Pollution

Climate Bill Debate Postponed By Senate
July 11, 2009 06:43 AM - Christopher Joyce, NPR

Legislation to slow climate change rolled into the Senate this week and almost immediately ground to a halt. After two days of hearings, Democratic leaders agreed to mothball the measure until September. They blamed a full schedule on health care reform and the president's Supreme Court nominee for the delay.

Climate Talks End With Meager Promises
July 10, 2009 08:10 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

International climate talks held in Italy this week ended with little progress. The rich industrial nations wouldn't promise to cut back their emissions in the near term. And China, India and the rest of the developing world wouldn't commit to cutting their emissions, ever. All nations of the world need to act to reduce the risk of a climate catastrophe. But so far, there's much more posturing than action.

Shell says U.S. oil refiners need more CO2 permits
July 9, 2009 10:30 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell urged the U.S. Senate on Wednesday to give oil refiners a bigger share of free pollution permits under a cap-and-trade plan to fight global warming than the House of Representatives provided in its climate change legislation.

Comment on: Princeton Plan Emerges as the Robin Hood of National Emissions Policy
July 8, 2009 03:00 PM - M Molendyke, ENN Community

Comment on a study published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the article "Sharing Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Among 1 Billion High Emitters," compiled by numerous Princeton professors and researchers, among others from Harvard and abroad, is calling for new policy regarding international caps on carbon emissions.

Rice Concrete Cuts Greenhouse Emissions
July 7, 2009 10:55 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

A new way of processing rice husks for use in concrete could lead to a boom in green construction.

U.S. power plant emissions fall
July 7, 2009 06:46 AM - Reuters

U.S. power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide dropped sharply in the first half of the year as the electricity industry prepared for tighter regulation in 2010, Genscape said Monday. Sulfur dioxide emissions were down 24 percent compared to the first half of 2008, much more than would be expected due to the recession and lower electricity demand, the power industry data provider said in its quarterly review of energy trends.

Comment on: G8 "Scorecards" Released: USA Disappoints
July 6, 2009 02:27 PM - M Molendyke, ENN Community

the World Wildlife Fund and SE- Allianz released their 2009 "G8 Climate Scorecars" report, ranking the energy performance of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US. Based on three categories—"Improvements Since 1990", "Current Status", and "Policies for the Future", each with specific areas for potential growth, the 8 countries were ranked based on a "stoplight" system. No country received a green light for its overall performance (half got red lights), and the tone of the report was disappointment—Although the WWF applauded efforts of top ranked countries, never did they cede that any G8 country has reached its goals or is prepared for the future. Irony abounded too when it was noted in several of the country’s reports that decreasing emissions had occurred almost by accident (due to events like Russia’s economic decline and France’s construction of nuclear power plants). Here, we have a simplified summary of each country’s performance, along with notes about each nation’s green initiatives. Read the whole article and comment at the ENN Community.

Possible Environmental Causes For Alzheimer's, Diabetes
July 6, 2009 06:23 AM - ScienceDaily

A new study by researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have found a substantial link between increased levels of nitrates in our environment and food with increased deaths from diseases, including Alzheimer's, diabetes mellitus and Parkinson's. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Climate body to try to bridge differences before G8
July 4, 2009 08:57 AM - Reuters

Officials from a 17-member body which account for the lions share of the world's carbon emissions will hold urgent talks next Tuesday to iron out differences on the eve of a July 8-10 summit of the G8. Group of Eight diplomats and climate change officials told Reuters the meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) was called to narrow the gap between rich countries and developing nations such as India over long-term targets on global warming and emissions.

The Climate Change Debate: The History and The Forefathers
July 1, 2009 01:50 PM - M Molendyke, ENN Community

To many of us it seems as though the climate change debate is only a recent phenomena, and indeed, we have been positively bombarded by the media coverage of global warming in the past decade. Surprisingly, though, climate change speculation and study have been taking place for quite some time. In his recently published article in Weatherwise, a non-profit weather magazine, professor of geological sciences and contributing editor Randy Cerveny points out that some unexpected characters were just as concerned with weather change as we are now. Any self- respecting history buff might guess that the foremost of our founding fathers to study climate change would have been Benjamin Franklin. It all adds up—he discovered electricity, invented bifocals, and constructed the first lightning rod. However, although Franklin was an outspoken student of weather and nature, Cerveny classifies none other than Noah Webster, lexicographer and founder of the modern Merriam- Webster Dictionary, as “one of the most strident investigators on the subject of early American climate change.”

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