Sci/tech

50-MW Biomass Plant Planned in Scotland
September 30, 2009 09:57 AM - Renewable Energy World via, Matter Network

A new 50 MW biomass-fueled co-generation plant is to be developed for papermaker Tullis Russell to supply its paper mill at Markinch, in Fife, Scotland, with heat and power.

Tsunami Hits South Pacific
September 30, 2009 06:45 AM - Josephine Latu of Pacific Media Watch

A huge tsunami struck American Samoa and Samoa early day, causing many deaths in both Pacific island groups. Reports from Sky News put the death toll in American Samoa at 14, while Radio New Zealand reports at least five confirmed deaths in Samoa so far.

Google Earth Application Maps Carbon's Course
September 29, 2009 09:57 AM - Scientific Daily

Google Earth -- the digital globe on which computer users can fly around the planet and zoom in on key features -- is attracting attention in scientific communities and aiding public communication about carbon dioxide.

U.S. May Remove Humpbacks From List of Endangered Species
September 29, 2009 07:26 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service may remove the humpback whale from its list of endangered species, citing evidence that the species has rebounded from near extinction. Since an international ban on their whaling in 1966, populations of the north Pacific humpback have increased about 4.7 percent each year, researchers say. An estimated 18,000 to 20,000 humpbacks now exist in the north Pacific.

Why Stop at Converting Hybrid Vehicles?
September 28, 2009 10:30 AM - John Gartner , Clean Techies

Converting hybrid vehicles — particularly the Prius and Ford Escape — into plug-in hybrids has become a profitable niche industry for a few specialty companies. But the net impact of this new mini-industry has been much greater by influencing consumer and industry opinions.

Climate Changes Outpacing Worst-case Projections
September 28, 2009 06:20 AM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters

Global temperatures may be 4 degrees Celsius hotter by the mid-2050s if current greenhouse gas emissions trends continue, said a study published on Monday. The study, by Britain's Met Office Hadley Center, echoed a U.N. report last week which found that climate changes were outpacing worst-case scenarios forecast in 2007 by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Carbon Cycling Processes Of Inland Waters are Important to Understanding Climate Change

In a paper titled "The Boundless Carbon Cycle," published in the September issue of Nature Geoscience, scientists from the University of Vienna, Uppsala University in Sweden, University of Antwerp, and the U.S. based Stroud┢ Water Research Center argue that current international strategies to mitigate manmade carbon emissions and address climate change have overlooked a critical player - inland waters. Streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands play an important role in the carbon cycle that is unaccounted for in conventional carbon cycling models.

NASA Spitzer Telescope "Sees" Birth of Planet
September 26, 2009 11:18 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

A newly released paper from NASA shows something astronomers have long postulated, but never observed. Astronomers witnessed odd behavior around a young star. Something, perhaps another star or a planet, appears to be pushing a clump of planet-forming material around. The observations, made with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, offer a rare look into the early stages of planet formation.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Opens
September 25, 2009 03:51 PM - Mohammed Yahia, SciDevNet

Saudi Arabia's highly-anticipated King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), which houses one of the world's fastest supercomputers, officially opened its doors this week (23 September). Located in the city of Thuwal on the Red Sea, KAUST is the country's first co-educational facility. According to Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Saudi's minister of petroleum and mineral resources, the university will lead many aspects of economic development in the kingdom.

Burning Leaves is Bad News
September 25, 2009 03:43 PM - , Sierra Club Green Home

Remember the smell of burning fall leaves wafting through the air? Good memories, indeed, but best that they remain just memories. Burning leaves is bad news. This practice is now illegal – or at least highly discouraged – in most areas.

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