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2009-10-27 13:35:00

For Americans, simple lifestyle changes could effectively add up to a massive cut in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to France's entire annual emissions, according to a new study. Thomas Dietz of Michigan State University's department of sociology and environmental science and policy issued a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday that outlines 17 simple activities for Americans to reduce their carbon footprint. Activities include purchasing a more...

2009-10-26 15:44:00

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In its next step towards creating a greener Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative (PCI) will introduce green city code language changes to Pittsburgh's City Council tomorrow. Working with Councilman Bill Peduto, the City's sustainability coordinator, and Duquesne University Law School, PCI has bundled proposed code changes that would make many recommendations of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan possible. These modifications would...

2009-10-22 15:27:58

Quick fix could prevent cut forests from being treated like other biomass A team of 13 prominent scientists and land-use experts has identified an important but fixable error in legal accounting rules for bioenergy that could, if uncorrected, undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gases by encouraging deforestation. The error, reported in the Oct. 23 issue of the journal Science, involves an issue that is at the heart of ongoing discussions about how biofuels and land use change will be...

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2009-10-22 14:45:00

Fix needed to reduce future large-scale land conversion and resultant greenhouse gas emissions An international team of top climate scientists has found a critical, but fixable, error in the accounting method used to measure compliance with carbon limits. The flaw, which centers on the measurement of CO2 emissions from the use of bioenergy, could undermine greenhouse gas reduction goals if not addressed. Current carbon accounting, used in the Kyoto Protocol and other climate legislation...

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2009-10-22 07:21:02

Industrialized nations had a one-percent rise in carbon emissions in 2007, which is a point of concern as the December climate summit in Copenhagen approaches. The Bonn-based UN Climate Change Secretariat said Wednesday that 2007 emissions from 40 industrialized countries with reporting obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were about four percent less than 1990 levels. However, levels were up by three percent over the 2000-2007 period, AFP reported. "The...

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2009-10-22 07:10:00

On Wednesday, European environment ministers started making progress in their plans to cut back on carbon emissions, particularly with planes and ships. They came to an agreement during a meeting in Luxembourg where the European Union was just short of committing to begin working toward a goal of slashing overall emissions by 95 percent, rather than the previous 80 percent, by 2050. A proposal to push for a cut in airliners' emissions by 10 percent and those of ships by 20 percent by 2020 was...

2009-10-14 10:30:00

Plan Open for Public Comment until Nov. 9; Governor Says PA Must Do More to Protect Economy, Environment PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell said today that the commonwealth is taking another significant step in its efforts to avoid the devastating effects of climate change as he outlined recommendations from the state's Climate Change Action Plan, which are now open for public comment. The report recommends 52 actions to help the state reduce...

2009-10-13 13:51:00

Ads Say Saving Earth Starts In California With Less Immigration SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 13 This week, Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) began rolling out a multi-media, multi-market ad campaign making the link between too much population growth, too fast and environmental degradation. The campaign includes broadcast radio and television and will be launched in markets across California over the next two weeks. The campaign recognizes immigration as the number...

2009-10-12 19:28:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reducing non-CO2 climate change agents such as black carbon soot, tropospheric ozone, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), as well as expanding bio-sequestration through biochar production, can forestall fast approaching abrupt climate changes, according to Nobel Laureate Dr. Mario Molina and co-authors in a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). (Photo:...

2009-10-08 16:37:00

RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Catalyst Paper (TSX:CTL) has been named a Climate Disclosure Leader in recognition of exceptional transparency relating to climate change. Catalyst has appeared on this ranking since 2007, based on the quantity and depth of information provided to the global Carbon Disclosure Project (CPD). It is one of two Canadian manufacturing companies and the only forest-products company to earn this recognition for 2009. Ninety-seven Canadian companies,...


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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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