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China Sets Historic Limits on GHG Emissions from Select Regions China Sets Historic Limits on GHG Emissions from Select Regions
[ Jan 18, 2012 - Share ]
China is starting to get on board with the international push to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Last week, China's authoritarian government ordered five cities and two provinces to institute limits on GHG emissions. These areas will now have to submit proposals to the national government's National Development and Reform Commission on how they plan to achieve it
UN launches International Year of Sustainable Energy for All UN launches International Year of Sustainable Energy for All
[ Jan 18, 2012 - Share ]
United Nations' officials launched [this week] the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All with a call on governments, the private sector and civil society to help expand energy access, improve efficiency and increase the use of renewables
Better Grasses Better Grasses
[ Jan 18, 2012 - Share ]
Grasses are usually herbaceous plants with narrow leaves growing from the base. They include the true grasses, as well as the sedges (Cyperaceae) and the rushes. The true grasses include cereals, bamboo and the grasses of lawns (turf) and grassland. Researchers from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Sustainable Bioenergy Center (BSBEC) have discovered a family of genes that could help breed grasses with improved properties for dietary use and bioenergy uses. The genes are important in the development of the fibrous, woody parts of grasses, like rice and wheat
South Florida Alliance Gears Up for Climate Change South Florida Alliance Gears Up for Climate Change
[ Jan 18, 2012 - Share ]
Global action against climate change is often difficult and excruciatingly slow. For the United States, policies to combat a warming Earth are at a virtual standstill. That is why it comes down to local and regional alliances to work together to make a difference. In the US, there are few areas more vulnerable to climate change than southern Florida. It is an area that will be easily inundated with flooding should seas continue to rise and hurricanes continue to batter them. Now, four south Florida counties have teamed together to prepare their communities for the menace that is to come
'No evidence' of links between Pacific earthquakes 'No evidence' of links between Pacific earthquakes
[ Jan 7, 2012 - Share ]
Scientists have rejected fears that a series of highly destructive large-scale earthquakes in the past few years, in countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, signal an increased global risk of these deadly events. Several vast earthquakes have taken place since 2004 — in Chile, Indonesia and Japan — leading some academics to express concern that they may be linked
EPA may retest PA. water near fracking drilling site EPA may retest PA. water near fracking drilling site
[ Jan 7, 2012 - Share ]
Federal regulators are considering retesting water supplies at a small town in Pennsylvania that residents say have been contaminated by natural gas drilling
US Beats Expectations Saving Energy US Beats Expectations Saving Energy
[ Jan 7, 2012 - Share ]
Americans tend to beat themselves up over their imperfections. We eat too much, watch too much TV and owe China too much money. Despite all of our sloth, we can feel good about one area: our progress saving energy
China Partners With Better Place On Electric Vehicle Center China Partners With Better Place On Electric Vehicle Center
[ Jan 7, 2012 - Share ]
China Southern Power Grid (CSG) and Better Place, the Israeli provider of global electric car networks, announced the opening of their Switchable Electric Car Experience Center in Guangzhou's Pearl River New Town. The center will demonstrate the technology behind Better Place's "battery swap stations" for electric cars
Lawsuit Seeks Justice for 1.2 million Residents Living Near SoCal Freeways Lawsuit Seeks Justice for 1.2 million Residents Living Near SoCal Freeways
[ Jan 7, 2012 - Share ]
More than a million people in the Los Angeles region are exposed to undisclosed, unhealthy levels of air pollution every day, according to a lawsuit filed today by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Communities for a Better Environment
Atoms and Glass Fibers Atoms and Glass Fibers
[ Dec 8, 2011 - Share ]
A highly sensitive method to detect atoms has been developed at the Vienna University of Technology. Glass fiber cables are indispensable for the internet — now they may also be used as a quantum physics lab. The Vienna University of Technology is the only research facility in the world, where single atoms can be controllably coupled to the light in ultra-thin fiber glass. Specially prepared light waves interact with very small numbers of atoms, which makes it possible to build detectors that are extremely sensitive to tiny trace amounts of a substance
Double Tsunami Double Tsunami
[ Dec 8, 2011 - Share ]
When is a tsunami not the worse case: when it becomes a double tsunami. Researchers have discovered that the destructive tsunami generated by the March 2011 Tôhoku-Oki earthquake was a long-hypothesized merging tsunami that doubled in intensity due to passing over rugged ocean ridges, amplifying its destructive power before reaching shore. Satellites captured not just one wave front that day, but at least two, which merged to form a single double-high wave far out at sea — one capable of traveling much longer distances without losing its power
U.N. Climate Conference close to deal on Climate Fund U.N. Climate Conference close to deal on Climate Fund
[ Dec 8, 2011 - Share ]
Negotiators are close to agreeing the shape of a Green Climate Fund, which is designed to help poor nations tackle global warming and nudge them towards a new global effort to fight climate change
Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record 10 Billion Tons  Threatening 2 Degree Target Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record 10 Billion Tons Threatening 2 Degree Target
[ Dec 6, 2011 - Share ]
ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2011) — Global carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels have increased by 49 per cent in the last two decades, according to the latest figures by an international team, including researchers at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia
Plastic Bags: On Their Way Out Plastic Bags: On Their Way Out
[ Dec 6, 2011 - Share ]
In California alone, consumers use upwards of 19 million plastic bags per year, which require approximately 8 million barrels of oil to produce. 90 percent of the bags used in the United States never get recycled. Globally, of the 500 billion of the flimsy, single-use bags we go through, many end up either in landfills or as wind-blown or ocean gyre litter that gets consumed by wildlife and marine life, resulting in many agonizingly painful deaths. For many environmentalists and concerned consumers, plastic bags represent Public Enemy #1. Across the globe, cities, counties and countries are grappling with this environmental disaster
The Beginning of the Last Ice Age Melt The Beginning of the Last Ice Age Melt
[ Dec 6, 2011 - Share ]
The end of the last ice age and the processes that led to the melting of the northern and southern ice sheets supply information on changes in our climate. Although the maximum size of the ice sheet in the northern hemisphere during the last ice age is relatively well known, there is little reliable data on the dimensions of the Antarctic ice sheet. A publication appearing in the journal Science on 1 December now furnishes indications that the two hemispheres attained their maximum ice sheet size at nearly the same time and started melting 19,000 years ago
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