Saharan Dust Has Chilling Effect on North Atlantic
December 16, 2007 01:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Washington -- NASA satellites have provided evidence that the chilling effect of dust was responsible for one-third of the drop in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures between June 2005 and 2006, possibly contributing to the difference in hurricane activity between the two seasons.
Why Biofuels When Cheaper Measures are Available for Climate Protection?
December 16, 2007 01:23 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
PARIS - "We need to concentrate on the most cost-effective measures to reduce CO2 emissions in transport", stressed Jack Short, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali on Thursday. Too often high cost and low impact measures are being chosen, he criticised. Because the challenge for the sector to reduce its CO2 emissions is immense, neither industrial nor developing countries can afford to get priorities wrong. "By achieving the required emission reductions at the lowest overall cost, it is possible to protect the climate with minimal damage to welfare and economic growth."
Tesla Revisited, Company Offers New Induction Lighting System
December 16, 2007 12:53 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
LONG BEACH, Calif. - US Lighting Tech, a manufacturer of commercial lighting products, has launched "induction lighting". They are targeting for businesses and municipalities that want to reduce costs and carbon emissions while improving quality and safety.
Report Examines Impact of Climate Change on Drinking Water Supplies
December 16, 2007 12:45 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
WASHINGTON - Warming of the earth's atmosphere will continue to put mounting pressure on America's drinking water sources, leading to diminishing supplies in some regions and flooding in others, according to an analysis released today by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), a nonprofit organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States.
North American Steelmakers Endorse Global Approach to Addressing Climate Change
December 16, 2007 12:40 PM -
WASHINGTON - Responding to the International Iron and Steel Institute's (IISI) address on climate change delivered during the UNFCCC COP-13 meeting this week in Bali, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) endorsed the global sectoral approach to address climate change, agreeing that "this type of global approach is required if a future emissions regulatory regime is to deliver meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide."
Duke Energy Applies for Nuclear Power License
December 16, 2007 12:35 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Duke Energy today submitted a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a proposed two-unit nuclear station in Cherokee County, S.C.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Joins The Climate Registry
December 16, 2007 12:32 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
BALI, Indonesia - Participating today in the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced it has joined The Climate Registry (TCR), an organization dedicated to creating a common standard for measuring, reporting and verifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consistently across industry sectors in North America. PG&E is a founding member of the California Climate Action Registry and has voluntarily catalogued its carbon footprint since 2004.
Scientists to Monitor West Antarctica 24/7
December 16, 2007 12:19 PM - International Polar Year Newswire
COLUMBUS, Ohio—In a mission of unprecedented scale, scientists are about to cover West Antarctica with a network of sensors to monitor the interactions between the ice and the earth below—24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Bali climate deal paves way for hotter U.S. debate
December 16, 2007 12:18 PM - By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A breakthrough deal forged by delegates from 190 countries has revived world efforts to fight global warming and may help push the debate to the front and center of the U.S. political debate.
New Satellite Imaging Method Tracks Earth Changes
December 16, 2007 11:48 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--For the past two decades, radar images from satellites have dominated the field of geophysical monitoring for natural hazards like earthquakes, volcanoes, or landslides. These images reveal small perturbations precisely, but large changes from events like big earthquake ruptures or fast-moving glaciers remained difficult to assess from afar, until now.