Climate

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.

Conservation Coalition and States Will Sue EPA to Reduce Global Warming Pollution from Ships and Planes
August 4, 2008 11:26 AM - , Oceana

A coalition of conservation groups and state attorneys general filed formal letters warning of impending lawsuits over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's failure to address global warming pollution from ocean-going ships and aircraft. The conservation groups' notice of intent to sue was filed by Earthjustice on behalf of Oceana, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Biological Diversity.

For second year in a row, melt may open Northwest Passage
August 4, 2008 09:18 AM - Anchorage Daily News

Alaska's warm weather this summer has all "gone north." Way north. Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center say strong, southerly winds from the North Slope have devoured a huge swath of Arctic ice larger than the state of Texas in the heart of the Beaufort Sea.

Arctic ice bigger than 2007, but thawing long-term
July 30, 2008 11:14 AM - Reuters

Arctic sea ice is unlikely to shrink below a 2007 record low this year in a reprieve from the worst predictions of climate change even though new evidence confirms a long-term thaw is under way, experts said.

Birds fly north in climate change vanguard: study
July 30, 2008 11:09 AM - Reuters

Birds have been moving north in Europe over the past 25 years because of climate change in the vanguard of likely huge shifts in the ranges of plants and animals, scientists said on Wednesday.

Three senators call for EPA chief to resign
July 30, 2008 08:45 AM - Reuters

Democratic senators called on Tuesday for the resignation of Stephen Johnson, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying he sided with polluters instead of fighting global warming and other ecological problems. The three senators, all active in the climate change debate, also asked the U.S. attorney general to investigate whether Johnson has made false or misleading statements in sworn testimony before the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.

Peru mountain glaciers 'receding rapidly'
July 29, 2008 12:00 PM - , SciDevNet

Climate change-induced glacier melts have cost northern Peru's mountains 26 per cent of their surface area in the last 33 years, satellite images have confirmed.

U.S. should find way to price carbon emissions, say execs
July 29, 2008 11:54 AM - Reuters

Two top executives from U.S. industry told a congressional panel on Monday that the country should assign a dollar cost to carbon emissions to encourage investment in efficiency and tackle climate change.

U.S. Army works to cut its carbon "bootprint"
July 29, 2008 09:09 AM - Reuters

What if cutting greenhouse emissions could also save the lives of soldiers in Iraq, where fuel-laden convoys make them targets? The U.S. Army says it is happening now in a push to reduce its carbon "bootprint."

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