• Ancient British Bog May Hold Climate Change Clues

    LONDON (Reuters) - An ancient British bog that pumped out high amounts of greenhouse gases during a period of global warming 55 million years ago may offer clues about future climate change, researchers said on Wednesday.

    An analysis of sediments from the bog suggests that global warming caused methane emissions to rise in the wetlands, which in turn sent temperatures there even higher, the researchers said.

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  • Evacuation Order Lifted for Calif. Fire

    Authorities lifted an evacuation order for this mountaintop community as crews came close to snuffing out a wildfire that scorched more than 14,000 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest. >> Read the Full Article
  • Indonesia's Sumatra hit by 6.7 quake, no tsunami

    An undersea earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale jolted West Sumatra on Thursday, striking in the same area as last week's powerful tremor, Indonesia's meteorology agency said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Coca Cola and Greenpeace - Cooling the Beijing Olympics

    Guess what? There is another big global warming problem — and we're tackling it in a BIG way! It's the chemical gases that make your air conditioner and refrigerator cool, trapping heat and removing it from your beer or your bedroom.  Ironically, these gases, called HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), also do a really good job of trapping heat in the atmosphere contributing to global warming, when they eventually leak out of your car, your old fridge or air conditioner. >> Read the Full Article
  • Scientist warns of climate change impact

    Climate change could mean higher temperatures, less winter precipitation and less spring runoff for the Southwest, a climatologist says. >> Read the Full Article
  • Scientists in first global study of 'poison' gas in the atmosphere

    It was used as a chemical weapon in the trenches in the First World War, but nearly a century later, new research by an international team of scientists has discovered that phosgene is present in significant quantities in the atmosphere. >> Read the Full Article
  • EPA Targets $2 Million to Fight Climate Change with Projects in China, Russia, Seven Other Countries

    Washington, D.C. -China, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, India, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria and Ukraine will have projects funded under the auspices of the Methane to Markets Partnership, an international effort promoting near-term, cost-effective projects that capture and use methane as a clean-energy source.  EPA is announcing the award of $2 million for projects that will enhance the capture and use of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas twenty times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. The primary component of natural gas, methane is also a valuable and clean-burning energy resource. >> Read the Full Article
  • Ban Urges Strong Message From Climate Summit

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Tuesday for a climate change summit he has convened next week to send a "strong political message" to enable a "bold" new global environment pact to be negotiated. "The science has made it quite clear," Ban told a news conference. "We have been feeling the impact of global warming already... We have resources and we have technologies. The only (thing) lacking is political will. >> Read the Full Article
  • Typhoon to Spare Shanghai After Losing Power

    SHANGHAI - Typhoon Wipha abruptly lost strength after it crossed the eastern coast of China on Wednesday and looked set to miss Shanghai as it headed north.  However, the storm toppled hundreds of homes and knocked out power and water supplies as it swept in from the sea some 650 km (400 miles) south of the country's financial hub.

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  • In L.A. Traffic, Drivers Lose 72 Hours A Year

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Los Angeles metropolitan area led the nation in traffic jams in 2005, with rush-hour drivers spending an extra 72 hours a year on average stuck in traffic, according to a study released on Tuesday.

    The metropolitan areas of San Francisco-0akland, Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland, and Atlanta were tied for the second most gridlocked areas, according to the study by the Texas Transportation Institute.

    Drivers in those three areas spent an extra 60 hours on average during peak periods, defined as 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the study found.

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