Climate

No Matter How Well You Model it, Humans are to Blame
August 18, 2009 06:28 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

New research appearing in the online issue of the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and a group of international researchers found that model quality does not affect the ability to identify human effects on atmospheric water vapor.

Record Month for Renewable Energy in the U.S.
August 17, 2009 06:50 AM - , Global Warming is Real

The latest Electric Power Monthly Report released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows net U.S. electrical generation from renewable sources (biomass, geothermal, solar, hydro, and wind) reached an all-time high in May of 2009, comprising 13% of the total electrical generation for the month.

Was Shark in JAWS real after all?
August 16, 2009 10:20 AM - ScienceDaily

Sandbar, dusky and tiger sharks are among dozens of shark species living in the coastal waters off the U.S. East Coast. Little is known about many of the species, but a survey begun nearly 25 years ago is helping scientists and fishery resource managers to monitor shark populations and their role in marine ecosystems.

Surprise, Sea Temperatures in July Hottest on Record!
August 15, 2009 07:47 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

The Earth's oceans were the warmest ever this July, according to a study released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration yesterday. The planet's ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for July, breaking the previous high mark established in 1998 according to an analysis by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The combined average global land and ocean surface temperature for July 2009 ranked fifth-warmest since world-wide records began in 1880.

Wobbling Earth Triggers Climate Change
August 14, 2009 02:26 PM - Annabel McGilvray, ABC Science Online

Regular wobbles in the Earth's tilt were responsible for the global warming episodes that interspersed prehistoric ice ages, according to new evidence. The finding is the result of research led by Russell Drysdale of the University of Newcastle that has been able to accurately date the end of the penultimate ice age for the first time.

Seining Salmon in the Seine?
August 14, 2009 07:26 AM - Reuters

Salmon are returning to the Seine after an absence of almost a century as water in the river that runs through Paris has become cleaner in recent years, French scientists said. Once numerous in the river, Atlantic salmon disappeared from the Seine in the early 20th century, partly due to pollution from Paris sewers. But scientists celebrated an improvement in water quality in the Seine that has tempted the protected species back to Paris.

Airlines Will Be First U.S. Industry to Confront Cap and Trade
August 13, 2009 09:22 AM - Paul Voosen, Greenwire New York Times

Sometime this month, the European Union will release a list of airlines it will regulate under its existing cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide. And several airlines on that list will have a decidedly New World feel: Delta, United and American.

Australia Rejects Carbon Trade Plan
August 13, 2009 07:21 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Australia's parliament rejected a plan for the world's most ambitious emissions trade regime as expected on Thursday, bringing the nation closer to a snap election and prolonging financial uncertainty for major emitters.

U.S. CO2 emissions from fuels seen falling 5 percent in 2009
August 12, 2009 09:45 AM - Reuters

Annual U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas from the burning of coal, natural gas and petroleum should fall 5 percent in 2009 as the recession crimps demand, the government's top energy forecaster said on Tuesday.

Carbon Tracking Market Set to Take Off

A growing list of companies, from tiny start-ups to some of the world's biggest corporations, is investing in products that will help them cash in on a mad dash for businesses to track their carbon footprints. Giant software concerns Microsoft Corp and SAP AG along with U.S. manufacturer Johnson Controls Inc and UK-based carbon offset firm Camco International Ltd ,are among those piling into what is now a small but fast-growing market for tools to measure environmental impacts.

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