Climate Fight Brings Mega Profits to Euro Power Companies
August 24, 2007 07:17 AM - Reuters
European power companies are making billions of euros in excess profits in the European Union's battle to beat global warming by cutting emissions of carbon gases, and consumers are paying for it, economists say.
Working Assets Wireless First To Offer a Solar Powered Charger
August 23, 2007 07:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
SAN FRANCISCO - Doing their part to slow global warming, a wireless phone company is offering a solar-powered charger with their phone. To sweeten the deal, the solar-powered charger is free for a limited time. This is the first solar-powered charger offered by a mobile phone company in the United States. The hybrid charger by Better Energy Systems accepts power from the sun or a wall socket, and is part of Working Assets' effort to help people make a difference for the environment and reduce climate change.
Central U.S. Flooding Claims More Lives
August 23, 2007 07:04 PM - Michael Conlon, Reuters
CHICAGO - A fresh round of thunderstorms battered parts of the central United States for a fifth day on Thursday as the region battled deadly floods that drove hundreds from their homes. A wave of storms hit the Chicago area just before the evening rush hour, stranding children in schools, toppling dozens of trees, snarling rush hour train commutes and knocking flower boxes and barbecue grills off downtown high-rise balconies, according to various media reports.
Prius Tops The List For Consumer Interest
August 23, 2007 06:59 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
COSTA MESA, Calif. - Automotive industry sales reports show that the popularity of Hybrids continues to grow, according to HybridCars.com. Sales of Hybrids in the U.S. were up 50% from January to July of this year with the Toyota Prius topping the list. The Nissan Altima Hybrid gained the largest month-over-month sales growth at 40.7% in July, compared to June.
U.N. Voices Concern Over U.S., Australia On Climate
August 23, 2007 05:15 PM - Reuters, Alister Doyle
U.S. and Australian calls for a new world deal to fight climate change and ditch the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol misrepresent key elements of the U.N. plan, the global body's top climate official said on Thursday.
U.S. Told to Issue Global Warming Plans
August 23, 2007 09:19 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press
A federal judge ordered the Bush administration to issue two scientific reports on global warming, siding with environmentalists who sued the White House for failing to produce the documents.
Climate Change to Strain China Food Supply by 2030
August 23, 2007 06:54 AM - Reuters
Climate change and a growing population mean China, which is already losing farmland to deserts and urban sprawl, could face a food shortfall of 100 million metric tons by 2030, a top weather official said. "Global warming may cause the grain harvest to fall by 5 to 10 percent ... by 2030," the official China Daily quoted Zheng Guoguang, head of the State Meteorological Administration as saying.
NASA And U.S. Forest Service Partner On Wildfire Imaging Mission
August 22, 2007 08:44 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - NASA and the U.S. Forest Service have begun tests of their aerospace agency-developed technologies to improve wildfire imaging and mapping capabilities. From mid-August through September, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is conducting flights of a remotely piloted unmanned aircraft system to demonstrate the capabilities of its sophisticated new imaging and real-time communications equipment. The first flight of the series Aug. 16 captured images of California wildfires, including the Zaca Fire in Santa Barbara County. The aircraft carried instruments that collected data while flying more than 1,200 miles over a 10-hour period.
New Risk Maps, Price Tag, For New Orleans Hurricane Protection - $6.3Billion
August 22, 2007 08:27 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
NEW ORLEANS - The US government today detailed the improved hurricane protection that will be provided to New Orleans area residents once the city's levees are built to the 100-year level. The plan will take another $6.3 billion of further funding to improve protection for the New Orleans area.
Corals and climate change
August 22, 2007 03:52 PM - University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
VIRGINIA KEY, FL (August 22, 2007) — A modest new lab at the Rosenstiel School is the first of its kind to tackle the global problem of climate change impacts on corals. Fully operational this month, this new lab has begun to study how corals respond to the combined stress of greenhouse warming and ocean acidification. The lab is the first to maintain corals under precisely controlled temperature and carbon dioxide conditions while exposing them to natural light conditions.