Climate

AFGHANISTAN: 1.5 million "severely" hit by drought - minister
July 17, 2008 01:26 PM - IRIN

At least 1.5 million people in 19 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces - mostly farming communities in the north - have been severely affected by drought and are in need of urgent humanitarian relief, an Afghan minister told IRIN.

Russian Research Team Pulls Up Stakes and Gets the Heck Out Due to Melting Ice
July 17, 2008 11:02 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Station “North Pole-35” consists of 21 researchers and two dogs living in huts on an ice flow in the western Arctic Ocean, or at least it did until the project was cut short by about six weeks due to the unexpected extent of the sea ice melt.

Norway says wins EU green light for carbon capture
July 16, 2008 10:46 AM - Reuters

Norway's government said on Wednesday it has received the go ahead from the European Union to pump more state funds into an experimental project to capture carbon dioxide emissions from a gas-fired power plant.

Plan to bury climate-warming carbon unveiled
July 16, 2008 09:09 AM - Reuters

The United States unveiled plans on Tuesday to bury climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions deep underground to keep the greenhouse gas from further heating up the atmosphere.

UK government lambasted over own carbon emissions

The British government's record in cutting its own emissions of planet-warming gases was "extremely poor", a cross-party panel of politicians said on Monday.

ClimatePULSE: Who owns these greenhouse gas emissions?
July 15, 2008 11:10 AM - , Triple Pundit

Protocols for corporate greenhouse gas accounting that are based on the ISO 14064 standards, such as the WBCSD/WRI GHG Protocol, use the term "scope" to distinguish between different greenhouse gas emissions sources. There are three categories; Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3. For most registry’s or reporting agencies Scopes 1 and 2 are considered mandatory while Scope 3 is considered optional.

Global warming may raise kidney stone cases: study
July 15, 2008 09:11 AM - Reuters

One more unwanted consequence of global warming may be an increase in cases of kidney stones in areas with rising temperatures, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

EU executive to tackle eco impact of consumerism
July 15, 2008 08:48 AM - Reuters

The European Commission will launch a raft of proposals on Wednesday to curb the environmental impact of consumerism in the 27-nation EU by supporting eco-friendly products and technology. The plan comes as the European Union moves to cut energy consumption amid soaring fuel and power prices and as part of its ambitious mid-term goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by one fifth by 2020, compared to 1990 levels. "This will mainly be targeted at products that use a lot of energy, such as computers, televisions, water heaters and industrial fans," a source at the Commission, the bloc's executive arm, said on Monday.

US Court Slaps Down Pollution Law
July 14, 2008 09:26 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A US appeals court struck down landmark air-pollution regulations on Friday, shocking both environmental and industry groups with a decision that could severely hamper efforts to curb smog and acid rain.

Natural Disasters Becoming More Frequent
July 14, 2008 09:08 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The trend of more frequent global natural disasters continues, due to an onslaught of weather-related crises in the first half of 2008. The total number of disasters as of June 30, 2008 already exceeds the average number of disasters recorded at mid-year over the past decade. Although 2008 is not on pace to eclipse 2007 as registering the most natural disasters ever, an especially active Atlantic hurricane season is expected.

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