Climate

Al Gore Addresses Green Building Community at Greenbuild
November 16, 2009 10:04 AM - Jessalyn Dingwell, Green Economy Post

Al Gore delivered the keynote address to green building professionals at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix. He praised the leadership of the USGBC for bringing real change to the marketplace, and also urged the crowd to take responsibility for expanding green building globally and to call out greenwashing.

A National Security Perspective on Climate Change
November 16, 2009 06:48 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

One key aspect of the discussion this week at the Transatlantic Media Dialog – part of the ongoing effort of climate and energy cooperation began earlier this years as the "Transatlantic Climate Bridge" was the issue of perception. Specifically how climate change and climate policy is perceived in the US and EU, as well as across the globe. A key conclusion was that climate change is indeed a threat to America's national security, and key to that finding is the conclusion that global warming is a "threat multiplier" for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world, and that such volatility will reach even the most stable regions due to the tensions caused by climate change.

Bolivian glacier 'disappearing'
November 15, 2009 08:54 AM - , Environmental Health News

Once home to the highest ski resort in the world and now reduced to a rocky mountainside, Bolivia's Chacaltaya range bears powerful witness to the precipitous melting of glaciers. The rusting remains of a ski lift now dominate what was once the highest ski-run in the world perched on the Chacaltaya glacier at some 5,300 meters high.

Carbon Permit Allocation Debated in US Senate
November 13, 2009 07:01 AM - Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters

In the latest obstacle to proposed U.S. climate legislation, key lawmakers on Thursday urged Senate Democrats to change distribution plans for carbon permits to offer more protection for coal-dependent utilities.

Greenland Ice is Melting – Faster and Faster!
November 12, 2009 04:13 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

A new paper, by scientists of Utrecht University, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, in collaboration with colleagues from the Netherlands Royal Meteorological Institute, Delft University of Technology, Bristol University (UK) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (USA) was published in Science recently. The work used the Regional Atmospheric Climate Model to calculate surface processes over Greenland, satellite radar measurements to determine iceberg production and ice sheet mass loss from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Mission (GRACE) satellites.

Denmark Invites 191 Leaders to U.N. Climate Summit
November 12, 2009 10:04 AM - Anna Ringstrom, Reuters

Denmark has formally invited the leaders of United Nations member countries to the U.N. conference in Copenhagen in December that will try to clinch a new global climate deal, the government said on Thursday.

CO2 Emissions are not Changing the Ratio of Airborne CO2 to that taken up by the Oceans and Plants
November 11, 2009 03:14 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The University of Bristol in the UK has published a study based not on climate modeling, but on statistical analysis of data including historical data from Antarctic ice cores. The study shows that the balance between the airborne and the absorbed fraction of carbon dioxide has stayed approximately constant since 1850, despite emissions of carbon dioxide having risen from about 2 billion tons a year in 1850 to 35 billion tons a year now. This suggests that terrestrial ecosystems and the oceans have a much greater capacity to absorb CO2 than had been previously expected.

Trouble Down Under: Koalas Could Face Extinction
November 11, 2009 12:32 PM - BBC News via, Environmental Health News

Australia's koalas could be wiped out within 30 years unless urgent action is taken to halt a decline in population, according to researchers. Development, climate change and bushfires have all combined to send the numbers of wild koalas plummeting.

Land Use Change an Overlooked Cause of Global Warming
November 11, 2009 10:27 AM - ScienceDaily

Georgia Tech City and Regional Planning Professor Brian Stone is publishing a paper in the December edition of Environmental Science and Technology that suggests policymakers need to address the influence of global deforestation and urbanization on climate change, in addition to greenhouse gas emissions.

October Third Coolest, Wettest on Record, Across US
November 11, 2009 07:00 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that, on average, the mainland US (excluding Alaska) was the third coolest on record, and the records go back to 1895 at some stations. Average temperatures were 4.0 degrees F below the long term average. Rainfall average was 4.15, twice the long term average of 2.04 inches.

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