Climate

Green solutions topic of conversation at ISU meeting
February 3, 2009 09:03 AM - Pantagraph

NORMAL -- People with a passion for a clean energy future said it would save money, and energy. And it would create high-quality hands-on green jobs which can’t be outsourced overseas. About 100 people attended a citizen meeting on green economic recovery Monday evening at Schroeder Hall at Illinois State University.

Insecticide chemical is a powerful greenhouse gas.
February 2, 2009 09:37 AM - The Environment Report

The federal government is going to take some significant steps to reduce global warming gases. Carbon dioxide is the main target, but there are other types of greenhouse gases. Lester Graham spoke with one researcher who found a potent greenhouse gas lingers in the atmosphere much longer than previously thought:

Rising sea salinates India's Ganges: expert
February 2, 2009 09:18 AM - Reuters

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Rising sea levels are causing salt water to flow into India's biggest river, threatening its ecosystem and turning vast farmlands barren in the country's east, a climate change expert warned Monday. A study by an east Indian university in the city of Kolkata revealed surprising growth of mangroves on the Ganges river, said Pranabes Sanyal, the eastern India representative of the National Coastal Zone Management Authority (NCZMA).

WWF opposes precarious ocean fertilization project
February 2, 2009 09:03 AM - WWF

Hamburg, Germany - A recent decision by the German government to give the go-ahead to a controversial large-scale ocean fertilization experiment (LOHAFEX) in international waters of the Southern Ocean has left WWF doubting Germany’s commitment to global agreements on the environment. Last year, the meeting of the parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) imposed a de facto moratorium on large-scale ocean fertilization experiments and commercial uses, only allowing for small-scale scientific research in coastal waters.

Growing Optimism for U.S. Climate Change Bill
February 2, 2009 08:59 AM - WorldWatch Institute

A new Congress began less than one month ago, yet early indications suggest that 2009 may yield the most dramatic policy response to climate change in U.S. history. The challenge of passing domestic climate legislation before U.S. negotiators participate in global climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December remains difficult. Economic recession, a health care overhaul, and two foreign wars will compete with climate change for political attention.

India: Policy for climate trust okayed
February 2, 2009 08:49 AM - The Daily Star

The cabinet today approved a policy in principle for formation of a trust on climate change. A cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the cabinet division's conference room at the Secretariat approved the policy.

Europe to feel the heat of climate change
February 2, 2009 08:45 AM - New Scientist

A CENTURY from now, Spain and Italy will be enduring baking, parched summers while residents of central and north-west Europe will be experiencing what we now think of as Mediterranean warmth.

Gore to Lobby Lawmakers on Climate Change
January 30, 2009 09:34 AM - Organic Consumers Association

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Suggesting the planet will soon reach an irreversible "tipping point" of damage to the climate, former Vice President Al Gore plans to tell members of Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. needs to join international talks on a treaty. "This treaty must be negotiated this year," he plans to say, according to a copy of remarks prepared for testimony.

Rising Acidity Threatens Oceans
January 30, 2009 09:10 AM - NY Times

The oceans have long buffered the effects of climate change by absorbing a substantial portion of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. But this benefit has a catch: as the gas dissolves, it makes seawater more acidic. Now an international panel of marine scientists says this acidity is accelerating so fast it threatens the survival of coral reefs, shellfish and the marine food web generally.

Australian heatwave sign of climate change
January 29, 2009 11:47 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A heatwave scorching southern Australia, causing transport chaos by buckling rail lines and leaving more than 140,000 homes without power, is a sign of climate change, the government said on Thursday.

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