Climate

NASA Study Shows Major Groundwater Loss in California Since 2003
December 16, 2009 07:27 AM - Editor, ENN

A new study released by NASA shows that the aquifers for California's primary agricultural region -- the Central Valley -- and its major mountain water source -- the Sierra Nevadas -- have lost nearly enough water combined to fill Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir. The findings, based on data from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace), reflect California's extended drought and increased rates of groundwater being pumped for human uses, such as irrigation.

Cap and Trade Working Already
December 15, 2009 10:14 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The US already has years of experience with Cap and Trade. A sulfur dioxide (SO2) Cap and Trade program has proven an effective control strategy to lower SO2 emissions. It provides elements of market incentives and provides flexibility to facilities that emit large quantities of the pollutant in several ways. One of the most important ways is that it permits older facilities which may need to operate for a limited number of years to purchase “emissions credits” to continue operating without installing un-economic emissions controls by purchasing credits. The credits are created by other sources which control their emissions MORE than required under regulations. There is also an overall reduction in the program to benefit the environment so we are not just transferring emission from one plant to another. A reflection of the effectiveness is that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that power plants across the country decreased emissions of SO2, a precursor to acid rain, to 7.6 million tons in 2008.

Sea levels set to rise more than expected due to 'deeply surprising' Greenland melt
December 15, 2009 09:55 AM - Jeremy Hance, Mongabay

A new study by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program estimates that the sea will rise by 0.5 to 1.5 meters by 2100, threatening coastal cities and flooding island nations. This is double the predicted rise estimated by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change (IPCC) in 2007, which did not incorporate sea level rise due to the melting of Greenland and Antarctica's ice sheets.

World’s Largest Wind Farm to Be Built in the US
December 15, 2009 09:46 AM - BC Upham, Triple Pundit

The United States has steadily outsourced record-breaking feats of engineering over the years, or stood by as other countries have eagerly grasped trophies for the world’s tallest building, biggest dam, longest bridge, or what have you. Which is why it is comforting to learn a World’s [ ]est is staying in America: Caithness Energy will begin construction next year in Oregon on the world’s biggest wind farm, with 845 MW of capacity.

Japan to offer $10 Billion to fight global warming
December 15, 2009 09:14 AM - Reuters

Japan will offer $10 billion in aid over three years to 2012 to help developing countries fight global warming, including steps to protect biodiversity, a Japanese newspaper said on Tuesday.

Copenhagen climate talks suspended in Africa-led protest, Then Resumed
December 14, 2009 10:03 AM - Times of India, and Reuters

The main sessions of UN climate talks in Copenhagen were suspended on Monday in a protest led by African nations and the developing countries accusing rich countries of trying to wreck the existing UN Kyoto Protocol. "This is a walk-out over process and form, not a walkout over substance, and that's regrettable," Australian Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said of the action. African nations later said they would return to the talks on Monday, allowing the negotiations to resume, after winning assurances that the conference put more focus on extending the existing Kyoto Protocol. "We're going back," Pa Ousman Jarju from the delegation of Gambia, told Reuters. The protest held up the talks that had been due to start at 1030 GMT.

Forecast: Cilmate Deal Moving Foward in Copenhagen
December 12, 2009 10:53 AM - David Fogarty and Sunanda Creagh, Reuters

A draft climate pact unveiled on Friday revived hopes that U.N. talks might be able to pin down an international deal to fight global warming, but developing nations said they needed more cash from the rich. With less than a week until more than 110 world leaders descend on the talks, the proposal would at least halve global emissions by 2050 seeking to bridge some of the long-standing rifts between rich and poor nations.

Starving Polar Bears Turn to Cannibalism
December 11, 2009 10:58 AM - Jonathan Liew, Telegraph.co.uk

New pictures show that polar bears are beginning to cannibalize each other as global warming destroys their hunting grounds.

Electric Cars Generate Sweet Tax Credits
December 11, 2009 10:33 AM - Walter Wang , Clean Techies

The movement towards zero emission electric cars is gaining a tremendous amount of momentum. As we move into 2010, practical electric vehicles for the vast majority of the public will be available late in the year with the release of the Nissan Leaf. If you plan to purchase an electric car in 2010, you can expect a healthy federal income tax credit to reward you.

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