Pollution

U.S. CO2 emissions from fuels seen falling 5 percent in 2009
August 12, 2009 09:45 AM - Reuters

Annual U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas from the burning of coal, natural gas and petroleum should fall 5 percent in 2009 as the recession crimps demand, the government's top energy forecaster said on Tuesday.

Carbon Tracking Market Set to Take Off

A growing list of companies, from tiny start-ups to some of the world's biggest corporations, is investing in products that will help them cash in on a mad dash for businesses to track their carbon footprints. Giant software concerns Microsoft Corp and SAP AG along with U.S. manufacturer Johnson Controls Inc and UK-based carbon offset firm Camco International Ltd ,are among those piling into what is now a small but fast-growing market for tools to measure environmental impacts.

PCB Shift Forces G.E. to Suspend Hudson River Dredging
August 11, 2009 08:13 AM - Mireya Navarro, New York Times

General Electric has temporarily suspended dredging for contaminants in the upper Hudson River after water samples showed that chemicals from the cleanup had traveled several miles downstream.

Hundreds Of New Species Discovered In Eastern Himalayas
August 11, 2009 06:25 AM - ScienceDaily

Over 350 new species including the world's smallest deer, a "flying frog" and a 100 million-year old gecko have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas, a biological treasure trove now threatened by climate change.

In Indonesia Development of Cepu Oil Field Begins
August 10, 2009 06:34 AM - Ed Davies, Reuters

In Bojonegoro, Indonesia, development of a large oil field is likely to get the economy pumping. Oil production could start to flow from the huge Cepu field straddling East and Central Java later this month and eventually add millions of dollars to the coffers of local governments, as well as an influx of workers and a wave of new expectations.

Do Clouds Come From Outer Space?
August 9, 2009 10:21 AM - Phil Berardelli, Science

Most of Earth's clouds get their start in deep space. That's the surprising conclusion from a team of researchers who argue that interstellar cosmic rays collide with water molecules in our atmosphere to form overcast skies.

Pipeline spills crude into French nature reserve
August 9, 2009 10:14 AM - Reuters

Four thousand cubic meters (140,000 cu ft) of crude oil has spewed into a nature reserve on the edge of France's Camargue national park after an underground pipe burst, officials said on Friday. "This is a real ecological disaster," junior environmental minister Chantal Jouanno told reporters after visiting the area in the far south of France.

OPINION: U.S. Climate Funds Increase, Future Levels in Doubt
August 7, 2009 10:17 AM - Miriam Pemberton, Worldwatch Institute

The world's nations will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December to negotiate a landmark agreement to prevent full-blown climate change. If they fail, large landmasses around the world will be vulnerable to weather extremes, droughts, flooding, food insecurity, spreading disease vectors, and sea-level rise.

More wildfire, more bad air
August 7, 2009 10:10 AM - Bettina Boxall, LA Times

An expected rise in wildfire in coming decades is bad news for western lungs.

Arctic Ocean may be polluted soup by 2070
August 6, 2009 09:40 AM - Kate Ravilious, NewScientist

Without drastic cuts in emissions, the Transpolar Drift, one of the Arctic's most powerful currents and a key disperser of pollutants, is likely to disappear because of global warming.

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