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 Boardâ€™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.
Farm Groups Prevail as House Climate Bill Puts USDA in Charge of Ag Offsets
June 25, 2009 10:26 AM - Allison Winter, New York Times
The Agriculture Department will have the lead role in overseeing agriculture offsets under the House climate bill, a major victory for farm groups that pushed lawmakers to take the lead away from U.S. EPA.
House Democrats reach deal on Climate Bill
June 24, 2009 07:01 AM - Richard Cowan, Reuters
Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday said they had reached a deal on difficult agriculture issues in a climate change bill, clearing the way for a vote and probable passage in the chamber this week. "We have an agreement finally," said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, whose support had been widely sought by House Democratic leaders. Peterson declared he is now prepared to vote for the controversial bill.
Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit
June 23, 2009 02:15 PM - Editor
The new Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators is an updated and expanded version of the award-winning (2001 Public Relations Society of America Bronze Anvil Award for Interactive Communications and 2002 Telly Award) and very popular (over 40,000 kits distributed in all 51 states and territories and over a dozen countries across the world) Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Teachers and Interpreters first published in 2001.
Patagonian glaciers melting at unprecedented rates
June 23, 2009 09:02 AM - Natalie Muller, Santiago Times
NASA scientists reveal Patagonia glaciers are losing ice mass in higher zones.
U.S. climate fix to cost consumers $175 a year-CBO
June 23, 2009 08:53 AM - Richard Cowan, Reuters
Climate change legislation pending in Congress would cost U.S. households only about $175 annually in higher energy and consumer prices, far less than the $3,100 "burden" opponents have claimed would result, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.
US EPA Issues Clean Energy Action Guide for States
June 22, 2009 01:38 PM - Editor, ENN
The potential energy savings achievable through state actions is significant. EPA estimates that if each state were to implement cost-effective clean energy-environment policies, the expected growth in demand for electricity could be cut in half by 2025, and more demand could be met through cleaner energy supply. This would mean annual savings of more than 900 bilÂlion kilowatt-hours (kWh) and $70 billion in energy costs by 2025, while preventing the need for more than 300 power plants and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to emissions from 80 million of todayâ€™s vehicles.