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.

Research reveals Pacific Ocean threats and solutions
May 28, 2009 10:31 AM - Lisbeth Fog, SciDevNet

Center for Ocean Solutions report warns that, left unchecked, the Pacific Ocean faces threats that will render some coastal areas uninhabitable.

Study Links Stranded Marine Animals to Environmental Toxins
May 28, 2009 10:12 AM - Doug Fraser, Cape Cod Times

In a study, recently published in the journal Environmental Pollution, scientist found high levels of man-made chemicals in the brains and fluid surrounding the brains of marine mammals in the Cape Cod area.

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.

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