Climate

Exxon Plan to develop biofuel from algae

Exxon Mobil Corp will invest $600 million over the next five to six years on trying to developing biofuel from algae, even though the oil major has said renewables will be only a small part of global energy supply. Exxon, placing its largest financial bet on renewable fuels, is forming a research and development alliance with Synthetic Genomics Inc, a privately held company that focuses on gene-based research, the company said on Tuesday.

Global Warming: Scientists' Best Predictions May Be Wrong
July 15, 2009 09:55 AM - ScienceDaily

No one knows exactly how much Earth's climate will warm due to carbon emissions, but a new study suggests scientists' best predictions about global warming might be incorrect.

What caused global warming 55 million years ago?
July 15, 2009 08:05 AM - Canada.com from Agence France-Presse

A runaway spurt of global warming 55 million years ago turned Earth into a hothouse but how this happened remains worryingly unclear, scientists said on Monday. Previous research into this period, called the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, or PETM, estimates the planet's surface temperature blasted upwards by between five and nine degrees Celsius in just a few thousand years.

Electric cars could charge to dominance in U.S.
July 13, 2009 08:32 AM - Reuters

Electric car sales could jump to 86 percent of U.S. light vehicle sales in 2030 if consumers don't have to buy batteries themselves, according to a University of California, Berkeley study to be released on Monday. A company called Better Place and emerging rivals plan to offer pay-per-mile plans, similar to cell phone minutes.

Declining Aral Sea: Satellite Images Highlight Dramatic Retreat
July 12, 2009 07:03 AM - Editor ENN, adapted from materials from the European Space Agency

Envisat images highlight the dramatic retreat of the Aral Sea’s shoreline from 2006 to 2009. The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth-largest inland body of water, but it has been steadily shrinking over the past 50 years since the rivers that fed it were diverted for irrigation projects. By the end of the 1980s, it had split into the Small Aral Sea (north), located in Kazakhstan, and the horse-shoe shaped Large Aral Sea (south), shared by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Climate Bill Debate Postponed By Senate
July 11, 2009 06:43 AM - Christopher Joyce, NPR

Legislation to slow climate change rolled into the Senate this week and almost immediately ground to a halt. After two days of hearings, Democratic leaders agreed to mothball the measure until September. They blamed a full schedule on health care reform and the president's Supreme Court nominee for the delay.

Buses May Aid Climate Battle in Poor Cities
July 10, 2009 11:14 AM - Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times

Emissions from vehicles in the booming cities of Asia, Africa and Latin America account for a rapidly growing component of heat-trapping gases linked to global warming. Rapid transit systems like Bogotá’s may hold a key to combating climate change.

Climate Talks End With Meager Promises
July 10, 2009 08:10 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

International climate talks held in Italy this week ended with little progress. The rich industrial nations wouldn't promise to cut back their emissions in the near term. And China, India and the rest of the developing world wouldn't commit to cutting their emissions, ever. All nations of the world need to act to reduce the risk of a climate catastrophe. But so far, there's much more posturing than action.

Ice Volume Of Switzerland’s Glaciers Calculated
July 9, 2009 10:26 AM - ScienceDaily

Swiss glaciers have lost a lot of ice in recent years due to increased melting. As temperatures climb, so do the fears that the glaciers could one day disappear altogether.

G8 Urges Economic Stability Measures, Fails to Pass Climate Bill
July 9, 2009 06:45 AM - , Triple Pundit

Today in L’Aquila, Italy, the Group of 8 (G8) Summit failed to pass unanimously a climate bill which would have mandated halving of global CO2 emissions by 2050 as part of the Group’s larger economic-stabilization plan. The Group – consisting of the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, and Russia – believed passage of the bill would likely have broken the deadlock over sharing of the burden of cutting greenhouse gasses. The bill’s passage also would have laid the groundwork for an expected future U.N. climate pact in Copenhagen in December.

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