Climate

Mummified Dino Yields Skin Molecules
July 1, 2009 11:35 AM - Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

The extremely well-preserved remains of a 66-million-year-old hadrosaur, known as a "dinosaur mummy," have just yielded soft-tissue skin structures and organic molecules, according to a new study. While research on other dinosaurs has led to the identification of organic material linked to bones, co-author Roy Wogelius told Discovery News that "this is the first dinosaur to reveal intact skin structure and associated organic molecules."

New Measures to Aid Solar on Public Lands
June 30, 2009 09:53 AM - Kate Galbraith, New York Times

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced measures on Monday to hasten the development of solar energy on public lands in six western states. Salazar expects to have 13 commercial-scale projects with solar power arrays under construction by the end of 2010.

Increasing Dust Accelerates Mountain Snowmelt
June 30, 2009 07:34 AM - Discovery News from AP

Dust in the wind is rewriting the cycle of life in the mountains. Throughout memory the warmth of spring has begun the mountain snowmelt, bringing life-giving water to greening plants so they can blossom and renew their species. But now, scientists say, the timing is being thrown off by desert dust stirred as global warming dries larger areas and human activity increases in those regions.

Obama against penalties on those not accepting pollution limits

US President Barack Obama on Sunday expressed his opposition to a provision in the clean energy bill that would impose trade penalties on countries that do not accept limits on global warming pollution, The New York Times reported late Sunday.

Crops face toxic timebomb in warmer world: study
June 29, 2009 11:01 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Staples such as cassava on which millions of people depend become more toxic and produce much smaller yields in a world with higher carbon dioxide levels and more drought.

Deserts crossing Mediterranean
June 27, 2009 07:08 AM - ANSA.It, Environmental Health News

The Sahara Desert is crossing the Mediterranean, according to Italian environmental protection group Legambiente which warns that the livelihoods of 6.5 million people living along its shores could be at risk. "Desertification isn't limited to Africa," said Legambiente Vice President Sebastiano Venneri. "Without a serious change of direction in economic and environmental policies, the risk will become concrete and irreversible."

House passes landmark climate change bill
June 27, 2009 07:03 AM - Richard Cowan, Reuters

President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the House of Representatives passed legislation to slash industrial pollution that is blamed for global warming. The Democratic-controlled House passed the climate change bill, a top priority for Obama, by a vote of 219-212.

Europe dodges the carbon pollution issue
June 26, 2009 10:18 AM - WWF

European environment ministers have sidestepped the key emissions reduction strategy of classifying carbon dioxide as a pollutant during consideration of new laws to limit industrial pollution.

New Law Requires Calif. Landfills to Capture Methane
June 26, 2009 06:25 AM - ClimateBiz, GreenBiz

A new regulation adopted today will force more than a dozen California landfills to install equipment that captures methane gas created by decomposing solid waste. The California Air Resources Board’s newly adopted measure will also impact other landfills by forcing them to change their operating practices to reduce the amount of methane released into the atmosphere.

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