Pollution

Exxon Plan to develop biofuel from algae

Exxon Mobil Corp will invest $600 million over the next five to six years on trying to developing biofuel from algae, even though the oil major has said renewables will be only a small part of global energy supply. Exxon, placing its largest financial bet on renewable fuels, is forming a research and development alliance with Synthetic Genomics Inc, a privately held company that focuses on gene-based research, the company said on Tuesday.

What caused global warming 55 million years ago?
July 15, 2009 08:05 AM - Canada.com from Agence France-Presse

A runaway spurt of global warming 55 million years ago turned Earth into a hothouse but how this happened remains worryingly unclear, scientists said on Monday. Previous research into this period, called the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, or PETM, estimates the planet's surface temperature blasted upwards by between five and nine degrees Celsius in just a few thousand years.

Comment on: Colgate University a Green Leader
July 14, 2009 01:00 PM - Molly Molendyke, ENN

Colgate University is a small school in central New York that features big time academics in a small town setting. The school is abounded on all sides by farmland, and with the Great Lakes just a few hundred miles northwest, lake-effect weather causes the quiet campus to be under a blanket of snow from October to April. As part of what Newsweek deemed the "New Ivy League," the prestigious school has decided to begin a huge undertaking: Going green. Although the Colgate has always been environmentally conscious (its location in the middle of vast tracts of farmland and forest make it difficult not to be), recently, professors, administrators, and staff have converged to form the Environmental Council to facilitate the University's widespread environmentalism.

Limit antibiotic use on U.S. livestock, says the FDA
July 14, 2009 07:50 AM - Reuters

The Food and Drug Administration believes antibiotics should be used on livestock only to cure or prevent disease and not to promote growth, a common use, said a high-ranking FDA official on Monday. Principal deputy FDA commissioner Joshua Sharfstein said restrictions on livestock use would reduce the opportunity for bacteria to develop resistance to drugs used by

Cassavas get cyanide hike from carbon emissions
July 13, 2009 10:58 AM - NewScientist

ONE of Africa's most important food crops is likely to become increasingly toxic as a result of carbon emissions.

Electric cars could charge to dominance in U.S.
July 13, 2009 08:32 AM - Reuters

Electric car sales could jump to 86 percent of U.S. light vehicle sales in 2030 if consumers don't have to buy batteries themselves, according to a University of California, Berkeley study to be released on Monday. A company called Better Place and emerging rivals plan to offer pay-per-mile plans, similar to cell phone minutes.

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.

First | Previous | 282 | 283 | 284 | 285 | 286 | Next | Last