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2010-07-26 09:32:00

WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Climate change is predicted to increase the intensity and negative impacts of urban heat events, prompting the need to develop preparedness and adaptation strategies that reduce societal vulnerability to extreme heat. The potential health impacts resulting from climate change are essential to policy discussions about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and about social adaptation to climate change. Children represent a particularly vulnerable...

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2010-06-11 10:50:20

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate narrowly beat back an effort by President Barack Obama's Republican enemies to curb the U.S. government's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions tied to global warming. Lawmakers voted 53-47 to block action on a resolution authored by Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Murkowski's measures would have barred the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving to restrict carbon emissions from vehicles and industrial activity under the U.S....

2010-06-09 08:51:00

Protecting EPA's Authority Vital; Addressing Co-Pollutants Critical to Protecting Nation's Vulnerable WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Environmental Justice and Science Initiative: Leading voices in environmental justice, science, and other academic areas have joined together in finding common ground on concerns of the health impacts of climate change. In a letter to Congressional and Administration leaders, signers urge Congress to...

2010-05-19 14:57:11

As part of its most comprehensive study of climate change to date, the National Research Council today issued three reports emphasizing why the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. The reports by the Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, are part of a congressionally requested suite of five studies known as AMERICA'S...

2010-05-17 08:00:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The intersection of land and environmental policy - including the question of where to put wind and solar farms, adaptation to climate change, the relationship between urban form and vehicle miles traveled, and green building standards for entire neighborhoods - will be the subject of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's 5th annual Land Policy Conference May 23-25. Bruce Babbitt, former governor of Arizona and interior secretary, will be the...

2010-05-12 14:12:00

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) today recognized Senators Kerry and Lieberman for developing a bill to address climate change, but urged the Senate to add funding and policy provisions that are critical to helping states prepare for and respond to the public health effects of climate change. Provisions along these lines are included in the House-passed bill. (Logo:...

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2010-05-04 07:27:48

Trees and other plants help keep the planet cool, but rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are turning down this global air conditioner. According to a new study by researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science, in some regions more than a quarter of the warming from increased carbon dioxide is due to its direct impact on vegetation. This warming is in addition to carbon dioxide's better-known effect as a heat-trapping greenhouse gas. For scientists trying to predict global...

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2010-04-23 05:50:00

In Boliva on Thursday a "people's conference" on climate change agreed to call for the halving of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 at the next UN climate meeting in Mexico in December. About 20,000 environmental activists, indigenous leaders and unionists called for "collective, then individual, obligations for the reduction of greenhouse gases," instead of the non-binding agreement that was brought forth after the Copenhagen summit last year. Pablo Solon, the UN Ambassador to Bolivia, said...

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2010-04-11 08:14:56

The skeptics who frequently deny the reality of climate change in the world's media lack all scientific credibility, charge three eminent Australian researchers who have just been listed among the world's 20 most influential scientists in the field of climate change. Marine researchers Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor Terry Hughes and Professor John Pandolfi were ranked in the world's top 20 by the international science citation analysts Thomson Reuters and ScienceWatch, for the decade...

2010-03-29 09:18:23

Feel Some Uncertainty on Issue of Climate Change In a time when only a handful of TV news stations employ a dedicated science reporter, TV weathercasters may seem like the logical people to fill that role, and in many cases they do. In the largest and most representative survey of television weathercasters to date, George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication shows that two-thirds of weathercasters are interested in reporting on climate change, and many say they are...


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