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US carbon capture project starts to bury one million tonnes of CO2
November 29, 2011 08:39 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
An ambitious US carbon capture and storage (CCS) project has begun a three-year trial to pump one million tonnes of CO2 underground. The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) has begun injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) for the first million-tonne demonstration of carbon sequestration in the US. The CO2 will be stored permanently in the Mount Simon Sandstone more than a mile beneath the Illinois surface at Decatur.
Da Vinci's Last Supper faces new threat of damage from air pollution
November 23, 2011 12:45 PM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
Having survived long centuries, political upheaval, and even bombings during World War II, Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece Last Supper now faces the risk of damage from air pollution due to its location in one of Western Europe's most polluted cities. In late 2009, the refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church, where the painting is located, installed a sophisticated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system to protect the painting from the polluted air of Milan.
Mystery deepens over Europe-wide radiation alert
November 21, 2011 08:28 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
A Hungarian laboratory has denied claims made by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it is the most likely source of the outbreak of radioactive particles recently detected in the skies above Europe. Low levels of iodine-131 were measured in the atmosphere above the Czech Republic and several other European countries earlier this month and the IAEA moved swiftly with assurances it posed no danger to public health.
Broadcasters lose their nerve over BBC's climate change program
November 15, 2011 12:27 PM - Staff, ClickGreen
The final episode of the BBC's Frozen Planet documentary series that focuses on climate change has been canned in the US and other countries, prompting fierce criticism. All seven episodes of the multi-million pound nature series, written and presented by Sir David Attenborough, will be screened in the UK — but the final show, entitled 'On Thin Ice', has been shelved by several foreign TV channels, including the Discovery channel in the US. The last programme in the series looks at the man-made threat to the environment and examines how Earth's ice caps are changing and the likely consequences for the rest of the planet. But US audiences will not be shown the final episode, where many fear a show that promotes the theory of global warming could upset viewers. The package of six episodes has been sold to 30 countries and networks were provided with the option to buy a seventh 'optional extra' episode, along with behind-the-scenes footage. The documentary series is said to be an epic portrait of two disappearing wildernesses — the Arctic and the Antarctic - before they change forever, and is already hugely popular with viewers in the UK.
Air pollution linked for first time to droughts and major storms
November 15, 2011 08:24 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
A groundbreaking new study has found an increase in air pollution can reduce rainfall in drought-affected regions and worsen the severity of storms in wet regions or seasons. Researchers have discovered that increases in air pollution and other particulate matter in the atmosphere can strongly affect cloud development in ways that reduce precipitation in dry regions or seasons.
Scientists flushed with success after "sprinkle-power" breakthrough
November 9, 2011 08:40 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
Scientists have published the world's first research paper on work that tested the viability of urine as a potential fuel for Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) in order to directly produce electricity.
Catholic archbishop says climate change action is a waste of time and money
October 28, 2011 08:01 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney George Pell has questioned the morality and cost benefits of tackling climate change in a controversial speech in London. The Australian cardinal used his speech to liken carbon trading to Medieval indulgences and described green campaigners as not merely zealous but zealots. He said the only long-term benefits of schemes to tackle climate change will be extra government taxes and revenues and the cost of attempts to tackle global warming will be very heavy.
Chain hotels beat independent rivals to go green
October 25, 2011 04:23 PM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
Chain hotels are doing a better job of going green than their independent competitors, according to a new analysis by Washington State University researchers. The study, which started as an undergraduate honors project, found chain hotels are more likely to use energy efficient light bulbs; train staff to turn off lights, heaters and air conditioning in unoccupied rooms; buy in bulk to reduce packaging; use safer cleaners and chemicals; and give guests tips on how to save water and energy.
Scottish Government commits £18m for wave and tidal power
October 24, 2011 02:35 PM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
An £18 million fund has been announced that will help develop Scotland's first commercial wave and tidal power arrays. The money forms part of £35 million the Scottish Government and its enterprise agencies will provide in direct support to the marine and tidal industry over the next three years.
NASA snaps tens of millions of fires on Earth in decade-long study
October 20, 2011 07:25 AM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
NASA has released a series of new satellite images that show tens of millions of fires detected worldwide from space since 2002. The US space agency maintains a comprehensive research program using satellites, aircraft and ground resources to observe and analyze fires around the world. The research helps scientists understand how fire affects our environment on local, regional and global scales.