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2009-10-19 12:35:00

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned on Monday that world leaders must place priority on meeting at this year's climate summit in Denmark in order to avoid a "catastrophe of unchecked climate change." At the Major Economies Forum in London, Brown urged other world leaders to join him in appearing at this year's climate summit in order to address a crucial need for cuts in carbon emissions. "We can't afford to fail. If we fail, we pay a heavy price," said Brown. "For the planet, there is...

2009-09-30 11:30:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A majority of African Americans believe climate change is a growing problem that both government and individuals should take action on now to mitigate the potential impacts, according to the results of a national poll conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a research and policy institution in Washington, DC. The survey of 750 African American adults found that more than half of respondents identified the issue as...

2009-09-24 12:55:48

Canadian scientists surveyed some of the world's major cities and determined Denver releases the largest amount of greenhouse gases. The University of Toronto researchers, led by Associate Professor Christopher Kennedy, documented how differences in climate, population density and other factors affect greenhouse gas emissions in global cities. Kennedy and his colleagues noted not enough information has been available as to why emissions vary among different cities. The scientists analyzed how...

2009-09-21 07:00:00

-- Aid group: Poor communities most affected by climate change, require adequate funds to adapt -- U.S. must take leadership to pass legislation and ensure global agreement in Copenhagen that prioritizes needs of world's poor NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the world's leaders prepare to discuss climate change solutions this week at the UN General Assembly and G20 summit, World Vision is warning that poor communities -- especially children -- are immediately and most...

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2009-09-04 11:18:20

Sediment cores show the Arctic has been warmer during the past decade than during any 10-year period in the last 2,000 years, scientists said. The study provides a clear example of how increased greenhouse gases are now changing our climate, said Caspar Ammann of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Ammann and his team studied sediment cores from lakes, tree rings and ice cores, all of which showed the Arctic has been warming since about 1850 -- the beginning of the...

2009-09-03 14:39:14

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a Swiss conference a global warming pact should be finalized in the face of ongoing climate change. Appearing at the World Climate Conference in Geneva, Ban told assembled officials Thursday he witnessed firsthand the melting of glaciers due to climate change during a recent visit to the Arctic, a U.N. release reported. It has been said that the Arctic is our barometer -- the canary in the coal mine. But it is much more than that. Changes...

2009-08-31 09:52:20

Raising livestock also accounts for around 18% of greenhouse gases. It is therefore possible to act against climate change and reduce cardiovascular and cancer deaths, by cutting the production and consumption of 'red meat' from these animals. The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research have recommended that an individual should eat no more than 500 grams of red meat per week.Cardiovascular disease and cancer are two human diseases caused by similar factors...

2009-08-20 14:29:08

British scientists say targeted investments in climate science could lead to enormous economic savings for both the United Kingdom and Europe. A study by the National Center for Atmospheric Science at the University of Leeds and the Walker Institute at the University of Reading determined such investments could lead to major benefits in reducing the costs of adapting to a changing climate. The study shows such investments made now, could result in as much as a 10 percent to 20 percent...

2009-08-20 11:53:08

If you think this summer's U.S. temperatures have been uncomfortably high, scientists say one day your children may view summer 2009 as the cool old days. Researchers at the non-profit organization Climate Central say they reached that conclusion after analyzing current climate change projections made with global climate models. They said scientific literature based on the models anticipates much more frequent occurrences of hot days, heat waves and extremely warm summer seasons. The...

2009-08-19 09:30:00

Targeted investments in climate science could lead to major benefits in reducing the costs of adapting to a changing climate, according to new research published by scientists from the UK's National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). Published in the scientific journal, the Bulletin for the American Meteorological Society, the study shows that investments made now, can lead to as much as 10-20% improvement in climate predictions for the UK and Europe in the coming decades, and up to 20%...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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