Sci/tech

U.S. Public Still Unconvinced on Climate Change
October 27, 2009 03:39 PM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

Fewer U.S. citizens consider climate change to be a "serious threat" compared to two years ago, even as scientific evidence demonstrates that the problem has become increasingly severe, according to a recent nationwide public opinion poll. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey suggests that climate change campaigns are not adequately explaining the latest science to an audience that needs to reduce emissions substantially in order for the world to avoid the most damaging effects of global warming.

Important Study on Climate Change and Livestock Emissions
October 27, 2009 10:35 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

A study by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang of the World Bank looked at the relative importance of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gasses from oil, natural gas, and coal compared to the life cycle and supply chain emissions of domesticated animals raised for food. They conclude that greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food account for 51% of annual emissions caused by humans and should be given higher priority in global efforts to fight climate change.

Senator Boxer Releases Full Draft of US Climate Bill
October 27, 2009 06:56 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Senator Barbara Boxer released a 923-page draft of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act over the weekend, the Senate version of climate and energy legislation, for the first time specifying emissions allocations and costs proposed in the bill. "We've reached another milestone as we move to a clean energy future, creating millions of jobs and protecting our children from dangerous pollution," Boxer, chairperson of the Environmental and Public Works Committee, who wrote the bill with Senator John Kerry, said on Friday.

Study Raises Red Flag over Home Insecticides, Autoimmune Diseases
October 26, 2009 11:22 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

New research suggests a link between women's exposure to household insecticides - including roach and mosquito killers - and the autoimmune disorders rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Are You Worried Earth Will be Slammed by a Meteor?
October 26, 2009 11:21 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Did a massive meteor cause the extinction of the Dinosaurs? Could such an impact cause our extinction? There are a lot of large objects in space, and they are all on the move. How can we know if one is heading our way? NASA tracks these objects, and those which might travel near Earth are tracked carefully. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is introducing a new Web site that will provide a centralized resource for information on these near-Earth objects - those asteroids and comets that can approach Earth.

Massive Pool of Magma May Feed Three Washington Volcanoes
October 26, 2009 10:53 AM - LiveScience

A new study suggests there's a vast pool of magma beneath southwestern Washington State that supplies Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. The study was published yesterday in the journal Nature Geoscience, hints that the setup could be akin to the known supervolcano at Yellowstone.

Europe Offers to Cut CO2 Emissions 95%
October 26, 2009 06:12 AM - Ian Traynor, guardian.co.uk, Environmental Health News

Europe attempted to reassert its international leadership in the fight against global warming today, offering to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95% by 2050 and by 30% by 2020 if a climate change pact is sealed in Copenhagen in six weeks' time. "This should be seen as a clear message to the world," said Andreas Carlgren, the Swedish environment minister who chaired the Luxembourg meeting. "We expect to reach an agreement in Copenhagen," he added, after environment ministers from 27 countries finalised a common EU negotiating position.

EU leaders seek treaty, climate change deals
October 25, 2009 09:45 AM - Reuters

European Union leaders hope to reach a deal at a summit this week removing the last obstacles to a treaty to give the bloc more global clout, but face a battle over funding for a global climate change agreement. Failure to break the deadlock would risk leaving the 27-country bloc looking impotent when it is trying to strengthen its role on the world stage and the influence of emerging powers such as China is growing following the economic crisis.

EPA to develop rule to cut toxic emissions at power plants
October 24, 2009 10:25 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to issue rules by November 2011 to cut toxic air pollution at electric generating plants that burn coal or fuel oil, a federal court ruled. The court-ordered agreement issued on Thursday will reduce mercury pollution and soot that cause asthma, bronchitis and other heath problems, particularly in children.

Polar Express - Polar Bear Habitat to be Protected
October 23, 2009 07:24 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A vast swath of icy sea, barrier islands and coastal land on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope will be granted special protection because of its importance to the threatened polar bear, under a proposal released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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