Climate

The Unfrozen North
December 29, 2009 10:41 AM - Andy Soos, ENN

There is increased evidence that the Arctic could face seasonally ice-free conditions and much warmer temperatures in the future. This has happened before. Scientists have documented evidence that the Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas were too warm to support summer sea ice during the mid-Pliocene warm period (3.3 to 3 million years ago). This period is characterized by warm temperatures similar to those projected for the end of this century, and is used to help understand future conditions.

The Lawyers Win in Global Warming
December 28, 2009 09:31 AM - Andy Soos, ENN

Carbon dioxide air emissions is one of the big issues in global warming debate. However Before you start controlling by putting the carbon in the ground, you first have to put lawyers in a room to argue. After a year that saw billions of dollars in spent around a variety of carbon capture and storage pilot projects, the focus in 2010 will shift from press conferences and engineering discussion to court cases and conference tables.

Middle East/Med Region Could Solar Power World
December 28, 2009 06:47 AM - Maurice Picow, Green Prophet

Middle Eastern and North African countries, often referred to under the umbrella term MENA countries, have the potential to create more than 3 times the world's power needs, according to a new study reported in the Dubai-based Khaleej Times. Countries that move fast, the study suggests, could have the competitive advantage. Who could take the lead: MENA countries, especially ones located on the Arabian Peninsula, as well as others like Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel could be. These countries are no strangers to the notion of solar energy, and Green Prophet has covered countless articles touting solar energy in the Middle East.

Climate bill, clean-energy industry key to Tennessee's economic revival
December 28, 2009 06:10 AM - Susan Richardson Williams and Cortney Piper, Knox News, Environmental Health News

It's not often that East Tennessee Republicans and Democrats find common ground on important issues. However, comprehensive federal climate and energy policy as a means to boost our economy and create jobs is something this former Tennessee GOP chair and East Tennessee Democrat agree on. So, we've launched a project, TN Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy, to help realize our clean energy economic potential.

Record-breaking snow across the US and climate change
December 27, 2009 07:44 AM - Jeremy Hance, Mongabay

Over the past few weeks the United States has been pounded by a number of big snow storms. A week ago Washington DC received 18 inches of snow, setting a number of records. Over Christmas, the middle of the country, from Texas to Minnesota was also hit by record amounts of snow. While snow fall over the East Coast and middle of the country in the United States in December is hardly unusual, a number of record amounts of precipitation may point to a larger shift in the climate. Scientists say that higher temperatures causes more water evaporation, which increases the chances of heavy precipitation events, such as floods and snowstorms.

Ecosystems strain to keep pace with climate
December 26, 2009 11:30 AM - Steve Gorman, Reuters, Environmental Health News

Earth's various ecosystems, with all their plants and animals, will need to shift about a quarter-mile per year on average to keep pace with global climate change, scientists said in a study released on Wednesday. How well particular species can survive rising worldwide temperatures attributed to excess levels of heat-trapping "greenhouse" gases emitted by human activity hinges on those species' ability to migrate or adapt in place.

Slow Sales of Honda Insight Give Insight into Hybrid Market
December 25, 2009 11:15 AM - BC Upham, Triple Pundit

Are hybrid cars still considered niche, or even — dare we say — "luxury" purchases? The failure of the lower-cost Honda Insight hybrid to dent the market for the Prius has some in the auto industry answering yes. Business Week reports that the Insight, which was introduced this year with a base MSRP of $19,800, over $2,000 less than the Prius, is still being outsold by Toyota's car 6 to 1.

Obama Frustrated with Outcome of Copenhagen Climate Talks
December 25, 2009 10:47 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Despite near instantaneous condemnation of his role in the culmination of the COP15 climate negotiations last week, president Obama voiced his frustration over the course those negotiations took and accord that resulted from them. Speaking with Jim Lehrer on Wednesday, president Obama said that "people are justified in being disappointed about the outcome in Copenhagen."

Dairy Farmers to do Their Part to Slow Climate Change
December 23, 2009 06:30 AM - Editor, ENN

The US Department of Agriculture announced an agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate adoption of innovative manure to energy projects on American dairy farms. The agreement represents a dynamic public/private partnership and is another demonstration of the Obama Administration's commitment to curb the emissions of greenhouse gases.

EU calls for more U.S. involvement in combating climate change
December 23, 2009 05:37 AM - Justyna Pawlak, Reuters

The European Union called on the United States on Tuesday to play a bigger role in combating climate change, after Sweden described the Copenhagen summit last week as a "great failure." Following a meeting in Brussels to discuss how to rescue the Copenhagen climate process, EU environment ministers emphasized the need for concrete, legally binding measures to combat global warming.

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