Climate

High winds likely to spread S.Korea oil spill
December 13, 2007 05:05 AM - Reuters

TAEAN, South Korea (Reuters) - Strong winds on Thursday threatened to spread the devastation from South Korea's worst oil spill and cold weather hit already slow clean-up efforts by thousands of exhausted workers.

Six days after a crane barge punched holes into a huge oil tanker which then spewed 10,500 metric tons of its load into the sea, the government said it would make available more than 300 billion won ($325 million) in loans to help residents who say they face ruin.

Polar ice cap vanished at record clip
December 13, 2007 12:40 AM - Reuters

While in the summer of 1980 the North Pole was covered by an ice sheet about the size of the continental United States, this summer the ice would not have covered the states west of the Mississippi River, he added.

"It's a tremendous decrease, but of course, the mystery is how did it happen?" Perovich said.

Scientists said two principal factors are accelerating the vanishing of the polar ice pack, which helps cool the Earth by reflecting the sun's rays back into the atmosphere.

 

Satellite probes view auroral substorms, solar bowshock
December 12, 2007 04:55 PM - US Berkeley, Newswire

Berkeley, California -- Five satellites launched last February to probe magnetic storms around the Earth will move into prime observing position next month, but they already have produced important new information on the interactions between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetic field.

California greenhouse gas law may stand: judge
December 12, 2007 03:25 PM - Reuters

A spokesman for the auto industry, which had argued that California's law is unconstitutional, said an appeal is uncertain. "We're still reviewing the decision and a decision on whether or not to appeal hasn't been made yet," said Charles Territo, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Scientists shed light on monster sea waves
December 12, 2007 01:59 PM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ocean waves as tall as an eight-story building, once dismissed as maritime folklore, can be studied using waves of light, offering hope of predicting where these monsters may appear, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

NYMEX and Evolution to launch CO2 exchange in '08
December 12, 2007 12:46 PM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Evolution Markets, an environmental products and energy brokerage, said on Wednesday it was combining with the New York Mercantile Exchange to offer trade in the United States next year in global carbon credits.

U.N.'s Ban urges 2009 deadline for climate deal
December 12, 2007 11:33 AM - By Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world on Wednesday to agree to work out a new climate treaty by 2009 but said it might be "too ambitious" to set goals for greenhouse gas cuts in Bali.

U.S. still hooked on oil in 2030, but renewables rise
December 12, 2007 09:19 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will still rely on oil, natural gas and coal for its main energy supplies through 2030, but ethanol and other renewable energy sources will double during the period, the government's top energy forecasting agency said on Wednesday.

U.N. aims to provide carbon neutral example
December 12, 2007 08:33 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - More countries should follow the examples of Costa Rica, Norway and New Zealand and aim to wipe out their contribution to climate change altogether, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Wednesday.

"This is not peanuts, it's whole countries," UNEP chief Achim Steiner told a news conference.

U.N.'s Ban urges 2009 deadline for climate deal
December 12, 2007 07:16 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world on Wednesday to agree to work out a new climate treaty by 2009 but said it might be "too ambitious" to set goals for greenhouse gas cuts in Bali.

China said it was disappointed by a lack of progress at the December 3-14 talks and said emissions targets were exactly what was needed to prove rich nations were committed to fight global warming.

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