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News: Archive for June, 2012

Global warming to bring more wildfire to California – latimes.com

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

‘California and the West, which have experienced a surge in wildfire during the last decade, can expect more of the same with global warming, according to a study published Tuesday.’

via Global warming to bring more wildfire to California – latimes.com.

Japanese protesters fill streets as nuclear re-start looms | Reuters

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

‘(Reuters) – More than 15,000 anti-nuclear protesters blocked streets outside the Japanese prime minister’s office on Friday, beating drums and chanting slogans against the restart of reactors nearly 16 months after the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.’

via Japanese protesters fill streets as nuclear re-start looms | Reuters.

Seventy dead, 200,000 stranded in Bangladesh floods – Yahoo! News

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

‘DHAKA (Reuters) – Days of rain in Bangladesh, some of the heaviest in years, have set off flash floods and landslides, killing at least 70 people and stranding about 200,000, police and officials said on Wednesday.’

via Seventy dead, 200,000 stranded in Bangladesh floods – Yahoo! News.

U.S. court upholds EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases – latimes.com

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

‘WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate gas emissions from power plants and vehicles, dealing a setback to fossil fuel industries, states and lobbying groups that have fought for years to delay taking steps to address climate change.’

via U.S. court upholds EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases – latimes.com.

California sea levels to rise 5-plus feet this century, study says – latimes.com

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

‘Sea levels along the California coast are expected to rise up to 1 foot in 20 years, 2 feet by 2050 and as much as 5 1/2 feet by the end of the century, climbing slightly more than the global average and increasing the risk of flooding and storm damage, a new study says.’

via California sea levels to rise 5-plus feet this century, study says – latimes.com.

Seismologists warn Japan against nuclear restart – Yahoo! News

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

‘TOKYO (Reuters) – Two prominent seismologists said on Tuesday that Japan is ignoring the safety lessons of last year’s Fukushima crisis and warned against restarting two reactors next month.’

via Seismologists warn Japan against nuclear restart – Yahoo! News.

North Carolina bill challenges sea level forecast – latimes.com

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

‘After a state report predicts higher ocean levels, based in part on global-warming data, new legislation seeks to all but outlaw such projections. The bill has drawn ridicule, as well as scrutiny of the state’s new political climate.’

via North Carolina bill challenges sea level forecast – latimes.com.

In Rising Use of Air-Conditioning, Hard Choices – NYTimes.com

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

‘In the ramshackle apartment blocks and sooty concrete homes that line the dusty roads of urban India, there is a new status symbol on proud display. An air-conditioner has become a sign of middle-class status in developing nations, a must-have dowry item.’

via In Rising Use of Air-Conditioning, Hard Choices – NYTimes.com.

BBC News – Governments make ‘pitiful’ progress on oceans

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

‘Little has been done to protect marine life since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, conservation scientists conclude.

On pledges to protect key habitat and restrict the size of fishing fleets, they say progress has been “pitiful”.’

via BBC News – Governments make ‘pitiful’ progress on oceans.

New Wyoming supercomputer expected to boost atmospheric science – latimes.com

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

‘This month, on a barren Wyoming landscape dotted with gopher holes and hay bales, the federal government is assembling a supercomputer 10 years in the making, one of the fastest computers ever built and the largest ever devoted to the study of atmospheric science.’

via New Wyoming supercomputer expected to boost atmospheric science – latimes.com.