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2014 Natural Disaster Damage and Death Toll Well Below Average
July 10, 2014 04:13 PM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Extreme weather events and other natural disasters claimed the lives of more than 2,700 people and caused around US $42 billion in damage worldwide in the first half of 2014, but this was well below the first half of last year and a 10-year average, according to new research from reinsurer Munich Re. However, the briefing report warns that towards the end of the year the natural climate phenomenon El Niño may impact regions differently in terms of the number and intensity of weather extremes.
Estudio vincula pesticidas y embarazos con aumento en riesgo de autismo
June 27, 2014 11:12 PM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen, ClickGreen
Las mujeres embarazadas que vivían en las proximidades de campos y granjas donde se aplican pesticidas químicos experimentaron dos tercios de mayor riesgo de tener un hijo con trastorno del espectro autista o de otro retraso en el desarrollo, según revela un nuevo estudio.
Bio-fuel from Whisky distilling in Scotland
June 25, 2014 08:00 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
Edinburgh-based biofuel company Celtic Renewables has signed an agreement with Europe’s foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next-stage testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current vehicles. The partnership, which will allow the company to develop its technology at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) in Ghent, has been made possible by second round funding worth €1.5million, including more than €1million from the UK Government, to help meet its ambition of growing a new €125 million-a-year industry in the UK.
Coal mines to Solar PV in UK
June 23, 2014 09:12 AM - Staff ClickGreen, ClickGreen
Energy specialists Anesco is to undertake a major regeneration of a number of former colliery sites with the development of a 30MW solar portfolio. The ground-mounted solar installations will be operational for 25 years and, once completed, will generate enough low-carbon energy to provide powerfor around 10,000 homes, while saving up to 15 tonnes of carbon per year.
Study links pesticides and pregnancies with increased risk of autism
June 23, 2014 08:00 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, according to a new study. The research discovered the associations were even stronger when the exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters of the women's pregnancies.
Nasa Prepares To Launch First Satellite Dedicated To Measuring CO2 Levels
June 13, 2014 04:49 PM - Click Green Boston Newsdesk, ClickGreen
NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as their "sinks," the natural ocean and land processes by which carbon dioxide is pulled out of Earth’s atmosphere and stored.
Nuevos gases artificiales descubiertos en la atmósfera
June 5, 2014 08:47 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Científicos de la Universidad de East Anglia han descubierto dos nuevos clorofluorocarbonos (CFC) y un nuevo hidroclorofluorocarbonos (HCFC) en la atmósfera. La investigación, publicada hoy, parte del descubrimiento de otros cuatro gases artificiales por el mismo equipo en marzo.
New man-made gases discovered in atmosphere
June 4, 2014 08:13 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have found two new chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one new hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) in the atmosphere. The research, published today, comes after another four man-made gases were discovered by the same team in March. Scientists made the discovery by comparing today’s air samples with air collected between 1978 and 2012 in unpolluted Tasmania, and samples taken during aircraft flights.
Hurricanes with female names result in greater death toll
June 3, 2014 07:49 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Hurricanes with feminine names are likely to cause nearly three times as many deaths than storms with masculine names after new research found girl names are perceived as less threatening. A new University of Illinois study is warning to watch out for hurricanes with benign-sounding names like Dolly, Fay or Hanna because people in the path of these severe storms may take fewer protective measure, leaving them more vulnerable to harm.
Reducing emissions to combat climate change
June 2, 2014 08:22 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Climate engineering is unlikely to provide an effective or practical solution to slowing global warming, according to a new study. Reducing the release of carbon remains the only likely answer to tackling climate change ahead of fanciful projects such as positioning giant mirrors in space to reduce the amount of sunlight being trapped in the earth's atmosphere or seeding clouds to reduce the amount of light entering earth's atmosphere.