Pollution

Caribbean reefs 'flattened' in just 40 years
June 10, 2009 07:26 AM - Andy Coghlan, New Scientist

In just 40 years, the Caribbean's spectacular branched corals have been flattened. Research reveals that the corals have been replaced by shorter rival species – and points to climate change as at least partly to blame. Most of the reefs have lost all the intricate, tree-like corals that until the 1970s provided sanctuary for unique reef fish and other creatures, as well as protecting coastlines by sapping the energy of waves.

Book Review: GREEN, Your Place in the New Energy Revolution
June 9, 2009 01:50 PM - M Molendyke, ENN

In the last decade or so, Americans have been bombarded by a environmentalist media that is relentless when it comes to highlighting the causes, dangers, and perpetrators of carbon- fueled global climate change. This surge of sensationalism, combined with the perceived lack of ways to “make it better” (outside of the light bulb changing, recycling, hybrid car- buying stories we have heard a thousand times), has lead to a public paralyzed by the thought of an approaching man- made apocalypse. Responding to this stagnation are Jane and Michael Hoffman, a New York City couple who have molded their lives around energy innovation. Their recently published book Green: Your Place in the New Energy Revolution is peppered with lighthearted anecdotes about their own experiences with the green revolution, including a reoccurring allusion to what the couple calls their “Aha!” moment, recognizing the urgency of the climate problem.

USGS Study Links Estrogen to Fish Immunity
June 8, 2009 10:34 AM - Water and Wastewater News

Exposure to estrogen reduces production of immune-related proteins in fish. This suggests that certain compounds, known as endocrine disruptors, may make fish more susceptible to disease.

A World First – Tankers on Shore Power when at Dock
June 5, 2009 12:10 PM - , Triple Pundit

A major source of air pollution in port areas comes from the giant vessels that tie up at their docks to load and unload cargo. That’s because the powerful diesel engines have to run continuously to keep the ships’ equipment and support systems operating. That also means continuous spewing of GHG and diesel particulate emissions into the local air. A solution to this massive emissions problem has long existed but is not widely implemented because it involves expensive modifications both on-ship and to offshore facilities. It’s called shore power, which allows ships to shut down their diesel engines at berth and literally plug into the landside electricity grid, thus improving air quality.

Huge Waves Detected in Atmosphere
June 4, 2009 03:27 PM - Irene Klotz, Discovery News

Researchers have detected giant, fast-moving waves of air, caused by thunderstorms and other disturbances, above Poker Flat, Alaska, where a new radar is churning out the first three-dimensional images of upper atmospheric phenomena in the polar region.

Green energy overtakes fossil fuel investment, says UN

Green energy overtook fossil fuels in attracting investment for power generation for the first time last year, according to figures released today by the United Nations.

Analysis Finds Elevated Risk From Soot Particles in the Air

A new appraisal of existing studies documenting the links between tiny soot particles and premature death from cardiovascular ailments shows that mortality rates among people exposed to the particles are twice as high as previously thought.

Climate change turning seas acid
June 1, 2009 06:32 AM - Reuters

Climate change is turning the oceans more acid in a trend that could endanger everything from clams to coral and be irreversible for thousands of years, national science academies said on Monday. Seventy academies from around the world urged governments meeting in Bonn for climate talks from June 1-12 to take more account of risks to the oceans in a new U.N. treaty

U.S. says rich nations likely to miss carbon targets, but may come close.

At a meeting in Oslow, the top U.S. climate envoy said rich nations as a group are unlikely to reach the deep 2020 cuts in greenhouse gas emissions urged by developing nations as part of a new U.N. climate treaty.

Environmental pollution increases the risk of liver disease
May 30, 2009 10:51 AM - Aimee Frank, Eureka Alert

A new study is the first to show that there is a previously unrecognized role for environmental pollution in liver disease in the general U.S. adult population. This work builds upon the groups' previous research demonstrating liver disease in highly-exposed chemical workers.

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