Climate

Fire is an important and under-appreciated part of global climate change
April 24, 2009 07:33 AM - National Science Foundation

Fire must be accounted for as an integral part of climate change, according to 22 authors of an article published in the April 24 issue of the journal Science. The authors determined that intentional deforestation fires alone contribute up to one-fifth of the human-caused increase in emissions of carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that increases global temperature.

Rise in dust storms spurs environmental fears
April 23, 2009 06:57 AM - MSNBC from Washington Post

An increasing amount of airborne dust is blanketing the West, affecting how fast the snowpack melts, when local plants bloom and what quality of air residents are breathing. The dust storms are a harbinger of a broader phenomenon, researchers say, as global warming translates into less precipitation and a population boom intensifies the activities that are disturbing the dust in the first place.

U.S. and Mexico Hold Border Environmental Forum to Help Confront Climate Change
April 22, 2009 04:33 PM - Environmental Protection Agency

This week, the U.S. and Mexico are holding their first Border States Climate Change Workshop in Monterrey, Mexico to continue collaborative efforts to address climate change.

World's major rivers 'drying up'
April 22, 2009 03:26 PM - Katherine Nightingale, SciDevNet

Some of the developing world's largest rivers are drying up because of climate change, threatening water supplies in some of the most populous places on Earth, say scientists.

Obama Marks Earth Day With Energy Plan Pitch in Iowa
April 22, 2009 07:47 AM - Voice of America

U.S. President Barack Obama is heading to the state of Iowa Wednesday to give an Earth Day message that pitches his plan for alternative energy development.

Earth's tribes unite against climate threats
April 22, 2009 06:34 AM - Debora MacKenzie, New Scientist

From Arctic Inuit to Pacific Islanders, indigenous peoples from 80 countries are meeting at a summit in Anchorage, Alaska, this week to forge a common position on climate change. They want an official voice alongside national governments in upcoming negotiations to agree a successor to the Kyoto protocol.

As Climate Warms, Species May Need to Migrate or Perish
April 21, 2009 11:19 AM - Carl Zimmer, Environment 360

With global warming pushing some animals and plants to the brink of extinction, conservation biologists are now saying that the only way to save some species may be to move them.

Days to Stretch Longer With Climate Change
April 21, 2009 10:22 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

Climate change will make the day longer by the end of the century, according to a new study. Earth's atmosphere plays a large role in controlling how fast the planet rotates. As the seasons change, variations in high-level jets of wind shift, adding and subtracting about a millisecond to our day each year.

Why Antarctic ice is growing despite global warming
April 21, 2009 10:12 AM - Catherine Brahic, NewScientist

It's the southern ozone hole whatdunit. That's why Antarctic sea ice is growing while at the other pole, Arctic ice is shrinking at record rates. It seems CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals have given the South Pole respite from global warming.

Southern Calif. District Reduces Water Supply, Hikes Rates
April 21, 2009 06:41 AM - Water & Wastewater News

Effective July 1, the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California reduced supplies its member public agencies for the first time since 1991. The financial impacts of higher Delta costs due to supply reductions caused by new regulatory restraints also were primary factors behind a rate increase approved by the board in a separate action. The rate increase will take effect Sept. 1. "Up to 19 million Southern Californians this summer will feel the impact of a new water reality that has been in the making for years, if not decades," said Metropolitan board Chair Timothy F. Brick.

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