Sci/tech

Secret to Slowing Global Warming Lies Beneath the Waves
October 14, 2009 02:46 PM - Frank Pope, The Times, Environmental Health News

Life in the ocean has the potential to help to prevent global warming, according to a report published today. Marine plant life sucks 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year, but most of the plankton responsible never reaches the seabed to become a permanent carbon store. Mangrove forests, salt marshes and seagrass beds are a different matter. Although together they cover less than 1 percent of the world’s seabed, they lock away well over half of all carbon to be buried in the ocean floor. They are estimated to store 1,650 million tons of carbon dioxide every year — nearly half of global transport emissions — making them one of the most intense carbon sinks on Earth. Their capacity to absorb the emissions is under threat, however: the habitats are being lost at a rate of up to 7 per cent a year, up to 15 times faster than the tropical rainforests. A third have already been lost.

EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Energy Agree to Complete Cleanup of Middlesex, NJ Superfund Site
October 14, 2009 06:54 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

Soil remediation is finished while groundwater remediation remains to be done, at the Middlesex Sampling Plant site in Middlesex, NJ. This site had first been added to the National Priorities List (Superfund) in 1999, ten years ago. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Department of Energy (DOE) covering federal facilities, which details responsibilities for completing the cleanup of the site.

Climate no longer top policy issue with Australians
October 13, 2009 05:59 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Australian voters no longer see the environment as the top policy issue, but the government remained committed Tuesday to an emissions trading scheme which, if defeated in November, could see a snap election.

Kashmir's main glacier "melting at alarming speed"
October 12, 2009 02:01 PM - Reuters

Indian Kashmir's biggest glacier, which feeds the region's main river, is melting faster than other Himalayas glaciers, threatening the water supply of tens of thousands of people, a new report warned on Monday.

London Testing a New Way to Refill Your Water Bottle
October 12, 2009 07:31 AM - Mary Catherine O'Connor, Triple Pundit

Finding a way to refill your reusable water bottle is as hard as finding a public restroom in most cities. London is testing a new-tech "fountain" to do just that in an effort to reduce the number of water bottles in trash.

Time to Upgrade Windows?
October 11, 2009 01:42 PM - Cheryl Corley, NPR

This is not another article about Windows 7! Your house's windows can provide great views and fresh air, but they also can run up energy bills. That's why many people opt to replace old drafty windows at home with new energy-efficient ones.

We Energies says carbon-capture project works
October 10, 2009 08:01 AM - Thomas Content, Journal Sentinel

An $8 million pilot project in Wisconsin successfully showed that carbon dioxide can be captured and kept from being released from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, We Energies and two partners said Thursday.

Australian Dust Storms Lead to Life Explosion
October 10, 2009 07:49 AM - Discovery Channel, from Dani Cooper, ABC Science Online

The red dust storm that dumped thousands of tons of soil across eastern Australia two weeks ago has caused an explosion in microscopic life in Sydney Harbor and beyond.

Alaska Sea Otters Gain Habitat Protection
October 9, 2009 07:47 AM - Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 5,855 square miles of nearshore waters along the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, and Alaska Peninsula as critical habitat for threatened sea otters in southwest Alaska. Today’s action comes under court order resulting from a lawsuit against the Service by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Apple, Sony Ericsson Demonstrate Best Practices in Green Electronics
October 8, 2009 08:51 AM - Matter Network, from SustainableBusiness.com

Seven companies have engineered environmental solutions that negate the need for most--or in some cases all--uses of brominated and chlorinated chemicals in consumer electronics, according to a new report. The environmental organizations, ChemSec and Clean Production Action, said the following companies are leading the electronics industry by moving away from chemicals that can lead to health and environmental problems:

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