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Climate debate gets ugly as world moves to curb CO2

Climate debate gets ugly as world moves to curb CO2

Skeptics also accused the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of supporting flawed science after several errors in a major 2007 report surfaced. The errors, including a reference to a non-peer reviewed study that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035, represent a fraction of the conclusions in the report, the main climate policy guide for […]

Oil rig spill off Louisiana could threaten coastline

Oil rig spill off Louisiana could threaten coastline

There are fears of an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, as efforts to clear up an oil spill have been suspended because of bad weather. A drilling rig leased by the oil company BP exploded and sank off the Louisiana coast last week. Some 1,000 barrels of oil a day are leaking into […]

Some scientists think receding sea ice could lead to species mingling

Some scientists think receding sea ice could lead to species mingling

As long-term climate models predict declining amounts of sea ice in the Arctic, a University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher believes the change could bring an unexpected result — more inter-species breeding among mammals that live in the far north. Brendan Kelly, a marine biology professor at UAF’s International Arctic Research Center, said the presence of […]

Powerful ocean currents off Antarctica factor in climate change

Powerful ocean currents off Antarctica factor in climate change

Oceanographers said on Sunday they had measured a system of mighty currents off Antarctica that are a newly-discovered factor in the equation of climate change. The system, known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW), is generated in clockwise movement in four big sea shelves that abut Antarctica – the Weddell Sea, Prydz Bay, Adelie Land and […]

Obama’s climate-change bill stymied by bipartisan quarrel

Obama’s climate-change bill stymied by bipartisan quarrel

Prospects for an early international agreement to tackle climate change have suffered a major setback, as a US plan to cut carbon emissions descended into partisan bickering. Senior American political figures had promised to introduce a “cap and trade” energy bill today, paving the way for the kind of substantial international talks that failed to […]

Volcanic Ash Cloud From Iceland

Like Sept.11, volcano plane ban may hold climate clue

Like Sept.11, volcano plane ban may hold climate clue

Plane-free skies over Europe during Iceland’s volcanic eruption may yield rare clues about how flights stoke climate change, adding to evidence from a closure of U.S. airspace after September 11, 2001, experts say. The climate effects of jet fuel burned at high altitude are poorly understood, partly because scientists cannot often compare plane-free skies with […]

New whaling plan draws fire from all sides

New whaling plan draws fire from all sides

A “peace plan” by the International Whaling Commission to legitimise but reduce whaling drew fire Friday as Japan demanded higher quotas and environmentalists warned of serious harm to the ocean giants. The chairman of the 88-nation commission, seeking to end decades of bitter conflict between its pro- and anti-whaling members, unveiled Thursday the compromise proposal […]

Volcanic Ash Cloud Stops Exotic Food Imports to Britain

Volcanic Ash Cloud Stops Exotic Food Imports to Britain

David Leroy, owner of one of London’s hottest sushi restaurants, Chisou, is on his last tuna and when that goes he has no way of getting any more. “One of our tuna suppliers just called and said they have no more until flights resume,” Leroy says, shaking his head. He’s already run out of sea […]

Will Global Warming Make Iceland’s Volcanoes Angry?

Will Global Warming Make Iceland’s Volcanoes Angry?

You drop a bottle of soda on the floor. You pick it up and without thinking crack the cap. Woosh, Fizzz! The cap goes flying, and the contents of the bottle erupt all over you and your kitchen. Pretty predictable outcome for an overcharged carbonated beverage, right? It shouldn’t be too much surprise, then, that […]

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