Climate

Africa Boycotts U.N. Climate Talks, Demands CO2 Cuts
November 3, 2009 10:37 AM - Alister Doyle and Gerard Wynn, Reuters

BARCELONA, Spain - African nations boycotted U.N. climate talks on Tuesday in a protest to urge rich countries to set deeper 2020 cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. "Africa believes that the other groups are not taking talks seriously enough, not urgently enough," said Kabeya Tshikuku, of the Democratic Republic of Congo delegation.

Ohio State Glaciologist Team Gets Important Ice Cores in Andes
November 3, 2009 06:46 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Ice cores are important tools to identify Earth’s past climate. They enable us to peer back in time to identify species of insects trapped in ice as well as isotopes oxygen and dust particles that were deposited at various time in the past. The ratio of oxygen isotopes in the ice allows researchers to determine whether temperatures were warmer or cooler when the snow that eventually turned to ice was deposited on the glacier. The dust content gives scientists clues about the rate of precipitation at the site. The thicker the core (longer cores) the longer into the past we can see.

BP, GE to build 'clean coal' plant in Southern California
November 2, 2009 05:06 PM - Debra Kahn, Greenwire via, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Oil giants BP and General Electric Co. announced plans recently to collaborate on a 250-megawatt coal-fired power plant that would employ integrated gasification technology and carbon dioxide capture in Southern California.

Sea Slime Killing U.S. Seabirds
November 2, 2009 12:35 PM - National Geographic News

Hundreds of birds are washing up on the shores of the U.S. Pacific Northwest coated with a foamy sea slime, scientists say. Research suggests that recently, the blooms are larger, lasting longer, and happening with greater frequency.

Using the Sahara Sun to Power Europe
November 2, 2009 09:58 AM - Vanessa L. Bourlier, ENN

A $400 billon plan to provide Europe with solar power from the Sahara desert moved a step closer to reality with the formation of a consortium to carry out the work. Known as the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DDI), the German-led consortium believes it can deliver solar power to Europe as early as 2015.

Cash Cows: Farm Converts Cattle Manure into Electricity
October 30, 2009 10:01 AM - Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, Triple Pundit

A Vermont dairy farm is producing something other than milk. Earlier this month, state officials were on hand to visit Vermont’s newest methane facility. Westminster Farms Inc., along with Green Mountain Power (GMP), have been working together in an on-site plant that converts methane gas released from cow manure into electricity.

Multiyear Arctic ice is effectively gone
October 30, 2009 05:50 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

The multiyear ice covering the Arctic Ocean has effectively vanished, a startling development that will make it easier to open up polar shipping routes, an Arctic expert said on Thursday.

Water Use in the US Less in 2005 Than in 1975
October 29, 2009 11:35 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Just when you think all human activities are making the environment worse, news comes that our efforts to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impacts (0ur environmental footprint) are doing some good. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey report, the U S is using less water now than during the peak years of 1975 and 1980, despite a 30 percent population increase during the same time period.

U.S. Climate Bill Will Create Jobs, True or False?
October 29, 2009 06:24 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Leaders at companies that develop low-carbon energy told a Senate panel that climate legislation would create millions of new jobs, but lawmakers from fossil-fuel dependent states said the bill would hit employment in the traditional energy economy.

Carbon Market Growth Stalls in 2009
October 28, 2009 10:26 AM - Point Carbon, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The world carbon market will be worth $122 billion in 2009, just $3 billion higher than last year. The forecast, from UK research group New Energy Finance, marks a severe drop in growth amid the global economic downturn.

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