Pollution

U.S. says rich nations likely to miss carbon targets, but may come close.

At a meeting in Oslow, the top U.S. climate envoy said rich nations as a group are unlikely to reach the deep 2020 cuts in greenhouse gas emissions urged by developing nations as part of a new U.N. climate treaty.

Environmental pollution increases the risk of liver disease
May 30, 2009 10:51 AM - Aimee Frank, Eureka Alert

A new study is the first to show that there is a previously unrecognized role for environmental pollution in liver disease in the general U.S. adult population. This work builds upon the groups' previous research demonstrating liver disease in highly-exposed chemical workers.

Research reveals Pacific Ocean threats and solutions
May 28, 2009 10:31 AM - Lisbeth Fog, SciDevNet

Center for Ocean Solutions report warns that, left unchecked, the Pacific Ocean faces threats that will render some coastal areas uninhabitable.

Study Links Stranded Marine Animals to Environmental Toxins
May 28, 2009 10:12 AM - Doug Fraser, Cape Cod Times

In a study, recently published in the journal Environmental Pollution, scientist found high levels of man-made chemicals in the brains and fluid surrounding the brains of marine mammals in the Cape Cod area.

Toxin Is Accelerating Demise of Fossil Fish
May 28, 2009 09:52 AM - Josh Fenn, ScienceNOW Daily News

A chemical applied to ship hulls is robbing Chinese sturgeon of their eyes and causing other deformities, according to a new study.

Geothermal Is Not So Clean

Geothermal energy has always been thought of as a clean, renewable form of power, but since the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant began operation about 30 km from central Reykjavik in 2006, various problems have come to light.

Pennsylvania wants to allow power companies to capture carbon dioxide emissions and put them into the ground.
May 27, 2009 09:35 AM - Chris Knight, The Express-Times

Pennsylvania lawmakers hope to find another place for the greenhouse gas that scientists implicate as the main cause of global warming. They're looking to bury it.

In Hot Pursuit of Fusion (or Folly)
May 26, 2009 06:53 AM - WILLIAM J. BROAD, The New York Times

Here in a dry California valley, outside a small town (Livermore), a cathedral of light is to be dedicated on Friday. Like the cathedrals of antiquity, it is built on an unrivaled scale with unmatched technology, and it embodies a scientific doctrine that, if confirmed, might lift civilization to new heights. "Bringing Star Power to Earth" reads a giant banner that was recently unfurled across a building the size of a football stadium.

2008 U.S. Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions See Biggest Drop in Nearly 30 Years

Sky-high fuel prices, declining energy use and a slumping economy gave the U.S. its largest annual decline in fossil fuel-based carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions since 1982, when emissions fell 5.3 percent. Energy-related CO2 emissions in 2008 fell 2.8 percent compared to the year before, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Climate Change on Business Agenda in Denmark
May 24, 2009 07:35 AM - Reuters

Businesses leaders met in Denmark on Sunday to try to unite behind a call for long-term climate policies on oil, power and technology ahead of a U.N. conference in December that aims to replace the Kyoto Protocol. Many companies want new rules to help plan investment and capitalize on green technology. Some shareholders also want more climate-friendly business, but companies reliant on fossil fuels may lose out from measures to boost low-carbon alternatives.

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