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2008-09-16 12:00:34

U.S. scientists say they've determined curbing carbon dioxide emissions from coal might avert climate danger. Researchers at Columbia University's Earth Institute said the continuing rise in the planet's atmospheric CO2 levels resulting from burning fossil fuels might be kept below harmful levels if emissions from coal are phased out within the next few decades. The researchers, including James Hansen of the U.S. space agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and climatologist Pushker...

2008-09-11 18:00:17

THE biggest threat to marine life is not global warming but over- fishing and mankind's demand for water, scientists from the North will say today. A study drawing on the expertise of more than 100 top aquatic ecologists looked at the world's water-based ecosystems, including lakes, rivers, tropical waters and Arctic seas. The research, led by Professor Nicholas Polunin of Newcastle University, found man's serious impact on aquatic life will happen long before climate change takes full...

2008-09-10 18:00:15

In response to heightened media coverage of issues related to climate change, The Research and Policy Institute of California (RPIC) analyzed the perceptions of minorities throughout the state - African Americans and Latinos. Of five key priority issues affecting minorities to date, global warming was consistently ranked the lowest priority, according to the survey. Findings in the survey also indicate minority communities are under-educated on legislative measures and policies intended...

2008-08-27 03:00:24

By Currie, Donya Climate change an issue at World Health Assembly meeting GLOBAL leaders have endorsed a six-year action plan to tackle noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, which are now the leading threats to human health worldwide. Such diseases caused 60 percent of all deaths in 2005, killing an estimated 35 million people, noted health leaders, who endorsed the plan at the May meeting of the World Health Assembly. Eighty percent...

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2008-08-22 13:09:31

Many Californians say they aren't willing to take part in the states efforts to fight global warming if it means a drastic increase in energy costs, according to a new survey. Sponsored by the AB32, Implementation Group, the survey found that 63 percent of 1,000 registered voters in California said they supported the goal of cutting greenhouse gases, but that support fell to 47 percent when the question included the likelihood of higher energy costs. "This is an example of when you add the...

2008-08-19 03:00:24

By Anonymous The U.S. public, while aware of the deteriorating global environment, is concerned predominantly with local and national environmental issues, according to results from a recent survey. "The survey's core result is that people care about their communities and express the desire to see government action taken toward local and national issues," said David Konisky, a policy research scholar with the Institute of Public Policy and assistant professor in the Truman School of Public...

2008-08-19 03:00:13

By Anonymous Climate change is a concern to most local public health directors but few have resources to tackle the problem, according to a national survey conducted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and George Mason University. The survey, included in the report Are We Ready ? Preparing for the Public Health Challenges of Climate Change, is the first national one of its kind that assesses the perceptions and...

2008-08-14 12:00:32

A new study suggests one in five of Germany's plant species could lose parts of its current range due to global warming. Researchers from Germany's Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, along with the French Laboratory for Alpine Ecology, said such species distribution will be the result of climate change and might have a dramatic impact, particularly on the vegetation in southwestern and eastern Germany. The researchers modeled...

2008-08-03 03:00:27

By Jeffrey Weiss, The Dallas Morning News Aug. 3--The effects of climate change will make some people sick and place new burdens on many local health departments, according to two new national reports. But there's good news for Dallas. The North Texas climate is already so, um, challenging that most of the potential horribles are already on the to-do list for local health officials. Deadly heat waves? Check. Killer thunderstorms and tornadoes? Check. Sickening smog? Check. Mosquitoes...

2008-07-31 18:00:49

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced the release of Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity. "Our government takes the issue of climate change very seriously," said Minister Clement. "We are already taking real action to combat climate change with our Turning the Corner Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." Since coming into office, this Government has invested over $9 billion to protect and...


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