Sci/tech

The Nobel Laureate Symposium Series on Global Sustainability Urges Action on Climate
May 30, 2009 11:00 AM - Editor, ENN

The St James’s Palace Memorandum calls for a global deal on climate change that matches the scale and urgency of the human, ecological and economic crises facing the world today. It urges governments at all levels, as well as the scientific community, to join with business and civil society to seize hold of this historic opportunity to transform our carbon-intensive economies into sustainable and equitable systems.

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.

SOLAR 1’s REVELRY BY THE RIVER JUNE 2nd
May 29, 2009 03:17 PM - Editor, ENN

Solar 1’s annual Revelry By The River Benefit to build enthusiasm, awareness and help raise funds needed to break ground in 2009 for Solar 2, Green Energy, Arts and Education Center in New York City. This will be the first Platinum LEED certified public building in the city to leave a "zero carbon footprint", generating more energy than it consumes becoming a prototype for many major cities in this country. This fun event will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2009 6:00 – 9:00PM at Solar 1 in New York City.

Arctic May Boost Oil and Gas Reserves
May 29, 2009 06:50 AM - Jackie Grom ScienceNOW Daily News

The first-ever comprehensive assessment of Arctic oil and gas deposits reveals that 13% of the world's undiscovered oil and 30% of its undiscovered natural gas could be trapped beneath the far north's barren land and icy waters.

Water from Melting Greenland Ice Sheath May Impact Northeast US Coast
May 28, 2009 06:28 AM - Editor, ENN

New research by the National Center for Atmospheric Research points to the possibility that water from the melting Greenland Ice Sheath could change oceanic circulation in the North Atlantic, in a way that would raise sea levels off the Northeast by about eight inches more than the average global sea level rise that is expected with global warming.

NASA Supercomputers Advance State of the Art of Ocean Circulation Modeling
May 27, 2009 06:55 AM - Editor, ENN

Global scale oceanic circulation modeling has been moving to a new gridding method that projects the faces of a cube onto the surface of a sphere. They found that this method covers the sphere more uniformly than a latitude-longitude grid, and that it produces more accurate results near Earth's poles. This is helping refine modeling of ocean currents which are critical to global climate models, and has the potential to significantly improve the accuracy of climate change modeling.

Is Antarctica Cooling After All?
May 26, 2009 11:55 AM - Editor, ENN

While most of the planet has been warming for decades, part of Antartica, the East Antarctic Ice Sheet -- has actually been getting colder. At least that was the general consensus. A major study by Pennsylvania State University; NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City shows this may not be the case at all. The work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

Ford Cars Getting Greener On The Inside
May 26, 2009 09:44 AM - Jason Pelletier, Low Impact Living, Low Impact Living

Numerous studies have shown that 75%+ of the energy used by a car over its lifetime is consumed in the operation of the vehicle. But we shouldn’t forget about the other 25% of energy use or the environmental impacts that come with it - hazardous chemicals that off-gas when our cars sit in the sun, components that are difficult to recycle, and loads of plastics made from petrochemicals among them.

New technique could find water on Earth-like planets orbiting distant suns

Since the early 1990s astronomers have discovered more than 300 planets orbiting stars other than our sun, nearly all of them gas giants like Jupiter. Powerful space telescopes, such as the one that is central to NASA's recently launched Kepler Mission, will make it easier to spot much smaller rocky extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, more similar to Earth. But seen from dozens of light years away, an Earth-like exoplanet will appear in telescopes as little more than a "pale blue dot," the term coined by the late astronomer Carl Sagan to describe how Earth appeared in a 1990 photograph taken by the Voyager spacecraft from near the edge of the solar system. Using instruments aboard the Deep Impact spacecraft, a team of astronomers and astrobiologists has devised a technique to tell whether such a planet harbors liquid water, which in turn could tell whether it might be able to support life.

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.

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