Pollution

Toxin Is Accelerating Demise of Fossil Fish
May 28, 2009 09:52 AM - Josh Fenn, ScienceNOW Daily News

A chemical applied to ship hulls is robbing Chinese sturgeon of their eyes and causing other deformities, according to a new study.

Geothermal Is Not So Clean

Geothermal energy has always been thought of as a clean, renewable form of power, but since the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant began operation about 30 km from central Reykjavik in 2006, various problems have come to light.

Pennsylvania wants to allow power companies to capture carbon dioxide emissions and put them into the ground.
May 27, 2009 09:35 AM - Chris Knight, The Express-Times

Pennsylvania lawmakers hope to find another place for the greenhouse gas that scientists implicate as the main cause of global warming. They're looking to bury it.

In Hot Pursuit of Fusion (or Folly)
May 26, 2009 06:53 AM - WILLIAM J. BROAD, The New York Times

Here in a dry California valley, outside a small town (Livermore), a cathedral of light is to be dedicated on Friday. Like the cathedrals of antiquity, it is built on an unrivaled scale with unmatched technology, and it embodies a scientific doctrine that, if confirmed, might lift civilization to new heights. "Bringing Star Power to Earth" reads a giant banner that was recently unfurled across a building the size of a football stadium.

2008 U.S. Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions See Biggest Drop in Nearly 30 Years

Sky-high fuel prices, declining energy use and a slumping economy gave the U.S. its largest annual decline in fossil fuel-based carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions since 1982, when emissions fell 5.3 percent. Energy-related CO2 emissions in 2008 fell 2.8 percent compared to the year before, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Climate Change on Business Agenda in Denmark
May 24, 2009 07:35 AM - Reuters

Businesses leaders met in Denmark on Sunday to try to unite behind a call for long-term climate policies on oil, power and technology ahead of a U.N. conference in December that aims to replace the Kyoto Protocol. Many companies want new rules to help plan investment and capitalize on green technology. Some shareholders also want more climate-friendly business, but companies reliant on fossil fuels may lose out from measures to boost low-carbon alternatives.

Sweeteners Linger in Groundwater
May 22, 2009 09:51 AM - Emily Sohn, Discovery News

Some sweeteners are particularly widespread in the environment, according to a new study, making them ideal markers for following pollution from treatment plants and other sources into the environment.

Carbon capture success in Wisconsin
May 22, 2009 09:34 AM - David Biello, Scientific American

Another successful demonstration that the technology to capture that CO2 from flue gas might actually work.

Shellfish reefs are 'most imperilled sea habitat'
May 22, 2009 07:34 AM - Peter Aldhous, New Scientist

Globally, 85 per cent of reefs have been lost. Destructive fishing practices, disease and coastal development threaten many of the survivors. What sounds like an apocalyptic vision of the future for the world's tropical corals is in fact a chilling assessment of the current state of reefs built in cooler waters by oysters and other bivalve shellfish.

U.S. Carbon Emissions Fall by Most Since '82
May 21, 2009 10:58 AM - Steven Mufson, Washington Post

U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide related to energy use fell 2.8 percent last year, according to an estimate by the Energy Information Administration, driven down by high oil prices and the sagging economy.

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