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Carbon Emissions Trends: A Hurting Economy Can Help the Planet
October 19, 2009 11:12 AM - Janet Raloff , ScienceNews

Sometimes what’s bad for the economy can be good for the planet. Or so argued Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute, yesterday. This environmental trend spotter pointed to several developments that may have escaped our attention as the global economy alternately sputtered and entered periods of freefall throughout the past 18 months.

China to Move Residents Near Smelter
October 19, 2009 07:07 AM - Phyllis Xu and Lucy Hornby, Reuters

China plans to move 15,000 residents in its biggest lead smelting area away from the plants in order to allow them to keep operating, after tests showed over 1,000 children had excessive lead in their blood.

September Global Surface Temperature Second Warmest Since 1880
October 18, 2009 03:07 PM - R. Greenway, ENN

The northeast is getting snow already, and low temperatures. Does this mean global warming is a myth? Not necessarily. A new analysis of global temperatures show that the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the second warmest September on record, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Based on records going back to 1880, the monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides.

Hurricane Rick strengthens to Cat 5
October 18, 2009 11:04 AM - Reuters

Hurricane Rick intensified to a top Category 5 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast on Saturday as it headed toward resorts on the Baja California peninsula next week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

El Niño to Help Steer U.S. Winter Weather
October 17, 2009 01:42 PM - R. Greenway, ENN

NOAA released a study this week projecting United States winter weather for the coming winter season. Using forecast E Niño conditions, the study predicts temperature and precipitation trends for the mainland US and Hawaii.

Scientists Suggest New Arctic Study May Oversate Sea Ice Melting
October 17, 2009 11:55 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Cambridge professor Peter Wadhams made headlines yesterday when he said that data gathered from British explorer Pen Hadlow's Arctic trek, called the Catlin Ice Survey, shows that Arctic summers will be entirely ice-free by 2020. Today, many experts fear the Wadhams may be overstating just how fast the Arctic will be open ocean in summer.

U.S. Climate Plan will Boost Nuclear, Renewables
October 16, 2009 06:41 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

A U.S. cap-and-trade market on greenhouse gases should be designed carefully to avoid unfair economic pain in fossil fuel industries and other parts of the economy, experts told lawmakers on Wednesday. The aim of a cap-and-trade market on greenhouse gases at the center of the climate bill introduced by Senate leaders this month would transform the economy from being based on fossil fuels to more nuclear and renewable power.

George Soros Pledges $1.1 Billion to Fund Climate Change Initiatives
October 16, 2009 06:34 AM - Beth Graddon-Hodgson, Matter Network

Philanthropist and businessman George Soros announced this week that he would be the next in a line of wealthy front-runners to fund initiatives in clean technology. Soros is the founder of hedge fund Soros Fund Management LLC, and has been known for making monetary contributions to other charitable efforts that effect the well-being of society, such as health care and eduction; now he’s shifting his focus to play a part in reducing the impact of climate change.

Floating House Unveiled for Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation

Morphosis Architects, under the direction of renowned architect and UCLA distinguished Professor Thom Mayne, has completed the first floating house permitted in the United States for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans. The FLOAT House is a new model for flood-safe, affordable and sustainable housing that is designed to float securely with rising water levels.

Global Warming Threatens to Upset Arctic Carbon Trapping
October 15, 2009 06:35 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

The US Geological Survey, in partnership with the Ecological Society of America, University of Alaska Fairbanks published the results of a study on the changing climate and the important role that the Arctic plays in sequestering carbon. The study shows that the arctic could potentially alter the Earth’s climate by becoming a possible source of global atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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