Businesses and Water Shortages: A Drought of Risk Management
September 15, 2007 09:41 AM - Anne Moore Odell, Green Money Journal
"It's raining it's pouring, the old man is snoring . . . " goes the old nursery rhyme. However, the "old man" in this case is the business community that is asleep over the consequences of not considering long-term water issues. A report from the newly launched Marsh Center for Risk Insights states that less than 20% of Fortune 1000 companies surveyed are prepared for a water shortage crisis.
Canadian summer was warmer than normal again
September 15, 2007 09:07 AM -
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Summer temperatures were 0.9 (C) degrees (1.6 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than normal in Canada this year, continuing a long-term trend, weather forecasters said on Friday. Environment Canada said the average summer temperature has also increased 0.9 (C) degrees since it began keeping national records in 1948, and five of the 10 warmest summers have occurred in the past decade.
Ingrid Moves Through Open Atlantic
September 15, 2007 08:39 AM - Associated Press
Tropical Storm Ingrid moved through the open Atlantic early Saturday, but the weak storm was not expected to pose a threat to land, forecasters said.
Alaskans Flee Village Under Flood Threat
September 14, 2007 07:13 AM - Jeannette J. Lee -Associated Press
More than half the residents of an isolated Arctic village were evacuated as storm surges threatened to flood their slender barrier island Thursday, the latest chapter in their losing battle against the sea. With no road system within hundreds of miles of Kivalina, about 100 people, mostly seniors and children, boarded small propeller planes to the regional hub city of Kotzebue.
Window to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change Closing.
September 14, 2007 07:06 AM - , Worldwatch Institute
Consumption of energy and many other critical resources is consistently breaking records, disrupting the climate and undermining life on the planet, according to the latest Worldwatch Institute report, Vital Signs 2007-2008. The 44 trends tracked in Vital Signs illustrate the urgent need to check consumption of energy and other resources that are contributing to the climate crisis, starting with the largest polluter, the United States, which accounted for over 21 percent of global carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning in 2005
Gulf Coast Recovering From Humberto
September 14, 2007 07:03 AM - Juan A. Lozano -Associated Press
Some residents of Texas and Louisiana fired up generators to cut through the darkness after Hurricane Humberto sneaked up on the Gulf Coast, knocking out power to thousands and flooding streets before fizzling into a tropical depression.
Floods kill 15 in Rwanda, leave 1,000 homeless
September 14, 2007 06:49 AM - Reuters
Floods killed 15 people and left about 1,000 people homeless after torrential downpours in the hills of northern Rwanda, the government said on Friday.
Curbing Key Chemicals Could Beat Kyoto Climate Goals
September 13, 2007 08:36 PM - Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent
OSLO (Reuters) - Curbs on chemicals that damage the ozone layer could have a side-effect of reducing far more greenhouse gases than the main U.N. plan for confronting climate change, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Thursday. About 191 governments will meet in Montreal from September 17 to 21 to seek ways to speed up freezing on production and phasing out ozone-depleting HCFC gases, widely used in fridges and air conditioners, that also trap heat in the atmosphere. "If governments accept accelerated action on HCFCs, we can look forward to not only a faster recovery of the ozone layer, but a further important contribution to the climate change challenge," Achim Steiner, head of UNEP, said in a statement.
Experts: Climate change puts sea at risk
September 13, 2007 07:50 AM - Ariel David -Associated Press
Climate change is affecting Europe faster than the rest of the world and rising temperatures could transform the Mediterranean into a salty and stagnant sea, Italian experts said Wednesday.
Governors to push state action on global warming
September 13, 2007 07:41 AM - Josef Herbert -Associated Press
Governors want to expand state regulation of greenhouse gases in hopes of increasing pressure for federal action on global warming, the chairman of the National Governors Association said Wednesday.