Climate

Report calls for shift in climate research
March 27, 2009 10:41 AM - Mark Schrope, Environmental Health News

The US government's climate research needs a radical refocus to make its results more relevant to policymakers and other stakeholders. That will require more interdisciplinary research and better understanding of the effects of climate change on local scales, says a new report.

Farmers face growing climate change dilemma: scientist
March 26, 2009 11:39 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Farmers of the future will have to use cattle and sheep that belch less methane, crops that emit far less planet-warming nitrous oxide and become experts in reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to the government.

The popular myth of 'water wars'
March 26, 2009 10:56 AM - , SciDevNet

Earlier this month the UN warned that climate change could spark conflicts over water. But the idea of future 'water wars' is a myth, says Wendy Barnaby. Neither Egypt, Israel nor Jordon produce enough water for their needs. But while they have fought wars with each other, it has not been over water, says Barnaby. Instead, areas in need of water import food as a 'virtual' boost to water supplies. Tony Allan, a scientist at Kings College London, says more water flows into the Middle East embedded in grain each year than down the Nile to Egyptian farmers.

Global warming 37 percent to blame for droughts: scientist
March 25, 2009 11:11 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Global warming is more than a third to blame for a major drop in rainfall that includes a decade-long drought in Australia and a lengthy dry spell in the United States, a scientist said on Wednesday.

Scientists: Less ice on Great Lakes during winter
March 24, 2009 10:10 AM - The Associated Press

Ice cover on the Great Lakes has declined more than 30 percent since the 1970s, leaving the world's largest system of freshwater lakes open to evaporation and lower water levels, according to scientists associated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

EPA Presses Obama To Regulate Warming Under Clean Air Act
March 24, 2009 09:49 AM - Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

The Environmental Protection Agency's new leadership, in a step toward confronting global warming, submitted a finding that will force the White House to decide whether to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the nearly 40-year-old Clean Air Act.

India Joins International Renewable Energy Agency
March 23, 2009 10:51 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

India joined the International Renewable Energy Agency last week, becoming the largest energy consumer in the recently launched organization. India is the 77th member of IRENA, a multinational agency that formed in January to help governments and private industries expand renewable energy installments worldwide. The inclusion of India, the world's fifth largest primary energy consumer, in the information-sharing organization could help develop the country's growing solar energy industry while also providing IRENA with more legitimacy, environmentalists said.

World wants tough 2050 climate cuts, split on path
March 23, 2009 10:32 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Governments broadly support tough 2050 goals for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions but are split on how to share out the reductions, according to a new guide to negotiators of a new U.N. climate pact. A document to be presented to U.N. climate talks in Bonn from March 29-April 8 narrows down a list of ideas for fighting global warming in a new treaty due to be agreed in December to about 30 pages from 120 in a text late last year.

Growing pollution leads to 'global dimming'- study
March 16, 2009 09:21 AM - WBCSD

Visibility on clear days has declined in much of the world since the 1970s thanks to a rise in airborne pollutants, scientists said on Thursday. They described a "global dimming" in particular over south and east Asia, South America, Australia and Africa, while visibility remained relatively stable over North America and improved over Europe, the researchers said.

America Unprepared for Climate Change, Say Policy Advisers
March 16, 2009 09:11 AM - By Suzanne Goldenberg

National Research Council claims US agencies and political leaders not getting the right information or guidance America is woefully unprepared for climate change, and the government agencies charged with delivering the latest science to decision makers are not up to the task, a new report said today.

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