Climate

Energy Leaders Launch Efficiency Partnership
June 3, 2009 11:27 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

Energy ministers from the world's largest economies have formally launched the first high-level body focused exclusively on advancing energy efficiency worldwide. While several international forums exchange energy advice, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation seeks to elevate that information to a level that affects policymaking.

Analysis Finds Elevated Risk From Soot Particles in the Air

A new appraisal of existing studies documenting the links between tiny soot particles and premature death from cardiovascular ailments shows that mortality rates among people exposed to the particles are twice as high as previously thought.

Earth Losing Atmosphere Faster than Venus, Mars
June 2, 2009 01:27 PM - Irene Klotz, Discovery News

Researchers were stunned to discover recently that Earth is losing more of its atmosphere than Venus and Mars, which have negligible magnetic fields.

Global Bird Species in Serious Decline
June 2, 2009 06:44 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

Researchers have known about the speckled brown Sidamo lark for only 40 years. Always a rare sight, the elusive bird may soon vanish from the prairie grasses of Ethiopia forever. Its habitat already restricted to less than 100 square kilometers, the lark is rapidly losing territory as local residents, the Borana ethnic group, convert grassland into heavily grazed pasture. Unless the Borana are allowed to resume their nomadic ways, within the next few years the Sidamo lark will likely become the first known bird species to vanish from mainland Africa, researchers say.

NASA Satellite Detects Red Glow to Map Global Ocean Plant Health
June 1, 2009 10:28 AM - Editor, ENN

A study published by NASA uses satellite remote sensing technology to measure the amount of fluorescent red light emitted by ocean phytoplankton and assess how efficiently the microscopic plants are turning sunlight and nutrients into food through photosynthesis. They can also study how changes in the global environment alter these processes, which are at the center of the ocean food web.

Climate change turning seas acid
June 1, 2009 06:32 AM - Reuters

Climate change is turning the oceans more acid in a trend that could endanger everything from clams to coral and be irreversible for thousands of years, national science academies said on Monday. Seventy academies from around the world urged governments meeting in Bonn for climate talks from June 1-12 to take more account of risks to the oceans in a new U.N. treaty

U.S. says rich nations likely to miss carbon targets, but may come close.

At a meeting in Oslow, the top U.S. climate envoy said rich nations as a group are unlikely to reach the deep 2020 cuts in greenhouse gas emissions urged by developing nations as part of a new U.N. climate treaty.

The Nobel Laureate Symposium Series on Global Sustainability Urges Action on Climate
May 30, 2009 11:00 AM - Editor, ENN

The St James’s Palace Memorandum calls for a global deal on climate change that matches the scale and urgency of the human, ecological and economic crises facing the world today. It urges governments at all levels, as well as the scientific community, to join with business and civil society to seize hold of this historic opportunity to transform our carbon-intensive economies into sustainable and equitable systems.

Arctic May Boost Oil and Gas Reserves
May 29, 2009 06:50 AM - Jackie Grom ScienceNOW Daily News

The first-ever comprehensive assessment of Arctic oil and gas deposits reveals that 13% of the world's undiscovered oil and 30% of its undiscovered natural gas could be trapped beneath the far north's barren land and icy waters.

Research reveals Pacific Ocean threats and solutions
May 28, 2009 10:31 AM - Lisbeth Fog, SciDevNet

Center for Ocean Solutions report warns that, left unchecked, the Pacific Ocean faces threats that will render some coastal areas uninhabitable.

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