Pollution

Wobbling Earth Triggers Climate Change
August 14, 2009 02:26 PM - Annabel McGilvray, ABC Science Online

Regular wobbles in the Earth's tilt were responsible for the global warming episodes that interspersed prehistoric ice ages, according to new evidence. The finding is the result of research led by Russell Drysdale of the University of Newcastle that has been able to accurately date the end of the penultimate ice age for the first time.

Seining Salmon in the Seine?
August 14, 2009 07:26 AM - Reuters

Salmon are returning to the Seine after an absence of almost a century as water in the river that runs through Paris has become cleaner in recent years, French scientists said. Once numerous in the river, Atlantic salmon disappeared from the Seine in the early 20th century, partly due to pollution from Paris sewers. But scientists celebrated an improvement in water quality in the Seine that has tempted the protected species back to Paris.

Airlines Will Be First U.S. Industry to Confront Cap and Trade
August 13, 2009 09:22 AM - Paul Voosen, Greenwire New York Times

Sometime this month, the European Union will release a list of airlines it will regulate under its existing cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide. And several airlines on that list will have a decidedly New World feel: Delta, United and American.

Acid In The Oceans: A Growing Threat To Sea Life
August 13, 2009 09:12 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

When we burn fossil fuels, we are not just putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A lot of it goes into the sea. There, carbon dioxide turns into carbonic acid. And that turns ocean water corrosive, particularly to shellfish and corals.

Australia Rejects Carbon Trade Plan
August 13, 2009 07:21 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Australia's parliament rejected a plan for the world's most ambitious emissions trade regime as expected on Thursday, bringing the nation closer to a snap election and prolonging financial uncertainty for major emitters.

Homes Go From 'Superefficient' to Zero Carbon Emissions in Europe
August 12, 2009 09:56 AM - ClimateWire via New York Times

With various degrees of urgency, E.U. countries are moving toward requiring new homes to only use clean energy and have zero net carbon emissions, despite some real estate developers' complaints that such homes cost more to build and will be harder to sell.

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.

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