Sci/tech

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.

Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales detected near Greenland
May 23, 2009 08:01 AM - LiveScience

A group of endangered North Atlantic right whales has been identified near Greenland in an area where the species was thought to be extinct, using a system of underwater microphones.

Yosemite's giant trees disappear
May 23, 2009 07:31 AM - Matt Walker, Earth News

The oldest and largest trees within California's world famous Yosemite National Park are disappearing. Climate change appears to be a major cause of the loss. The revelation comes from an analysis of data collected over 60 years by forest ecologists.

Carbon capture success in Wisconsin
May 22, 2009 09:34 AM - David Biello, Scientific American

Another successful demonstration that the technology to capture that CO2 from flue gas might actually work.

Pumping Green Power from Fake Plastic Trees
May 22, 2009 09:29 AM - Clay Dillow, Fast Company

Dutch founder of London's Solar Botanic Ltd. creates a technology to blend with natural world by producing fake power-producing trees that individually could power an entire home.

Shellfish reefs are 'most imperilled sea habitat'
May 22, 2009 07:34 AM - Peter Aldhous, New Scientist

Globally, 85 per cent of reefs have been lost. Destructive fishing practices, disease and coastal development threaten many of the survivors. What sounds like an apocalyptic vision of the future for the world's tropical corals is in fact a chilling assessment of the current state of reefs built in cooler waters by oysters and other bivalve shellfish.

Geothermal Energy Is On The Rise As An Alternative Energy Solution
May 21, 2009 09:51 AM - Angelique van Engelen, Global Warming is Real

Recently, the US Department of Energy announced it has two forms of finance available to catapult the speedy development of enhanced geothermal systems into being. The stimulus package will spur growth of this type of energy by 15 to 16 percent by 2012 or 2013. The sector will benefit from the provision of $42 billion worth of grants for renewable energy and new technology to boost efficiency, along with over $130 billion in tax credits and loans. So what exactly is geothermal energy, how does it operate and will it become widespread?

Introducing the Fuel-Efficient Cow
May 21, 2009 09:38 AM - Eric Bland, Discovery News

As new fuel efficiency standards for cars make news in the United States, scientists in Canada are already developing more fuel-efficient, and more polite, cattle.

New auto standards: the start of Obama’s green revolution

President Obama’s announcement on tailpipe emissions Tuesday reaffirmed a commitment that goes beyond regulation of the auto industry. The move is part of a broader White House strategy to confront the risk of global warming while making green-collar jobs a centerpiece of the economy. For ordinary Americans, the resulting changes could be far-reaching. Lighter-weight vehicles appear likely to become more popular. More tax dollars are being tabbed for clean-energy technology. And for years to come, college students might find that some of the hottest job opportunities lie in helping to keep the planet cool.

Rail industry petitions to stop moving toxins
May 20, 2009 03:07 PM - Thomas Frank, USA TODAY

Railroad companies are pressing federal regulators to cut back on trains carrying hazardous materials through urban areas, saying they fear a catastrophic release of toxic chemicals in a large city. The companies also fear billions in legal claims if toxic materials spill during a derailment or act of sabotage. Rail industry associations are petitioning to allow railroads for the first time to refuse to carry chemicals such as chlorine over long distances.

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