Where does stored nuclear waste go?
November 29, 2007 08:59 AM - Soil Science Society of America
Millions of gallons of hazardous waste resulting from the nation’s nuclear weapons program lie in a remote location in southeastern Washington state called Hanford. Beneath this desert landscape about two million curies of radioactivity and hundreds of thousands of tons of chemicals are captured within the stratified vadose zone below which gives rise to complex subsurface flow paths. These paths create uncertainties about where the contaminants go and what happens to them. With the mighty Columbia River bordering much of the site, where these nuclear wastes migrate, their composition and how fast they are traveling are of vital importance to both people and the environment.
Indonesia increases security for climate change meet
November 29, 2007 04:47 AM - Reuters
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will deploy 10,000 police and soldiers to guard a high-profile U.N. climate conference in the resort island of Bali, which has been the scene of deadly militant attacks in recent years, officials said.
Some 10,000 people from about 190 countries -- including ministers and senior officials -- are expected to gather in Bali from December 3 to 14 to find a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on cutting climate warming carbon emissions which expires in 2012.
Japan to propose new climate forum with U.S., China
November 29, 2007 04:12 AM - Reuters
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan wants to involve China and the United States in talks over a new pact on climate change by launching a working group that will bring together all countries, including the major emitters that oppose existing plans.
The foreign ministry said on Thursday that Japan would propose forming such a group at a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, next month to discuss long-term climate targets, research and development of emission-reducing technology and other issues.
EU eyes CO2 capture in trade scheme
November 28, 2007 01:17 PM - Reuters
Companies should get credit under the European Union's emissions trading scheme for capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of releasing it into the atmosphere, the European Commission will propose.
The draft legislation, part of a wider package of climate change rules, aims to integrate trapping and holding CO2 into the EU's trading scheme, giving firms another way to meet limits set on their output of the main gas blamed for global warming.
U.S. greenhouse emissions fell 1.5 percent in 2006
November 28, 2007 10:39 AM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. emissions of the gases blamed for global warming fell 1.5 percent in 2006 on mild weather and increased use of natural gas to generate power and alternative energy, the government estimated on Wednesday.
The Energy Information Administration, the analytical arm of the Department of Energy, estimated that 2006 emissions fell to 7,075.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate (biodiesel) Truck
November 28, 2007 08:47 AM - Tom Schueneman, Triple Pundit
Two men left England last Friday on their way to Timbuktu in a truck powered by chocolate.
For the sake of accuracy, the truck is powered with biodiesel fuel made from “waste chocolate” (I never knew there was such a thing as waste chocolate!).
Leaving from England on a ferry across the English channel, the team of Andy Pag and John Grimshaw plan to make their 4.500 mile journey in approximately three weeks.
India slams new U.N. carbon cut recommendations
November 28, 2007 02:30 AM - Reuters
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has criticized a United Nations report for recommending that developing countries cut greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, newspapers reported on Wednesday.
The latest Human Development Report, released by the U.N. Development Programme on Tuesday, included some of the strongest warnings yet for collective action to avert catastrophic climate change, which would disproportionately affect the poor.
Chile aims to clear fuel slick from Antarctic ship
November 27, 2007 07:43 PM - Reuters
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile said on Tuesday it sent a navy icebreaker to disperse a diesel fuel slick left by a cruise ship that sank in Antarctic waters last week.
More than 150 passengers and crew were evacuated safely by lifeboats on Friday from the Canadian-owned ship Explorer that hit ice off King George Island in Antarctica.
EU says must do more to meet Kyoto targets
November 27, 2007 10:51 AM - Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations must step up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions if the bloc is to meet its Kyoto Protocol targets on fighting climate change, the EU executive said on Tuesday.
Green group urges Laos to stop dam expansion plan
November 27, 2007 10:20 AM - Reuters
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A major expansion of a hydropower dam in communist Laos will cause serious flooding, ruin fisheries and displace thousands of people living downstream, a Norwegian environmental group said on Tuesday.