Climate

Some Himalayan Glaciers Growing Despite Warming
May 6, 2009 07:25 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

Perched on the soaring Karakoram mountains in the Western Himalayas, a group of some 230 glaciers are bucking the global warming trend. They're growing. Among legendary peaks like K2 and Nanga Parbat, glaciers with a penthouse view of the world are growing, and have been for almost three decades.

EPA/DOE/Agriculture Discuss Energy Independence and Renewable Fuels Plan
May 5, 2009 04:13 PM - Editor, ENN

The US EPA, Departments of Agriculture and Energy held a conference call today to field questions on the Obama Administration plans to stimulate biofuels research and commercialization. The approach includes a rulemaking on the Renewable Fuel Standard. "As we work towards energy independence, using more homegrown biofuels reduces our vulnerability to oil price spikes that everyone feels at the pump," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "Energy independence also puts billions of dollars back into our economy, creates green jobs, and protects the planet from climate change in the bargain."

US climate change denier James Inhofe joins Al Gore in fight against soot
May 5, 2009 10:22 AM - Suzanne Goldenberg, guardian.co.uk

In a surprise U-turn, the Republican senator has put forward a bill to review the dangers of black carbon to health and the environment.

New Antarctic seabed sonar images reveal clues to sea-level rise
May 5, 2009 09:45 AM - British Antarctic Survey

Using sonar technology from onboard ships, scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the German Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) captured the most extensive, continuous set of images of the seafloor around the Amundsen Sea embayment ever taken.

Proposed Federal Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act
May 3, 2009 06:46 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A Central New York congressman, seeing an opportunity that may never come again, has introduced a bill requiring the most drastic cuts in U.S. history to the pollution responsible for acid rain. Rep. John McHugh said he wants to tie his "Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act" into a landmark energy and climate change bill that Congress will begin considering this week, with the goal of a vote by June.

Major Potential CO2 Storage in the North Sea
May 1, 2009 02:35 PM - Jenny Haworth, the Scotsman

THE North Sea could store the carbon dioxide from all Europe's power stations for hundreds of years, the results of major research to be unveiled today will reveal. Porous rocks beneath the seabed of the North Sea and disused oil and gas fields could provide storage for millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Scientists put carbon ceiling at a trillion tonnes
April 30, 2009 10:40 AM - Naomi Antony, SciDevNet

Scientists hope a new approach to assessing carbon build-up in the atmosphere will simplify issues for policymakers and economists.

Huge Ice Shelf Breaks From Antarctica, Fractures
April 28, 2009 05:33 PM - Discovery News

A huge ice shelf that has wrenched away from the Antarctic peninsula has started to fracture into icebergs, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday.

'Major Emitters' Meet To Tackle Climate Change
April 27, 2009 09:54 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

Sixteen nations are responsible for 80 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Now those nations, dubbed the "major emitters," are sending representatives to a conference beginning Monday in Washington, D.C., to see if they can work together to slow the pace of climate change.

NCAR Study Blames Climate for River Water Loss
April 27, 2009 09:49 AM - Water & Wastewater News

Rivers in some of the world's most populous regions are losing water, according to a comprehensive study of global stream flows. The research, led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., suggests that the reduced flows in many cases are associated with climate change and could potentially threaten future supplies of food and water.

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