Pollution

Alaska Sea Otters Gain Habitat Protection
October 9, 2009 07:47 AM - Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 5,855 square miles of nearshore waters along the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, and Alaska Peninsula as critical habitat for threatened sea otters in southwest Alaska. Today’s action comes under court order resulting from a lawsuit against the Service by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Apple, Sony Ericsson Demonstrate Best Practices in Green Electronics
October 8, 2009 08:51 AM - Matter Network, from SustainableBusiness.com

Seven companies have engineered environmental solutions that negate the need for most--or in some cases all--uses of brominated and chlorinated chemicals in consumer electronics, according to a new report. The environmental organizations, ChemSec and Clean Production Action, said the following companies are leading the electronics industry by moving away from chemicals that can lead to health and environmental problems:

President Calls Underwater Cabinet Meeting: Tells His Ministers to Take Scuba Lessons, in Maldives
October 8, 2009 07:49 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has asked his cabinet members to take scuba lessons and learn underwater signs in preparation for a cabinet meeting he has called for October 17 – the reason for the lessons and sign language is because the meeting will be held 20 feet underwater. The small low-lying nation archipelago averages only seven feet above sea-level, and may be one of the first nations to disappear entirely due to sea level rise from global warming.

Saving forests five times better than carbon capture for climate action
October 7, 2009 01:47 PM - WWF Sweden

WWF Sweden is urging its government – holding the current EU Presidency - to get behind an effective international agreement on halting forest loss as a key and highly cost effective measure on climate change. "Sweden should follow the examples set by its northern neighbors in developing systems to halt deforestation," said WWF CEO General Lasse Gustavsson.. "One Swedish krona to stem deforestation results in the same emissions reductions as five kronor for the controversial carbon capture and storage technique."

Apples, Pumpkins and Squash — Time to Switch our Local Food Radar to Autumn
October 7, 2009 07:32 AM - Christopher Peake Green Right Now ABC7, Organic Consumers Association

Eating locally can be a healthier, wiser way to go - fresher food is more nutrient rich. But shopping for local produce means we must learn to take control of our menu, work with what's in season and let go of what's heading out. Now that it's fall, we have to say goodbye to berries, hello to pumpkins, and dig through our cookbooks for that squash soup recipe.

U.S. 2009 carbon emissions to fall 5.9 percent: EIA
October 6, 2009 10:33 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from fuel should fall 5.9 percent in 2009 as the recession cuts electricity and transportation fuel demand, the government said in a monthly forecast on Tuesday.

New Report Details Costs of Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
October 6, 2009 10:27 AM - Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

With enough technological advances, the world could get to a dramatically lower level of greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of between one and three percent of global GDP per year, according to a report issued Tuesday by a group of economists.

Acidic Clouds Nourish World's Oceans
October 6, 2009 05:30 AM - ScienceDaily, Adapted from materials provided by University of Leeds

Scientists at the University of Leeds have proved that acid in the atmosphere breaks down large particles of iron found in dust into small and extremely soluble iron nanoparticles, which are more readily used by plankton.

Obama orders federal government to cut emissions
October 5, 2009 09:02 PM - Reuters

President Barack Obama ordered federal agencies on Monday to set a goal within 90 days for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, the White House said, aiming to "lead by example" in fighting climate change. The new executive order, signed by the president, mandates agencies across the federal government to "measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions toward agency-defined targets," the White House said in a statement.

To Protect Galápagos, Ecuador Limits a Two-Legged Species
October 5, 2009 09:04 AM - Simon Romero, New York Times

Officials hope new government measures expelling poor migrants will help preserve the natural wonders that bolster one of Ecuador’s most profitable sectors: tourism.

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