Sci/tech

IEA predicts surge in energy use by electronic 'gadgets'

Measures to reduce the energy consumption of mobile phones, computers, TVs and other electronic devices are failing to keep up with soaring global demand for new appliances.

Global Warming Inadvertently Curbed In Past By Lead Pollution, Scientists Find
May 14, 2009 09:53 AM - ScienceDaily

A team of scientists from the USA, Germany and Switzerland has found that particles containing lead are excellent seeds for the formation of ice crystals in clouds. This not only has a bearing on the formation of rain and other forms of precipitation but may also have an influence on the global climate.

Chicago Bans Baby Bottles With BPA Plastic

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a measure making Chicago the nation’s first city to ban the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups manufactured with a chemical that some studies have linked to disease. Passage was driven by what officials here call federal regulators’ failure to take action on a grave public health issue.

Changes In The Sun Are Not Causing Global Warming
May 12, 2009 07:40 AM - ScienceDaily

With the U.S. Congress beginning to consider regulations on greenhouse gases, a troubling hypothesis about how the sun may impact global warming is finally laid to rest.

High human impact ocean areas along US West Coast revealed
May 11, 2009 10:23 AM - National Science Foundation

"Every single spot of the ocean along the West Coast," said Ben Halpern, a marine ecologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, "is affected by 10 to 15 different human activities annually." In a two-year study to document the way humans are affecting the oceans in this region, Halpern and colleagues overlaid data on the location and intensity of 25 human-derived sources of ecological stress, including climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, land-based sources of pollution and ocean-based commercial activities. With the information, they produced a composite map of the status of West Coast marine ecosystems.

Survey Of Ocean Climate May Improve Climate Predictions
May 11, 2009 06:14 AM - ScienceDaily

A research team from the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, both in Bergen, Norway, has studied observed anomalies in ocean climate, and identified the anomalies' progression with the circulation of the Nordic Seas, and the Norwegian Sea in particular.

In the Antarctic, a Huge Iceberg is About to Break off Glacier
May 10, 2009 07:31 AM - Felicity Ogilvie for The World Today

A massive iceberg with enough freshwater in it to fill Sydney Harbour 135 times over is about to break off the Mertz glacier in Antarctica. The iceberg will be 75 kilometres long and contains 750,000 gigalitres of ice which is apparently quite a lot. Scientists are not sure if it is a natural event or if global warming is to blame. But a joint Australian and French team hope to find out.

Endangered Species Act Cannot be Used in Global Warming Response
May 9, 2009 08:00 AM - ANDREW C. REVKIN, The New York Times

The Obama administration said Friday that it would retain a wildlife rule issued in the last days of the Bush administration that says the government cannot invoke the Endangered Species Act to restrict emissions of greenhouse gases threatening the polar bear and its habitat.

Licensed Site Remediation Professional program in NJ
May 8, 2009 04:00 PM - Editor, ENN

Governor Jon S. Corzine today signed legislation to reform the clean-up of contaminated sites. Licensed professionals will take over many of the more time-consuming functions that have bogged down the DEP, helping to expedite the review and approval process for contaminated sites across the state. The Licensed Site Remediation Professional will investigate sites to assess potential contamination, develop and oversee remediation approaches, and determine when a remediation is complete. They will make this determination through the issuance of a “response action outcome” (RAO) upon completion of the remediation activities. RAOs, except in cases where no contamination is detected, must be submitted to NJDEP and maybe audited

US EPA Budget Proposal Issued Today
May 7, 2009 05:00 PM - Editor, ENN

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson released EPA’s fiscal year 2010 budget blueprint, which takes significant strides to ensure that our air, land, and water are safe and clean. Expanding on the investments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this $10.5 billion budget is designed so EPA can develop programs that are good for the environment, and also aid in the economic recovery.

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