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2009-01-07 11:52:49

Japan is set to launch its Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) this month in an effort to monitor the emissions of carbon dioxide and methane around the world. Slated to launch using the H-2A rocket on January 21, GOSAT is also known as Ibuki, which is Japanese for "breath" because the satellite will track how the Earth exhales greenhouse gases in 56,000 locations around the world. It will orbit at an altitude of 666 kilometers above the Earth. There were only 282 land-based...

2008-12-17 13:52:47

U.S. scientists say contrary to earlier projections, few developing countries will be able to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions for several decades. The study by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado warns continuing economic and technological disparities will make it more difficult than anticipated for developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and that underscores the challenges that poorer nations face in trying to...

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2008-12-15 08:20:00

Global warming has turned into a major ticking time bomb for President-elect Barack Obama. Since former president Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. Since Clinton's second inauguration, the 10 hottest years on record have occurred. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it. "The time for delay is over; the time for denial is over," he said on Tuesday after meeting with...

2008-12-13 12:25:40

Industrialized European nations haven't set carbon emission levels low enough to end global warming, say environmentalists at a U.N. conference. The U.N. climate conference in Poznan, Poland, ended Friday with sharp criticism of the European Union countries by environment groups who contend wealthy nations have not shown enough ambition, the BBC reported. Yet again the rich countries, who carry the historical responsibility for climate change, have failed to offer sufficient cuts, Tim Jones...

2008-12-12 13:52:00

POZNAN, Poland, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As UN climate negotiators neared the end of two weeks of debate over measures to deal with the impacts of global climate change, island nations in the North and South Pacific struggled to cope with a new round of devastating tidal surges that brought severe flooding to low-lying regions over thousands of square miles. A low-pressure system, coinciding with high tides, generated nine- to ten-foot waves and tidal surges that swept over atolls...

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2008-12-12 08:25:16

According to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world must agree to a "Green New Deal" to fix its climate and economic woes. "We must re-commit ourselves to the urgency of our cause," Ban told 100 environment ministers in Poznan, Poland, who were reviewing the progress of a new U.N. climate treaty. "The financial crisis cannot be an excuse for inaction or for backsliding on your commitments," he said. The climate crisis "affects our potential prosperity and peoples' lives, both now and...

2008-12-11 16:34:00

Poznan Panel of Experts Discuss Importance of Black Carbon, the Montreal Protocol, Biochar, and Methane as Part of Global Climate Strategy POZNAN, Poland, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world is already close to passing the tipping points for abrupt climate change events, and if strong measures aren't taken immediately the results will be catastrophic, concluded panelists during a side event at the UN climate conference in Poznan Tuesday night. Both scientific experts and government...

2008-12-11 15:53:00

Historic Vote Occurs as World Leaders Negotiate International Climate Deal SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California regulators today unanimously approved a plan to implement a law requiring the state to dramatically cut its global warming pollution, setting a precedent for national and international action, according to a law cosponsor. The law cosponsor, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), praised the California Air Resources Board for its historic vote to approve its...

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2008-12-10 11:30:00

As President George W. Bush presides over a steady stream of environmentally unfriendly regulations meant to last into the Obama administration, he is now drawing more criticism than ever. The House of Representatives global warming committee wrote just before the November 4 election: "While the first 100 days of the Bush administration initiated perhaps the worst period of environmental deregulation in American history, the last 100 days of a Bush presidency could be even worse." Bush issued...

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2008-12-10 10:35:00

Contrary to earlier projections, few developing countries will be able to afford more efficient technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next few decades, new research concludes. The study, by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Colorado, warns that continuing economic and technological disparities will make it more difficult than anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it underscores the challenges that poorer...