Climate

Silk Road threatened by melting glaciers
June 15, 2009 10:10 AM - Catherine Brahic, NewScientist

The Chinese gateway to the ancient Silk Road is being flooded – and the culprit, researchers say, is climate change.

Water in Africa – Business turns on the tap

Business is stepping in where governments fail to provide clean water in Africa, with Coca-Cola, SABMiller and major platinum miners leading the way. A world running short of water is presenting a new category of risk to businesses that few have begun to appreciate. That was the warning from campaigner WWF and noted research body the Pacific Institute, at the World Water Forum in Istanbul in late March.

Reviving American Chestnut Trees May Mitigate Climate Change
June 15, 2009 05:45 AM - ScienceDaily

A Purdue University study shows that introducing a new hybrid of the American chestnut tree would not only bring back the all-but-extinct species, but also put a dent in the amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere.

Arctic Sea Ice Extent Trending Below Record 2007 Melt
June 14, 2009 11:16 AM - Dan Shapley, The Daily Green

The annual melting of Arctic sea ice is trending toward another record-low. While it's still too early to say whether the 2009 melt will exceed the record 2007 melt -- the annual low-point isn't reached until September -- the trend line for 2009 for the first time has dipped below 2007, according to the latest data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Clean Coal power project back on the burner
June 13, 2009 07:43 AM - Jasmin Melvin, Reuters

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on Friday plans to restart the country's first clean coal power project, scrapped by the previous Bush administration as too expensive. Under an agreement with the non-profit FutureGen Alliance, the Energy Department will take the first steps toward developing the first U.S. commercial scale-carbon capture and storage project, to be located in Mattoon, Illinois.

Green jobs sector 'poised for explosive growth'
June 11, 2009 06:38 AM - Greenwire

Green-collar workers -- who include everyone from energy-efficiency consultants to wastewater plant operators -- constitute a tiny but fast-growing segment of the U.S. economy, according to a study published today by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Aviation Industry Outlines Ambitious Climate Goals
June 10, 2009 11:21 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

The global aviation industry pledged on Monday to halt the overall growth in aviation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

El Niño is coming back
June 10, 2009 10:57 AM - Discovery News

Ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific are showing signs that an old acquaintance is about to pay a new visit. He will rearrange the meteorological furniture across the planet and probably outstay his welcome.

Canada frosts the most widespread in recent memory
June 10, 2009 08:34 AM - Rod Nickel, Reuters

The multiple frosts that have blanketed Western Canada in the last week are the most widespread in the top canola-growing province of Saskatchewan in at least five years, the Canola Council of Canada said on Tuesday.

Caribbean reefs 'flattened' in just 40 years
June 10, 2009 07:26 AM - Andy Coghlan, New Scientist

In just 40 years, the Caribbean's spectacular branched corals have been flattened. Research reveals that the corals have been replaced by shorter rival species – and points to climate change as at least partly to blame. Most of the reefs have lost all the intricate, tree-like corals that until the 1970s provided sanctuary for unique reef fish and other creatures, as well as protecting coastlines by sapping the energy of waves.

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