Climate

Arctic Ice Ebbs To Record Level: Scientists
September 21, 2007 08:12 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON - Arctic sea ice melted to its lowest level ever this week, shattering a record set in 2005 and continuing a trend spurred by human-caused global warming, scientists said on Thursday.  "It's the biggest drop from a previous record that we've ever had and it's really quite astounding," said Walt Meier, a research scientist at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado.

Developing Nation Splits May Hinder Climate Talks
September 21, 2007 07:53 AM - Reuters

LONDON - Talks on global warming in the United States next week may be complicated by differences among developing countries as their climate policy positions diverge.  All agree that the rich should take a lead in tackling climate change after enjoying more than two centuries of economic growth fuelled by burning coal and oil.  The differences will emerge on when and under what terms developing nations shoulder a greater burden in cutting their own growing greenhouse gas emissions.

Ancient British Bog May Hold Climate Change Clues
September 20, 2007 12:17 PM - Michael Kahn, Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - An ancient British bog that pumped out high amounts of greenhouse gases during a period of global warming 55 million years ago may offer clues about future climate change, researchers said on Wednesday.

An analysis of sediments from the bog suggests that global warming caused methane emissions to rise in the wetlands, which in turn sent temperatures there even higher, the researchers said.

Evacuation Order Lifted for Calif. Fire
September 20, 2007 08:55 AM - Associated Press

Authorities lifted an evacuation order for this mountaintop community as crews came close to snuffing out a wildfire that scorched more than 14,000 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Indonesia's Sumatra hit by 6.7 quake, no tsunami
September 20, 2007 07:24 AM - Reuters

An undersea earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale jolted West Sumatra on Thursday, striking in the same area as last week's powerful tremor, Indonesia's meteorology agency said.

Coca Cola and Greenpeace - Cooling the Beijing Olympics
September 19, 2007 11:04 AM - Greenpeace

Guess what? There is another big global warming problem — and we're tackling it in a BIG way! It's the chemical gases that make your air conditioner and refrigerator cool, trapping heat and removing it from your beer or your bedroom.  Ironically, these gases, called HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), also do a really good job of trapping heat in the atmosphere contributing to global warming, when they eventually leak out of your car, your old fridge or air conditioner.

Scientist warns of climate change impact
September 19, 2007 11:00 AM - Associated Press

Climate change could mean higher temperatures, less winter precipitation and less spring runoff for the Southwest, a climatologist says.

Scientists in first global study of 'poison' gas in the atmosphere
September 19, 2007 10:41 AM - University of York

It was used as a chemical weapon in the trenches in the First World War, but nearly a century later, new research by an international team of scientists has discovered that phosgene is present in significant quantities in the atmosphere.

EPA Targets $2 Million to Fight Climate Change with Projects in China, Russia, Seven Other Countries
September 19, 2007 08:47 AM - EPA

Washington, D.C. - China, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, India, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria and Ukraine will have projects funded under the auspices of the Methane to Markets Partnership, an international effort promoting near-term, cost-effective projects that capture and use methane as a clean-energy source.  EPA is announcing the award of $2 million for projects that will enhance the capture and use of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas twenty times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. The primary component of natural gas, methane is also a valuable and clean-burning energy resource.

Ban Urges Strong Message From Climate Summit
September 19, 2007 07:55 AM - Reuters

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Tuesday for a climate change summit he has convened next week to send a "strong political message" to enable a "bold" new global environment pact to be negotiated. "The science has made it quite clear," Ban told a news conference. "We have been feeling the impact of global warming already ... We have resources and we have technologies. The only (thing) lacking is political will.

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