Climate

San Francisco Pilots Cisco’s Carbon-Tracking Tool
April 13, 2009 04:05 PM - by Zaher Karp, Matter Network

Networking company Cisco is spearheading efforts to develop technology that can manage energy conservation and carbon footprints by collecting and processing field data. The company uses wireless networking to monitor the changing environment to track emissions from the threatened Brazilian rainforest to the Golden Gate Bridge.

For Alaska's Inupiat, Climate Change and Culture Shock
April 13, 2009 03:34 PM - Emily Sohn, Discovery News

For the Inupiat people of northern Alaska, whales are a way of life. These people eat the animals. They worship them. They organize their calendars around them. And on and on. It's been that way for thousands of years. Now, however, climate change is pushing the whales further north, making it harder for the Inupiat to catch them. That environmental shift is threatening the culture's fundamental roots.

Debate erupts over effects of climate change on disease
April 13, 2009 08:37 AM - Katherine Nightingale, SciDevNet

The commonly-held view that climate change can only increase the burden of infectious diseases has been challenged — provoking a debate that could ripple out to health professionals, conservationists and policymakers.

Antarctica's tumultuous past revealed
April 13, 2009 08:06 AM - New Scientist

Antarctic Geological Drilling project, or Andrill, are working day and night near the surface of McMurdo Sound extracting cores of stone to provide them with a record peering 19 million years into Antarctica's history. Andrill's results reveal a breathtaking picture.

Climate change 'own goal': Laws to combat acid rain are DRIVING Arctic warming, claims Nasa
April 12, 2009 11:00 AM - Cher Thornhill, Daily Mail

It is widely recognised that humans are their own worst enemies when it comes to global warming. But the latest research from Nasa suggests laws created to preserve the environment are causing much of the damage. Legislation to improve air quality and cut acid rain has accounted for a shocking half of Arctic warming over the past three decades, the space agency reports.

Obama, Who Vowed Rapid Action on Climate Change, Turns More Cautious
April 11, 2009 06:57 AM - JOHN M. BRODER, 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.

Seals and robotic subs monitor Antarctic climate change
April 10, 2009 02:38 PM - CNN

Elephant seals equipped with electronic tags and robotic mini submarines using sonar were just two projects during the International Polar Year (IPY) that aimed to investigate the effects of global warming in polar regions.

Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming

The global warming situation has become so dire that Barack Obama's chief scientific adviser has raised with the president the possibility of massive-scale technological fixes to alter the climate known as 'geo-engineering'. John Holdren, who is a member of the president's cabinet, said today the drastic measures should not be "off the table" in discussions on how best to tackle climate change. While his office insisted that he was not proposing a dramatic switch in policy, Holdren said geo-engineering could not be ruled out.

Solar-powered cooker wins climate prize
April 9, 2009 10:44 AM - Richard Black, BBC News

A cheap solar cooker has won $75,000 prize in a contest for green ideas. The cooker could sterilize water and could help 3 billion poor people cut greenhouse gases, and fight global warming.

Vulnerable Sundarbans islanders use technology against climate change threats
April 9, 2009 09:24 AM - WWF

The 20,000 residents of tiny, vulnerable Mousuni Island in the Indian Sundarbans are using technology to protect themselves from climate change-related threats — including deadly cyclones and rising sea levels — now impacting more and more severely upon them.

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