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September 7, 2012 Loss of Tropical Forests Reduces Rain

Source: Green Building Elements

A team from the University of Leeds and the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology found that for the majority of the Earth’s tropical land surface, air passing over extensive forests produces at least twice as much rain as air...

September 7, 2012 Arctic ice melt 'like adding 20 years of CO2 emissions'

Source: BBC

The loss of Arctic ice is massively compounding the effects of greenhouse gas emissions, ice scientist Professor Peter Wadhams has told BBC Newsnight

September 7, 2012 Black carbon's role in climate change may be overstated

Source: Boston Globe

Black carbon - the main ingredient of airborne soot - has long believed to be a key contributor to climate change with its warming impact second only to carbon dioxide. In fact, some scientists and policy makers have suggested...

September 6, 2012 Shell to Test Capturing of Carbon in Canada

Source: NY Times

HOUSTON — In a bid to make oil sands production less polluting, Royal Dutch Shell announced on Wednesday that it would go forward with the first carbon capture and storage project ever tried in the fields of western Canada.

September 5, 2012 Deepwater Horizon: BP accused of gross negligence

Source: BBC

The US Justice Department has accused BP of "gross negligence and wilful misconduct" over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, claims which BP deny.

September 5, 2012 Australian carbon payout to coal generators in doubt-paper

Source: Reuters

The Australian federal government will not pay the country's top polluting brown coal-fired electricity generators compensation to shut down after negotiations with their owners broke down, the Australian Financial review...

September 4, 2012 Could a carbon tax help the U.S. avert the fiscal cliff?

Source: Washington Post Blog

With the United States facing the expiration of a slew of tax cuts in 2013—the dread “fiscal cliff”—there has been plenty of interest in offbeat tax-reform proposals. And one idea that a few economists keep knocking around is a...

September 1, 2012 Gas prices among highest ever for Labor Day weekend

Source: Sacramento Bee

Labor Day weekend historically represents the end of the summer driving season, when motorists can look forward to gradually falling temperatures and gas prices.

August 31, 2012 Air Pollution, Carbon Decreased Last Year

Source: Care2.com

There is some good news when it comes to air pollution, a recent report found. Sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions are declining. The report by the sustainability advocacy group Ceres analyzed 100...

August 31, 2012 U.S. Approves an Initial Step in Oil Drilling Near Alaska

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department granted Shell permission on Thursday to begin preparatory work on its first well in the Arctic Ocean, moving the company a critical step forward on its tortuous quest to drill for oil off the...

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