Thursday 10 May 2012
European mountain plant population shows delayed response to climate changeScienceDaily.com | 10 May 2012
A modeling study from the European Alps suggests that population declines to be observed during the upcoming decades will probably underestimate the long-term effects of recent climate warming on mountain plants. A European team of ecologists has presented a new modeling tool to predict migration of mountain plants which explicitly takes population dynamic processes into account.
Gaseous emissions from dinosaurs may have warmed prehistoric EarthScienceDaily.com | 10 May 2012
Sauropod dinosaurs could in principle have produced enough of the greenhouse gas methane to warm the climate many millions of years ago, at a time when the Earth was warm and wet. That's according to calculations reported in the May 8 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication.
Effect of groundwater use: Using water from wells leads to sea level rise, cancels out effect of dam...ScienceDaily.com | 10 May 2012
As people pump groundwater for irrigation, drinking water, and industrial uses, the water doesn't just seep back into the ground -- it also evaporates into the atmosphere, or runs off into rivers and canals, eventually emptying into the world's oceans. This water adds up, and a new study calculates that by 2050, groundwater pumping will cause a global sea level rise of about 0.8 millimeters per year.
Scientists urge action on world's biggest problemsReuters | 10 May 2012
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists from 15 countries are calling for a better political response to the provision of water and energy to meet the challenge of feeding a world of 9 billion people within 30 years.
Argentina slows climate action amid energy supply crisisReuters | 10 May 2012
SAO PAOLO, May 10 (Reuters Point Carbon) - While its Latin American neighbors move forward with national climate laws, Argentina is backsliding on actions to tackle its greenhouse gas emissions as the country struggles to meet energy demand from a fast-growing middle class.
California takes step toward linking CO2 market to QuebecReuters | 10 May 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 (Reuters Point Carbon) - California on Wednesday released an updated draft of its cap-and-trade regulations that for the first time includes language that would link its carbon market to a similar scheme in the Canadian province of Quebec.
Africa: Balancing Economic Growth With True SustainabilityAllAfrica.com | 10 May 2012
[WEF] I am privileged to attend the World Economic Forum for the first time.'For me, it is very poignant that this forum is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Addis is not only the home of the African Union but also at the heart of the new economic growth taking place on the continent.
Africa: 'UN Global Compact Turns a Blind Eye to Corporate Malpractices'AllAfrica.com | 10 May 2012
[Friends of the Earth] AMSTERDAM / RIO DE JANEIRO, May 10, 2012 - UN institutions and initiatives such as the Global Compact provide far too much room for influence by private corporations. Corporate lobbying within UN negotiations has managed to block effective...
Mobile app launched to get Londoners movingEnvironment Data Interactive Exchange | 10 May 2012
Green behaviour reward scheme Recyclebank has launched a new mobile app to encourage Londoners to walk and cycle more in a bid to reduce pollution and ease congestion.
Small island states in clean energy raceGuardian Unlimited | 10 May 2012
Dominica leads group of 52 small island developing states aiming for a 45% cut in emissions in the next 18 yearsThey seldom meet on the cricket or football fields, but the world's small island developing states are informally competing with each other to be the first to ditch fossil fuels and...
Czech president condemns 'aggressive' adsGuardian Unlimited | 10 May 2012
Václav Klaus condemns thinktank's campaign but says he will still proceed with his keynote speech at the forthcoming conferenceVáclav Klaus, the Czech president and prominent climate sceptic, has condemned a controversial billboard campaign used by a rightwing US thinktank to advertise the...
World urged to solve green 'dilemmas'Guardian Unlimited | 10 May 2012
Demand for water and energy, natural disasters and measuring carbon dioxide must be prioritised, leading institutions sayThe world's leading scientific institutions have urged governments to focus on three "global dilemmas": growing demands for water and energy, natural disasters and measuring...
Carbon capture and storageGuardian Unlimited | 10 May 2012
How does it work, which countries are leading technological developments, and what is the future for CCS?What is carbon capture and storage?The technology is designed to prevent the carbon dioxide exhaust from the burning of coal and gas from entering the atmosphere and driving further climate...
Coca-Cola slashes water footprint by 13%Environment Data Interactive Exchange | 10 May 2012
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has revealed it is continuing to make progress on its water, carbon and waste and packaging reductions.
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