Climate

Climate Change Fears Reach Even Formula One Racing
July 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

Talking about climate change at a Formula One race might at first glance seem like praising celibacy in a brothel. The world's top motor sport competition is for many the epitome of gas-guzzling wastefulness with powerful engines burning nearly a litre of fossil fuel per kilometre while a vast entourage of people and machines jets to races round the world.

Commission Will Give NYC Congestion Pricing Plan a Second Look
July 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Gormley, Associated Press

A state commission will consider whether Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to charge a toll on some commuters to reduce traffic and pollution in New York City should ultimately take effect, according to a deal reached Thursday.

Beware Melting Glaciers This Century
July 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Don't worry too much, for now, about rising seas caused by melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica. The big threat this century could come from small thawing glaciers, researchers reported Thursday.

Study Shows Plug-In Hybrids Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
July 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

If motorists used rechargeable "plug-in" hybrid-electric vehicles in large numbers, the U.S. could see a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century, says a study released Thursday.

Snowless in a Warming World, Ski Resort in French Alps Bids Adieu
July 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Thierry Boinet, Associated Press

Muddy slopes, slushy peaks, unused lifts -- this town in the French Alps is living out the nightmare of many a ski resort in a century scientists say is doomed to keep getting warmer.

Australian Prime Minister Announces Carbon Trading System by 2011
July 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Prime Minister John Howard announced some details of a planned carbon-trading trading scheme for Australia on Tuesday, but avoided setting targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

U.N. Chief Will Ask President Bush to Give Top Level Support to U.N. Meeting on Climate Change
July 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will ask President Bush on Tuesday to have a top U.S. official attend a high-level U.N. meeting on climate change in September because "American participation is crucially important."

Experts Plan Rating System for El Nino
July 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Hurricanes and tornadoes have popular rating scales that help people understand their power. Now, weather experts are planning a similar way to measure the El Nino phenomena that affect climate worldwide.

Melting Ice Drives Polar Bear Mothers to Land
July 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Melting sea ice is driving mother polar bears onto dry land to give birth in northern Alaska, U.S. Geological Survey scientists reported.

Vatican Agrees To Reforestation Project in Efforts To Promote Green Awareness
July 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Marta Falconi, Associated Press

The Vatican is pushing its green agenda, joining a reforestation project aimed at offsetting its CO2 emissions for this year, officials said Thursday.

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