Climate

Pipeline spills crude into French nature reserve
August 9, 2009 10:14 AM - Reuters

Four thousand cubic meters (140,000 cu ft) of crude oil has spewed into a nature reserve on the edge of France's Camargue national park after an underground pipe burst, officials said on Friday. "This is a real ecological disaster," junior environmental minister Chantal Jouanno told reporters after visiting the area in the far south of France.

Alaskan Glaciers REALLY are Shrinking
August 8, 2009 10:00 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

"Fifty years of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research on glacier change shows recent dramatic shrinkage of glaciers in three climatic regions of the United States. These long periods of record provide clues to the climate shifts that may be driving glacier change."

A source of haze
August 7, 2009 10:00 AM - Sid Perkins, Science News

Scientists identify how a hydrocarbon commonly emitted by plants is converted to light-scattering aerosols

Alaska Glaciers Shrinking Fast
August 7, 2009 09:19 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Three major glaciers in Alaska and Washington state have thinned and shrunk dramatically, clear signs of a warming climate, according to a study released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey. The three glaciers -- Gulkana and Wolverine in Alaska and South Cascade in Washington -- are considered benchmarks for those in alpine and maritime climates because they closely parallel other glaciers in their regions. They have also been the subject of close scientific scrutiny since 1957.

Can national parks be saved from global warming?
August 6, 2009 10:23 AM - Margot Roosevelt, LA Times

The federal government must take decisive action to avoid "a potentially catastrophic loss of animal and plant life," in the national parks, according to a new report that details the effect of global warming on the country's most treasured public lands.

Would You Pay $100 to Reduce Our Climate Impacts?
August 5, 2009 08:24 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

A new U.S. government study on Tuesday adds to a growing list of experts concluding that climate legislation moving through Congress would have only a modest impact on consumers, adding a bit more than $100 to household costs in 2020.

Millennium Project Report Issued on the Future of the World
August 4, 2009 07:10 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

A major report issued by the United Nations Millenium Project has just been released. It finds that half the world appears vulnerable to social instability and violence due to increasing and potentially prolonged unemployment from the recession as well as several longer-term issues: decreasing water, food, and energy supplies per person; the cumulative effects of climate change; and increasing migrations due to political, environmental, and economic conditions. It also finds some good in the global financial crisis, which may be helping humanity to move from its often selfish, self-centered adolescence to a more globally responsible adulthood.

Wind Power - Hot, Calm Weather Limitations
August 3, 2009 06:59 AM - John Gartner, Matter Network

The Pacific Northwest just finished four days of triple digit temperatures, which put the heat on renewable energy sources to keep up with demand. Just as records were being set for power consumption, wind power generation slowed due to the calm air from the locked-in high pressure system. The extreme weather highlights the reality that wind -- and to a lesser extent hydropower -- may not be a panacea for power production.

Nissan Turns Over A New Leaf

Nissan Motor Co took the wraps off its much-awaited electric car on Sunday, naming the hatchback "Leaf" and taking a step toward its goal of leading the industry in the zero-emissions field.

Energizing Grants for Renewable Energy
August 1, 2009 07:29 AM - Reuters

The U.S. government on Friday said it is now accepting applications for some $3 billion in government grants to boost development of renewable energy projects around the country. The money, from the economic stimulus package, will provide direct payments to companies in lieu of tax credits to support an estimated 5,000 biomass, solar, wind and other renewable energy production facilities. Projects must begin construction this year or in 2010 to get the grants.

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