Scientists to Monitor West Antarctica 24/7
December 16, 2007 12:19 PM - International Polar Year Newswire
COLUMBUS, Ohio—In a mission of unprecedented scale, scientists are about to cover West Antarctica with a network of sensors to monitor the interactions between the ice and the earth below—24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Bali climate deal paves way for hotter U.S. debate
December 16, 2007 12:18 PM - By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A breakthrough deal forged by delegates from 190 countries has revived world efforts to fight global warming and may help push the debate to the front and center of the U.S. political debate.
New Satellite Imaging Method Tracks Earth Changes
December 16, 2007 11:48 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--For the past two decades, radar images from satellites have dominated the field of geophysical monitoring for natural hazards like earthquakes, volcanoes, or landslides. These images reveal small perturbations precisely, but large changes from events like big earthquake ruptures or fast-moving glaciers remained difficult to assess from afar, until now.
China axes 13 coal power plants, cites pollution
December 16, 2007 09:05 AM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top economic planning agency has revoked approvals for 13 small coal-fired power plants amid efforts to boost energy efficiency and reduce pollution, state media said on Sunday.
California Town Goes Solar, Collectively
December 15, 2007 02:52 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
FOSTER CITY, Calif. - Thirty-six families in Clovis California joined together in a group-based purchase program, which raised 215 total kilowatts of solar power. As a result of the bulk purchase, the Clovis community will save 20 percent on the market rate for solar installations, and make a positive contribution to the air quality in the Fresno area by offsetting at least 4.3 million pounds of carbon over the next 30 years -- the equivalent of 4,536 barrels of oil.
Chinese Researchers: Climate Change 'Boosts Plant Health In China'
December 15, 2007 02:33 PM - Wang Shu and Jia Hepeng, SciDevNet
BEIJING - Climate change has helped plants in China become more robust, according to a study by Chinese scientists. Scientists at the Beijing Normal University studied the link between climate factors and changes in plants' net primary productivity — a term used to evaluate the net reserve energy plants need during growth — between 1982 and 1999. "If the net primary productivity of a plant is high, it means the plant grows more healthily," says lead author Zhu Wenquan of the College of Resources at the university.
W.House voices concerns on future climate talks
December 15, 2007 02:04 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House voiced "serious concerns" on Saturday about future negotiations to fight global warming while praising a deal to launch a new round of international climate talks.
Nearly 200 nations agreed at U.N.-led talks in Bali to begin discussions on a new climate change pact after a reversal by the United States allowed a breakthrough.
The countries approved a "roadmap" for two years of talks to adopt a new treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, the main existing plan to fight global warming, beyond 2012.
Visiting Antarctic, Amazon helped climate case: Ban
December 15, 2007 12:12 PM - Ed Davies, Reuters
JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday that visiting Antarctica and the Amazon had brought home to him personally the critical need to tackle climate change.
Bali breakthrough launches climate talks
December 15, 2007 07:31 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nearly 200 nations agreed at U.N.-led talks in Bali on Saturday to launch negotiations on a new pact to fight global warming after a reversal by the United States allowed a breakthrough.
Washington said the agreement marked a new chapter in climate diplomacy after six years of disputes with major allies since President George W. Bush pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol, the main existing plan for combating warming.
Governments pleased with "defining" climate deal
December 15, 2007 06:07 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Governments hailed a deal on Saturday to start negotiations to adopt a new climate pact, but environmental groups said the agreement lacked teeth.
The deal binds the United States and China to greenhouse gas goals for the first time and a two-year agenda would lead to the adoption in Copenhagen in 2009 of a tougher, wider pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol after 2012.