Climate

Offsets, the Indulgencies of Today?
August 25, 2007 08:19 AM - Saul Gomez, Global Policy Innovations Program

What do political heartbreaker turned environmental heartthrob Al Gore, British rockers Coldplay, and multinational banking giant HSBC have in common? They are all seeking to make personal and business activities carbon neutral. More and more, wealthy individuals and companies are offsetting their carbon consumption out of a sincere concern for the environment, for good public relations, and for economic value.

USDA Declares Colorado, Iowa and Maryland Disaster Areas In 3 States
August 24, 2007 07:44 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agriculture Department declared 32 counties in Colorado, Iowa and Maryland as primary disaster areas on Friday, a move that will make farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans. USDA said Delta County, Colorado, was designated a natural primary disaster area because of losses caused by a freeze that occurred in April. Rio Blanco County, Colorado, also was impacted by frost and freezing temperatures in June and drought that is ongoing since May.

Worst Forest Fires In Decade, 16 Dead, Greece Asks EU For Help
August 24, 2007 06:58 PM - George Hatzidakis and Tatiana Frangou, Reuters

ATHENS - The worst forest fires to hit Greece in decades killed at least 16 people on Friday, including two French tourists, and Athens asked the European Union for urgent help. Six people including two firefighters and two French tourists died in a blaze near the town of Areopolis, on the southerly Peloponnese peninsula, where multiple fire fronts fanned by strong winds burned farms, homes and forests.

Puru's Good Land Use Choices Helping Rainforest
August 24, 2007 05:38 PM - Stanford University, California

Stanford University - A regional study featured in this month's issue of Science magazine shows that land-use policies in Peru have been key to tempering rain forest degradation and destruction in that country. Using satellite technology developed by Greg Asner, assistant professor, by courtesy, of geological and environmental sciences at Stanford, scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology led an international effort to analyze six years of high-resolution satellite data covering most—79 percent—of the Peruvian Amazon for their findings.

Global Warming Causing Mediterranean Sea to Rise, Threatening Egypt's Lush Nile Delta
August 24, 2007 08:24 AM - Anna Johnson, Associated Press

Millions of Egyptians could be forced permanently from their homes, the country's ability to feed itself devastated. That's what likely awaits this already impoverished and overpopulated nation by the end of the century, if predictions about climate change hold true.

Canada Report Defends Saying No to Kyoto Target
August 24, 2007 08:20 AM - Allan Dowd, Reuters

An attempt to force Canada to say how it will meet its Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions has produced a government report warning that doing that will damage the economy and drive up energy costs.

Climate, Biofuel New Challenge to Poverty Alleviation
August 24, 2007 07:43 AM - Reuters, Nao Nakanishi

Climate change and biofuels pose fresh challenges in the fight against poverty, which requires more than ever cooperation among scientists, the new head of an international body for agricultural research said.

Climate Fight Brings Mega Profits to Euro Power Companies
August 24, 2007 07:17 AM - Reuters

European power companies are making billions of euros in excess profits in the European Union's battle to beat global warming by cutting emissions of carbon gases, and consumers are paying for it, economists say.

Working Assets Wireless First To Offer a Solar Powered Charger
August 23, 2007 07:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SAN FRANCISCO - Doing their part to slow global warming, a wireless phone company is offering a solar-powered charger with their phone. To sweeten the deal, the solar-powered charger is free for a limited time. This is the first solar-powered charger offered by a mobile phone company in the United States. The hybrid charger by Better Energy Systems accepts power from the sun or a wall socket, and is part of Working Assets' effort to help people make a difference for the environment and reduce climate change.

Central U.S. Flooding Claims More Lives
August 23, 2007 07:04 PM - Michael Conlon, Reuters

CHICAGO - A fresh round of thunderstorms battered parts of the central United States for a fifth day on Thursday as the region battled deadly floods that drove hundreds from their homes. A wave of storms hit the Chicago area just before the evening rush hour, stranding children in schools, toppling dozens of trees, snarling rush hour train commutes and knocking flower boxes and barbecue grills off downtown high-rise balconies, according to various media reports.

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