Climate

Warming Takes Center Stage As Australian Drought Worsens
April 3, 2009 11:13 AM - Keith Schneider, Environment 360

With record-setting heat waves, bush fires and drought, Australians are increasingly convinced they are facing the early impacts of global warming. Their growing concern about climate change has led to a consensus that the nation must now act boldly to stave off the crisis.

Ice-free Arctic Ocean Possible In 30 Years, Not 90 As Previously Estimated
April 3, 2009 05:25 AM - ScienceDaily

A nearly ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer may happen three times sooner than scientists have estimated. New research says the Arctic might lose most of its ice cover in summer in as few as 30 years instead of the end of the century.

Highlights of draft bill to curb global warming
April 2, 2009 06:38 AM - Macon.com from The Associated Press

House Democratic leaders released a first draft of legislation to curb emissions from global warming. Here are the highlights: CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY STANDARD COAL MEASURES

House Climate Bill Aims to Please Environmental and Business Interests
April 1, 2009 11:06 AM - Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

House Democrats introduced an ambitious climate bill yesterday aimed at pleasing both environmental and business interests, even as Senate leaders acknowledged that the party faces serious challenges in trying to pass a carbon limit in the near future.

2010 Games officials eye global warming costs
March 31, 2009 11:32 AM - Allan Dowd, Reuters

Organizers of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games said on Monday they are confident they can find sponsors to help with the estimated C$4.5 million ($3.6 million) cost of keeping the event from adding to global warming.

Glacier dust key to past climates
March 31, 2009 09:49 AM - BBC News

Ancient dust buried deep in Antarctic ice sheets could hold information about climate change, a study has suggested.

Drought May Further Threaten Darfur Peace
March 31, 2009 08:26 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

Amidst the turmoil in Sudan, add the possibility of drought. The Sahel, the semi-arid region between the Sahara Desert and southern grasslands, has received above-average rainfall in recent years. But precipitation trends suggest that a period of drought is in the near future, which aid workers warn could spell trouble for ongoing peace efforts in Darfur. "This is three years they've been above the statistical average [for rainfall]," said Andrew Morton, manager of the United Nations Environment Programme's conflicts and disasters program. "If you believe in statistics, there is no evidence it will continue."

'Halo effect' explains brightest patches of sky
March 31, 2009 06:28 AM - Nora Schultz

Every cloud has a silver lining, the saying goes, but as it turns out, it's more of a giant halo.

SILVER LINING: How the recession is helping the environment
March 30, 2009 08:59 AM - Venuri Siriwardane, The Star-Ledger

As the recession worsens its bite, many experts think the worldwide lull in economic activity will briefly decrease the planet's carbon footprint. Greenhouse gas emissions from industry, homes and vehicles will shrink, according to Harvard University economist Robert Stavins.

China hails U.S. climate promises, says to act
March 30, 2009 08:24 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Beijing welcomed U.S. promises of more action to slow global warming on Monday and said China would also do its share while ensuring that its people were not "left in the dark" without electricity.

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