Climate

Great Barrier Reef will be gone in 20 years, says Charlie Veron
July 7, 2009 11:07 AM - Frank Pope, Times Online

The Great Barrier Reef will be so degraded by warming waters that it will be unrecognizable within 20 years, an eminent marine scientist has said.

U.S. power plant emissions fall
July 7, 2009 06:46 AM - Reuters

U.S. power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide dropped sharply in the first half of the year as the electricity industry prepared for tighter regulation in 2010, Genscape said Monday. Sulfur dioxide emissions were down 24 percent compared to the first half of 2008, much more than would be expected due to the recession and lower electricity demand, the power industry data provider said in its quarterly review of energy trends.

Tropic zones expanding due to climate change
July 6, 2009 10:35 AM - DAWN.com

Climate change is rapidly expanding the size of the world's tropical zone, threatening to bring disease and drought to heavily populated areas, an Australian study has found.

Despair flows as fields go dry and unemployment rises
July 6, 2009 09:30 AM - Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times

San Joaquin Valley farms are laying off workers and letting fields lie fallow as their water ration falls.

Let clean economy begin, global companies urge government leaders
July 6, 2009 09:12 AM - WWF

Some of the world’s highest-profile companies today called on G8 leaders meeting in Italy to agree on a global climate deal by the end of 2009 and to set ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions.

Climate body to try to bridge differences before G8
July 4, 2009 08:57 AM - Reuters

Officials from a 17-member body which account for the lions share of the world's carbon emissions will hold urgent talks next Tuesday to iron out differences on the eve of a July 8-10 summit of the G8. Group of Eight diplomats and climate change officials told Reuters the meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) was called to narrow the gap between rich countries and developing nations such as India over long-term targets on global warming and emissions.

Plant life saved Earth from an icy fate
July 2, 2009 12:06 PM - Anil Ananthaswamy, NewScientist

Besides the obvious benefits they bring, it looks like we owe our very existence to plants, which helped prevent the Earth from freezing over during the past 25 million years.

US at Bottom of G8 Emissions Reduction/Climate Change Action Rankings
July 2, 2009 10:27 AM - Andrew Burger, Global Warming is Real

The US ranks next to last among G8 member countries when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and paving the way toward a clean energy economy, according to a World Wildlife Fund SE-Allianz study released July 1.

Intertropical Convergence Zone of Heavy Preciptiation Moving North
July 2, 2009 06:53 AM - Editor, ENN

The rain band near the equator that determines the supply of freshwater to nearly a billion people throughout the tropics and subtropics has been creeping north for more than 300 years, probably because of a warmer world, according to research published in the July issue of Nature Geoscience. If the band continues to migrate at just less than a mile (1.4 kilometers) a year, which is the average for all the years it has been moving north, then some Pacific islands near the equator -- even those that currently enjoy abundant rainfall -- may be drier within decades and starved of freshwater by midcentury or sooner. The prospect of additional warming because of greenhouse gases means that situation could happen even sooner.

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