Climate

Weekend deadline looms on polar bear rule
May 8, 2009 09:58 AM - AP via MSNBC

Obama to rule on whether law can be cited to impose greenhouse gas limits.

Ice Flood in Alaska

An ice jam that suddenly gave way on Alaska's mighty Yukon River sent floating ice chunks the size of homes into the town of Eagle, knocking some buildings off their foundations and damaging others. The city and neighboring Eagle Village had earlier been flooded by the ice jam, which had backed up river water. The ice jam had kept water nearly 20 feet over the river's flood levels on Wednesday. The Yukon's flood levels at Eagle, about 200 miles east of Fairbanks, was 34 feet.

US EPA Budget Proposal Issued Today
May 7, 2009 05:00 PM - Editor, ENN

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson released EPA’s fiscal year 2010 budget blueprint, which takes significant strides to ensure that our air, land, and water are safe and clean. Expanding on the investments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this $10.5 billion budget is designed so EPA can develop programs that are good for the environment, and also aid in the economic recovery.

Sea Salt Holds Clues To Climate Change
May 7, 2009 06:37 AM - ScienceDaily

We know that average sea levels have risen over the past century, and that global warming is to blame. But what is climate change doing to the saltiness, or salinity, of our oceans? This is an important question because big shifts in salinity could be a warning that more severe droughts and floods are on their way, or even that global warming is speeding up.

U.S. submits first plan for new U.N. climate treaty
May 6, 2009 10:24 AM - John Heilprin (AP), USA Today

The United States said Tuesday it would be committed to joining the world on a climate treaty with "robust targets and ambitious actions" against heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

Some Himalayan Glaciers Growing Despite Warming
May 6, 2009 07:25 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

Perched on the soaring Karakoram mountains in the Western Himalayas, a group of some 230 glaciers are bucking the global warming trend. They're growing. Among legendary peaks like K2 and Nanga Parbat, glaciers with a penthouse view of the world are growing, and have been for almost three decades.

EPA/DOE/Agriculture Discuss Energy Independence and Renewable Fuels Plan
May 5, 2009 04:13 PM - Editor, ENN

The US EPA, Departments of Agriculture and Energy held a conference call today to field questions on the Obama Administration plans to stimulate biofuels research and commercialization. The approach includes a rulemaking on the Renewable Fuel Standard. "As we work towards energy independence, using more homegrown biofuels reduces our vulnerability to oil price spikes that everyone feels at the pump," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "Energy independence also puts billions of dollars back into our economy, creates green jobs, and protects the planet from climate change in the bargain."

US climate change denier James Inhofe joins Al Gore in fight against soot
May 5, 2009 10:22 AM - Suzanne Goldenberg, guardian.co.uk

In a surprise U-turn, the Republican senator has put forward a bill to review the dangers of black carbon to health and the environment.

New Antarctic seabed sonar images reveal clues to sea-level rise
May 5, 2009 09:45 AM - British Antarctic Survey

Using sonar technology from onboard ships, scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the German Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) captured the most extensive, continuous set of images of the seafloor around the Amundsen Sea embayment ever taken.

Proposed Federal Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act
May 3, 2009 06:46 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A Central New York congressman, seeing an opportunity that may never come again, has introduced a bill requiring the most drastic cuts in U.S. history to the pollution responsible for acid rain. Rep. John McHugh said he wants to tie his "Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act" into a landmark energy and climate change bill that Congress will begin considering this week, with the goal of a vote by June.

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