Climate

Obama To Attend Final Day of Copenhagen summit
December 5, 2009 08:24 AM - Ross Colvin, Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama will attend the end of the Copenhagen climate change summit, a late change of plan the White House attributed on Friday to growing momentum toward a new global accord. Obama was originally scheduled to attend the December 7-18 summit in Denmark on Wednesday before traveling to nearby Oslo to collect his Nobel Peace Prize. Some European officials and environmentalists had expressed surprise at the initial decision, pointing out most of the hard bargaining on cutting greenhouse gas emissions would likely take place at the climax of the summit, when dozens of other world leaders are also due to attend.

U.S. 2008 Greenhouse Gas Emission Fall 2.2%

Man-made U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell last year as record oil prices and a weak economy reduced demand for fossil fuels, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Thursday. Output of the gases scientists blame for warming the planet fell 2.2 percent in 2008 from the prior year to 7,053 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, the EIA said.

Smog problems off almost 50% in 2009
December 4, 2009 05:29 AM - Frank O'Donnell, Clean Air Watch

If you think there’s less smog this year, you are probably right. Thanks in large part to cooler temperatures and more rain, the number of dirty-air days for smog nationwide has dropped by almost half in 2009 compared to last year, according to a survey by the non-profit Clean Air Watch. The survey by Clean Air Watch volunteers is the first comprehensive snapshot of smog in the United States in 2009. It found that the national health standard for smog, technically ozone, was breached more than 2,600 times through August 31 at monitoring stations in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Not Just the Polar Bear: Ten American Species Feeling the Heat from Climate Change

A new report, America’s Hottest Species, highlights a variety of American wildlife that is currently threatened by climate change from a small bird to a coral reef to the world’s largest marine turtle.

Raising Livestock Does Not Have to be Bad for Climate

Food which is produced as a result of traditional grazing on this peninsula in particular, represents the very antithesis of that planet- wrecking scenario. In fact, meat and dairy products that are the result of very carefully managed grazing systems can lower carbon in the atmosphere.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends With Few Storms
December 2, 2009 08:50 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended at the end of November. This year there were the fewest named storms and hurricanes since 1997. Only nine named storms formed this year, including three hurricanes, two of which were major hurricanes at Category 3 strength or higher. These numbers fall within the ranges predicted in NOAA’s mid-season outlook issued in August, which called for seven to 11 named storms, three to six hurricanes, and one to two major hurricanes. An average season has 11 named storms and six hurricanes, including two major hurricanes.

The Changing Role of US Forest Management in Response to Climate Change
December 1, 2009 10:03 AM - Thomas Schueneman , Global Warming is Real

The US Forest Service may be moving in a new direction. US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell told his regional offices and station directors that "responding to the challenges of climate change in providing water and water-related ecosystem services is one of the most urgent tasks facing us as an agency. History will judge us by how well we respond to these challenges."

British Antarctic Survey Climate Review finds the Ozone Hole has Shielded Antarctica from Global Warming!
December 1, 2009 05:59 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

An important report from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) shows things aren’t always what they seem to be, and that our knowledge of our complex Earth is not a good as we thought. Sometimes problems are not what they seem to be, and sometimes a problem in one sense carries unknown benefits in other senses. The BAS is a global leader in studying the Antarctic, and it has recently published the first comprehensive review of the state of Antarctica’s climate and its relationship to the global climate system. The review — Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment — presents the latest research from the icy continent, identifies areas for future scientific research, and addresses the urgent questions that policy makers have about Antarctic melting, sea-level rise and biodiversity.

Eco City Proves Waste Management Can Reverse Greenhouse Trend

Cities can progress from consuming energy and emitting greenhouse gases (GHG) to actually producing energy while saving on GHG emissions, due to substitution of fossil fuels elsewhere. These findings are based on research in the city of Aalborg in Northern Denmark, published in Waste Management & Research. Cities following similar waste management strategies are already having a far-reaching impact on GHG emissions in some regions of Europe.

Dalai Lama says climate change needs global action
November 30, 2009 08:51 AM - Reuters

Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama entered the climate change debate on Monday, urging governments to take serious action and put global interests ahead of domestic concerns.

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