Good News About Ocean Methane
January 1, 2008 10:21 PM - University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted in great quantities as bubbles from seeps on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara. About half of these bubbles dissolve into the ocean, but the fate of this dissolved methane remains uncertain.
New plant study reveals a 'deeply hidden' layer of the transcriptome
January 1, 2008 09:55 PM - Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, CA — Cells keep a close watch over the transcriptome — the totality of all parts of the genome that are expressed in any given cell at any given time. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have now teamed up to peel back another layer of transcriptional regulation and gain new insight into how genomes work.
Deep-sea species' loss could lead to oceans' collapse, study suggests
January 1, 2008 09:49 PM - University of Marche, Italy
University of Marche, Italy - The loss of deep-sea species poses a severe threat to the future of the oceans, suggests a new report publishing early online on December 27th and in the January 8th issue of Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press. In a global-scale study, the researchers found some of the first evidence that the health of the deep sea, as measured by the rate of critical ecosystem processes, increases exponentially with the diversity of species living there.
Beijing introduces cleaner fuel standards
January 1, 2008 08:36 PM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has introduced cleaner fuel standards in its capital Beijing, its latest effort to curb the city's notorious pollution ahead of the Olympic Games in August. Under the new standards, retailers will be required to supply gasoline and diesel equivalent to the Euro IV standard, a move that will cut emissions of acid rain-causing sulphur dioxide by 1,840 tonnes, the China Daily said on Wednesday, citing Beijing's Environmental Protection Bureau.
Chile's Llaima volcano erupts, no injuries reported
January 1, 2008 07:27 PM - Reuters
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Llaima volcano in southern Chile erupted on Tuesday, sending a huge plume of smoke into the air, but there were no reports of damages or injuries, emergency officials said. Local television images showed a column of smoke visible from many miles away.
China to crack down on unlicensed production, sale of food
December 31, 2007 11:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Beijing - China will launch another nationwide campaign on Jan. 1 next year to crack down on unlicensed production and sale of food, in a fresh effort to ensure food safety, the country's top quality inspection watchdog said.
Nobel Expert: Car Industry Can Reach, Exceed New Standards
December 31, 2007 10:54 PM - UC Davis, Newswire
Davis California - UC Davis auto fuels authority Daniel Sperling says that despite years of automakers "kicking and screaming" about the new mileage standards that Congress set this week, the industry should be able to reach -- even exceed -- 35 mpg by 2020.
Utilities Remind Customers: Protect Home From Carbon Monoxide
December 31, 2007 10:07 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
SAN FRANCISCO - Many customers are turning gas furnaces on to stay warm as cold winter weather arrives in force. The west coast utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company reminds customers nationwide to make sure all gas furnaces and appliances inside the home are in proper working order. Gas appliances that do not burn properly can produce unsafe concentrations of carbon monoxide, a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that can cause serious illness and even death if not detected.
U.S. Organic Cotton Production Gains Ground
December 31, 2007 10:00 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
GREENFIELD, Mass. - U.S. acreage planted to organic cotton in 2006 increased 14% from that planted the previous year, according to a 2007 survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and funded by a grant from Cotton Incorporated.
No More Free Ride: Global Warming Pollution from Ships Must be Regulated
December 31, 2007 11:24 AM - , Oceana
Despite their impact on the global climate, greenhouse gases and other global warming pollution from ships remain unregulated by the U.S. Government. These emissions also have not been limited by the Kyoto Protocol or any other international treaty. However, ships are a major source of global warming pollutants, including carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and black carbon.