Climate

For second year in a row, melt may open Northwest Passage
August 4, 2008 09:18 AM - Anchorage Daily News

Alaska's warm weather this summer has all "gone north." Way north. Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center say strong, southerly winds from the North Slope have devoured a huge swath of Arctic ice larger than the state of Texas in the heart of the Beaufort Sea.

Arctic ice bigger than 2007, but thawing long-term
July 30, 2008 11:14 AM - Reuters

Arctic sea ice is unlikely to shrink below a 2007 record low this year in a reprieve from the worst predictions of climate change even though new evidence confirms a long-term thaw is under way, experts said.

Birds fly north in climate change vanguard: study
July 30, 2008 11:09 AM - Reuters

Birds have been moving north in Europe over the past 25 years because of climate change in the vanguard of likely huge shifts in the ranges of plants and animals, scientists said on Wednesday.

Three senators call for EPA chief to resign
July 30, 2008 08:45 AM - Reuters

Democratic senators called on Tuesday for the resignation of Stephen Johnson, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying he sided with polluters instead of fighting global warming and other ecological problems. The three senators, all active in the climate change debate, also asked the U.S. attorney general to investigate whether Johnson has made false or misleading statements in sworn testimony before the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.

Peru mountain glaciers 'receding rapidly'
July 29, 2008 12:00 PM - , SciDevNet

Climate change-induced glacier melts have cost northern Peru's mountains 26 per cent of their surface area in the last 33 years, satellite images have confirmed.

U.S. should find way to price carbon emissions, say execs
July 29, 2008 11:54 AM - Reuters

Two top executives from U.S. industry told a congressional panel on Monday that the country should assign a dollar cost to carbon emissions to encourage investment in efficiency and tackle climate change.

U.S. Army works to cut its carbon "bootprint"
July 29, 2008 09:09 AM - Reuters

What if cutting greenhouse emissions could also save the lives of soldiers in Iraq, where fuel-laden convoys make them targets? The U.S. Army says it is happening now in a push to reduce its carbon "bootprint."

Scraping the bottom of the oil barrel a significant new climate risk
July 29, 2008 08:55 AM - WWF

Exploitation of North America’s shale and tar-sand oil reserves could increase atmospheric CO2 levels by up to 15%, a new report from WWF-UK and the major UK financial group Co-Operative Financial Services (CFS) has warned. Extraction of the projected 1,115 billion barrels of recoverable oil from unconventional fuel sources such as Alberta’s oil sands and Colorado’s oil shale, which involve much more energy intensive procedures for extraction than traditional oil reserves, would significantly increase global risks of dangerous climate change, the report said.

Toronto Pays Citizens Hefty Grants For Projects Reducing Carbon Footprint
July 28, 2008 10:12 AM - , Global Warming is Real

The Canadian city of Toronto is paying citizens for going green. What’s been named the 'Live Green Toronto program', launched recently, has $20 million available over the next five years for citizen-driven carbon savings projects. The funding, in the form of subsidies, will go to projects that will help the city make good on its target of reducing its carbon footprint by 6% by 2012. The city’s mayor, David Miller, indicated that Toronto needs all the help it can get to achieve its ambitious plans. The mayor was quoted in the Toronto Star commenting that "the plan’s success depends on residents creating change."

California joins big carbon-trade partnership
July 24, 2008 08:24 AM - the San Francisco Chronicle

California, six other Western states and four Canadian provinces launched plans on Wednesday for one of the world's largest carbon-trading systems, a sweeping effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

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