China says air clearing for Games despite hazy skies
July 25, 2008 11:55 AM - Reuters
China's efforts to clear the skies over its polluted capital are having an effect, officials said on Friday, insisting that Beijing's air would be safe for Olympic athletes despite persistent smog over the city. Beijing authorities have taken cars off the road and opened new subway lines in the past week, in addition to halting some construction and suspending factory production, in a last-ditch effort to ensure clear skies when the Games open on August 8.
Oil spills onto ice, climate among Arctic risks
July 25, 2008 11:48 AM - Reuters
Companies seeking oil in the Arctic will need better technology to clean up spills onto ice and could new face hazards such as rougher seas caused by climate change, experts said on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated this week that 22 percent of the world's undiscovered, technically recoverable reserves of oil and gas were in the Arctic, raising environmentalists' worries about possible impact on wildlife.
Fuel Costs Clip Airline Wings
July 25, 2008 11:34 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
It doesn't take a frequent flyer to realize that the airline industry is headed for a hard landing. The rising price of jet fuel, up almost 100 percent in the last year, has the global airline industry struggling to cut costs, boost profitability, and salvage its image. Analysts predict a major industry contraction within the next two years.
Northern Wildfire Smoke May Cast Shadow on Arctic Warming
July 24, 2008 10:02 AM - NOAA
The Arctic may get some temporary relief from global warming if the annual North American wildfire season intensifies, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado and NOAA. Smoke transported to the Arctic from northern forest fires may cool the surface for several weeks to months at a time, according to the most detailed analysis yet of how smoke influences the Arctic climate relative to the amount of snow and ice cover.
China's emission possible
July 24, 2008 08:54 AM - geelongadvertiser.com.au
Australia seems set to push ahead with a controversial emissions trading scheme aimed at reducing greenhouse gases which, if not actually effectual, will at least signal to the world the way it might be going to avert catastrophic anthropomorphic climate change. With DownUnder producing just 1.3 per cent of the globe's greenhouse gases, though, and the proposed ETS aimed at halving this but over many, many years, it is no great surprise to find even ETS architect Ross Garnaut arguing the need for China to curb its emissions. Big time.
Ship collision shuts Mississippi River, spills fuel
July 24, 2008 08:48 AM - Reuters
A chemical tanker split a fuel barge in half on the Mississippi River on Wednesday, spilling thousands of gallons of fuel oil and forcing the closure of a 58-mile (93-km) stretch from New Orleans southward that could last for days, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.
Emergency Beijing Olympic pollution scheme begins
July 21, 2008 12:05 PM - Reuters
Beijingers breathed easier on Sunday as traffic restrictions and factory closures came into effect in a last ditch attempt to turn the often smoggy Chinese capital into a pollution-free venue for next month's Olympics.
Environmentalists sue EPA for cleaner water rules
July 18, 2008 10:04 AM - AP
Five environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, claiming the federal government is violating the Clean Water Act by failing to set standards for farm and urban runoff that is polluting Florida's waterways.
Gore: Make all U.S. electricity from renewable sources
July 18, 2008 09:24 AM - Reuters
Al Gore, the Nobel Prize-winning crusader on climate change, challenged the United States on Thursday to commit to producing all U.S. electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind power in 10 years. "Our dangerous over-reliance on carbon-based fuels is at the core of all three of these challenges -- the economic, environmental and national security crises," the former Democratic vice president and presidential candidate in 2000 told a meeting in Washington.
Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Could Reach Record Size
July 16, 2008 10:40 AM - TheDailyGreen
The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico could reach a new record size this year, and grow to cover an area equal to the State of New Jersey, researchers said Tuesday.