Climate

Stalling climate talks need financial stimulus
April 7, 2009 06:17 AM - WWF

After one week of slow UN climate talks in Bonn, WWF is calling for a financial stimulus to keep the negotiations on track to achieving new global climate treaty due in December. According to the global conservation organization, a recovery package with funding for emission reduction efforts and urgent adaptation measures in developing countries could end the stalemate between nations attending the talks.

New England's sugar country confronts a bitter future as the climate warms
April 6, 2009 09:09 AM - David Biello, Daily Climate

All farming depends on the weather, but few foods are more dependent on a specific climate than maple syrup. After all, for the sugar maple's sap to run at all requires cooperative weather — freezing nights followed by warmer days. But thanks to the build-up of invisible greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, those temperature swings don't happen as reliably. At risk is an American tradition that stretches back even before Europeans discovered the "New World."

Interior Secretary to discuss NJ's offshore energy
April 6, 2009 05:36 AM - Envriopolitics Blog

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is coming to Atlantic City TODAY to discuss the future of offshore energy. He says he wants to know what you think, too. It will be the Obama Administration official's first stop on a tour of public meetings to be followed by sessions in New Orleans, Anchorage and San Francisco. Salazar will present information from a U.S. Geological Survey-Minerals Management Service Report and will solicit public comment. ENN will be reporting on this event later today.

Plants buy Earth more time as CO2 makes them grow

Trees and plants are growing bigger and faster in response to the billions of tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by humans, scientists have found. The increased growth has been discovered in a variety of flora, ranging from tropical rainforests to British sugar beet crops.

Ice bridge holding Antarctic ice shelf cracks up

An ice bridge which had apparently held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place during recorded history shattered on Saturday and could herald a wider collapse linked to global warming, a leading scientist said.

Climate clock is ticking
April 5, 2009 07:00 AM - WILLIAM MARSDEN, The Montreal Gazette

In the summer of 2007, a large portion of Arctic Sea ice - about 40 per cent - simply vanished. That wasn't supposed to happen. At least not yet. As recent as 2004, scientists had predicted it would take another 50 to 100 years for that much ice to melt. Yet here it was happening today.

A Sustainable Business View on Economy, Climate
April 4, 2009 07:16 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

As leaders of the world's 20 largest economies gathered in London this week, international financial institutions announced that the world economy would likely deteriorate more in 2009 than was previously feared. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development predicted that economic activity would shrink 2.7 percent; the World Bank projected a slightly more optimistic contraction of 1.7 percent.

Mercury in seals linked to vanishing sea ice

Every summer, seal hunters in the village of Ulukhaktok in Canada’s Northwest Territories carve out small pieces of muscle from ringed seals during their annual subsistence hunt. As part of their collaboration with Arctic researchers, they carefully bag the tissue samples, draw blood, and measure each seal. After more than 30 years of monitoring the seals, the researchers have noticed a disturbing pattern: levels of the dangerous metal mercury in the seals are connected to the state of sea ice on the ocean. The new research, published in ES&T, reveals that more mercury may be spiraling up the food chain as sea ice disappears.

Warming Takes Center Stage As Australian Drought Worsens
April 3, 2009 11:13 AM - Keith Schneider, Environment 360

With record-setting heat waves, bush fires and drought, Australians are increasingly convinced they are facing the early impacts of global warming. Their growing concern about climate change has led to a consensus that the nation must now act boldly to stave off the crisis.

Ice-free Arctic Ocean Possible In 30 Years, Not 90 As Previously Estimated
April 3, 2009 05:25 AM - ScienceDaily

A nearly ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer may happen three times sooner than scientists have estimated. New research says the Arctic might lose most of its ice cover in summer in as few as 30 years instead of the end of the century.

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