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News: Archive for June, 2010

Books on Science – When the Day After Tomorrow Has Come – NYTimes.com

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

‘For some, the most worrisome thing about geoengineering is the idea that, once people know about it, they will think of it as a technological quick fix that makes it unnecessary to control emissions of greenhouse gases, an effort everyone takes pains to point out is by far the most important step to be taken now.’

via Books on Science – When the Day After Tomorrow Has Come – NYTimes.com.

FDA urges less antibiotics in meat – latimes.com

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

‘Meat producers should use certain antibiotics only to assure animal health and stop using the drugs to increase production and promote growth, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.’

via FDA urges less antibiotics in meat – latimes.com.

What’s been done to help polar bears since they were listed as threatened? Not much | L.A. Unleashed | Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

‘ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Polar bear policy in America can be summed up succinctly: The iconic bears are threatened with extinction, and so far nothing much is being done.’

via What’s been done to help polar bears since they were listed as threatened? Not much | L.A. Unleashed | Los Angeles Times.

U.S. law key ahead of climate talks: EU | Reuters

Monday, June 28th, 2010

‘Reuters – The United States would send a positive signal by passing domestic legislation to fight global warming ahead of U.N. climate talks in November, the EU’s climate chief said on Monday.’

via U.S. law key ahead of climate talks: EU | Reuters.

Organic Agriculture: A Solution to Global Warming? – Freakonomics Blog – NYTimes.com

Monday, June 28th, 2010

‘…Yes, organic methods sequester more carbon dioxide than conventional ones. But the ultimate culprit behind agriculture-driven climate change isn’t carbon dioxide. Instead, it’s methane and nitrous oxide—two gasses conspicuously absent from the Rodale study. Agricultural production in the U.S. accounts for only 7 percent of overall carbon dioxide emissions. By contrast, it accounts for 19-25 percent of methane emissions and 70-75 percent of nitrous oxide emissions. Methane, according to the EPA, is 23 times more potent a GHG than carbon dioxide. Nitrous oxide is 310 times as potent.’

via Organic Agriculture: A Solution to Global Warming? – Freakonomics Blog – NYTimes.com.

Syncrude guilty in 1,600 duck deaths in toxic pond | Reuters

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

‘Alberta Reuters – A judge found Syncrude Canada Ltd, Canada’s largest oil sands producer, guilty on Friday in the deaths of 1,600 ducks that landed on a toxic Northern Alberta tailings pond in 2008, ruling the company should have had deterrents in place.’

via Syncrude guilty in 1,600 duck deaths in toxic pond | Reuters.

Study Affirms Consensus on Climate Change – Green Blog – NYTimes.com

Friday, June 25th, 2010

‘…The results are pretty conclusive. The new research supports the idea that the vast majority of the world’s active climate scientists accept the evidence for global warming as well as the case that human activities are the principal cause of it.’

via Study Affirms Consensus on Climate Change – Green Blog – NYTimes.com.

Europe moves closer to electric car infrastructure | Reuters

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

‘Reuters – Europe’s carmakers moved a step closer creating an infrastructure for electric cars after agreeing on plug and socket standards for slow or overnight charging of the battery-driven vehicles due to hit roads from next year.’

via Europe moves closer to electric car infrastructure | Reuters.

China trains int’l technicians on use of solar energy

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

‘LANZHOU, June 24 (Xinhua) — A total of 20 trainees from 12 countries are attending a workshop on the use of solar energy in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu Province.’

via China trains int’l technicians on use of solar energy.

A Winsome Climate Panel Presents Its New Cast – Green Blog – NYTimes.com

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

‘Embarking on a bit of a charm offensive, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just released the names of more than 800 scientists selected to take part in writing its fifth assessment report on climate change, due out in 2014. The panel is charged with releasing periodic reports summarizing the state of knowledge about climate change as a guide to policy makers.’

via A Winsome Climate Panel Presents Its New Cast – Green Blog – NYTimes.com.