Pollution

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.

In Indonesia Development of Cepu Oil Field Begins
August 10, 2009 06:34 AM - Ed Davies, Reuters

In Bojonegoro, Indonesia, development of a large oil field is likely to get the economy pumping. Oil production could start to flow from the huge Cepu field straddling East and Central Java later this month and eventually add millions of dollars to the coffers of local governments, as well as an influx of workers and a wave of new expectations.

Do Clouds Come From Outer Space?
August 9, 2009 10:21 AM - Phil Berardelli, Science

Most of Earth's clouds get their start in deep space. That's the surprising conclusion from a team of researchers who argue that interstellar cosmic rays collide with water molecules in our atmosphere to form overcast skies.

Pipeline spills crude into French nature reserve
August 9, 2009 10:14 AM - Reuters

Four thousand cubic meters (140,000 cu ft) of crude oil has spewed into a nature reserve on the edge of France's Camargue national park after an underground pipe burst, officials said on Friday. "This is a real ecological disaster," junior environmental minister Chantal Jouanno told reporters after visiting the area in the far south of France.

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