, the coal-fired power plants in the United States, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday. But those numbers were challenged as "overly optimistic" by a coal industry group, which noted that half the nation's electricity currently comes from coal-fired power plants. The secretary spoke at a public hearing in Atlantic City on how the nation's offshore areas can be tapped to meet ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Study reveals potential to amass more carbon in eastern North American forests
EurekAlert: With climate change looming, the hunt for places that can soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is on. Obvious "sinks" for the greenhouse gas include the oceans and the enormous trees of tropical rainforests. But temperate forests also play a role, and new research now suggests they can store more carbon than previously thought. In a study that drew on both historical and present-day datasets, Jeanine Rhemtulla of McGill University and David Mladenoff and Murray Clayton of ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
The fragility of the world's coral is revealed through a study of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Physorg: A new study by researchers from UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) sheds light on how threats to the world's endangered coral reef ecosystems can be more effectively managed. In a recent issue of the journal Coral Reefs, lead authors Kimberly A. Selkoe and Benjamin S. Halpern, both of NCEAS, explain how their maps of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) -- a vast area stretching over 1,200 miles -- can be used to make informed ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Japan loses No. 2 spot to Spain in solar photovoltaic capacity: study
Kyodo News: Japan has slipped from the No. 2 position in the world in grid-connected solar photovoltaic capacity, replaced by Spain, according to a recent study by an international body. The draft report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) said the existing capacity for Japan, which had once topped the list before falling in 2005, totaled 1.97 million kw at the end of 2008. Germany topped the list with 5.4 million kw, followed by Spain with 2.3 million kw. ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Canada maps underground water
Xinhua: Scientists in Canada are mapping the underground water supplies across the country to provide policy makers information for developing water conservation laws. The study is the first modern water survey in Canada using such advanced tools as computer modeling, satellite imagery and airborne geophysical surveys, after the last national mapping study of aquifers in 1967, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)reported Monday. The study, which started in 2003, aims to collect ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Clinton urges controls on Antarctic tourism
Reuters: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday urged tighter controls on cruise ships and tourists in Antarctica to prevent further environmental damage to the fragile region. Addressing an international meeting on both the Antarctic and the Arctic, Clinton said as tourism increases to Antarctica there must be more regulations governing that travel. "We have submitted a resolution that would place limits on landings from ships carrying large number of tourists. We have also ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Jamaica-Size Ice Shelf Breaks Free
National Geographic: An "alarming rate" of melting in the Antarctic Peninsula has finally snapped the ice bridge that held the Wilkins Ice Shelf in place, experts say. The 25-mile-long (40-kilometer-long) ribbon of sea ice that secured the Jamaica-size ice shelf (which is just out of view in the above pictures) to Antarctica had been "hanging by a thread" since August 2008 (above, top, in November 2008 in a European Space Agency satellite image). On Saturday, April 4, the bridge broke at its ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Artic ice thinner than ever: scientists
Agence France-Presse: The Arctic ice cap is thinner than ever, satellite observations revealed Monday, while also indicating that the sea ice cover continues to shrink due to global warming. This winter saw the fifth lowest maximum ice extent on record since monitoring by satellite began in 1979, said the Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The period between 2004 and 2009 saw the lowest ice extent, said Charles Fowler, a University of Colorado (CU) glaciologist who led a team ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Can Carbon Capture and Storage Save Coal?
Scientific American: Like all big coal-fired power plants, the 1,600-megawatt-capacity Schwarze Pumpe plant in Spremberg, Germany, is undeniably dirty. Yet a small addition to the facility--a tiny boiler that pipes 30 MW worth of steam to local industrial customers--represents a hope for salvation from the global climate-changing consequences of burning fossil fuel. To heat that boiler, the damp, crumbly brown coal known as lignite--which is even more polluting than the harder black anthracite ... read more

07/04/2009 08:00 PM
Carbon slump threatens emission-cut goals
Japan Times: First, came the credit crunch and recession. Now there is a carbon price slump that may undermine one of the main ways governments have chosen to combat global warming. This is happening as Japan, the United States and other advanced economies develop plans for carbon trading based on national emissions targets. Since 2005, the European Union has pioneered a trading scheme for industrial greenhouse-gas emissions, including carbon dioxide -- the main gas blamed by many scientists for ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Five Hot Spots in Congress's Upcoming Climate Change Debate
U.S. News and World Report: When Rep. Henry Waxman of California and Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts released a draft of a much-anticipated global warming bill last week, it effectively marked the start of this year's debate over regulating greenhouse gas emissions. But even with a Democratic majority in Congress and a sympathetic Obama administration, it's going to be a long, tough fight. The debate centers on a proposal to create a cap-and-trade program, which, if passed, would set national limits on ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Empire State Building Plans Environmental Retrofit
New York Times: Once the world's tallest building, the Empire State Building is striving for another milestone: It is going green. Owners of the New York City landmark announced on Monday that they will be beginning a renovation this summer expected to reduce the skyscraper's energy use by 38 percent a year by 2013, at an annual savings of $4.4 million. The retrofit project will add $20 million to the $500 million building makeover already under way that aims to attract larger corporate occupants at ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate change algorithm created
United Press International: A Canadian-led team of scientists has developed a mathematical approach to the relocation of people that will result from climate change. University of Lethbridge Professor Sajjad Zahir and colleagues Ruhul Sarker of the University of New South Wales and Ziaul Al-Mahmud of the Lethbridge Community Network have devised an algorithm to address the problem of population relocation. The team said its approach will help governments decide what fraction of a population would need to ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate change: Reduce or spread disease?
United Press International: U.S. government scientists are disputing studies that predict climate change might expand the scope of human infectious diseases. Kevin Lafferty of the U.S. Geological Survey and colleagues suggest that instead of an expansion of the global range of diseases, global warming might cause a poleward shift in areas suitable for diseases as higher latitudes become warmer and regions near the equator become too hot. Lafferty says the newly suitable areas for diseases will tend to be ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Nasa scientists alarmed over Arctic ice readings
Times (UK): Winter ice cover in the Arctic continued to decline this year with satellite readings showing its maximum reach was the fifth smallest since records began in 1979. Sea ice cover extended 278,000 square miles less than the average for 1979 to 2000, data released yesterday by Nasa revealed. The last six years were the worst six for winter ice cover. This year the maximum extent of the sea ice was reached on February 28 when it covered 5.85 million square miles. A further ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
U.S. power plant carbon emissions fell in 2008: study
Reuters: U.S. power plants released less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere last year as the economy slowed down and temperatures were milder than usual, a report from an environmental group said on Monday. Climate warming carbon emissions from U.S. power plants fell 3.1 percent in 2008, the Environmental Integrity Project said. The drop in emissions coincided with a 3.3 percent decline in gross electric output in 2008 from the prior year. U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to cut ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Government CO2 market growth may deter "green" spending
Reuters: Clean energy project developers may lose carbon offset buyers as a result of the global economic downturn combined with increased transparency in a government-level emissions trading scheme under the Kyoto Protocol, French bank Societe Generale said on Monday. Under the Kyoto climate change pact, nations that have seen their greenhouse gas emissions rise above target levels can buy offsets, called Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs), from clean energy projects in developing ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Country Sets Its Sights On Carbon Capture
SciDev.Net: An atlas of potential underground storage sites for carbon dioxide emissions will be compiled for South Africa as part of a plan to be using carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by 2020. The atlas is being compiled by the Council for Geoscience and the Petroleum Agency of South Africa with funding from the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI) and a range of energy companies. It is scheduled to be completed in April 2010. The South African Centre for ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Another Voice: "Climate Change Cover-Up"
Ukiah Daily Journal: Are you aware that there has been a widespread cover-up of a major cause of global warming, and that former Vice-President Al Gore, our current President Barack Obama, and the EPA are all complicit? What is being covered up? Meat-eating is a major cause of global warming. Big Macs and bacon are destroying the planet. 1) Basic facts about meat-eating and global warming According to a 2006 United Nations report, the raising of livestock for meat consumption is directly ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Poor nations call for levy on airline tickets to help them adapt to climate change
Guardian: A levy on all airline tickets and a global trading system for aircraft emissions are the contrasting proposals presented today to tackle the impact of flying on climate. Negotiators at UN climate talks in Bonn were told by the world's poorest 49 countries that the annual 760m international air passengers should each pay a levy of about $6 (£5.4) on every flight to help those nations adapt to climate change. The least developed group of countries (LDCs) said a modest levy could ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Airlines want governments to be stricter on emissions
New Scientist: They may be an unlikely green lobby, but four of the world's largest airline companies have called on governments to be stricter with them. British Airways, Air France-KLM, Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic have joined forces with the British Airports Authority and The Climate Group, a policy consultancy, in a proposal for a global cap-and-trade scheme that would regulate airline emissions. The airlines want their proposal to be included in the next global emissions agreement, ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Carbon cap deal "very difficult": U.N. climate chief
Reuters: It will be hard work getting rich nations to agree cuts in greenhouse gases that are deep enough to satisfy the demands of developing countries at climate talks, U.N.'s climate chief told Reuters on Monday. Some 175 nations are meeting this week in Bonn in one of a series of U.N.-led meetings meant to forge a deal in Copenhagen in December to replace or extend the Kyoto Protocol. The talks are split on the level of action which industrialized countries take to curb their ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: CBI sets out 2020 road map to 30 per cent emission cuts
Business Green: The CBI has today issued its clearest call yet for a massive expansion of green regulations, incentives and investment as part of a major new road map detailing how the UK should deliver carbon cuts of 30 per cent by 2020. The strategy document, which at times reads more like a wish list from an environmental NGO than the views of the traditionally anti-regulation employers association, sets out a 10-year plan to transform the UK economy through the widespread roll out of renewable ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate Change Ponzi Scheme
Forbes: A Ponzi scheme is a simple fraud. Each generation of investors is paid out by the next generation of investors. Eventually this system collapses, because the new generation of investors can't cover the transaction of the previous generation. That sounds very much to me like the climate change situation we have right now. Every generation so far has expected the next generation to absorb its carbon investment into the atmosphere. Speaking not just as a scientist but as a new father, ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Salazar: Wind power can replace 3,000 coal plants
Associated Press: Windmills off the East Coast could generate the same amount of electricity as 3,000 coal-fired power plants, but oil and natural gas drilling will continue to be part of the nation's energy equation, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday. The secretary spoke at a public hearing in Atlantic City on how the nation's offshore areas can be tapped to meet America's energy needs now that a moratorium on offshore oil drilling has expired. A decision on whether to allow drilling for oil ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
UN climate talks stall over emissions cuts by rich
Associated Press: Negotiators at U.N. climate talks, buoyed by U.S. promises to lead the fight against global warming, are demanding that industrial countries pledge deeper cuts in greenhouse gases over the next decade. Environmental activists said Monday the talks in Bonn, Germany, have made little progress on two key issues: the carbon emissions targets to be adopted by the rich countries and how to raise an estimated $100 billion a year needed to help poor countries adapt to climate ... read more

03/04/2009 08:00 PM
Viruses Used to Grow "Greener" Batteries
National Geographic: With the help of a common virus, scientists have built a battery that rivals the state-of-the-art rechargeable models now powering personal electronics and hybrid vehicles. The hope is to replace the costly, toxic electrodes currently used in lithium-ion batteries. The researchers modified the M13 virus, which infects only bacteria, to grow proteins on its surface that attract amorphous iron phosphate. The result: Wires just nanometers thick of the material, which is ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Stalling climate talks need financial stimulus
WWF: After one week of slow UN climate talks in Bonn, WWF is calling for a financial stimulus to keep the negotiations on track to achieving new global climate treaty due in December. According to the global conservation organization, a recovery package with funding for emission reduction efforts and urgent adaptation measures in developing countries could end the stalemate between nations attending the talks. "If the UN climate talks were a bank in trouble, the billions would ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
How to finance the UK's green deal
Guardian: At a London summit last month, prime minister Gordon Brown, business secretary Lord Mandelson and climate change secretary Ed Miliband all talked of the danger that Britain would get left behind in the "global race" towards a low-carbon economy. The flipside, they said, was an opportunity to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in renewable energy and other areas of carbon reduction at a time when unemployment is surging in the wider economy. A final strategy, based on ... read more

03/04/2009 08:00 PM
Amid Recession, Credit Crunch, Big Oil Pipes Into Ethanol Field
Investor's Business Daily: Everywhere today cash is good to have and hard to come by. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of biofuels. With ethanol producers and developers hurting, only Big Oil, it almost seems, has the green to go green. Whipsawed by corn and gasoline prices, producers of first-generation ethanol have been piling up losses. Some have gone bankrupt. Meanwhile, the credit crunch has stalled investment for next-generation cellulosic ethanol. "These are not easy markets. ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
China: Beijing keeps Olympic restrictions on cars after air quality improves
Guardian: The air quality legacy of the Beijing Olympics looks set to linger a little longer after the Chinese capital announced a 12-month extension of traffic restrictions imposed ahead of last year's games plus more stringent measures targeting high-emissions vehicles. A fifth of the city's 3.6m private vehicles and a third of official cars will continue to be barred from the roads every weekday, the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau has said. By keeping these vehicles off the road, ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Global Warming Distresses Tiny Mountain Dweller
redOrbit: A hamster-sized, fur ball of a creature with short legs, known as the American pika, makes its home in high mountain slopes. However, as climate change causes warming, the tiny pika is forced to scuttle a little farther upslope to seek cooler dwellings, the Associated Press accounted. The trouble is, in some places they have run out of slope to escape to, making it quite difficult for the pika to endure. Conservationists are working hard to grant the pika the first species in ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Nepal: Climber takes climate change message to the top of the world
WWF: A sherpa set off to climb Mount Everest for a record 19th time to take an anti-climate change message to the world's highest peak. Apa Sherpa will carry a WWF banner with the inscription "Stop Climate Change - Let the Himalayas Live!" and a metal vase containing 400 Buddhist offerings up to the 8,848 metres high summit. Nepal is on the front line of climate change and its effects are visible from the tops of the freezing Himalayas in the north, to the hot lowland plains of the ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Windfarms: You have no option
Western Morning News: COMMUNITIES in the Westcountry have "no option" but to support a massive expansion of wind farms in the face of the growing threat from climate change, Energy Secretary Ed Miliband warns today. While it is "perfectly natural" for the region to want to protect its coastline, countryside and natural beauty from development, Mr Miliband says "we have some tough choices to make". Writing exclusively in today's Western Morning News, he insists new wind turbines must be in ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Ice shelf split a sign of global warning - scientist
Radio New Zealand: An ice shelf the size of Hawke's Bay that is wrenching itself away from Antarctica is a symptom of global warming and will have further environmental consequences, according to a New Zealand scientist. A satellite picture shows that a 40-kilometre-long strip of ice believed to pin the Wilkins Ice Shelf in place has snapped at its narrowest point, off the Antarctic Peninsula. Professor Tim Naish from the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University says it is the ice sheets ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Australia: Death toll soared during Victoria's heatwave
Age: Health authorities believe Victoria's record-breaking heatwave might have contributed to the deaths of about 374 people. As temperatures soared between January 26 and February 1, so did the state's death toll with a 62% jump from the same time last year. Victoria's chief health officer Dr John Carnie today revealed 980 people had died during the week compared to a mean of 606 deaths for the previous five years. Most of those who died, 248 people, were aged 75 years or ... read more

05/04/2009 08:00 PM
Warming climate leads to record number of rare birds breeding in Britain
Telegraph: Numbers of little egrets, firecrests, cranes and Mediterranean gulls are at their highest since monitoring by the Rare Breeding Birds Panel (RBBP) began in 1973. But the study warned that other species of breeding birds may be suffering as a result of changing temperatures and landscapes. The Rare Breeding Birds survey for 2006 - the most up-to-date figures - showed how certain birds have flourished in the mild winters. Little egrets increased to a recorded 434 breeding ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Satellite images could be used 'to predict animal extinction threat from climate change'
Telegraph: The photographs from space show the amount of vegetation available in an area for animals like giraffe, buffalo or wildebeest to eat. Already the information is being used to show the impact of climate change on great wilderness areas. Now scientists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) want to use the information to predict which species may be worse affected if the temperature rises and the grassland becomes a desert. Animals that rely on the vegetation include ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Gordon Brown's controversial eco-towns plan could be unlawful, according to top QCs
Telegraph: One opinion released today by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England found that the policy could be unlawful because the towns would be able to circumvent normal planning processes. John Hobson QC, the campaign's honorary standing council, said the Government could find itself open to legal challenges by allowing developers to avoid well-established local development plans. Pushing ahead with the plans would risk "distorting the plan making process", he ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Ice shelf breaks up
Dominion Post: A 20 metre-high ice cliff forming the edge of the Wilkins Ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula is seen from a plane in January. European Space Agency BREAKING UP: A satellite image of the early stage of the disruption of the ice bridge that connects the Wilkins Ice Shelf to Charcot and Latady Islands. The first rifts occured about seven hours after this image was taken. The collapse of a crucial "hinge" section of an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Hawke's Bay is likely to ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Antarctic ice shelf set to break loose
Sydney Morning Herald: A thin ice bridge between two islands that has held the giant Wilkins ice shelf in place against the Antarctic peninsula for centuries appears to be near final collapse. The 40-kilometre long bridge is showing new rifts along its length and its imminent break-up could release thousands of square kilometres of ice behind it, the European Space Agency says. This would mark a new milestone for one of the most rapidly warming regions on earth. ESA scientists have been ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Green Diamonds: Baseball Stadiums Take a Swing at Energy Efficiency
Scientific American: At the Cleveland Indians home opener on April 10 crowds can expect to hear super fan John Adams pound away on a bass drum in left center field as he has in virtually every home game since 1973. Over by the first base side of the field–and commanding a bit less attention–game- goers may also notice another distinguishing feature at Cleveland's Progressive Field: an upper deck solar panel array. The Indians were the first American League team to install an alt-energy power source in 2007, ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
NZ combing archives for old weather records
New Zealand Herald: Ever wondered what the weather was like the day your grandmother was born, or the day New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup? New Zealand scientists are digging out weather reports from the archives for a global project that promises to be able to tell you. Scientists from around the world met in Queensland last week to discuss the first stage of an international project to reconstruct more than 200 years of world weather. The Acre (Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Bug eats electricity, farts biogas
New Scientist: Single-celled organisms that can convert electricity into methane could help solve one of the biggest problems with renewable energy âEUR" its unreliability compared to the steady output of polluting fossil-fuel power stations. Wind power is capricious, while solar cell output drops off at night or on cloudy days. That fluctuating output poses big problems for electricity grids that rely on steady levels throughout the day. Proposals to deal with the ups and downs of green power ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Elephant seals help monitor climate change
Associated Press: Into the Antarctic enigma, the puzzle of a place with too few researchers chasing too many climate mysteries, slowly waddles the elephant seal. The fat-snouted pinniped, two ugly tons of blubber and roar, is plunging to its usual frigid depths these days in the service of climate science, and of scientists' budgets. "It would take years and millions and millions of dollars for a research ship to do what they're doing," Norwegian scientist Kim Holmen said of the ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Shattered Antarctic ice bridge fuels fear of global warming
Daily Mail: An ice bridge which held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place shattered on Saturday, raising fears about global warming. Scientists are concerned that greater collapses will now occur in the Antarctic Peninsula. Satellite images from the European Space Agency show that a 25-mile-long strip of ice believed to pin the Wilkins Ice Shelf in place had splintered at its narrowest point, about 500 metres wide. This may now allow ocean currents to wash away far more of the ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Canada still has no consensus on Alberta's tar sands GHGs
Hill Times: It's critical the government find an accurate way to measure GHG emissions from Alberta's tar sands, say experts. The Alberta tar sands project is the largest energy project in the world, but Canada still has no actual consensus on how much greenhouse gas emissions are emitted there, and without correct data Canada could be in a weak position to continue exporting oil to the United States under new GHG reduction legislation brought in by U.S. President Barack Obama last ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Ice shelf split in Antarctica a sign of global warming
Xinhua: An ice shelf that is wrenching itself away from Antarctica is a symptom of global warming and will have further environmental consequences, according to a New Zealand scientist. A satellite picture showed that a 40-km-long strip of ice believed to pin the Wilkins Ice Shelf in place has snapped at its narrowest point, off the Antarctic Peninsula. Professor Tim Naish from the Antarctic Research Center at Victoria University in Wellington said it was the ice sheets behind ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Britain's warmer climate is 'encouraging rare birds to breed'
Daily Mail: Britain's warming climate is helping rare birds to breed here in record numbers, research showed yesterday. The Rare Breeding Birds Panel reported that little egrets, firecrests, cranes and Mediterranean gulls all chalked up their highest numbers since monitoring began in 1973. The most up-to-date figures, from the panel's 2006 survey, showed that little egrets increased their numbers to a recorded 434 breeding pairs, with the actual population estimated at around 600 ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Call to reduce disaster risk
Arab News: Preparations are underway in the region to reduce and mitigate the worst effects from the increasing risk of natural disasters. Arab nations are being aided to adapt to the dangers of climate change and reduce the effect of possible natural disasters. "The Arab and Islamic world faces many possible risks (of disaster). The most dangerous are climate change and the increase in population," said Prince Turki ibn Nasser, President of the Executive Bureau of Arab Environment Ministries ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Wilkins Ice Shelf on verge of collapse
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: The Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica is in the final stages of collapse and scientists are concerned the event shows climate change is happening faster than previously thought. An ice bridge, up to 40 kilometres long but at its narrowest just 500 metres wide, was thought to be holding the giant shelf to the Antarctic continent but it recently snapped. From above, parts of the Wilkins Ice Shelf now look like giant panes of shattered glass. British Antarctic Survey ... read more

05/04/2009 08:00 PM
Obama says to take lead on climate
Reuters: The United States is ready to take a leading role in tackling climate change, President Barack Obama said on Sunday, receiving a cautious welcome from European Union hosts at talks in the Czech capital Prague. Obama made the commitment at an EU-U.S. summit intended to mend transatlantic ties stretched by the Bush administration and Iraq war, which triggered tensions between supporters such as Britain and critics including France and Germany. The U.S. president stepped up calls ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate warning as Antarctic ice bridge shatters
Independent: An ice bridge which held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place shattered at the weekend and could herald a wider collapse linked to global warming, a leading scientist has warned. "It's amazing how the ice has ruptured. Two days ago it was intact," said David Vaughan, a glaciologist with the British Antarctic Survey. A satellite picture from the European Space Agency showed that a 25 mile-long strip of ice believed to pin the Wilkins Ice Shelf in place had splintered at its ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Breakaway ice shelf will reshape map of Antarctic
Times (UK): A vast Antarctic ice shelf is in danger of collapsing after the ice bridge that pinned it to land shattered. The Wilkins ice shelf would be the largest slab of ice to be lost by Antarctica in recent times, in what researchers say is a sign of how global warming is reshaping the map of Antartica. The shelf, almost half the size of Wales, is the tenth to break away or shrink to a fraction of its original size in the past 50 years. David Vaughan, of the British Antarctic Survey ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
UK climate policy not up to scratch, warns CBI
Guardian: Business leaders have delivered a surprise attack on the government's environmental policy, arguing that ministers are not doing enough to cut global warming emissions or make sure the UK does not run out of power. The CBI says billions of pounds of necessary investment will move to the US and China unless the government takes "urgent action". It comes amid widespread disappointment that the G20 heads of state failed to come up with any real push on green issues as part of a ... read more

05/04/2009 08:00 PM
Nepal: 'Super Sherpa' climbs to clean up Everest
Agence France-Presse: Apa Sherpa has stood on top of the world more times than anyone in history, and now he is heading back up Mount Everest, not for the fame or glory, but in the name of environmental protection. Apa, 49, has become increasingly concerned about the damage inflicted on the world's highest mountain by both climate change and the waste left by careless climbers. This spring season he hopes to conquer Everest for the 19th time, and he will use the trip to focus attention on how ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Hidden Ingredient In New, Greener Battery: A Virus
National Public Radio: Scientists at MIT have developed a new, more environmentally friendly way to make lithium batteries. Their approach employs an unusual component: genetically engineered viruses. These new batteries have the same energy capacity as other lithium batteries of the same size and show potential to develop even more powerful batteries. MIT researcher Angela Belcher, who trained in biology, inorganic chemistry and electrical engineering, has long been interested in using natural ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Ice bridge collapse sparks fresh climate change concerns
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: PETER CAVE: Researchers say that another major ice shelf in Antarctica has shattered and is in danger of breaking away. Over the weekend the ice bridge linking the Wilkins Ice Shelf and two islands snapped. Scientists and environmental campaigners say it's another example of the rapid rate of climate change and the Obama administration agrees. But the environmental campaigners say that despite the shared concerns, new developments are having little impact at major ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
A List of the Most Wanted, by the E.P.A
New York Times: Albania Deleon started a business eight years ago to instruct and certify workers in the safe removal of asbestos. It was a growth industry, and pretty soon her company, Environmental Compliance Training in Methuen, Mass., was the largest in the state. Some might say Ms. Deleon, who was born in the Dominican Republic and is a naturalized citizen, was living the American dream. But not the Environmental Protection Agency, which on Thursday added her to its list of "E.P.A. ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Airline group backs global emissions trading scheme
Reuters: Four of the world's top airlines have backed a global scheme to curb carbon emissions and hope the proposal will be included in a broader U.N. pact to fight climate change. It is the first time airline firms have banded together to make recommendations to U.N. climate change officials on how to tackle the sector's carbon emissions. Aviation is responsible for about two percent of global greenhouse gas pollution and that share is expected to rise, as leading green groups and the ... read more

05/04/2009 08:00 PM
The voice of protest sings on
Guardian: It was one of those appointments one had waited so long for and finally it happened, in a church on a Brooklyn corner: Pete Seeger in concert. It had been 16 years since I had run home, barely adolescent, clutching the LP of his concert in the Carnegie Hall on 8 June 1963, the night the American civil rights movement and a subsequent generation was handed down its anthem like an 11th commandment: "We Shall Overcome". But it was the searing, yearning lines of another song that froze ... read more

05/04/2009 08:00 PM
Shell in court over alleged role in Nigeria executions
Observer: Ken Saro-Wiwa swore that one day Shell, the oil giant, would answer for his death in a court of law. Next month, 14 years after his execution, the Nigerian environmental activist's dying wish is to be fulfilled. In a New York federal court, Shell and one of its senior executives are to face charges that in the early 1990s in Nigeria they were complicit in human rights abuses, including summary execution and torture. The Anglo-Dutch company, if found liable, could be forced to ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Green groups launch Google-based renewable energy map
Business Green: Environmental groups have used Google's 3D mapping tool to define areas in the western US that should be off-limits for renewable energy development. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the National Audubon Society have collaborated on a KML file - a format native to Google Earth - which visually maps out areas of the western US that cannot be used. They have also added extra data layers to include crucial wildlife habitats that are not yet legally protected but would not ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Green group tries to highlight effects of climate change
China Daily: Guo Xinping, a Beijing citizen in her 50s, is worried about the city's water scarcity. "The city is getting bigger, with more skyscrapers being built and more people settling here everyday, but we are already running out of water resources," said Guo, who has witnessed Beijing's urban sprawl grow at a fantastic clip over the past decade. Guo, a retired worker who has lived in the southern part of Beijing for most of her life, said she is well aware the city is facing problems ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
NH Climate Change Task Force releases report
Seacoast: The final report of New Hampshire Governor's Climate Change Task Force released March 25 is, by many an energy nerd standard, forward-thinking, innovative and thoughtful. It sets out a series of steps for weatherizing homes and businesses, reducing carbon emission from cars through an interesting transportation model for a rural state, encouraging a reduction in CO2 from energy producers, ensuring the buildings of state government itself are standard-bearers and educating its ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Government assesses "viable and realistic" high speed rail plans
Business Green: The government is pressing ahead with plans to build a high-speed rail link between London, northern England and Scotland as part of its strategy to cut emissions from road transport and domestic flights. According to documents released to The Sunday Times under the Freedom of Information Act, the plans for a 200mph link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow would cost up to £29bn, while plans for extending the network to include to Leeds, York and Sheffield would cost an ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Big Lunch puts the food we eat back high up the environmental menu
Guardian: In just three short years, the environment has returned to the front pages with a vengeance, even if the G20 managed to relegate it to the end of their communique. Near the top of the environmental agenda is food and its production. Whether it be at the macro level of food security or the micro, or the way in which we grow it or the health benefits of growing your own, today's focus on food is, for me, qualitatively different to previous lifestyle magazine exhortations to "grow our ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Congress delays Obama's green push
New Scientist: At the G20 summit in London last week, Barack Obama took time out from fixing the world's financial system to promise that the US will "lead by example to reduce our carbon footprint". But back in Washington, DC, Congress was saying, in effect, "not so fast". The basis of Obama's plan to reduce US emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 is a "cap-and-trade" system, in which emitters will be charged for every tonne of CO2 they put into the air. The cash -- tens of billions of dollars of it -- ... read more

06/04/2009 08:00 PM
Report to argue for carbon price of £85 a tonne
Business Green: The price of carbon allowances in the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) should be at least £85 a tonne, if they are to encourage firms to switch to low carbon technologies at a pace fast enough to ensure the government meets its emission targets. That is the conclusion of a government-commissioned study into the scheme that will provide fresh ammunition to critics who argue that the government must intervene to push up a carbon price that is currently languishing at around EUR12 per ... read more



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