Pollution

New York City Axes Green Buildings Plan
December 8, 2009 10:23 AM - E.B. Solomont, Mother Nature Network

Citing cost and opposition from building owners, the Big Apple drops an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making 22,000 buildings more energy efficient.

CO2 Found to be Even More Important than Thought
December 8, 2009 07:35 AM - Editor, ENN

Research conducted by the University of Bristol, and the University of Leeds in the UK have demonstrated that our climate models may be underestimating the effects of CO2 on global temperatures. In the long term, the Earth’s temperature may be 30-50 per cent more sensitive to atmospheric carbon dioxide than has previously been estimated, reports a new study published in Nature Geoscience this week.

EPA to Regulate Green House Gases Under the Clean Air Act
December 8, 2009 06:27 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward in regulating greenhouse gas emission in the US from both mobile sources (principally autos and trucks) and stationary sources (industrial and power generation sources). The actions taken today support EPA in regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.

Global warming: Why public concern declines

On eve of the global warming summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, an informal global survey shows that public interest in the issue is waning. But many people are taking individual steps to curb global warming.

Why "ClimateGate" Is Irrelevant to Business
December 7, 2009 07:20 AM - Nick Aster , Triple Pundit

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt been aware of a fiasco which emerged in the last few weeks from the University of East Anglia in the UK concerning unprofessional bickering between climate scientists exposed by an apparent email hacker. The FOXNews crowd is calling it proof that climate change (at least the human induced kind) is a hoax perpetrated by a grand conspiracy among corrupt scientists bent on installing a global uber-government and so on and so forth… It’s therefore not the least bit coincidental that the conspiracy has emerged immediately before the COP15 talks in Copenhagen.

Obama To Attend Final Day of Copenhagen summit
December 5, 2009 08:24 AM - Ross Colvin, Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama will attend the end of the Copenhagen climate change summit, a late change of plan the White House attributed on Friday to growing momentum toward a new global accord. Obama was originally scheduled to attend the December 7-18 summit in Denmark on Wednesday before traveling to nearby Oslo to collect his Nobel Peace Prize. Some European officials and environmentalists had expressed surprise at the initial decision, pointing out most of the hard bargaining on cutting greenhouse gas emissions would likely take place at the climax of the summit, when dozens of other world leaders are also due to attend.

U.S. 2008 Greenhouse Gas Emission Fall 2.2%

Man-made U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell last year as record oil prices and a weak economy reduced demand for fossil fuels, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Thursday. Output of the gases scientists blame for warming the planet fell 2.2 percent in 2008 from the prior year to 7,053 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, the EIA said.

Smog problems off almost 50% in 2009
December 4, 2009 05:29 AM - Frank O'Donnell, Clean Air Watch

If you think there’s less smog this year, you are probably right. Thanks in large part to cooler temperatures and more rain, the number of dirty-air days for smog nationwide has dropped by almost half in 2009 compared to last year, according to a survey by the non-profit Clean Air Watch. The survey by Clean Air Watch volunteers is the first comprehensive snapshot of smog in the United States in 2009. It found that the national health standard for smog, technically ozone, was breached more than 2,600 times through August 31 at monitoring stations in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Chicago Canal Poisoned to Keep Invasive Carp Out of Great Lakes
December 3, 2009 09:43 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council

State and Federal agencies have begun poisoning a nearly 6-mile stretch of the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal to kill off invasive Asian carp while maintenance is performed on an electrical barrier intended to keep the fish out of Lake Michigan. The Lake’s ecosystem is already irreparably damaged by invasive species making the introduction of these new invasive fish a dire threat to the entire Great Lakes system. The fish can grow to 100 pounds in size and out-compete native species in an ecosystem.

Union Carbide plant in Bhopal 25 Years after the Disaster
December 3, 2009 06:43 AM - Nita Bhalla, Reuters

It was seen as a symbol of the new emerging India -- a factory that would not only generate thousands of jobs, but manufacture cheap pesticides for millions of farmers. But the Union Carbide plant in the central city of Bhopal left a more potent legacy when it accidentally released toxic gases into the air, killing thousands of people and causing many more to suffer in the world's most deadly industrial disaster.

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