Thursday 23 February 2012
Renowned climate scientist comes under fireReuters | 23 Feb 2012
OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) - The prestigious Pacific Institute climate research group has opened an investigation of its president and founder, Peter Gleick, after he admitted fraudulently obtaining documents from global warming skeptics challenging his work.
U.S. considering options on EU carbon law: HormatsReuters | 23 Feb 2012
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has not yet decided whether to retaliate against a European Union law forcing the world's airlines to pay for greenhouse gas emissions, a top U.S. State Department official said on Thursday.
Africa: Fairtrade Producers At UN Climate NegotiationsAllAfrica.com | 23 Feb 2012
[Fairtrade Africa] Fairtrade Africa successfully led a Fairtrade delegation at the UN Climate Negotiations (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa. Apart from Fairtrade Africa, representatives of CLAC, NAP, Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade International also attended. For the first time, Fairtrade gained official accreditation and could intervene in the negotiations.
Nigeria: Climate Change - Farmers to Enjoy Insurance CoverAllAfrica.com | 23 Feb 2012
[Daily Trust] The International Center for Energy, Environment and development (ICEED) in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria is putting together a package that would protect farmers from the impact of climate change.
Zambia: Luo Warns of Climate Change EffectsAllAfrica.com | 23 Feb 2012
[Times of Zambia] THE Government has warned of devastating climate change consequences if Zambians do not get involved in protecting the environment around them.
Earliest horses show past global warming affected body size of mammalsScienceDaily.com | 23 Feb 2012
As scientists continue developing climate change projection models, paleontologists studying an extreme short-term global warming event have discovered direct evidence about how mammals respond to rising temperatures. Researchers have now found a correlation between temperature and body size in mammals by following the evolution of the earliest horses about 56 million years ago: As temperatures increased, their body size decreased.
Evolution of earliest horses driven by climate changeScienceDaily.com | 23 Feb 2012
Some 56 million years ago, rising temps and concentrations of carbon dioxide caused mammals, including tiny Sifrhippus, to shrink. New research offers new evidence of why and how it happened and provides clues to what might happen to animals in the future from global warming.
Aircraft of the future could capture and re-use some of their own powerScienceDaily.com | 23 Feb 2012
Tomorrow's aircraft could contribute to their power needs by harnessing energy from the wheel rotation of their landing gear to generate electricity. They could use this to power their taxiing to and from airport buildings, reducing the need to use their jet engines. This would save on aviation fuel, cut emissions and reduce noise pollution at airports.
'Storm of the century' may become 'storm of the decade'ScienceDaily.com | 23 Feb 2012
Researchers report that projected increases in sea level and storm intensity brought on by climate change would make devastating storm surges -- the deadly and destructive mass of water pushed inland by large storms -- more frequent in low-lying coastal areas. Regions such as the New York City metropolitan area that currently experience a disastrous flood every century could instead become submerged every one or two decades.
Microbes may be engineered to help trap excess carbon dioxide undergroundScienceDaily.com | 23 Feb 2012
In H.G. Wells' classic science-fiction novel, The War of the Worlds, bacteria save Earth from destruction when the Martian invaders succumb to infections to which humans have become immune through centuries of evolution. If a team led by researchers has its way, bacteria -- with a little assist from science -- will help prevent global destruction for real by trapping underground a greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, that threatens Earth's climate.
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