NOAA Forecast Predicts Large "Dead Zone" for Gulf of Mexico this Summer
June 18, 2009 04:19 PM - Editor, ENN
A team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University, and the University of Michigan is forecasting that the â€œdead zoneâ€ off the coast of Louisiana and Texas in the Gulf of Mexico this summer could be one of the largest on record. The dead zone is an area in the Gulf of Mexico where seasonal oxygen levels drop too low to support most life in bottom and near-bottom waters.
Senate Panel Approves Energy Bill
June 18, 2009 06:26 AM - JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times
A Senate committee on Wednesday approved an energy bill that would open large tracts of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling and provide federal loan guarantees for a gas pipeline project in Alaska. The measure, which cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 15-to-8 vote, would also require utilities to produce up to 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2021. That standard is somewhat weaker than one in a House energy and climate change bill that is headed for a floor vote as early as next week.
Government report shows climate change is happening now and impacting entire U.S.
June 17, 2009 12:39 PM - Editor, ENN
A press conference was held Tuesday to discuss a climate study prepared by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The study lays out the effects of global warming on specific U.S. regions and sectors, and calls for immediate action.
Scientists Debate Shading Earth As Climate Fix
June 17, 2009 07:23 AM - Richard Harris, NPR
Engineering our climate to stop global warming may seem like science fiction, but at a recent National Academy of Sciences meeting, scientists discussed some potential geoengineering experiments in earnest.
Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States
June 16, 2009 06:29 PM - Editor, ENN
The US Federal government released a major report today. The report summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. The report is the work of 12 federal agencies including the EPA, DOD,COMMERCE, NASA, and others.Itâ€™s written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.
Australia's forests key to fighting global warming
June 16, 2009 09:29 AM - Reuters via , The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Ancient Australian forests are key to fighting climate change and contain the world's most dense carbon store, eclipsing tropical rainforests as efficient greenhouse gas absorbers, scientists said on Tuesday.
Sediment yields climate record for past half-million years
June 16, 2009 07:40 AM - Eureka Alert, from Ohio State University
Researchers here have used sediment from the deep ocean bottom to reconstruct a record of ancient climate that dates back more than the last half-million years. The record, trapped within the top 20 meters (65.6 feet) of a 400-meter (1,312-foot) sediment core drilled in 2005 in the North Atlantic Ocean by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, gives new information about the four glacial cycles that occurred during that period. New research was presented June 15th at the Chapman Conference on Abrupt Climate Change at Ohio State University's Byrd Polar Research Center. The meeting is jointly sponsored by the American Geophysical Union and the National Science Foundation. Harunur Rashid, a post-doctoral fellow at the Byrd Center, explained that experts have been trying to capture a longer climate record for this part of the ocean for nearly a half-century. "We've now generated a climate record from this core that has a very high temporal resolution, one that is decipherable at increments of 100 to 300 years," he said.
Major shift in US climate policy sparks hope for global treaty
June 16, 2009 07:24 AM - The Irish Times, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The United States is no longer insisting that China and other large developing countries must make cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions under proposals tabled by the Obama administration for a new global treaty to combat climate change. In a major shift in US policy, reflecting the views of President Obama, Dr Jonathan Pershing who was in Beijing this week for talks with Chinese officials made it clear that this would not require countries such as China to make cuts, merely to carry out actions .
Silk Road threatened by melting glaciers
June 15, 2009 10:10 AM - Catherine Brahic, NewScientist
The Chinese gateway to the ancient Silk Road is being flooded â€“ and the culprit, researchers say, is climate change.
Water in Africa â€“ Business turns on the tap
June 15, 2009 07:43 AM - World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Ethical Corporation
Business is stepping in where governments fail to provide clean water in Africa, with Coca-Cola, SABMiller and major platinum miners leading the way. A world running short of water is presenting a new category of risk to businesses that few have begun to appreciate. That was the warning from campaigner WWF and noted research body the Pacific Institute, at the World Water Forum in Istanbul in late March.