The weekends are more rainy — and it may be our fault
August 28, 2008 09:44 AM - NS : Envrionment
IT SEEMS to happen with depressing frequency - sunny skies turn to rain just as the weekend arrives. Now Spanish researchers say they have evidence that in some parts of Europe the weather really does follow a weekly cycle, although not in the straightforward way that the anecdote might suggest.
Carbon Footprint: Saving at Home
August 28, 2008 09:25 AM - NY Times
YOU know your shoe size. But you probably don’t know your carbon footprint, particularly the footprint of your home.
Utility fees sought for environmental research center
August 27, 2008 11:41 AM - LA Times
With this year's legislative session in its final days, lawmakers Monday unveiled a bill mandating new fees from electricity ratepayers to fund a University of California-run global warming research center.
Environment agency warns government over climate change damage
August 25, 2008 09:15 AM - nonewcoal.org.uk
Lord Smith, the new head of the Environment Agency, this week gave a cautionary warning to the government over the folly of continuing with climate damaging super projects like the third runway at Heathrow, and the proposed new coal power station at Kingsnorth in Kent. He also highlighted the threat that climate change induced sea level rises and coastal erosion will have on the UK’s coast line and that tough choices would have to be made over whether to defend threatened communities.
Receding Arctic icepack opens new shipping frontier
August 22, 2008 09:20 AM - seattlepi.com
BARROW, Alaska -- Rapidly melting ice on Alaska's Arctic is opening up a new navigable ocean in the extreme north, allowing oil tankers, fishing vessels and even cruise ships to venture into a realm once trolled mostly by indigenous hunters.
U.S. says states can lift emission monitoring bar
August 21, 2008 10:03 AM - Reuters
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal court on Tuesday overturned a rule that prevented state and local authorities from raising emissions monitoring requirements for polluting units such as chemical plants and oil refineries. Regulatory body Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had added a rule to the existing Clean Air Act in 1990 that prevented authorities from adding to monitoring requirements.
Grazing animals important factor in predicting global warming impact.
August 21, 2008 09:49 AM - Penn State
The impact of global warming in the Arctic may differ from the predictions of computer models of the region, according to a pair of Penn State biologists. The team has shown that grazing animals will play a key role in reducing the anticipated expansion of shrub growth in the region, thus limiting their predicted and beneficial carbon-absorbing effect.
Study: People Rank Global Warming Lower Than Local Environmental Issues
August 19, 2008 09:59 AM - redOrbit
The U.S. public, while aware of the deteriorating global environment, is concerned predominantly with local and national environmental issues, according to results from a recent survey.
South Asia monsoon rains kill 147 as thousands rescued
August 18, 2008 11:06 AM - Reuters
Heavy monsoon rains have triggered floods across South Asia in which 147 people have been killed in the past week as the downpours swamped villages and caused landslides, officials said on Monday.
Current climate models 'ignoring brown carbon'
August 18, 2008 10:50 AM - , SciDevNet
Scientists have found that air pollution from East Asia contains an abundance of 'brown carbon' particles and say that atmospheric models need updating to incorporate their effect. Current climate models take into account two types of aerosol carbon — organic carbon and black carbon — that arise from the burning of fossil fuels or biomass.