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12/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Local coalition working to bring climate-change institute to area
San Diego Union Tribune: Learning from their failed 2005 bid to house California's stem cell institute in San Diego County, local business and academic leaders are mounting an early campaign to become the state's hub for research on global warming. The county's clean-technology trade group and others are lobbying powerful lawmakers – including state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles – for that designation. The effort includes one of the region's top scientists, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and representatives ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Telecommuting surge taking hold in Utah
Salt Lake Tribune: Though telecommuting has been around for years, it would seem its time has finally arrived. And for practitioners such as Vikki Johnson and Deb Parry, there is probably no better place than the Salt Lake Valley when it comes to getting the kind of support they need to make their workplace alternative a success. Johnson of Springville has been working from her home for six months and doesn't miss the office politics, the backstabbing, nor the long daily drives and the rigid ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Cost is a key issue for caps on carbon
Tampa Tribune: Reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas scientists have linked to global warming, will surely increase your monthly electric bill, experts say. The increase most likely will come as the state and country move toward a cap-and-trade system that would limit carbon dioxide emissions and create a market to buy and sell emission permits. While many ideas are being considered, the cap-and-trade system is seen by many as the most effective way to curb carbon. Florida ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
A Blueprint for a Safer Planet: How to Manage Climate Change and Create a New Era of Progress and Prosperity by Nicholas
Times (UK): Professor Lord Stern of Brentford has a CV that you could cut up and divide between six people, and still give each a long and distinguished career. Former chief economist of the World Bank, adviser on climate change to the British government, principal author of the Stern Review assessing the nature of the economic challenges of climate change, director of policy and research for the prime minister's Commission for Africa, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Amazon dam draws fire
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Xingu River, the largest tributary of the Amazon, runs wide and swift this time of year. Its turquoise waters are home to some 600 species of fish, including several not found anywhere else on the planet. A thick emerald canopy of trees hugs its banks, except in places where man has carved out pastures for cattle. Now man, in the form of the Brazilian state power company, wants to harness a section of the Xingu by building the world's third-biggest dam. Called the Belo ... read more

13/04/2009 08:00 PM
Aussie warming less extreme
Science Alert: The increases in temperature extremes Australia faces this century due to global climate change will not be quite as large as some have feared, according to a new study by University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers published in Geophysical Research Letters. The team compared the climate models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and tested their accuracy against actual climate observations to select the strongest and weakest ones. The researchers ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Clean Air Comes At A Price In California
National Public Radio: The air in California should be getting cleaner, thanks to a new law hitting the state's gas stations this month. But fresh air does not always come cheap. In fact, many gas stations say the expensive new gear they're being forced to install is going to put them out of business. For good. It's a problem that many gas stations across the country may eventually face. read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: U.S. energy stimulus money to aid cities but leave Broward County in cold
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Broward County has been passed over for a share of $168 million that President Barack Obama's administration is distributing across Florida to help local governments improve energy efficiency and start conservation projects. Miami-Dade County will receive $12.5 million and Palm Beach County $6.6 million, but the U.S. Department of Energy earmarked nothing for Broward in the economic stimulus package. Even the Gulf Coast community of Dunedin, population 35,000, is to get ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Cash-for-clunkers can benefit environment and Detroit
Detroit Free Press: President Barack Obama and environmentally conscious lawmakers in both parties are trying to harness the torrent of stimulus cash unleashed by Congress to sensible long-term policies, especially in the realm of energy conservation. One of the brightest prospects for such a hitch-up is offering cash vouchers to motorists who trade their old vehicles for new, more fuel-efficient ones. Congressional Democrats seem likely to authorize such an incentive, but first they'll have to pluck the ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
The greening of Asian vehicles
Malaysian Star: With traffic a major source of air pollution, Asia's largest producing countries respond accordingly. ONCE, masses of bicycles transporting a population on the move was a typical street scene in urban China. Then many of the bicycles became motorcycles, and those bikes in turn became cars. As factories also proliferated, the potential for choking in greenhouse gases in the world's most populous nation seemed terrifying. Major foreign manufacturers like Volkswagen were ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Sir Richard Branson's sister gets grant to offset plane pollution
Sunday Mail: THE sister of Virgin Atlantic airline boss Sir Richard Branson has been given a £190,000 government grant to offset pollution caused by planes. Vanessa Devereux will get the cash to plant trees on 220 acres of her Scottish island. She and her husband Robert own picturesque Eilean Shona, at Loch Moidart, off Ardnamurchan in Argyll. An insider said: "People looking in from the outside might see an irony in it given Richard has Virgin Atlantic but he is committed to ... read more

13/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate change poses challenges for the Connecticut coast
The Day: Tough choices like these confront Connecticut, especially its shoreline, as the planet inches toward what experts say is inevitable: swelling seas and intensifying storms as the effects of climate change are felt over the coming decades. "It's a risk problem," said Gary Yohe, economics professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown and a member of climate change adaptation panels in New York City and Connecticut. "You can't write a guarantee that it's not going to happen, but you can ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: State considers ban on big screen TVs
Victorville Daily Press: In their continuing quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, state regulators have uncovered a new villain in the war on global warming: your big screen TV. The California Energy Commission is considering a proposal to ban California retailers from selling all but the most energy-efficient televisions. Critics say the new standards could take 25 percent of TVs off the market -- most of them 40 inches or larger -- as well as affect revenue and jobs. "The CEC proposal will cost ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Iowa approves $2 million for algae fuel project
U.S. News and World Report: Iowa energy officials have approved more than $2 million for an effort to grow algae at a southwest Iowa ethanol plant and use the material to make fuel. The 18-member Iowa Power Fund Board approved the $2,085,000 grant to assist in the commercialization of algae production technology. The project by BioProcessAlgae LLC, is a joint effort by Omaha, Neb.-based Green Plains Renewable Energy and three other companies. Scott Poor, corporate counsel for Green Plains, said the ... read more

08/04/2009 08:00 PM
Advanced biofuels roundup
United Press International: With the economy tanking, federal officials are turning toward green energy as an economic and financial savior, and new biofuels are appearing increasingly attractive to legislators and industry for a number of reasons. More than a year ago, Congress passed a law requiring dramatic increases in biofuel production, ramping up national production from 8.5 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons in 2022. The law has come under fire since its passage, reaping criticism for its ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Cardboard cooker wins global climate change competition
Telegraph: The "Kyoto box" aims to save lives in poor countries by allowing people to boil unclean water without having to cut down trees or gather sticks for firewood. The design, which costs five euros to make, also hopes to cut the number of people suffering from respiratory problems associated with smoke inhalation. Its creator Kenyan-based Jon Bohmer believes it could halve the need for firewood, saving two tons of carbon for each family that uses it per year. He won $75,000 ... read more

09/04/2009 08:00 PM
Analysis: Energy prizes spur creativity
United Press International: Universities and businesses are teaming up around the United States to promote clean-energy ventures that get students out of the laboratory and into the business world, marketing much-needed solutions to the nation's energy woes. As concerns about dependence on foreign oil, climate change and fuel supplies rise, so have programs to help businesses and researchers develop new technologies to address these problems. Now stakeholders are eyeing a new segment of the population -- ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
S.D. braces for 'cap and trade' energy changes
Argus Leader: Climate change legislation that Congress is expected to take up later this month would raise energy prices for millions of Americans; there's little dispute about that. The issue for South Dakota lawmakers is how it should be crafted to reduce the pain to state pocketbooks. President Obama and congressional leaders are focusing on a plan dubbed "cap and trade," which by 2020 would cut greenhouse gases that cause global warming to 20 percent below 2005 levels. Companies, particularly ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Firm with designs on bottled energy
Scotsman: ONE of the Scottish businesses planning to become a founder member of the "hydrogen hub" at the Methil Energy Park is St Andrews Fuel Cells. It has patented a spiral solid oxide fuel cell, which is more durable and offers more efficient electricity generation. Although its technology is still at prototype stage, the business employs six full-time staff and in 2007 attracted £1.5 million investment from renewable venture capitalist, Sigma Capital Group and government agency, the ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate Change Impact - Look at Australia, Say Experts
Medindia: If anyone had any doubts over the adverse impact of global warming, Australia should serve as sufficient warning, say experts. Drought, fires, killer heat waves, wildlife extinction and mosquito-borne illness -- the things that climate change models are predicting have already arrived there. Farmers of the Murray-Darling Basin, who once grew 60% of the nation's produce, are walking off their land or selling their water rights to the state and federal government. Frank ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Japan: TEPCO tops list of worst CO2 emissions producers in FY 2007
Mainichi Daily News: The government has released a list of companies emitting more than a set level of greenhouse gases in fiscal 2007, which has revealed an increase in emissions in the electric power and manufacturing industries. The list is aimed to encourage efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, and was released by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry based on the Law Concerning the Promotion of Measures to Cope with Global Warming. This is the second list ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Canada: Hydro power like gold in today's world
Canwest News Service: In a world of scarce energy resources and global warming, how do you put a value on hydroelectric power? The stuff is renewable, non-polluting and in huge demand in North America as utilities look to decrease their dependence on coal and oil-fired generation. By just about any measure, hydro power is worth gold in today's markets. Just look at the record annual profit racked up by Hydro-Quebec. The government-owned utility reported net income of $3.1 billion for 2008 on ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Poor make climate call
Daily Monitor: Nearly 50 of the world's least developed countries have called on rich nations to meet an eight-year old promise and pay $2 billion to help them adapt to climate change. The demand was made at the UN climate change negotiations that are currently underway in Bonn, Germany. Rich countries promised the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) support for "immediate and urgent" actions on adaptation to climate change eight years ago at the seventh conference of parties to the UN Framework ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Retreat of Andean Glaciers Foretells Global Water Woes
AlterNet: Earlier this year, the World Bank released yet another in a seemingly endless stream of reports by global institutions and universities chronicling the melting of the world's cryosphere, or ice zone. This latest report concerned the glaciers in the Andes and revealed the following: Bolivia's famed Chacaltaya glacier has lost 80 percent of its surface area since 1982, and Peruvian glaciers have lost more than one-fifth of their mass in the past 35 years, reducing by 12 percent the water flow ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
“Sustainable development a bigger challenge than climate change”
Hindu: The present challenge faced by the world lies in returning to a path of sustainable development and this is much bigger than meeting the threat of climate change, R.K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said here on Saturday. For over 150 years, the world pursued the process of industrialisation and the path of development was clearly proving more and more unsustainable. What was required was "to bring our forces and intellectual capacity in ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Australia may have climate lessons for the U.S.
ClimateWire: Only a few years ago, two coal-rich countries, the United States and Australia, both stood accused of hampering global efforts to tackle climate change. Now Australia is struggling to construct a carbon trading system to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and America may not be far behind. In a series of talks in the United States this week, Australian Climate Minister Penny Wong said her country has been hammering out tough decisions over how broad-based the scheme should be, how much of ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Federal study of bear denning planned
Associated Press: Scientists intend to study whether climate change delays hibernation by Yellowstone National Park grizzly bears. Chuck Schwartz of the U.S. Geological Survey says a slight delay in fall denning by male bears has been detected. Schwartz, who heads an interagency grizzly bear study team, says the delay appears related to warmer autumnal weather and to snowfall arriving later than it did previously. Schwartz told the Great Falls Tribune the USGS will spend $30,000 to study how ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Dutch poised to protect New York from the sea
Radio Netherlands: Four hundred years after the English explorer Henry Hudson discovered 'by chance' what is now known as Manhattan, the Dutch are returning. Henry Hudson was actually trying to find the shortest route to India, but in 2009 the Dutch have a very different mission. They want to protect the island of Manhattan, and the city of New York, from the rising sea water. New York's sea defences need major reconstruction to bring them up to the present-day standards of those in the ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Energy-efficient projects generate jobs: Pachauri
Times of India: Geo-engineering solutions cannot be considered for combating global warming without considerable research and analysis, said Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Delivering the first R Venkataraman Endowment Lecture at the Madras School of Economics on Saturday, Pachauri spoke about measures that India could take to promote economic development, keeping climate change in mind. "If Indian industry is to compete in the ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Poor prognosis for our planet
Sydney Morning Herald: Every patient with an incurable illness will ask how long they have to live. The answer goes something like this: "No one can say how long you may live, because every individual is different, but focus on the changes you observe and be guided by those. When things start changing for the worse, expect these changes to accelerate. So the changes that have occurred over a year may advance by the same degree in a few months, then in weeks. And that is how you can judge when the end is ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
The environment is too important to be left to the green movement
Guardian: The green movement as it stands should receive the last rites. Its only hope is for a complete overhaul. Its mystic, utopian view of nature and its attachment to meaningless notions such as sustainable development or the precautionary principle should be done away with. It is time to move on. Or so says Professor Anthony Giddens in his new book, The Politics of Climate Change. It is not that Giddens disputes that mankind is dangerously warming up the planet. The scientific evidence is ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Budget will make or break renewable energy
Times (UK): INDUSTRY LEADERS have warned that this year's budget will "make or break' Britain's struggling renewable-energy sector. The Treasury has been flooded with demands for several billion pounds in funds that industry says it needs to stave off the collapse of sectors like wind power and to jump-start fledgling industries such as electric cars and clean coal. Executives fear, however, that chancellor Alistair Darling will disappoint when he reveals the government's spending plans on ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Philippines: Rice-duck farming can mitigate global warming - study
Philippine Star: The Integrated Rice-Duck Technology in organic farming can help mitigate global warming, said one scientist of a leading university in Mindanao. Dr. Rachel Polestico, executive director of the Appropriate Technology Center (ATC or AproTech) of Cagayan de Oro City's Xavier University (XU), said that ducks in the rice paddies effectively reduced the emission of the greenhouse gas methane. Methane, which is produced when bacteria decomposes organic matter, is the second most ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate Change And Atmospheric Circulation Will Make For Uneven Ozone Recovery
ScienceDaily: Earth's ozone layer should eventually recover from the unintended destruction brought on by the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and similar ozone-depleting chemicals in the 20th century. But new research by NASA scientists suggests the ozone layer of the future is unlikely to look much like the past because greenhouse gases are changing the dynamics of the atmosphere. Previous studies have shown that while the buildup of greenhouse gases makes it warmer in troposphere -- the level ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: State must rescue delta from crisis
San Francisco Chronicle: California's Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of the Americas, is in crisis. Multiple species of fish are in rapid decline. First the delta smelt, and then the steelhead and salmon that once migrated through the estuary by the tens of thousands. Now, even the orcas that feed on the salmon are threatened. The dominoes are falling every day. This crisis didn't happen overnight. It came after years of mismanagement by the federal and state ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: 'Stench squads' to tackle blight of bad smells
Telegraph: The move forms part of a Government drive to get tough on odour pollution, following a rise in the number of complaints about offensive smells. The increase has been blamed on changes in the way household waste is disposed of, with a rise in the number of industrial composting sites and recycling centres. Odour advisers will be selected for their selected for their sense of smell. One will be sent to each of the Agency's eight regions in England and Wales, where they will ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Plans to limit tourism in Antarctic
Telegraph: Holiday trips to the Antarctica have quadrupled in the past decade and last year more than 46,000 people visited the land mass and surrounding oceans. However, safety fears and concerns about the impact visitors are having on the delicate frozen landscape have soared and members of the Antarctic Treaty -- an agreement between 28 nations, including the UK, on the use of the continent -- are now meeting to discuss ways to regulate tourism. British officials are seeking to ... read more

12/04/2009 08:00 PM
Hillary Clinton urges tougher controls on South Pole tourists
Independent (UK): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington wants tighter controls on tourism in Antarctica to prevent further environmental damage. Speaking at conference of Antarctic and Arctic powers and polar experts, Mrs Clinton said more needed to be done to prevent further degradation of the environment around Antarctica caused by the increasing numbers of vessels going to the region. "We have submitted a resolution that would place limits on landings from ships carrying large number ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Obama: Global cooperation needed on big problems
Associated Press: Global cooperation is needed to tackle the financial meltdown, climate change, nuclear proliferation and other pressing problems, President Barack Obama said Saturday. Fresh from his first trip overseas as president, Obama used his radio and Internet address to ask people in the United States and around the world to focus on areas of common interest. "These are challenges that no single nation, no matter how powerful, can confront alone," Obama said. "The United States must ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Cows With Gas: India's Contribution to Global Warming
Time Magazine: Indolent cows languidly chewing their cud while befuddled motorists honk and maneuver their vehicles around them are images as stereotypically Indian as saffron-clad holy men and the Taj Mahal. Now, however, India's ubiquitous cows - of which there are 283 million, more than anywhere else in the world - have assumed a more menacing role as they become part of the climate change debate. By burping, belching and excreting copious amounts of methane - a greenhouse gas that traps 20 times ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Opposing wind farms should not be socially unacceptable
Guardian: I was alarmed to read that the energy secretary, Ed Miliband, believes "it should be socially unacceptable to be against wind turbines in your area - like not wearing your seatbelt or driving past a zebra crossing" (Opposing wind farms should be socially taboo, says minister, 24 March). Not wearing a seatbelt, and driving regardless over a zebra crossing, are illegal - whether or not they are socially acceptable. Both were made illegal in my lifetime, because of evidence that this ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Why the Ecologist has gone online
Guardian: Ecologist readers will know by now that the magazine is to relaunch online. I want to explain why. There is the unavoidable fact of the recession, and it has played a role. It has long seemed likely that media generally will shift away from print and on to the internet. That change will come sooner because of the recession as magazines struggle to maintain their ad revenue and subscribers. But we have been flirting with the idea of shifting entirely online for a few years, and ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
What's Killing California's Salmon?
National Public Radio: Federal Fisheries managers voted for the second year in a row this week to shut down commercial salmon fishing in California and severely limit recreational fishing. The decision came after record low returns of salmon were recorded. What's killing the great fish of California? The iconic Chinook salmon is vanishing from the state's waters, and no one knows exactly why. read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Germany urges deeper US greenhouse cuts
Agence France-Presse: Germany's environment minister warned on Saturday that if Washington does not go beyond its current greenhouse gas cutting commitments, agreement on a new climate pact this year will prove difficult. So far, the Obama administration has agreed to cut heat-trapping greenhouse gasses only to 1990 levels, far short of European Union commitments. "If the United States isn't ready to go further than that, things are going to be very difficult in Copenhagen," minister Sigmar Gabriel ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Failure to get connected means projects may never be turned on
Times (UK): Energy companies are having to shelve projects that would help Britain to meet its 2020 renewables target because they cannot connect them to the national grid. With waits of several years, and in one case almost a decade, before connections can be built, several wind farm projects might have to be put in abeyance. Delays for land-based turbines caused by grid connection dates are a longstanding grievance of the on-shore wind industry and now threaten to affect the off-shore ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Renewable power plant proposed for Farallones
San Francisco Chronicle: A Seattle company wants to build an unusual offshore power plant near San Francisco that would generate electricity by tapping the region's potent wind and waves. There is, however, a catch. The plant's proposed location lies between the Golden Gate and the Farallon Islands, smack in the midst of a marine sanctuary. The company's president realizes this could be a problem. The project faces other high hurdles, including a messy government approval process and a brutal credit ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Gassing up
Living on Earth: CURWOOD: And now from diesel to natural gas. As Congress considers sweeping changes to our energy system, natural gas suppliers are hoping to win a bigger piece of the pie. Citing newly found sources of gas, they trumpet its low carbon potential for transportation, and say it's a cleaner alternative to high carbon coal for generating power. But others say not so fast. Living on Earth's Jeff Young reports. YOUNG: This August marks 150 years since the birth of the American ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Independent ethanol producers face a tough future
LA Times: A smooth road curves toward the hulking ethanol mill that One Earth Energy will open in June. But the path to profitability might be rocky, as the fledgling company could face much larger rivals that have snapped up bankrupt mills at steep discounts. Valero Energy Corp., the country's largest oil refiner, broke into the farm-grown business last month, buying seven ethanol mills and a development site from bankrupt VeraSun Energy Corp. at a 70% markdown. Other mills could soon ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Report: climate change could doom many state crops
Associated Press: Rising temperatures could make pears, peaches, pistachios and other crops needing a winter chill to grow unsuitable for California farms, while others would suffer lower yields, a new report says. The current issue of California Agriculture mailed to subscribers this week is devoted to peer-reviewed articles by researchers at the University of California who paint a dire picture of climate change on food production and the environment. California temperatures are predicted to ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Activist: Claim of 'green' nuclear power is false
Associated Press: An internationally known writer and anti-nuclear activist got a warm reception from Vermont lawmakers as she heaped criticism on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant and the atomic power industry. But one thing Dr. Helen Caldicott didn't get during a visit to the Statehouse was the meeting she was hoping for with Gov. Jim Douglas. "He needs to be educated," she said. In Thursday's morning talk to the House and Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Caldicott, an ... read more

08/04/2009 08:00 PM
Biofools
Economist: MANY people consider the wider use of biofuels a promising way of reducing the amount of surplus carbon dioxide (CO2) being pumped into the air by the world's mechanised transport. The theory is that plants such as sugar cane, maize (corn, to Americans), oilseed rape and wheat take up CO2 during their growth, so burning fuels made from them should have no net effect on the amount of that gas in the atmosphere. Biofuels, therefore, should not contribute to global warming. Theory, ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Renewable energy 'green bank' idea takes root
Houston Chronicle: A coalition of energy companies hopes to reinvigorate the market for funding renewable energy projects by creating a government-backed "green bank" to serve as a conduit for billions of dollars in federal loans. Under the plan, outlined in federal legislation sponsored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the bank would be an independent, wholly owned corporation of the federal government focused solely on loaning money to a range of projects deemed to promote clean energy. These ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Future grows more hazy for mountaintop mining
Washington Post: In one of the deepest, steepest corners of Appalachia, where the most important industry is shearing mountains down to flat-top stumps, everybody wants the same answer. What did Washington just do? About two weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency seemed poised to crack down on the "mountaintop" coal mines that are common in this region, which industry officials say would threaten thousands of jobs. The EPA said it had "significant concerns" about the mines -- in which ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Arctic ice is melting
Washington Post: MAKE NO mistake, Arctic Sea ice is melting. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the maximum extent of the winter sea ice cover for 2008-09 was the fifth-lowest on record. Underscoring their point, the agencies added, "The six lowest maximum events since satellite monitoring began in 1979 have all occurred in the past six years (2004-09)." Global warming is doing a number on Arctic Sea ice. The report noted that the ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Spinning in the wind
Times (UK): Twelve miles off the coasts of Kent and Essex lies a patch of shallow sea for which the Government has grand plans. It hopes that private investors will find at least £3 billion to erect more than 340 giant wind turbines in the Thames Estuary over the next three years. According to its designers the London Array would be the world's biggest off-shore wind farm, producing up to 1,000 megawatts hours of power or enough to light 750,000 homes. It would play a critical role in meeting Britain's ... read more

09/04/2009 08:00 PM
Fla. lawmakers 'waking up' to insurance failures
ClimateWire: Florida is trying to cure its insurance "disease." State lawmakers are abandoning long-held promises to lower rates for hurricane policies -- even amid the prospect of stronger storms -- in favor of rapid hikes to rescue public insurance programs that could sink, financially speaking, during the looming cyclone season. The sudden turnaround amounts to a sobriety test, some contend, as the nation's top and most damage-prone target of hurricanes tries to reduce its vast exposure ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Environment America visits New Albany; presents report that says global warming will cost farmers
News and Tribune: A new report suggests that global warming could cost Indiana corn growers $98 million per year. Nationwide damages to the United States` No. 1 crop could total more than $1.4 billion annually. Environment America -- a national federation of statewide and citizen-based environmental advocacy groups -- released the report. The organization held a press conference at New Albany`s Sam Peden Community Park on Thursday. "Environment America expects these costs to go up unless ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Forecasting a warmer world
Living on Earth: CURWOOD: Probably what comes most immediately to mind when people talk about climate change is melting ice. But maybe we should also consider - the taste of wine and genocide. It turns out our changing climate is shaping our present and future in mysterious and diverse ways. To flesh out some consequences of climate disruption, author Stephan Faris traveled the world to bring us a forecast – in his new book called "Forecast: The Consequences of Climate Change, from the Amazon to the ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Alaska's changing climate
Living on Earth: CURWOOD: Compared to the relatively gradual pace of warming in the Antarctic, the Arctic is warming rapidly - faster than any other place on earth. As part of our observance of Earth Day this month, we revisit some memorable stories from the Living on Earth archives, and check out what's happened since. Today – a report from 20 miles south of the Arctic Circle – Shishmaref on Alaska's north-west coast. Inupiat families have lived in the region for at least a thousand years – but ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
On thin ice
Living on Earth: CURWOOD: It's Living on Earth, I'm Steve Curwood. The latest round of talks leading up to an updated UN climate change treaty wound up April 8 in Bonn, Germany with the US pledging to work hard in the effort to reach consensus by year's end in Copenhagen. And even as delegates met, an ice bridge gave way in Antarctica, the tenth such major ice collapse in recent times. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quick to link the climate talks to the agenda of the first ever meeting of ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Senate takes needed step on clean-air plan
Dallas Morning News: Sen. Kip Averitt has shown himself to be well suited to the job of chairing the Natural Resources Committee, laying out forward-looking plans to protect the state's environment. He has filed smart legislation to protect our air and to finance the Texas water plan. The Waco Republican deserves high marks for his efforts. But his colleagues have earned only half-credit, moving ahead with clean-air legislation while stalling out on water. The Senate gave tentative approval last ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Environmentalists balk at Surry's hen-poop power
Charlotte Observer: The novelty of power plants that burn chicken droppings, mandated by North Carolina's new renewable-energy law, has given way to irony: They might be dirtier than the coal plants that environmentalists loathe. A Pennsylvania company, Fibrowatt LLC, plans to build plants powered by poultry litter, the birds' bedding material, in Montgomery, Surry and Sampson counties. Fibrowatt says the plants will give growers a new market for the tons of waste produced in one of the nation's biggest ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: State rejects endangered-species listing for seabird
Associated Press: Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd said by letter Thursday it would be premature to list Kittlitz's murrelets because there is insufficient information to determine that their numbers have decreased so much that their existence is threatened, the requirement for listing under Alaska law. Center for Biological Diversity biologist Shay Wolfe said the decision ignores surveys that have documented heavy declines of 80 to 90 percent of Kittlitz's murrelets in core areas of their range. ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Will climate change whip up global wildfires?
ScienceNOW: Climate change--and the searing temperatures it will bring--can conjure up images of expansive forest fires forcing people to flee their homes. But the first global model to rely on actual fire data shows a more nuanced picture. In fact, just as much land will have a lower fire risk in the next 3 decades than will face heightened prospects of wildfires. Experts emphasize that less flame isn't always good news: Many of the world's shrublands require periodic fires to survive. It only ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Day the UK becomes a drain on world's resources
Scotsman: TOMORROW is the day the UK will go into "ecological debt", having used up all the natural resources it can provide for the year, research will show today. Calculations from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) reveal that because of rising consumption of products such as food and energy from abroad, we start "living off" the rest of the world less than a third of the way through the year. The day the UK effectively starts living beyond its means gets earlier each year. In 1961, ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate change hits Australia first, and hard
LA Times: In the 1959 Gregory Peck classic "On the Beach,' humanity's last holdouts in the aftermath of a global nuclear war huddle in Australia and wait for the inevitable atomic wind to carry the rest of the species away. When it comes to today's real-world climate crisis, though, Australia is going first, not last. As Times staff writer Julie Cart reported Thursday, Australia appears to be experiencing the effects of climate change earlier and more dramatically than most of the other ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Dry Taps in Mexico City: A Water Crisis Gets Worse
Time Magazine: The reek of unwashed toilets spilled into the street in the neighborhood of unpainted cinder block houses. Out on the main road, hundreds of residents banged plastic buckets and blocked the path of irate drivers while children scoured the surrounding area for government trucks. Finally, the impatient crowd launched into a high-pitched chant, repeating one word at fever pitch: "Water, Water, Water!" About five million people, or a quarter of the population of Mexico City's urban ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Hurricane center chief says scale that rated Ike is outmoded
Houston Chronicle: For this year`s tropics season, the National Hurricane Center won`t abandon the venerable Saffir-Simpson scale, which rates hurricanes on a familiar scale, from Category 1 to Category 5. But the center`s director says any single index cannot begin to capture the local impact of a hurricane, a fact Hurricane Ike -- only a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale -- made stark to residents of the upper Texas coast. "If I could wave a wand and make it go away, I would," said ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Expert: Don't 'rinky-dink around the margins' of climate change
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Auden Schendler is blowing a metaphorical raspberry at the kind of hybrid-driving, plastic bag-banning environmentalists for which Seattle is known. "The problem is, too many Americans are saying: 'I've got my Prius and that's all I need to do,'" Schendler, the executive director of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co., said during a luncheon in downtown Seattle Friday. Then, from Schendler's new book, "Getting Green Done," there's this commentary on a Colorado group's effort to ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
US to 'facilitate' Indian technology proposal in climate deal
Indo-Asian News Service: The United States is "very interested" in an Indian proposal to create a global network of climate technology centres and thinks it deserves to make it to a UN climate change agreement scheduled for later this year. Jonathan Pershing, the US President's Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, told IANS on the sidelines of a UN conference here that there was "enormous opportunity for common work" between India and the US over efforts to combat climate change. The Bonn ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate change will set back ozone layer recovery: NASA
Hindu: Global warming will set back the recovery of the ozone layer of the earth's atmosphere, warns a NASA study. Previous studies have shown that while the build up of greenhouse gases makes it warmer in the troposphere, up to 10 km high from sea level, these gases actually cool the upper stratosphere, between 30 to 50 km high. This cooling slows the chemical reactions that deplete ozone in the upper stratosphere and allows natural ozone production in that region to outpace ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Will climate change spread disease?
New Scientist: MUD-SLINGING has broken out among ecologists over a study suggesting that climate change might not spread tropical diseases far and wide after all. When the paper triggered an uproar, editors at the journal Ecology decided to publish not one but six responses alongside the original research. The collection appears in the April issue. Many disease researchers have warned that rising global temperatures could lead to more disease, for example by allowing tropical diseases to expand ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Experts: UK too dependent on rest of world
Guardian: Britain is living beyond its environmental means and is increasingly dependent on the rest of the world for its natural resources, a thinktank study has revealed. The recession may have slowed consumption but the New Economics Foundation (Nef) says we are now drawing deep on the cropland, pasture, forests and fisheries of other countries. The research also shows that by tomorrow the country will have used the levels of resources it should consume in an entire year if it were to ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Obama urges international cooperation
Agence France-Presse: US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged nations of the world to unite to resolve the most pressing global challenges -- from extremism to environmental pollution to the economic crisis. In a weekly radio address timed to Easter and Passover celebrations, Obama cautioned that the world remained a dangerous place, and people must be strong and vigilant in the face of multiple threats. "But let us not allow whatever differences we have with other nations to stop us from coming ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Soils need living carbon as humus
Tribune: Burning trees and biomass has ironically emerged as a "solution" to climate change. Following the false solution of industrial bio fuels we now have the waste left from production of bio fuels as the next magic bullet. The process used is pyrolysis – incineration that chemically decomposes organic materials by heat in the absence of oxygen. Through pyrolysis organic matter is transformed into gases and small quantities of liquid, used as bio fuels. The waste is a solid residue ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Two EDF executives suspended in Greenpeace affair
Agence France-Presse: Two senior officials at French state energy giant EDF have been suspended, the company announced Friday, the latest twist in allegations that EDF spied on environmental campaigners Greenpeace. Pierre Francois, the company's second highest security official, and his immediate superior Pascal Durieux, were being suspended "as a precautionary measure following an internal inquiry", said the company. It wanted "to ensure that the legal enquiry into unlawful intrusion into ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
Obama, Who Vowed Rapid Action on Climate Change, Turns More Cautious
New York Times: President Obama came to office promising swift and comprehensive action to combat global climate change, and the topic remains a surefire applause line in his speeches here and abroad. Yet the administration has taken a cautious and rather passive role on the issue, proclaiming broad goals while remaining aloof from details of climate legislation now in Congress. The president's budget initially included roughly $650 billion in revenue over 10 years from a cap-and-trade ... read more

11/04/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Green energy feels the chill in harsh economic climate
Times (UK): Britain's wind energy industry increased its call for state aid yesterday, after new figures showed that investment in the sector has collapsed by nearly 80 per cent. The amount invested in British renewable energy schemes, including wind, solar and wave power, fell from £377 million during the first three months of last year to £79 million during the same period this year, according to figures from New Energy Finance, a research group that monitors industry trends. The figures have ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Earth's Arctic Freezer Turning Into Hothouse
Inter Press Service: The world is losing its northern freezer as Arctic winter ice is in sharp decline, NASA scientists reported this week. Even with below average winter temperatures, Arctic ice is thinner and covers less area than it did a decade ago. Arctic sea ice is the cooling mechanism for the global climate system. As it declines and the region warms - already three to five degrees Celsius warmer - then inevitably there are local, regional and hemispheric climate impacts. "We've already ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Project Will Monitor Gulf Pollution From Farm Runoff
redOrbit: Bill Deutsch, of Auburn University, has launched a new project that is aimed at reducing farm runoff that has become a driving force behind water pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. The $300,000 project, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, will combine the efforts of colleagues in Veracruz, Mexico as a part of a three-year project to monitor pollution levels of water flowing into the Gulf. As a result of the study, Deutsch and colleagues hope to determine new methods ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Can Obama Push Climate Policy Forward?
National Public Radio: resident Obama vows to move ahead in combating climate change. What hurdles will the administration face? U.S. News and World Report reporter Kent Garber discusses cap-and-trade, other climate mitigation proposals and the challenges to getting climate policies through Congress. read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Global warming will hit corn yields, costing US over a billion dollars annually
Mongabay: Corn is the staple crop of the US. Its annual yield is more than twice that of any other American crop, covering an astounding 125,000 square miles. However, this behemoth crop is not without threats. A new analysis by Environment America, shows that lower yields of corn due to global warming will cost farmers 1.4 billion every year. "Corn likes it cool, but global warming is raising temperatures across the nation," said Environment America Global Warming Advocate Timothy ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Asia-Pacific has vital role in climate change
Xinhua: U.S. President Barack Obama laid out his ambitious three-point plan to revitalize America before the Congress on Feb 24. The policy, in which a "new energy strategy" tops the agenda, aims to break Europe's dominance over the climate change framework and assume for the U.S. the leadership of the global green movement. In short, it is expected to create a new world green order. Obama's new policy is likely to create fundamental changes and opportunities for the Asia-Pacific region, ... read more

08/04/2009 08:00 PM
Climate Change: Money a Key Element in Bonn Adaptation Talks
IRIN: At the first round of climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, a delegate from the Philippines noted that the Christmas bonus of a Wall Street banker was higher than the amount of money allocated to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). "Funding remains the key issue," said Saleemul Huq, head of the climate change group at the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). The talks to draft a new climate change treaty were held under the ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Eco-Christians are wary of carbon sin
Marketplace: Steve Chiotakis: And on this Christian holy day, this weekend marks the end of Lent. It's a time when many Christians stay away from meat, sweets or alcohol. But some have gone on a 40-day eco-fast. From the Marketplace Sustainability Desk, Jennifer Collins reports. Jennifer Collins: For lent this year, Mary Hetherington went on a carbon fast. She bought organic produce, she paid for a high-level cleaning of her furnace, and she learned a lesson: Mary Hetherington: It's a ... read more

09/04/2009 08:00 PM
Nuclear is not an easy option but the alternative could be a 'cold, dark night.'
Times (UK): Beneath a shimmering Finnish sky, thousands of workers are toiling below a forest of bright red cranes. Stepping through a hatch between a two-metre thick concrete containment wall, Kathe Sarparanta enters a vast, roofless chamber lined with reinforced steel. "This is the heart of the reactor -- the fuel rods will be right there,' said Ms Sarparanta, an employee of TVO, the Finnish utility, raising her voice above a steady din of hammering and drilling. "The temperature inside will reach ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
A solar-powered solution to Florida sprawl
Time Magazine: An NFL lineman turned visionary developer today is unveiling startlingly ambitious plans for a solar-powered city of tomorrow in southwest Florida's outback, featuring the world's largest photovoltaic solar plant, a truly smart power grid, recharging stations for electric vehicles and a variety of other green innovations. The community of Babcock Ranch is designed to break new frontiers in sustainable development, quite a shift for a state that has never been sustainable and lately hasn't ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Decoded algae could aid biofuel, climate work
San Francisco Chronicle: Scientists in laboratories at Moss Landing and Walnut Creek have decoded the genes of two widely varied species of ocean-dwelling algae, finding promising evidence of their ability to resist global climate change and clues to new sources of biofuels for an energy-short world. The algae are called Micromonas, and they are among the vast and varied tribe of microscopic ocean plants whose evolutionary ancestors were among the very first organisms that populated the Earth, more than 3 ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Energy blamed more than ethanol for food prices
San Francisco Chronicle: Ethanol bears some of the blame for last year's rising food prices, but oil and electricity bear more, according to a new congressional study of the food-versus-fuel debate. The ethanol industry and its critics have been locked in a fierce argument over whether the alternative fuel, typically made from corn, pushes up food prices. Thursday's report from the Congressional Budget Office gives some ammunition to each side. Researchers found that ethanol production was responsible ... read more

09/04/2009 08:00 PM
Iowa corn growers lose $259 million each year to global warming
Quad-City Times: A report released today by Environment Iowa showed that Iowa corn growers lose $259 million a year because of global warming. The annual loss to Iowa farmers tops all 50 states. Illinois is a close second, with a $243 million annual loss to its corn crop, according to the report. The loss is based on lower yields caused by a two degree increase in average temperature, Julian Boggs, Environment Iowa field associate, said at a news conference in Davenport. His group would ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Kitson, FPL unveil blueprint for largest solar plant
News-Press: A $300 million project expected to make Babcock Ranch the world's first solar city could be under construction by the end of the year and would create about 400 jobs while attracting economic development to the region. West Palm Beach developer Kitson & Partners and Florida Power & Light announced a partnership Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to build a 75-megawatt solar plant on 400 acres. The plant will generate all of the electricity for the planned town of 45,000 people in ... read more

09/04/2009 08:00 PM
Disease in a warming climate
Nature: Climate change takes the blame for many dim future prospects: rising sea levels, more frequent droughts and disappearing glaciers, to name just a few. But perhaps the warming trend should be absolved of responsibility for a predicted bump in the global burden of infectious disease. That's the bottom line of a paper in the April issue of the journal Ecology, which argues that the geographical ranges of infectious diseases are more likely to shift than to expand (K. D. Lafferty Ecology ... read more

09/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Babcock Ranch to be world's first solar powered city
Naples Daily news: Planned mega-development Babcock Ranch will be the world`s first entirely solar-powered city, developer Syd Kitson and an official from Florida Power & Light announced Thursday morning during a Washington D.C. press conference. The ambitious Charlotte County development will draw all of its electricity from a 75-megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant to be built by FPL. Construction on the facility could start by the end of this year. "We will be on the leading edge of ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Gordon Brown's electric car subsidy rejected by industry
Guardian: The car industry has poured cold water on Gordon Brown's offer to provide a £2,000 subsidy to purchasers of electric cars - a move that one automotive analyst described as a "pointless soundbite". Asked by the Guardian for details of the offer, a spokeswoman for Lord Mandelson's department of business said No 10 was taking the lead on the initiative. A No 10 spokeswoman said Mandelson's department had the details. It was reported this week that the government was planning to ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Ethanol raises cost of nutrition programs
Associated Press: The increased use of ethanol could cost the government up to $900 million for food stamps and child nutrition programs, a congressional report says. Higher use of the corn-based fuel additive accounted for about 10 percent to 15 percent of the rise in food prices between April 2007 and April 2008, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That translates into higher costs for food programs for the needy. The CBO said other factors, such as skyrocketing energy ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Algae genomes key to regulating carbon emissions
Agence France-Presse: Scientists have decoded genomes of two strains of green algae, highlighting genes that allow them to capture carbon emissions and maintain the oceans' chemical balance, a study said Thursday. The strains' productivity as a significant source of marine food and their ability to capture carbon means the algae can influence the carbon flux and have an impact on climate change, according to the study published in Friday's edition of the journal Science. An international team of ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Environmental group stands behind Cape Wind
Cape Cod Times: Cape Cod's preeminent environmental group has come out in favor of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm. The Association to Preserve Cape Cod sent a letter to its members a week ago that lays out the group's support for the project, executive director Maggie Geist said yesterday. "We find the potential environmental effects on habitats and species from the proposed construction, operation, and decommissioning of this wind farm to be acceptable," Geist and APCC president Susan ... read more

08/04/2009 08:00 PM
When glaciers start moving
Economist: IN THEORY, the world's governments have over seven months to craft a new treaty to slow climate change before a deadline set by the United Nations. But in practice, points out Yvo de Boer, head of the UN agency that monitors the current Kyoto protocol, only a few weeks of scheduled negotiations remain. Yet with America's tree-hugging new leadership in place, and with a green stimulus suddenly in vogue, the outlook for a deal at the climate jamboree in Copenhagen at the end of the year ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Ohio corn affected by global warming
Coshocton Tribune: Corn likes it cool. That's the message a group of concerned officials and representatives with Environment Ohio were delivering at a press conference Thursday morning at Paul's Farm Market on Ohio 60. "Global warming is raising temperatures in Ohio and across the nation," said Katy Kiefer, a field organizer with Environment Ohio. "Hotter fields will mean lower yields for corn, and eventually, the rest of agriculture." Kiefer said a new report on Ohio's corn shows that ... read more

10/04/2009 08:00 PM
Global warming could take bite out of midwest corn
Chicago Tribune: Global warming could sock Illinois right in the Corn Belt--to the tune of $243 million a year, a national environmental group estimated in a report released Thursday. The Environment America study, based on government and university data, projects rising temperatures will reduce yields of the nation's biggest crop by 3 percent in the Midwest and the South, compared to projected yields without further global warming. According to the report, Iowa would be hit hardest, losing ... read more



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