Climate

Antarctic Ice Thawing Faster Than Predicted
August 22, 2007 03:14 PM - Alister Doyle, Reuters Environment Correspondent

NY ALESUND, Norway - A thaw of Antarctic ice is outpacing predictions by the U.N. climate panel and could in the worst case drive up world sea levels by 2 meters (6 ft) by 2100, a leading expert said on Wednesday. Millions of people, from Bangladesh to Florida and some Pacific island states, live less than a meter above sea level. Most of the world's major cities, from Shanghai to Buenos Aires, are by the sea.

Kyoto gives chemical plants windfall: UNEP
August 22, 2007 02:24 PM - Gerard Wynn -Reuters

Chemical plants in China can earn substantial windfall profits by destroying powerful greenhouse gases, underlining the need for changes to the rules of a Kyoto Protocol incentives scheme, a U.N. report shows.

North American Group Agrees To 2020 Carbon Cuts
August 22, 2007 02:22 PM - Reuters

Western U.S. states and Canadian provinces said on Wednesday they agreed to cut emissions linked to global warming by 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. The group, spearheaded by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the latest effort by U.S. states to bypass President George W. Bush on regulating greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.

Study Casts Doubt On Earlier Ice Cap Research
August 22, 2007 01:53 PM - Michael Kahn, Reuters

LONDON - Pinhead-sized fossils buried deep under the ocean show that glaciers did not coat the poles 41 million years ago, a new study shows, disputing earlier research that suggested huge ice sheets covered the Earth's extremities. Any glaciers then -- a time when the planet was much warmer -- would only have been in small areas in Antarctica's interior and not in the Northern hemisphere, said Paul Wilson, from Britain's National Oceanography Centre, who led the study.

High temperatures, low precipitation creating many problems
August 22, 2007 12:08 PM - Purdue University

The hot, dry conditions in Indiana may have one bright spot - creating a more fiery display of fall leaves in some parts of the state. But that's not much solace for farmers, gardeners, boaters and fishermen plagued by a weather system that shows no signs of dissipating soon.

Report: Lake Tahoe Has Fewer Cold Days, Less Snow, Warmer Water
August 22, 2007 11:01 AM - UC Davis

Lake Tahoe, California - Overall, the most striking data in a new report are those showing that the Tahoe climate is warming up. This trend could have profound implications for the natural features that make Tahoe a popular international vacation destination: snowfall in winter and the beautiful cobalt-blue lake in summer. This news comes from UC Davis, which has released the first in a new series of annual reports designed to give the non-scientific community an unprecedented compendium of information that documents changing water quality and weather conditions in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Impacts on human health, agriculture to round out most comprehensive assessment of climate change on state
August 22, 2007 10:06 AM - UW Office of News

An assessment of the impact of climate change on the state, being launched this week by the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group for the Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, is the most comprehensive ever.

Scientists Verify Predictive Model for Winter Weather
August 22, 2007 10:00 AM - nsf.gov

Scientists have verified the accuracy of a model that uses October snow cover in Siberia to predict upcoming winter temperatures and snowfall for the high- and mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

Global Electric Motorcars, A Chrysler Company, Wins California Eco Award
August 21, 2007 12:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

California environmentalists have recognized Global Electric Motorcars, a Chrysler company, for its leadership in bringing environmentally-friendly technology to the state's residents. The company produces the nation's best-selling street-legal all-electric, zero emission vehicles, the GEM.

Climate change called security issue like Cold War
August 21, 2007 11:55 AM - Reuters

NY ALESUND, Norway (Reuters) - Climate change is the biggest security challenge since the Cold War but people have not woken up to the risks nor to easy solutions such as saving energy at home, experts said on Tuesday.

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