As diesel emission fears mount, a growing number of parents now consider clean air the main factor when choosing a school An increasing number of parents are shunning good schools because of the local air quality while some are even looking to move out of cities altogether, as fears over the effects of diesel emissions on health mount. Last week a major study published in the Lancet found that pollution from diesel vehicles was stunting the growth of children’s lungs, leaving them damaged for life. Continue reading...
Five major bridges were closed to traffic by protesters demanding greater action on global warming.
November 17, 2018 5:23 AM WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - President Donald Trump on Friday (Nov 16) said he intends to nominate former industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) next administrator, a move that would ensure a continued deregulatory push at the agency.
Environmental groups are expected to oppose President Trump's choice of acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler as the permanent head of the agency.
A new super-group of seasoned global warming deniers and ex mining chiefs has formed to lobby for Australia's withdrawal from Paris accord.
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Deadly wildfires in Northern California are sending smoke into the San Francisco Bay area, prompting residents to stay indoors or wear face masks while outside as the Environmental Protection Agency rates the area's air as "very unhealthy." (Nov. 15)
"A massive weather modification network – the largest ever — is being planned for the Tibetan Plateau. The plan, according to recent reports, is to cover an area of the size of Spain with thousands of fuel burning chambers (roughly akin to upside-down rockets) to blast silver iodide into the atmosphere, stimulating cloud formation and precipitation." LINK
The Trump administration is beginning an environmental review on its proposal to allow leasing in Alaska's Beaufort Sea in 2019.
Scientists acknowledged this week they made key errors in a study that claimed the Earth’s oceans are warming faster than previously thought. The errors made their conclusions seem more certain than they actually are, UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography admitted two weeks after their bombshell study was published Oct. 31 in the prestigious...
A recent study found that 79 percent of the world's plastic lies in landfills or the natural environment, and only 9 percent of it has been recycled.
A permafrost coastline is receding dramatically along Alaska's north slope. It could be an indicator of far more massive land losses across the Arctic.
Kuwait suspended all departing flights from the capital's airport on Wednesday due to the extreme weather which has hit the Gulf state in recent days and caused floods.
As communities burn, some decry global warming. Others blame poor forest management. The truth is more complicated.
Jack Harries was at protest by Extinction Rebellion which plans to bring London to a standstill The social media influencer Jack Harries has said young people have a duty to protest against environmental destruction, as he took part in a protest in London. The 25-year-old, whose YouTube channel has 4 million subscribers, spoke to the Guardian as he helped hold a 68-metre banner dropped over the side of Westminster Bridge with a message that read: “We’re fucked.” Continue reading...
Is “green” the new sexy? According to new research, 62 percent of Americans consider it a turn-off if somebody doesn’t recycle. The statistic emerged in a new study of 2,000 Americans examining the country’s relationship with recycling and found that you may want to add “I recycle” to your dating profile bio. It seems to...
Researchers from the University of East Anglia exposed beetles to artificial heatwaves and discovered increased temperatures are responsible for significant drops in male fertility.
Supporters and opponents of the Trump administration's proposed changes to methane rules for oil and gas will be squaring off today at a public hearing in Denver.
The French government on Wednesday set out plans to tackle the problem of deforestation, saying it would look to curb imports of products such as palm oil, soy, and beef which it said contributed to the problem of forest areas disappearing.
“This is a positive step and may be the first thing this EPA has done that will actually reduce air pollution,” said one environmental advocate.
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler this afternoon formally announced tighter emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks.
Heatwaves are frying the sperm inside insects, according to a new study.
Study of beetles could explain global decline – and also be a warning to humankind Heatwaves severely damage the fertility of male beetles and consecutive hot spells leave them virtually sterilised, according to research. Global warming is making heatwaves more common and wildlife is being annihilated , and the study may reveal a way in which these two trends are linked. The scientists behind the findings said there could also be some relevance for humans: the sperm counts of western men have halved in the last 40 years . Continue reading...
Women boxers training for a world championship starting in the Indian capital this week are wearing surgical masks, scarves and even T-shirts across their mouths as the level of air pollution rises several times beyond the safe limit.
This autumn has been very dry in California and this has undoubtedly increased the chance of occurrence of the deadly wildfires that the state is seeing. When assessing the influence of global warming (from human burning of fossil fuels) on … Continue reading →
A toxic cloud hung over Hong Kong on Monday, posing a serious health risk to residents in the New Territories town of Tuen Mun.
Heavy pollution drove down air quality across the city and, as of 4pm, the Environment Protection Department’s Air Quality Health Index for the area was 10+ – the highest level – which falls in the serious health risk category.
The AQHIs, which alert the public to the short-term health risk of air pollution, are reported on a scale of 1 to 10, and 10...
Researchers have that found that 3D printers spew tiny particles into the air as they operate, though the quantity and nature of these potentially toxic aerosols are poorly understood. A new study identifies a startling variety of these emissions, and the conditions under which they’re produced. Read more...
Brent, K.; McDonald, J.; McGee, J.; Gogarty B. (2018): Carbon Dioxide Removal Geoengineering. In: Australian Law Journal 92 (10), S. 830–838. Online verfügbar unter http://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/2018/10/30/australian-law-journal-update-vol-92-pt-10-special-issue-climate-change-and-the-law/. "Australia has vast land and marine estates so has a natural advantage to contribute to the research, field-testing and development and implementation of CDR. Despite this, there has been little analysis to date of how Australian law might govern CDR research, testing and development. Using case studies of BECCS and ocean fertilisation CDR techniques, this article examines the capacity of current Australian law to govern CDR research. We find that general environmental legislation might provide...
Deadline: 9. December 2018 "The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland invites applications for the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in the multi-disciplinary engineering area of climate engineering and adaptation." LINK
"The IPCC does not bet on geo-engineering proposals – for example, deep-ocean sequestration of massive amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide, or “dimming the sun” by spraying the atmosphere with aerosols – to combat global warming. These largely theoretical solutions could have untold consequences for people and ecosystems, worsening not only the climate crisis, but also the other social and ecological crises we face." LINK
Environmental lawyers say reliance on local authorities to take action is not working The government’s plan to tackle air pollution in some of the worst affected cities in the UK is unravelling into a “shambolic and piecemeal mess”, according to environmental lawyers. ClientEarth, which has successfully defeated the government three times in court , said the emphasis on local authorities taking action was backfiring with no joined-up strategy, delays and poorly researched proposals. Continue reading...
Several European countries are challenging the European Commission to push for stronger standards against deforestation in the next two years.
The most common recycling mistake made by Australians is to throw soft plastics, such as bread bags, into the kerbside recycling bin.
Exclusive: ministers seeking to make firms pay more towards recycling their own waste Supermarkets, retailers and major drinks brands are set to pay tens of millions of pounds more towards recycling their used packaging under the government’s new waste strategy expected to be published this month, the Guardian understands. Supermarkets and other major producers of packaging waste currently pay a small fraction of the cost of collecting and recycling the 11m tonnes of packaging waste produced in the UK. Continue reading...
However one looks at it, it is hard to be an optimist these days about Sino-US ties, arguably one of the most consequential bilateral relationships in the world.
The US President Donald Trump’s trade war against China has already shown signs of spilling over to poison the overall relationship, raising international concerns that a wider conflict between the two countries may be on the cards.
The latest worrying signal, which has emerged over the past few weeks, is that US universities...
The only thing colder than the Roughriders and Blue Bombers rivalry might be this weekend's weather. Fans hope their hand warmers and the Riders are ready to bring the heat.
China aims to tackle heavy metal pollution, curb fertiliser use and improve water quality by 2020 under a new plan launched by the country’s environment ministry to tackle “grim” conditions in rural areas.
After a four-year effort to reduce choking smog in some of its biggest cities and industrial areas, Beijing is under increasing pressure to tackle decades of rural pollution as arable land shrinks.
Farming has been damaged by the overuse of pesticides and fertilisers, the...
Outgoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said yesterday that his top remaining legislative priorities include pushing through trash and water fee increases to pay for environmental cleanup, infrastructure and recycling needs — proposals that a top lawmaker said continue to concern many Republicans.
[Monitor] Gulu -In 2008, National Environment Management Authority (Nema) earmarked Shs2.5 billion for the construction of a recycling plant in Gulu District but the project has since stalled, 10 years later.
A U.S. district judge has issued an order blocking construction of the controversial transnational Keystone XL Pipeline until the State Department conducts further study of its impact on the environment. Judge Brian Morris' 54-page order, issued late Thursday, overturns the Trump administrations's approval last year of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline and at least temporarily prevents it from being built. Although the decision does not permanently halt the pipeline's construction, it nevertheless comes as TransCanada, the Canadian company that owns Keystone, is preparing to start construction in Montana, shipping pipe to various locations throughout the state, the Great Falls Tribune reports. The order stems from a lawsuit filed by the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers...
In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at Prince Charles' eco-anxiety and the steps being taken to make flying less carbon-intensive.
In a rare — and much-needed — environmental win, a U.N. report says parts of the ozone layer could be fully healed by the 2030s
Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels on Thursday after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb the smog-fuelling partying.
Major monuments including the India Gate and Red Fort were hidden by a toxic haze and commuters donned masks as visibility on major roads was reduced to barely 50 metres.
Diwali is the biggest Hindu festival of the year, when firecrackers are traditionally let off.
Early morning ambient air quality readings in Delhi...
The air pollution soared to 20 times safe levels in New Delhi, following a fireworks celebration.
Rebuilding the hurricane-wrecked Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida will come with a massive price tag, but experts say it offers a chance to make the base more resilient to the effects of extreme weather.
Redeployment of 400 staff jeopardises vital work protecting wildlife and overseeing recycling, pollution and flood prevention Hundreds of staff who protect biodiversity and enforce environmental regulations in the UK have been redeployed to work on Brexit. The raid on staff from the Environment Agency , which is responsible for enforcing rules on recycling, air pollution and protecting the country from flooding, and Natural England, which protects habitats and species, has been condemned by MPs. Continue reading...
Air pollution in the Indian capital has hit hazardous levels after a night of revelry to celebrate the festival of Diwali. Despite a ruling to limit the use of firecrackers, most celebrations went ahead as normal.
A study this week by a UN commission showed that our planet’s ozone layer’s holes seem to be healing. Healing extremely slowly, but still – on the mend. This is extremely good news for all living flora and fauna on this planet, but is especially welcome news for green activists. It is through the past two decades of work on … Continue reading
German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said on Wednesday that she would soon present a draft climate protection law in which all sectors would be given a specific target for reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.
[Namibia Economist] The Namibia Recycle Forum (RNF)'s intensified its quest to improve waste management and recycling systems to tackle environmental issues with the launch of the country's very first 'Green Directory'.
The 24 Seven Caf� at Jamaica Pegasus hotel has started an eco-friendly campaign called 'Go Green 24 Seven' to reduce its carbon footprint and by extension, that of the hotel. The main feature of the campaign is the sale of reusable biodegradable cups, part proceeds of which will go to Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) in support of various environmental projects.
Use of deadly bait has led to New Zealand government staff being abused, locked in national parks and harassed online The New Zealand prime minister has been the subject of a death threat from environmental campaigners who have intensified their opposition to the government’s use of the poison 1080 to tackle invasive wildlife. Jacinda Ardern told a local television station on Tuesday that she had received a number of threats from anti-1080 protesters, including at least one threat against her life, but said she was more concerned about increasing levels of harassment and violence to conservation staff. Continue reading...
EPA's inspector general has started auditing long-term environmental enforcement trends.
The ozone layer is finally healing from damage humans have caused, according to the United Nations.
Halting the production of common cooling and refrigerating chemicals may prevent a significant amount of global warming, a new United Nations report has reaffirmed.
In a rare environmental win, a UN report says parts of the ozone layer could be fully healed by the 2030s.
A marine biologist, Dr. Gates was on a mission to save the reefs from the deadening effects of warming water temperatures.
A conservation group is suing the British Columbia government for exempting two oilpatch dams from environmental rules years after the dams were built.
A science professor and her group of students from New South Wales University are recycling unwanted clothes and turning them into solid building materials rather than being sent to landfill.
Energy Environ. Sci. , 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI : 10.1039/C8EE02079E, Analysis Brett Parkinson, Paul Balcombe, Jamie F Speirs, Adam Hawkes, Klaus Hellgardt Different technologies produce hydrogen with varying cost and carbon footprints over the entire resource supply chain and manufacturing steps. This paper examines the relative costs of carbon mitigation from a... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
The International Space Station's first 3D printer with its own recycling machine is en route to the orbital laboratory aboard a Northrop Grumman spacecraft.
Some areas of Northern California that were ravaged by the deadly Camp Fire now have the worst air quality in the world, new readings show. The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index assigns numbered scores based on how harmful prolonged exposure would be, with levels between 201 and 300 deemed “very unhealthy.” In the...
The federal government violated environmental laws by approving a Canadian company's plan to search for gold in key wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho, two conservation groups say in a federal lawsuit.
UK’s largest retailer falls short of removing palm oil from own-brand foods in sustainability drive Tesco and WWF have announced they are to collaborate on a long-running sustainable food effort, pledging to halve the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket within 12 months. The four-year partnership between the UK’s largest retailer and one of the world’s leading environmental organisations is believed to be the first of its kind. They hope its scale will help drive the industry to eliminate food waste and packaging waste and encourage customers to eat more sustainably. Continue reading...
Rainfall from catastrophic hurricanes such as Katrina, Irma and Maria was intensified by human-caused global warming, a new study suggests.
President Trump and acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler this afternoon avowed their commitment to recycling.
November 15, 2018 12:56 PM BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Northern China officially entered its heating season on Thursday (Nov 15) with air pollution expected to linger in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei province region until Friday (Nov 16).
Cristiana Pașca Palmer is the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Montreal, & Anne Larigauderie is the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), BonnThe post Earth’s Biodiversity: A Pivotal Meeting at a Pivotal Time appeared first on Inter Press Service.
Two new studies, both published this week in the journal Nature , once again highlight the influence of human activity on extreme weather events.
Hurricanes are dropping more rain and causing more flooding than in the past, and humans are to blame on multiple fronts. Climate scientists have warned for decades that global warming will cause extreme weather to get more frequent and severe. A pair of studies published today in the journal Nature find that hurricanes are already causing more rain than they used to, and that cities themselves may be making the rainfall from those storms even worse. The second finding is particularly novel. Scientists looked at data from the city of Houston during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and compared the rain that fell to a model of how much rain would have fallen if the city and its surrounding area had never been built. "What we found was that the city enhanced the overall rainfall footprint [compared]...
France set out plans on Wednesday to tackle deforestation around the world, saying it would look to curb imports of products such as palm oil, soy and beef that contribute to the destruction of forest areas.
Scientists behind a major study on ocean warming this month are acknowledging errors in their calculations and say conclusions are not as certain as first reported.
Public health researchers across the country have found growing evidence of a relationship between air pollution and fertility.
Air pollution kills millions annually, and has been linked to health problems ranging from cardiovascular disease to Alzheimer’s. The World Health Organization considers…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it will waive some hazardous waste regulations for auto dealers and businesses disposing of airbags, a decision designed to ensure proper disposal of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.
European Union lawmakers on Wednesday backed a cut of at least 35 percent in carbon dioxide emissions from new trucks by 2030 in the first limits on heavy-duty vehicles to battle global warming despite industry concerns over competitiveness.
A major study claimed the oceans were warming much faster than previously thought. But researchers now say they can't make that claim.
On a hot day in September, Charlene Jones celebrated her 61st birthday by herself. The former nursing-home cook made herself a birthday dinner of turkey and dressing, macaroni and cheese, string beans and butter pound cake. She ate it alone, in a dim apartment in an affordable housing complex in Miami’s West Little River neighborhood. “I wanted to be home,” Jones said. “I don’t really like being out.” Jones’ health problems span the alphabet: asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As average temperatures in South Florida continue to rise because of global warming, Jones is spending more time inside, trying to avoid heat that exacerbates her breathing problems and leaves her gasping for air. She schedules her appointments early in the morning or late in the afternoon...
EPA to start writing rule requiring new trucks produce less nitrogen oxide, one of its first moves to regulate industry Donald Trump’s administration plans to cut air pollution from heavy-duty trucks, marking one of its first moves to regulate US industry rather than roll back environmental standards. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will start writing a rule to require new trucks produce less nitrogen oxide, which contributes to smog and particulate matter pollution that causes breathing problems, asthma attacks and early deaths. Continue reading...
Filed under: News, Environment, Science & Tech GURUGRAM (Reuters) - While most residents of Delhi choked on toxic air this week, the dogs of the city's elite were enjoying ambient music and purified air at a luxury resort for pets.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
“It looks as if Team Trump will make it one in a row for the environment. Or as the French say, even the blind pig sometimes finds the truffle!”
A Winnipeg duo has been announced as one of the 6 winners for this year's Warming Hut competition.
Human-caused global warming and aggressive wildfire suppression explain the recent spate of deadly fires raging across California.
Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists who sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the decline.
Gene Blevins/Reuters Nearly a month and a half after the state’s wildfire season typically winds down, California is dealing with multiple, deadly wildfires . Twin blazes rage in the southern part of the state, and northern California’s Camp fire has killed 29 people and destroyed nearly 7,000 buildings. Although President Trump has blamed “poor” forest management , the science says a phenomenon that one meteorologist dubbed “negative rain” played a part in sparking the wildfires. That “negative rain,” along with dry, windy conditions, has made Northern California ripe for devastating blazes. And as global warming escalates , it’s only going to get worse. “Negative rain” isn’t a technical meteorological term when it comes to droughts. But it is just a clever way to a describe a...
With inaction at the federal level, maybe a single state can still be our best hope for broader action to combat global warming.
Darton, R.; Yang A. (2018): Removing Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere – Assessing the Technologies. In: Chemical Engineering Transaction 69, S. 91–96. "Separation processes such as CO2 capture involve dissipation of energy in diffusion, the losses being greater when higher transfer rates are utilised to reduce equipment size. A process for generating power for air capture by humidifying dry air is analysed using an equivalent reversible process, which yields minimum utility requirements and maximum (reversible) efficiency. Comprehensive socio-economic and environmental assessments of NETs are needed. The Process Analysis Method provides a triple-bottom line sustainability assessment, but results are dependent on uncertain external factors such as the introduction of flue gas-CCS and the growth...
Lal, R.; Smith, P.; Jungkunst, H.; Mitsch, W.; Lehmann, J.; Ramachandran N. et al. (2018): The carbon sequestration potential of terrestrial ecosystems. In: Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 73 (6), 145A-152A. DOI: 10.2489/jswc.73.6.145A. "Terrestrial ecosystems, comprising vegetation and soil in uplands and wetlands, significantly impact the global carbon (C) cycle and, under natural conditions, are a sink of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). However, conversion of natural to managed ecosystems (i.e., agroecosystems, urban lands, and mined lands) depletes ecosystem C stocks, aggravates gaseous emissions, and exacerbates radiative forcing. Thus, the onset of agriculture around 8000 BC presumably transformed these sinks into a source of greenhouse gases (GHGs) (Ruddiman...
More than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon have been destroyed in the past 5 years due to small-scale gold mining. This is 30 percent more than has been previously reported, according to new research carried out by scientists at Wake Forest University's Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA)...
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No Deadline "We have an opening for a Earth Scientist/Engineer to analyze and develop new options for reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. You will participate across all aspects of Livermore’s Carbon Initiative, analyzing the economic cost and carbon footprint of new systems, comparing them to existing and proposed approaches while focusing on how the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (CLCFS) and other statewide policies and initiatives can be used to incentivize such projects. This position is in the Atmospheric, Earth & Energy Division." LINK
Show leadership to halt forest loss from agribusiness, Amsterdam Declaration group tells EU The UK, France and Germany have called on the European commission to launch tough new action to halt deforestation by the end of the year. A long-delayed EU action plan should be brought forward “as soon as possible”, says a letter to the commission sent by the Amsterdam Declaration group of countries, which also includes Italy, the Netherlands and Norway. Continue reading...
Some states, concerned about pollution and global warming, see school buses as the next frontier for electric vehicles. Prices are high, but that's starting to change.
Councils say residents also erroneously putting recyclable waste into plastic bags before disposing of them Throwing soft plastics into the recycling bin is still the most common recycling mistake made by Australians, according to new research by Planet Ark. A survey of 180 councils commissioned by the environment organisation for Recycling Week asked councils to identify what were the most common recycling mistakes made by their residents. Continue reading...
The California fire season should be winding down by autumn, but it's alive and well. The Camp Fire largely turned Paradise — a town of over 26,000 — to ash while burning fleeing victims alive in their cars. On the other side of the state, in palm tree-laden Malibu, the city posted an urgent, ominous message on Nov. 9 as the Woosley Fire approached: "Fire is burning out of control, heading into populated areas of Malibu. All residents evacuate now." These late-season fall fires — stoked by weather but enhanced by global warming — have taken at least 23 lives. Below are 3 reputable, vetted ways to help those who have fled or are combating the nation's latest environmental catastrophe. #WoolseyFire #Malibu Please Continue to Evacuate & Drive Safely. We will continue to...
Mayor Don Darling confirmed that an explosion at the American Iron & Metal [AIM] recycling facility happened Saturday at 11:20 a.m.
RECYCLE Partners of Jamaica Limited (RPJL), the country's designated national recycling entity, has launched an ambitious new objective to remove 200 tonnes of plastic from the Riverton landfill in the Corporate Area.RPJL is also calling on the public to throw its support behind the very worthy and much-needed initiative, to ensure that it succeeds.
Snow slides in to start the Remembrance Day long weekend before arctic air dives back into Saskatoon's weather forecast ahead.
[WHO] Representatives from African cities met on 8 November to boost actions to tackle environment issues affecting human health, such as air pollution, water quality and sanitation, and to build healthy, wealthy, and sustainable future urban centres.
[Capital FM] Johannesburg -Safaricom Plc has for long been the vanguard of Kenya's economic growth. Having worn a distinction as the driving force of East Africa's economic hub, Safaricom is seeking another pre-eminence - detaching itself from carbon footprint.
Long-term exposure to black carbon, and other products of combustion, was associated with higher pressures in eye.
Germany's Finance Ministry has rejected Environment Minister Svenja Schulze's idea for a new pricing system for carbon dioxide emissions to help protect the climate, a Finance Ministry spokesman said on Friday.
Judge Brian Morris wrote the State Department's analysis of the pipeline's potential environmental impact fell short of a "hard look" on several items, including greenhouse gas emissions.
Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity, Royals LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles has pledged not to interfere in the affairs of state when he becomes king, seeking to dispel concerns about his past activism on issues ranging from global warming to architectural preservation.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
EPA has issued a long-awaited final implementation strategy for its 2015 ozone standard that touts regulatory flexibility but punts on key issues flagged by an appellate court ruling earlier this year.
[Nation] Were it not for the massive deforestation for wood fuel, charcoal and building materials, Garissa would be far from becoming a desert.
Around 30 years ago, the world came together to attempt to mend a widening hole in the Earth's ozone layer, which plays a very important role in shielding us from the Sun's ultraviolet rays. A new report compiled by leading environmental agencies has revealed that this long-term healing strategy is continuing to pay dividends, though evidence is emerging that harmful compounds are still slipping through the cracks...
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These colorful looking koosh ball are sea anemones, a predatory sea creature related to coral and jellyfish. Scientists at the University of Plymouth are conducting a long-term investigation into the behavior of sea anemones, and what looks like a muppet battle is actually an experiment in action.
The group has discovered that environmental changes like different flow regimes and decreased oxygen levels often lead to conflict beneath the waves. Understanding just how these changes affect
Delaware is suing over EPA's rejection of four "good neighbor" petitions that sought the agency's help in curbing ozone-forming emissions from outside its borders.
U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions will rise by 2.5 percent from last year, as more intense weather increased the use of air conditioning and heaters, the EIA said.
Excess carbon dioxide isn't just building up in the atmosphere – the oceans are holding onto more of the stuff too, fizzing them up like soda. As the seas get warmer and more acidic, all kinds of havoc is wrought, and now a new study has identified yet another symptom. Researchers at Princeton and McGill Universities have found that the seafloor is beginning to dissolve as a result of human activity...
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The third MetOp satellite, MetOp-C, has been launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to continue the provision of data for weather forecasting from polar orbit.
When the world gets its act together, it can actually solve big problems. Case in point: The ozone hole, which if everything goes according to plan could be healed up by the 2060s, according to a new report from the United Nations.Read more...
EPA's proposal to revisit its 2012 regulations on power plant mercury emissions has yet to be made public, but it's already drawn the attention of outside groups who have attended White House meetings about the plan.
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BEEF, LAMB and deer farmers say they accept New Zealand's methane emissions will have be cut - but not to net-zero.
The research followed children in Shanghai from birth to three years to understand the effect of exposure to fine particles (PM2.5). The study included 124 ASD children and 1,240 healthy children in stages over a nine-year period, examining the association between air pollution and ASD.
A warming planet doesn't just affect the quality of the air – the oceans are also heating up at an alarming rate, which can bleach coral, melt glaciers and raise the sea level. While this is hardly news to anybody, it turns out that the problem may be much worse than we initially thought. A new study has used a more accurate technique to measure the rate of ocean warming, and found that it could be 60 percent higher than the current worst-case scenario suggests...
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Warming trend spoils Europe’s winter wonderlandsWarming trend spoils Europe’s winter wonderlands, Published online: 06 November 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-07321-0The thick snowdrifts of years gone by could become a rarity across the continent.
Upper layer above northern hemisphere should be completely repaired in 2030s The ozone layer is showing good signs of continuing recovery from man-made damage, and is likely to heal fully by 2060, new evidence shows. The measures taken to repair the damage will also have an important beneficial effect on climate change, as some of the gases that caused the ozone layer to thin and in places disappear also contribute to warming the atmosphere. Phasing them out could avoid as much as 0.5C (0.9F) of warming this century. Continue reading...
"The scale of volcanic cooling has given some climate scientists an idea: Could we forestall the worst consequences of global warming by spraying sulfur particles into the atmosphere — basically, by using technology to emulate a massive volcano?" LINK