Pollution

Giant Carbon Clock Unveiled in Center of New York City
June 19, 2009 02:21 PM - Ceylan, Clean Techies

Deutsche Bank has erected a seven-story sign in the heart of New York City that ticks off the tons of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere — a public relations move designed to raise awareness of global warming.

Rising ocean temperatures near worst-case predictions
June 19, 2009 02:16 PM - Adam Morton, The Age.com

The ocean is warming about 50 per cent faster than reported two years ago, according to an update of the latest climate science. A report compiling research presented at a science congress in Copenhagen in March says recent observations are near the worst-case predictions of the 2007 report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

NOAA Forecast Predicts Large "Dead Zone" for Gulf of Mexico this Summer
June 18, 2009 04:19 PM - Editor, ENN

A team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University, and the University of Michigan is forecasting that the “dead zone” off the coast of Louisiana and Texas in the Gulf of Mexico this summer could be one of the largest on record. The dead zone is an area in the Gulf of Mexico where seasonal oxygen levels drop too low to support most life in bottom and near-bottom waters.

U.S. Cement Industry Protests EPA's Proposal to Regulate Kiln Emissions
June 18, 2009 11:24 AM - GreenerBuildings Staff (GreenBiz.com)

Advocates for the cement industry in the U.S. and environmentalists are facing off in hearings this week as federal regulators call for comment on new rules to limit emissions from the energy-intensive kilns that are core to the business.

Can Captured Carbon Save Coal-Fired Power?
June 18, 2009 11:17 AM - Scientific American

Extracting carbon dioxide from power plant exhaust and storing it underground may be the only hope to avoid a climate change catastrophe caused by burning fossil fuels

Artificial Sweeteners May Contaminate Water Downstream Of Sewage Treatment Plants And Even Drinking Water
June 18, 2009 11:07 AM - ScienceDaily

Sewage treatment plants fail to remove artificial sweeteners completely from waste water. What’s more, these pollutants contaminate waters downstream and may still be present in our drinking water.

Senate Panel Approves Energy Bill
June 18, 2009 06:26 AM - JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times

A Senate committee on Wednesday approved an energy bill that would open large tracts of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling and provide federal loan guarantees for a gas pipeline project in Alaska. The measure, which cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 15-to-8 vote, would also require utilities to produce up to 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2021. That standard is somewhat weaker than one in a House energy and climate change bill that is headed for a floor vote as early as next week.

"Black Carbon" Chokes Chilean Towns
June 17, 2009 10:26 AM - Jane Zhou, Worldwatch Institute

Temuco, with a population of 300,000, has the fourth most polluted air in the country, according to local media. The burning of firewood for heating, cooking, and other uses is the main source of soot particulates, known as "black carbon," that enter the air at levels 150 percent higher than the national standard and more than four times the World Health Organization's recommended limit.

Scientists Debate Shading Earth As Climate Fix
June 17, 2009 07:23 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

Engineering our climate to stop global warming may seem like science fiction, but at a recent National Academy of Sciences meeting, scientists discussed some potential geoengineering experiments in earnest.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States
June 16, 2009 06:29 PM - Editor, ENN

The US Federal government released a major report today. The report summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. The report is the work of 12 federal agencies including the EPA, DOD,COMMERCE, NASA, and others.It’s written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.

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