New World Record For Solar Aircraft
September 16, 2007 11:57 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
QinetiQ's Zephyr UAV exceeds official world record for longest duration unmanned flight White Sands, NM - There's a new world record for unmanned flight, this one solar powered, set this week by what's called an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The craft exceeded the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight with a 54 hour flight achieved during trials at the US Military's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. A company called QinetiQ’s made the craft, which they call Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE).
Nations ink deal to provide safer atomic power
September 16, 2007 11:43 AM - Mark Heinrich, Reuters
VIENNA (Reuters) - Sixteen nations signed a U.S.-initiated pact on Sunday to help meet soaring world energy demand by developing nuclear technology less prone to being illicitly diverted into making atomic weapons. Eleven nations joined five nuclear fuel-producing powers -- the United States, Russia, China, France and Japan -- which formed the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership in a GNEP statement of principles at a ceremony in Vienna. The new members ranged from Kazakhstan to Poland, Jordan and Ghana. Almost two-dozen nations were present as potential candidates or observers including Canada, Libya, Turkey, South Korea, Britain and other large EU states.
Clean coal to qualify for Kyoto carbon offsets
September 14, 2007 02:38 PM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Very efficient coal-fired power plants will be able to sell carbon offsets under the Kyoto Protocol, in an expansion of project eligibility under the carbon trading scheme, U.N. official Jose Miguez said. "It was approved," he told Reuters on Friday. China is set to overtake the United States this year as the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, blamed for global warming, largely because of its rapidly rising coal consumption.
Platinum-free fuel cell developed in Japan
September 14, 2007 10:56 AM - Reuters
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd said on Friday it has developed a technology to make fuel cells without platinum, the precious metal used in the electrolyte process in existing hydrogen-based fuel cells. By using alkali, instead of acid, anion exchange membranes, Daihatsu's fuel cell can work with less costly metals which are less resistant to corrosion than platinum, such as cobalt or nickel, Daihatsu said in a statement.
Experts: Climate change puts sea at risk
September 13, 2007 07:50 AM - Ariel David -Associated Press
Climate change is affecting Europe faster than the rest of the world and rising temperatures could transform the Mediterranean into a salty and stagnant sea, Italian experts said Wednesday.
Eating Less Meat May Slow Climate Change
September 13, 2007 07:19 AM - Associated Press
Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number of livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane flatulence from the animals, scientists said on Thursday.
Russia, China, India Top Worst-Polluted List
September 13, 2007 06:59 AM - Timothy Gardner -Reuters
Four of the world's 10 most polluted places are in Russia and two former Soviet republics, an independent environmental group said in a report released on Wednesday. Encompassing seven countries, the top 10 sites may cause some 12 million people to suffer health problems ranging from asthma and other respiratory ailments to birth defects and premature death, the New York-based Blacksmith Institute said.
Haze of confusion over most-polluted city list
September 13, 2007 06:54 AM - Reuters
A U.S. group's report naming the Chinese city of Tianjin as one of the world's most polluted places apparently confused the large northern port with a notorious lead-processing town in the country's east. Tianjin, with more than 10 million people, gained unwelcome global attention on Wednesday when the New York-based Blacksmith Institute named it as one of the world's most heavily polluted places for its outpouring of toxins from scrap lead processing.
Great Lakes waters are overdue for cleanup
September 12, 2007 07:55 AM - Andrew Stern -Reuters
A panting border collie patrols a steamy Chicago beach, chasing away sea gulls before they can foul the sand. A sign asks beach goers to toss their trash in a bin and change their children's dirty diapers.
Chicagoans are among the millions who flock each summer to hundreds of beaches that line the shores of the five Great Lakes, the vast inland seas that are collectively the world's second-largest body of fresh water and provide drinking water for 40 million Americans and Canadians.
China Clamping Down On Polluters
September 11, 2007 06:24 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Beijing, China - Chinese leaders are vowing a more aggressive prosecution of polluters, keeping in step with demands from the public there for tougher enforcement of anti-pollution laws. More than 8,000 Chinese enterprises have been penalized for pollution offenses in the first eight months of this year but the vice director of China's environmental watchdog believes the results are "far below" the expectations of the public.