Climate

Solar Parking Lot Will Deliver 1-Megawatt To Santa Rosa, California
September 28, 2007 07:20 PM -

SAN JOSE and SANTA CLARA, Calif., - SunPower Corporation, a manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, and Agilent Technologies today announced they'll install a 1-megawatt solar tracking system at Agilent's Santa Rosa, Calif., campus on top of a canopy structure in the campus parking lot, providing both shade in the lot and solar electric power for the facility. A lot of power.

The SunPower Tracker, which follows the sun's movement throughout the day. Using SunPower solar panels, the highest efficiency panels on the market today, the system is expected to generate an estimated 1.8 million kilowatt-hours per year, offsetting more than 33 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the next 30 years. This is equivalent to planting more than 4,700 acres of trees or removing 3,300 cars from California's roadways.

Karen may turn toward U.S. East Coast, depression forms
September 28, 2007 05:35 PM -

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even as Tropical Storm Karen weakened over the central Atlantic on Friday, weather models showed the storm could turn westward toward Puerto Rico or the East Coast of North America over the next five days.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression 14 formed about 210 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.

Karen, meanwhile, was about 805 miles east-northeast of the Windward Islands of Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines and Grenada at about 11 a.m. EDT, the NHC said in a report.

It was too soon to say where, if at all, either storm would make landfall.

3 Dead, Hurricane Lorenzo Plows Into Mexico
September 28, 2007 05:20 PM - Alejandro Juarez,

NAUTLA, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Lorenzo crashed into Mexico's Gulf coast on Friday, killing three people in a mudslide and knocking out power to 85,000 homes.

In the coastal fishing town of Nautla, Lorenzo's 80 mph (130 kph) winds ripped off bits of roofs, blew down trees and scattered debris in the streets.

"It hit us hard and there is an incredible amount of rain," said Mayra Castro, 29, a waitress who spent the night mopping up water that leaked into her house through windows and under doors.

UK Power Giants Fail to Show Leadership on Climate Change
September 28, 2007 09:33 AM - WWF

The UK's biggest power companies are failing to show leadership on climate change and to adopt cleaner business models to deliver a sustainable low-carbon UK economy, according to two new reports commissioned by WWF-UK. The reports compare the climate change targets and policies of the six biggest power companies.RWE npower and EDF Energy performed poorly in both reports, showing the least progress in addressing climate change issues.

Climate Change Bill Calls for 50-cent Fuel Tax
September 28, 2007 09:13 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON - U.S. drivers would pay a 50-cent tax on each gallon of gasoline they pump to encourage less fuel use and cut greenhouse gas emissions, under draft legislation to fight global warming released on Thursday. "In order or reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make the planet safe and healthy for future generations it will take a significant investment from all of us," said Rep. John Dingell, the powerful chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "A fee on carbon emissions requires a tithe from all citizens and industries, but no one entity will be unfairly leveled with a devastating burden," Dingell said about his climate change proposal.

Arctic Thaw May be at "Tipping Point"
September 28, 2007 08:57 AM - Reuters

OSLO- A record melt of Arctic summer sea ice this month may be a sign that global warming is reaching a critical trigger point that could accelerate the northern thaw, some scientists say. "The reason so much (of the Arctic ice) went suddenly is that it is hitting a tipping point that we have been warning about for the past few years," James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told Reuters. The Arctic summer sea ice shrank by more than 20 percent below the previous 2005 record low in mid-September to 4.13 million sq km (1.6 million sq miles), according to a 30-year satellite record. It has now frozen out to 4.2 million sq km.

Tropical Storm Lorenzo Lashes Mexico's Gulf Coast
September 28, 2007 08:39 AM - Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Lorenzo was downgraded to a tropical storm over Mexico on Friday hours after it swept ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, dumping heavy rain on the already waterlogged state of Veracruz.  Lorenzo lost force after it made landfall near the Gulf of Mexico port city of Tuxpan, and its maximum wind speed had dropped to 65 mph (100 kph) by 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.  The storm was not seen affecting Mexico's oil production but around 100,000 people living between Tuxpan and the town of Nautla further south were evacuated to storm shelters.

Bush Called "Isolated" , Leadership Questioned, At Climate Talks
September 28, 2007 08:35 AM - Deborah Zabarenko and Jeff Mason, Reuters

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George W. Bush kicks off the second day of a conference on global warming on Friday under pressure from the world's major economies to accept binding limits on emissions of greenhouse gases.  Bush called the meeting as a precursor to United Nations talks in Bali in December, which will aim to launch a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that set limits on industrial nations' emissions. Environmentalists said the conference produced nothing new and was an attempt to circumvent U.N. efforts on climate change, a charge Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied.

NOAA to Provide More Specific Warning Information for Severe Weather
September 27, 2007 06:35 PM -

SILVER SPRING, Md. - NOAA's National Weather Service will begin issuing more geographically specific warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, and marine hazards starting October 1. The new "storm-based warnings" will allow forecasters to pinpoint the specific area where the threats are highest, reducing the area warned by as much as 70 percent when compared to today's county-by-county system.

 

Tropical Storm Lorenzo heads for Mexico
September 27, 2007 06:27 PM - Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Lorenzo formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday and headed for the Mexican coast but was unlikely to affect oil production in the area.

Lorenzo will probably hit the coastline on Friday in the state of Veracruz. It had wind speeds of 60 mph (95 kph) and showed no sign of reaching hurricane strength.

"No significant change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours" the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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