Climate

Can Dirt Really Save Us From Global Warming?
September 3, 2009 08:17 AM - Christopher Joyce, NPR

This month the Senate is set to take up the climate and energy bill that Congress began work on last spring. One provision will likely set up a system to pay farmers for something called "no-till farming."

Climate-change technology risks 'catastrophic' outcome
September 3, 2009 06:50 AM - Alun Thorne, Birmingham Post, Environmental Health News

Risky and unproven climate-changing technologies could have "catastrophic consequences" for the earth and humankind if used irresponsibly, according to a new report.

U.N. Reports on Developing Nations’ Energy Needs
September 2, 2009 09:56 AM - Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times

It will cost between $500 billion and $600 billion every year for the next 10 years to allow developing nations to grow using renewable energy resources, instead of relying on dirty fuels that worsen global warming, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.

People won't change lifestyle for planet: straw poll
September 2, 2009 09:41 AM - Nina Chestney, Reuters

People want to save the planet but are unwilling to make radical lifestyle changes like giving up air travel or red meat to reduce the effects of climate change, a straw poll by Reuters showed.

Our best guess about global warming may be wrong
September 2, 2009 06:40 AM - Moises Velasquez-Manoff, The Christian Science Monitor, Environmental Health News

Fifty-five million years ago, the world was a much warmer place. The poles were ice-free year-round. Palm trees grew in Alaska. Forests stretched right into the Arctic Circle. There, swamps like those in today’s southeastern United States hosted alligators, snakes, and giant tortoises. Scientists call this time in Earth’s history the Eocene, the dawn of the age of mammals. And climatologists have naturally taken a keen interest in how it began. They know that a dramatic spike in carbon dioxide associated with rapid climate change kicked off the epoch – called the "Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum" (PETM). But what scientists don’t understand about the PETM may hold the most relevant lessons for where the world’s climate is headed today.

China leads the pack in the race to go green-report
September 1, 2009 08:37 AM - GLOBE-Net via, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

China is taking advantage of the green technology revolution that the challenge of climate change provides, according to a new report launched recently by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Beijing.

EPA to declare CO2 a dangerous pollutant

Carbon dioxide will soon be declared a dangerous pollutant - a move that could help propel slow-moving climate-change legislation on Capitol Hill, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

Oceans Could Absorb Much More CO2
September 1, 2009 08:06 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

Earth's oceans are vast reservoirs of carbon dioxide (CO2) with the potential to control the pace of global warming.

West Antarctica Key to Missing Ice
August 31, 2009 07:58 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Assessing the changing climate on Earth is not easy. Much depends on data that can be used to infer past climatic conditions. No one really knows for sure since there were no weather stations or written records. New research by scientists at UC Santa Barbara indicates a possible Antarctic location for ice that seemed to be missing at a key point in climate history 34 million years ago. The research, which has important implications for climate change, is described in a paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

10,000 Homes Threatened in Los Angeles FIres

The unstoppable Angeles National Forest fire threatened 10,000 homes Saturday night as it more than tripled in size and chewed through a rapidly widening swath of the Crescenta Valley, where flames closed in on backyards and at least 1,000 homes were ordered evacuated. Sending an ominous plume of smoke above the Los Angeles Basin, the fire was fueled by unrelenting hot weather and dense brush that has not burned in 60 years.

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