Pollution

Multiyear Arctic ice is effectively gone
October 30, 2009 05:50 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

The multiyear ice covering the Arctic Ocean has effectively vanished, a startling development that will make it easier to open up polar shipping routes, an Arctic expert said on Thursday.

Water Use in the US Less in 2005 Than in 1975
October 29, 2009 11:35 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Just when you think all human activities are making the environment worse, news comes that our efforts to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impacts (0ur environmental footprint) are doing some good. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey report, the U S is using less water now than during the peak years of 1975 and 1980, despite a 30 percent population increase during the same time period.

"Where Do Dust Bunnies Come From?" Finally, an Answer
October 29, 2009 09:50 AM - Vanessa L. Bourlier, ENN

Anyone who has had the pleasure of cleaning their home or office has likely pondered a question which has puzzled and perplexed men and women for generations: where does all this dust come from?

U.S. Climate Bill Will Create Jobs, True or False?
October 29, 2009 06:24 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Leaders at companies that develop low-carbon energy told a Senate panel that climate legislation would create millions of new jobs, but lawmakers from fossil-fuel dependent states said the bill would hit employment in the traditional energy economy.

Carbon Market Growth Stalls in 2009
October 28, 2009 10:26 AM - Point Carbon, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The world carbon market will be worth $122 billion in 2009, just $3 billion higher than last year. The forecast, from UK research group New Energy Finance, marks a severe drop in growth amid the global economic downturn.

Nine Months In...Let the Green Begin!
October 28, 2009 10:13 AM - , Sierra Club Green Home

Many green organizations cheered with joy about the potential “change” that newly inaugurated president, Barack Obama, had promised the country. Environmentalists for years have hoped for a day when their issues and voices would be heard and acted upon. But almost nine months into his term, has the president held true to his promises of moving America in a greener direction?

Volcanic Air Pollution Chokes Locals
October 28, 2009 09:39 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

Between fiery destruction, mudslides, and ash clouds that blot out the sun, volcanoes aren't short on spectacular threats to human life. But on the island of Hawaii, residents living downwind of the actively erupting Kilauea volcano are at risk of a range of more subtle health problems, including bronchitis, asthma attacks, lung infections, and sore throats thanks to volcanic air pollution, according to a new study.

Smart Grid to be Stimulated
October 28, 2009 06:46 AM - Reuters and other sources

President Barack Obama will announce the largest investment of economic stimulus funds in clean energy during a visit to Florida, an Obama administration official said on Monday. The announcement will involve the smart grid, which will help bring energy from clean domestic sources to consumers in 49 states and help build a strong and more reliable electricity grid

Why We Get aflatoxin in Our Peanut Butter
October 27, 2009 04:24 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Aflatoxin, found in mold on nuts and grains can cause liver cancer if consumed in large quantities. University California, Irvine researchers for the first time have discovered what triggers the toxin to form, which could lead to methods of limiting its production. Sheryl Tsai, lead author of a study appearing Oct. 22, in the journal Nature that reports the finding. Dr. Tsai is an associate professor of molecular biology & biochemistry, chemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences. "It's shocking how profoundly these molds can affect public health," said Dr. Tsai

U.S. Public Still Unconvinced on Climate Change
October 27, 2009 03:39 PM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

Fewer U.S. citizens consider climate change to be a "serious threat" compared to two years ago, even as scientific evidence demonstrates that the problem has become increasingly severe, according to a recent nationwide public opinion poll. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey suggests that climate change campaigns are not adequately explaining the latest science to an audience that needs to reduce emissions substantially in order for the world to avoid the most damaging effects of global warming.

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