• G8 Urges Economic Stability Measures, Fails to Pass Climate Bill

    Today in L’Aquila, Italy, the Group of 8 (G8) Summit failed to pass unanimously a climate bill which would have mandated halving of global CO2 emissions by 2050 as part of the Group’s larger economic-stabilization plan. The Group – consisting of the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, and Russia – believed passage of the bill would likely have broken the deadlock over sharing of the burden of cutting greenhouse gasses. The bill’s passage also would have laid the groundwork for an expected future U.N. climate pact in Copenhagen in December. >> Read the Full Article
  • NASA Satellite Survey Reveals Dramatic Arctic Sea Ice Thinning measurements of winter sea ice thickness over Arctic Ocean, 2004 and 2008

    A new research paper published by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows that arctic sea ice thinned dramatically between the winters of 2004 and 2008, with thin seasonal ice replacing thick older ice as the dominant type for the first time on record. The new results, based on data from a NASA Earth-orbiting spacecraft, provide further evidence for the rapid, ongoing transformation of the Arctic's ice cover. >> Read the Full Article
  • Rice Concrete Cuts Greenhouse Emissions

    A new way of processing rice husks for use in concrete could lead to a boom in green construction. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.S. power plant emissions fall

    U.S. power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide dropped sharply in the first half of the year as the electricity industry prepared for tighter regulation in 2010, Genscape said Monday. Sulfur dioxide emissions were down 24 percent compared to the first half of 2008, much more than would be expected due to the recession and lower electricity demand, the power industry data provider said in its quarterly review of energy trends. >> Read the Full Article
  • Comment on: G8 "Scorecards" Released: USA Disappoints

    the World Wildlife Fund and SE- Allianz released their 2009 "G8 Climate Scorecars" report, ranking the energy performance of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US. Based on three categories—"Improvements Since 1990", "Current Status", and "Policies for the Future", each with specific areas for potential growth, the 8 countries were ranked based on a "stoplight" system. No country received a green light for its overall performance (half got red lights), and the tone of the report was disappointment—Although the WWF applauded efforts of top ranked countries, never did they cede that any G8 country has reached its goals or is prepared for the future. Irony abounded too when it was noted in several of the country’s reports that decreasing emissions had occurred almost by accident (due to events like Russia’s economic decline and France’s construction of nuclear power plants). Here, we have a simplified summary of each country’s performance, along with notes about each nation’s green initiatives. Read the whole article and comment at the ENN Community. >> Read the Full Article
  • Possible Environmental Causes For Alzheimer's, Diabetes

    A new study by researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have found a substantial link between increased levels of nitrates in our environment and food with increased deaths from diseases, including Alzheimer's, diabetes mellitus and Parkinson's. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. >> Read the Full Article
  • Lunar probe launches on collision course with moon

    Two NASA probes are on their way to the moon in the hopes of finding water ice and safe landing sites that could pave the way for the return of astronauts to the lunar surface. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and a piggyback mission called Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) took off at 2132 GMT on Thursday aboard an Atlas V rocket from a launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. >> Read the Full Article
  • ENN Community Blog: The EcoUsable Stainless Filtered Water Bottle

    In this time of economic troubles, it is a great time to invest in products that will save you money in the long term, contribute to your healthy lifestyle, are good for the environment, and aremade in the USA. Although there is not yet one magical creation on the market that will eliminate your carbon footprint or transform your garbage to energy, there is definitely an emerging market for gadgets to help you take the steps to being more earth- friendly. Indeed, many of these are small steps for you but can potentially have huge impacts on the earth. One of these products is the EcoUsable Stainless Water Bottle, a light steel water bottle with a built- in filter that claims to filter tap, stream, river, lake, and pool water. This product might be ideal for you if: * You want to stop paying for highly polluting and expensive plastic water bottles * You camp, hike, play outdoor sports, etc. * You are traveling to a country with spotty (or no) water quality standards * You are heading on a “staycation,” where sweltering beaches and amusement parks jack up the price of water and water fountains are unsanitary * You live in your car (keep one in your glove compartment in case of an emergency) Reasons You Want This product: * There are many great colors to choose from * The container is not easily damaged and is light, which makes it easily portable * It will filter anything except salt water * It helps save your money, health, and the environment by reducing the use and disposal of plastic water bottles. * It is shipped to you in recyclable and eco- conscious materials Possible Drawbacks: * It doesn’t hold a huge amount of water because the filter is large—It would only be optimally useful if you were traveling short distances between refills * Initial cleaning and care of the bottle may be a bit complex for some users, and accidental misuse could easily damage the product * The filter needs to be replaced about once a year >> Read the Full Article
  • Plant life saved Earth from an icy fate

    Besides the obvious benefits they bring, it looks like we owe our very existence to plants, which helped prevent the Earth from freezing over during the past 25 million years. >> Read the Full Article
  • Intertropical Convergence Zone of Heavy Preciptiation Moving North

    The rain band near the equator that determines the supply of freshwater to nearly a billion people throughout the tropics and subtropics has been creeping north for more than 300 years, probably because of a warmer world, according to research published in the July issue of Nature Geoscience. If the band continues to migrate at just less than a mile (1.4 kilometers) a year, which is the average for all the years it has been moving north, then some Pacific islands near the equator -- even those that currently enjoy abundant rainfall -- may be drier within decades and starved of freshwater by midcentury or sooner. The prospect of additional warming because of greenhouse gases means that situation could happen even sooner. >> Read the Full Article