Climate

Carbon Dioxide Recovery and Use
January 4, 2010 04:40 PM - Andy Soos, ENN

The Middle East's first carbon dioxide recovery plant has been opened at the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company. This is also one of the first in the world to successfully recycle carbon dioxide air emissions. The $55 million facility at the company's Sitra facility was formally inaugurated by GPIC chairman and adviser to the Prime Minister for oil and industrial affairs Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, in the presence of board members, company officials and guests.

Pope Benedict: think globally, act locally, urges lifestyle changes to save environment
January 1, 2010 01:26 PM - Reuters

Pope Benedict used his traditional New Year address on Friday to call on people to change their lifestyles to save the planet, saying environmental responsibility was essential for global peace.

Brazil Announces National Policy on Climate Change
December 31, 2009 07:30 AM - SECOM/Mongabay.com

Brazil's President introduced national legislation that will guide efforts to reduce projected emissions by 36.1 to 38.9 percent by 2020. This legislation comes on the heels of the COP-15 climate change conference held in Copenhagen earlier this month, and demonstrates Brazil’s eagerness to make significant and immediate progress against global climate change.

$100 Billion Opportunity for Waste-To-Energy Companies in Developing World
December 30, 2009 07:45 AM - Susan Kraemer, Matter Network

Here’s an opportunity to wisely spend some of the $100 billion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised at Copenhagen to cut the greenhouse gases of developing nations by aiding in the development of renewable energy infrastructure to by-pass fossil fuel dependence. Apparently one in four Chinese cities and seven out of 10 counties are without sewage-treatment plants, according to the People’s Daily. While there are many ways to treat sewage or municipal waste; one of the newest is the use of municipal solid waste to make renewable energy.

The Unfrozen North
December 29, 2009 10:41 AM - Andy Soos, ENN

There is increased evidence that the Arctic could face seasonally ice-free conditions and much warmer temperatures in the future. This has happened before. Scientists have documented evidence that the Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas were too warm to support summer sea ice during the mid-Pliocene warm period (3.3 to 3 million years ago). This period is characterized by warm temperatures similar to those projected for the end of this century, and is used to help understand future conditions.

The Lawyers Win in Global Warming
December 28, 2009 09:31 AM - Andy Soos, ENN

Carbon dioxide air emissions is one of the big issues in global warming debate. However Before you start controlling by putting the carbon in the ground, you first have to put lawyers in a room to argue. After a year that saw billions of dollars in spent around a variety of carbon capture and storage pilot projects, the focus in 2010 will shift from press conferences and engineering discussion to court cases and conference tables.

Middle East/Med Region Could Solar Power World
December 28, 2009 06:47 AM - Maurice Picow, Green Prophet

Middle Eastern and North African countries, often referred to under the umbrella term MENA countries, have the potential to create more than 3 times the world's power needs, according to a new study reported in the Dubai-based Khaleej Times. Countries that move fast, the study suggests, could have the competitive advantage. Who could take the lead: MENA countries, especially ones located on the Arabian Peninsula, as well as others like Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel could be. These countries are no strangers to the notion of solar energy, and Green Prophet has covered countless articles touting solar energy in the Middle East.

Climate bill, clean-energy industry key to Tennessee's economic revival
December 28, 2009 06:10 AM - Susan Richardson Williams and Cortney Piper, Knox News, Environmental Health News

It's not often that East Tennessee Republicans and Democrats find common ground on important issues. However, comprehensive federal climate and energy policy as a means to boost our economy and create jobs is something this former Tennessee GOP chair and East Tennessee Democrat agree on. So, we've launched a project, TN Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy, to help realize our clean energy economic potential.

Record-breaking snow across the US and climate change
December 27, 2009 07:44 AM - Jeremy Hance, Mongabay

Over the past few weeks the United States has been pounded by a number of big snow storms. A week ago Washington DC received 18 inches of snow, setting a number of records. Over Christmas, the middle of the country, from Texas to Minnesota was also hit by record amounts of snow. While snow fall over the East Coast and middle of the country in the United States in December is hardly unusual, a number of record amounts of precipitation may point to a larger shift in the climate. Scientists say that higher temperatures causes more water evaporation, which increases the chances of heavy precipitation events, such as floods and snowstorms.

Ecosystems strain to keep pace with climate
December 26, 2009 11:30 AM - Steve Gorman, Reuters, Environmental Health News

Earth's various ecosystems, with all their plants and animals, will need to shift about a quarter-mile per year on average to keep pace with global climate change, scientists said in a study released on Wednesday. How well particular species can survive rising worldwide temperatures attributed to excess levels of heat-trapping "greenhouse" gases emitted by human activity hinges on those species' ability to migrate or adapt in place.

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