Pollution

Recycle! Recycle!
November 14, 2009 07:58 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

It’s that time again! Time to renew our commitment to recycling. Take the pledge to learn more and recycle all you can. Find out what things can be recycled, spread the word about recycling, and help reduce waste going into landfills, improve our efficiency, and fight climate change.

Carbon Permit Allocation Debated in US Senate
November 13, 2009 07:01 AM - Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters

In the latest obstacle to proposed U.S. climate legislation, key lawmakers on Thursday urged Senate Democrats to change distribution plans for carbon permits to offer more protection for coal-dependent utilities.

CO2 Emissions are not Changing the Ratio of Airborne CO2 to that taken up by the Oceans and Plants
November 11, 2009 03:14 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The University of Bristol in the UK has published a study based not on climate modeling, but on statistical analysis of data including historical data from Antarctic ice cores. The study shows that the balance between the airborne and the absorbed fraction of carbon dioxide has stayed approximately constant since 1850, despite emissions of carbon dioxide having risen from about 2 billion tons a year in 1850 to 35 billion tons a year now. This suggests that terrestrial ecosystems and the oceans have a much greater capacity to absorb CO2 than had been previously expected.

Hurricane Ida Approaches US Gulf Coast
November 9, 2009 07:05 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Hurricane Ida continues to move north towards the US Gulf Coast this morning. At 3am it was in the central part of the Gulf of Mexico, moving north-northeastward at 16 mph.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Cap & Trade Issue
November 9, 2009 06:43 AM - Shannon Arvizu, Triple Pundit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce may actually have a better idea than a cap-and-trade bill for cutting emissions. And, contrary to popular opinion, they do recognize climate change and the need for clean tech development.

Climate Summit to host 40 heads of state
November 6, 2009 05:15 PM - Reuters

Some 40 heads of state plan to attend a U.N. meeting in December in Copenhagen meant to agree a global warming deal, the U.N. climate chief said on Friday.

Geoengineering Being Discussed in Washington
November 6, 2009 06:47 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Dr. Ken Caldeira, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington provided a balanced look at the potential benefits and also the costs and possible harm that geoengineering techniques could offer in our quest to find a “Magic Bullet” to counter global warming. Can global warming be mitigated by a technological fix such as injecting light-blocking particles into the atmosphere or chemically “scrubbing” excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere? Department of Global Ecology scientist Ken Caldeira addressed this question in his testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology in a hearing titled “Geoengineering: Assessing the Implications of Large-Scale Climate Intervention” on November 5, 2009.

America’s Most Toxic Cities List Released With Surprising Results
November 5, 2009 09:58 AM - Jonathan Bardelline, Green Biz

Las Vegas has far from a clean reputation, but in Forbes' list of America's Most Toxic Cities, Las Vegas is named the least toxic of 40 major metropolitan areas. Forbes ranked the cities based on the number of Superfund sites in the principal city, number of facilities that release toxic chemicals, amount of toxic chemicals released in the area and air quality ranking.

Washington, Stop Dithering, US Goals on Climate Urgently Needed
November 5, 2009 05:47 AM - Ben Jervey, Triple Pundit

As the last round of "intersessional" climate talks before Copenhagen opened today in Barcelona, all eyes were looking in the same direction they were when we left Bangkok three weeks earlier: at the United States. Without American numbers on mitigation (or emissions reductions) and finance (for developing nations to build their own clean energy economies, and also to adapt to the impacts of climate change), any real forward progress in the talks is just about impossible.

Margaret Thatcher, Lyndon Johnson were Right!
November 4, 2009 06:26 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

President Lyndon Johnson and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher made stark warnings about global warming decades ago, but convincing evidence for action only amassed in recent years, experts say. A 190-nation U.N. conference in Copenhagen in December is due to agree a new U.N. pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions to slow a rise in temperatures to prevent floods, droughts, wildfires or rising sea levels.

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