Why Biofuels When Cheaper Measures are Available for Climate Protection?
December 16, 2007 01:23 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
PARIS - "We need to concentrate on the most cost-effective measures to reduce CO2 emissions in transport", stressed Jack Short, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali on Thursday. Too often high cost and low impact measures are being chosen, he criticised. Because the challenge for the sector to reduce its CO2 emissions is immense, neither industrial nor developing countries can afford to get priorities wrong. "By achieving the required emission reductions at the lowest overall cost, it is possible to protect the climate with minimal damage to welfare and economic growth."
Tesla Revisited, Company Offers New Induction Lighting System
December 16, 2007 12:53 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
LONG BEACH, Calif. - US Lighting Tech, a manufacturer of commercial lighting products, has launched "induction lighting". They are targeting for businesses and municipalities that want to reduce costs and carbon emissions while improving quality and safety.
Report Examines Impact of Climate Change on Drinking Water Supplies
December 16, 2007 12:45 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
WASHINGTON - Warming of the earth's atmosphere will continue to put mounting pressure on America's drinking water sources, leading to diminishing supplies in some regions and flooding in others, according to an analysis released today by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), a nonprofit organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States.
North American Steelmakers Endorse Global Approach to Addressing Climate Change
December 16, 2007 12:40 PM -
WASHINGTON - Responding to the International Iron and Steel Institute's (IISI) address on climate change delivered during the UNFCCC COP-13 meeting this week in Bali, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) endorsed the global sectoral approach to address climate change, agreeing that "this type of global approach is required if a future emissions regulatory regime is to deliver meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide."
Scientists to Monitor West Antarctica 24/7
December 16, 2007 12:19 PM - International Polar Year Newswire
COLUMBUS, Ohio—In a mission of unprecedented scale, scientists are about to cover West Antarctica with a network of sensors to monitor the interactions between the ice and the earth below—24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Organic Tomato study provides answers, raises questions
December 16, 2007 12:12 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
DAVIS -- A study of organic and conventionally grown processing tomatoes by a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis, indicated that, on the four participating commercial farms, organically produced tomatoes were higher in sugars and other soluble solids, consistency and acidity, all of which are desirable attributes in processing tomatoes. The organically grown tomatoes were lower, however, in red color, vitamin C and certain healthful compounds known as phenolics.
Studying Earthquakes in the Himalaya
December 16, 2007 11:54 AM - California Institute of Technology Newswire
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--Scientists have long searched for what triggers earthquakes, even suggesting that tides or weather play a role. Recent research spearheaded by Jean-Philippe Avouac, professor of geology and director of the Tectonics Observatory at the California Institute of Technology, shows that in the Himalayan mountains, at least, there is indeed an earthquake season. It's winter.
New Satellite Imaging Method Tracks Earth Changes
December 16, 2007 11:48 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--For the past two decades, radar images from satellites have dominated the field of geophysical monitoring for natural hazards like earthquakes, volcanoes, or landslides. These images reveal small perturbations precisely, but large changes from events like big earthquake ruptures or fast-moving glaciers remained difficult to assess from afar, until now.
German ship fights climate change with high-tech kite
December 16, 2007 07:10 AM - Reuters
HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Turning ocean winds into gold while cutting greenhouse emissions in the process might sound like some sort of alchemy for the 21st century.
California Town Goes Solar, Collectively
December 15, 2007 02:52 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
FOSTER CITY, Calif. - Thirty-six families in Clovis California joined together in a group-based purchase program, which raised 215 total kilowatts of solar power. As a result of the bulk purchase, the Clovis community will save 20 percent on the market rate for solar installations, and make a positive contribution to the air quality in the Fresno area by offsetting at least 4.3 million pounds of carbon over the next 30 years -- the equivalent of 4,536 barrels of oil.