Sci/tech

Big Support, Potential for Mid-Atlantic Wind Power
October 2, 2009 05:50 AM - Elsa Wenzel , Clean Techies

An amazingly high percentage of people who live down the Mid-Atlantic Seaboard from New York to Virginia want wind turbines off their coast.

EPA Rule Will Require Permits and Use of Best Technologies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases from Large Facilities
October 1, 2009 06:59 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced today that the Agency has taken a significant step to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act.

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 Stroudâ„¢ 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.

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