Climate change may boost Middle East rainfall
August 13, 2008 09:35 AM - University of New South Wales
The prospect of climate change sparking food and water shortages in the Middle East is less likely than previously thought, with new research by an Australian climate scientist suggesting that rainfall will be significantly higher in key parts of the region.
Hot subways to floods, all part of NYC climate risk
August 13, 2008 09:32 AM - Reuters
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced an in-depth study of perils the city faces from climate change, ranging from overly hot subways to shoreline floods. With 506 days left before his second and final term ends, Bloomberg is eager to cement his legacy by shoring up the city's finances and devising long-term plans.
Meltdown in the Arctic is speeding up
August 11, 2008 11:02 AM - http://www.guardian.co.uk
Scientists warn that the North Pole could be free of ice in just five years' time instead of 60
UK climate protesters fail to stop E.ON output
August 9, 2008 02:29 PM - Reuters
Climate protesters scaled security fences to enter the site of a coal-fired power station in southeast England on Saturday but German firm E.ON, which runs the plant, said output had not been disrupted. The protesters oppose plans for two new coal units at the facility, which will also be operated by E.ON.
Torch relay enters final leg under hazy skies
August 8, 2008 08:51 AM - Reuters
China kicked off the last leg of its Olympic torch relay on Friday under hazy skies and with a threat of rain complicating plans for the opening ceremony. Beijing has spent heavily to curb pollution, clearing over half the city's cars from its streets and closing dozens of factories, but the air quality for the start of the Games is expected to be only just within the guidelines for safe levels.
U.N. to tighten rules on earning carbon offsets
August 6, 2008 11:22 AM - Reuters
The U.N.'s climate change agency on Wednesday proposed to make it more difficult for speculators to earn carbon offsets from emissions-cutting projects which were already profitable.
Software predicts where El Niño will strike next
August 5, 2008 12:24 PM - New Scientist Tech
El Niño events periodically wreak havoc on the world's weather, increasing the risk of hurricanes and flooding in some regions, and droughts and forest fires in others. But despite telltale signs of their presence in the Pacific Ocean, including a reversal of ocean currents and large temperature rises, it can be hard to tell where else El Niños are having an effect.
Lost world frozen 14m years ago found in Antarctica
August 5, 2008 12:18 PM - Telegraph.co.uk
A lost world has been found in Antarctica, preserved just the way it was when it was frozen in time some 14 million years ago.
Tibetan plateau melts in the face of climate change
August 5, 2008 12:11 PM - , SciDevNet
Climate change is affecting the Tibetan plateau, threatening regional water supplies and altering atmospheric circulation for half the planet. The plateau is the world's third largest store of ice. But its temperature has risen by up to 0.3 degrees Celsius every ten years over the last fifty years — approximately three times the global warming rate.
Air Canada introduces offsets for corporate travel
August 5, 2008 10:29 AM - , The Green Meeting
The largest full-service airline in Canada has extended a popular carbon offset initiative to business clients. Air Canada’s program will be operated in conjunction with Zerofootprint, a carbon management firm that already has helped individual passengers on the carrier to voluntarily offset 9,417 tons of carbon.