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News: Archive for August, 2012

BBC News – Antarctic may host methane stores

Friday, August 31st, 2012

‘Large volumes of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – could be locked beneath the ice-covered regions of Antarctica, according to a new study.’

via BBC News – Antarctic may host methane stores.

CLIMATE CHANGE – Dot Earth Blog – NYTimes.com

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

‘Today, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced that the annual summer retreat of Arctic Ocean sea ice had reached a new low for the 33-year satellite era of careful monitoring (1.58 million square miles, or 4.1 million square kilometers), and there is still another week or two of melting before the typical summer ice minimum occurs.’

via CLIMATE CHANGE – Dot Earth Blog – NYTimes.com.

Obama administration calls for cars to get almost 55 mpg by 2025 – latimes.com

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

‘WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced fuel economy standards Tuesday that would require car makers to almost double the average gas mileage for passenger vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.’

via Obama administration calls for cars to get almost 55 mpg by 2025 – latimes.com.

BBC News – Arctic sea ice reaches record low, Nasa says

Monday, August 27th, 2012

‘The Arctic has lost more sea ice this year than at any time since satellite records began in 1979, Nasa says.Scientists involved in the calculations say it is part of a fundamental change.’

via BBC News – Arctic sea ice reaches record low, Nasa says.

U.S. Military’s Big Plan For Renewable Energy Projects – Forbes

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

‘The U.S. Department of Defense plans to open up 16 million acres of its land for renewable energy development, which it hopes will create a boom of solar, wind and geothermal projects and provide clean power to military bases, the department announced Monday.’

via U.S. Military’s Big Plan For Renewable Energy Projects – Forbes.

U.S. Carbon Emissions: 2012 Levels At 20 Year Low

Friday, August 17th, 2012

‘PITTSBURGH — In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.’

via U.S. Carbon Emissions: 2012 Levels At 20 Year Low.

Parasites may get nastier with climate swings: study | Reuters

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

‘(Reuters) – Parasites look set to become more virulent because of climate change, according to a study showing that frogs suffer more infections from a fungus when exposed to unexpected swings in temperatures.’

via Parasites may get nastier with climate swings: study | Reuters.

UAE awards nuclear fuel supply contracts worth USD 3 bn – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

‘UBAI, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) — Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said Wednesday it awarded a total of six leading companies nuclear fuel supply contracts worth 3 billion U.S. dollars, local news agency WAM reported.’

via UAE awards nuclear fuel supply contracts worth USD 3 bn – Xinhua | English.news.cn.

Climate models that predict more droughts win further scientific support – The Washington Post

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

‘The United States will suffer a series of severe droughts in the next two decades, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Moreover, global warming will play an increasingly important role in their abundance and severity, claims Aiguo Dai, the study’s author.’

via Climate models that predict more droughts win further scientific support – The Washington Post.

Warm seawater forces Conn. nuclear plant shutdown – Businessweek

Monday, August 13th, 2012

‘HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s nuclear power plant shut down one of two units on Sunday because seawater used to cool down the plant is too warm.’

via Warm seawater forces Conn. nuclear plant shutdown – Businessweek.