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.

ClimatePULSE: Who owns these greenhouse gas emissions?
July 15, 2008 11:10 AM - , Triple Pundit

Protocols for corporate greenhouse gas accounting that are based on the ISO 14064 standards, such as the WBCSD/WRI GHG Protocol, use the term "scope" to distinguish between different greenhouse gas emissions sources. There are three categories; Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3. For most registry’s or reporting agencies Scopes 1 and 2 are considered mandatory while Scope 3 is considered optional.

More offshore oil drilling? Not so fast.
July 15, 2008 09:42 AM - David McGrath, Chicago Tribune

I live on Dauphin Island, 3 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Alabama. As I read the political positioning by the president and presidential candidates on whether to rescind restrictions on offshore oil drilling as a solution to soaring gas prices, I can only shake my head while gaping at the brightly lit crown of oil and natural gas rigs that surround my community.

US Court Slaps Down Pollution Law
July 14, 2008 09:26 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A US appeals court struck down landmark air-pollution regulations on Friday, shocking both environmental and industry groups with a decision that could severely hamper efforts to curb smog and acid rain.

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