Monthly archives: September 2006

Sep

29
2006

Ozone-Friendly Chemicals Lead to Warming

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WASHINGTON — Cool your home, warm the planet. When more than two dozen countries undertook in 1989 to fix the ozone hole over Antarctica, they began replacing chloroflourocarbons in refrigerators, air conditioners and hair spray. But they had little idea that using other gases that contain chlorine or fluorine instead also would contribute greatly to global warming. Read more


Sep

29
2006

U.S. on track with greenhouse goals, but too easy?

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OSLO (Reuters) – Washington is sticking to goals for curbing greenhouse gases under a yardstick shunned by most of its allies as too easy. President George W. Bush said he has no plans to toughen the targets — trimming the amount of heat-trapping gas emitted per dollar of economic output — despite speculation that he was considering a revision because of worries about global warming. Read more


Sep

29
2006

Global temperature highest in millennia

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WASHINGTON – The planet’s temperature has climbed to levels not seen in thousands of years, warming that has begun to affect plants and animals, researchers report in Tuesday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Earth has been warming at a rate of 0.36 degree Fahrenheit per decade for the last 30 years, according to the research team led by James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. Read more


Sep

29
2006

Program to discuss local consequences of global warming

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ARLINGTON – The Arlington League of Women Voters will take on the issue of global warming Monday with a panel discussion about grassroots efforts to decrease pollution and the consequences of inaction. The program, “Global Warming: the Next Decade,” will feature discussion of the effects of climate change both locally and globally, according to the League. Barbara Prabhu, public-relations director, said members hope the meeting will help people understand that the effects of global warming aren’t a far-off proposition. Read more


Sep

29
2006

Coal said top enemy in fighting global warming

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OSLO (Reuters) – Cheap coal will be the main enemy in a fight against global warming in the 21st century because high oil prices are likely to encourage a shift to coal before wind or solar power, a top economist said on Thursday. Coal emits far more greenhouse gases, blamed by most scientists for a rise in world temperatures, per unit of energy when burned in power plants or factories than oil or natural gas. Read more


Sep

29
2006

EMAILS: Bush Officials Blocked Scientist From Discussing Global Warming/Hurricane Link

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Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), ranking member on the Government Reform Committee, has just released a series of emails from the Department of Commerce that suggest that Bush officials �tried to suppress a federal scientist from discussing the link between global warming and hurricanes.� In a letter to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Waxman details how CNBC requested an interview with NOAA scientist Tom Knutson in October 2005 � one month after Hurricane Katrina � �to discuss whether global warming is contributing to the number or intensity of hurricanes.� Read more


Sep

29
2006

Global Warming

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Higher temperatures threaten dangerous consequences: drought, disease, floods, lost ecosystems. And from sweltering heat to rising seas, global warming’s effects have already begun. But solutions are in sight. We know where most heat-trapping gases come from: power plants and vehicles. And we know how to curb their emissions: modern technologies and stronger laws. NRDC is working to put these fixes in place. By shifting the perception of global warming from abstract threat to pressing reality, and promoting online activism. By pressing businesses to use less energy and build more efficient products. And by fighting for laws that will speed these advances. Read more


Sep

29
2006

Recent Studies: A Summary of Research

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Global warming was a major factor in the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season, according to a paper in the June 2006 issue of Geophysical Research Letters. From a policy perspective, this study by Kevin Trenberth and Dennis Shea (of the National Center for Atmospheric Research) is essential because it says “yes” to the question “Is global warming causing more destructive hurricanes?” Read more


Sep

29
2006

Global warming: Not a big joke

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St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology, respected the links among all of God�s creation. Following a rebirth experience, Francis, whose feast day is Oct. 4, made a drastic change in his lifestyle, striving for less so that Christ could become more in his life. No doubt, he would take the warnings about global warming seriously and find additional ways to simplify his life. Read more


Sep

29
2006

11 Facts That Will Blow You Away

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Storms have been battering our coasts for millennia, but in recent decades they have become stronger and more destructive. Mounting scientific evidence has linked this trend to global warming. Why? Hurricanes get their power from warm surface waters underlying the storm. Since sea temperatures have increased with global warming, more intense storms are brewing around the globe. Read more