Climate

Tourists Flee In Mexico, Dean Bears Down
August 20, 2007 05:51 PM - By Catherine Bremer

Thousands of tourists headed for makeshift shelters on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Monday to escape from Hurricane Dean, a potentially catastrophic storm which killed nine people in the Caribbean. Police ordered vehicles off the road and banned the sale of alcohol on the "Mayan Riviera", a strip of beach resorts with bright white sands that is yet to fully recover from the devastation of Hurricane Wilma in 2005. With winds near 150 mph (240 kph), Dean was likely to become a rare Category 5 -- the strongest type of hurricane -- before making landfall near Mexico's border with Belize early on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Going Green At Gigabit Speeds
August 20, 2007 05:00 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Yes. Even even gigabits can be 'greened'. And at a major industry conference, VoiceCon Fall, this week, Extreme Networks, Inc. will discuss the elements required to deliver a superior converged voice and data infrastructure over the LAN/WAN. They'll also talk about new automated power conservation techniques and operating systems that allow for a greener environment.

Dow Corning Turns On The Power of Sunshine, In Europe
August 20, 2007 09:57 AM - PR Newswire

Dow Corning has turned to renewable forms of energy to help power one of its largest manufacturing sites in Europe. More than 1,000 square meters of solar panels, installed on the roof and facades of office and production buildings, are expected to generate the amount of energy needed to satisfy the annual electricity needs of 35 households.

Online Bill Pay Saves More Than Just Trees
August 20, 2007 09:41 AM - , Triple Pundit

Scientific American points out that the benefits of online banking and billing reach beyond saving trees. Reducing paper use also reduces the resources needed to make, ship and discard the paper.

British Gas Launches Greenest Energy Tariff
August 20, 2007 09:38 AM - , Green Progress

British Gas has announced it is launching two new green energy tariffs, Zero Carbon, which will be the greenest tariff available on the domestic market and Future Energy. British Gas has launched the tariffs in response to the increasing demand for green energy products.

Experiment Suggests Limitations to Carbon Dioxide 'Tree Banking'
August 20, 2007 09:36 AM - , Green Progress

While 10 years of bathing North Carolina pine tree stands with extra carbon dioxide did allow the trees to grow more tissue, only those pines receiving the most water and nutrients were able to store significant amounts of carbon that could offset the effects of global warming, scientists told a national meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

Heathrow Protesters Want Expansion Of Air Travel Halted
August 19, 2007 10:12 PM - Reuters

British police with batons scuffled with groups of climate change protesters on Sunday near the headquarters of the operator of Heathrow airport. The clashes in a field close to airport operator BAA's building came after largely peaceful marches from a camp where campaigners, who want to draw attention to the impact of aviation on global warming, have been massing all week.

Typhoon Drives Million Chinese From Homes
August 19, 2007 09:07 PM - Reuters

Typhoon Sepat swept China's southern coast on Sunday, killing 14 people and forcing almost a million from their homes, before weakening into a tropical storm. Eleven of the deaths were attributed to a tornado that spun off the typhoon, wrecking houses and injuring more than 60 residents in China's Zhejiang Province, Xinhua state news agency reported.

Powerful Hurricane Dean Menaces Jamaica
August 19, 2007 07:30 PM - Reuters

Jamaica declared a curfew and troops patrolled the streets on Sunday as fiercely powerful Hurricane Dean bore down on the island after killing five people earlier on its run through the Caribbean.

South Korea to Send Flood Aid to North Next Week
August 19, 2007 02:51 PM - Reuters, Jack Kim

South Korea will ship emergency aid supplies worth $7.5 million to North Korea across their militarized border over three days next week in the wake of flooding that left hundreds dead, the South said on Sunday.

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