Archive for November, 2008

Seas turn to acid as they soak up CO2

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The Bay of Naples is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and glittering clear waters. For centuries, tourists have flocked to the region to experience its glories.

But beneath the waves, scientists have uncovered an alarming secret. They have found streams of gas bubbling up from the seabed around the island of Ischia. ‘The waters are like a Jacuzzi – there is so much carbon dioxide fizzing up from the seabed,’ said Dr Jason Hall-Spencer, of Plymouth University. ‘Millions of litres of gas bubble up every day.’

The gas streams have turned Ischia’s waters into acid, and this has had a major impact on sea life and aquatic plants. Now marine biologists fear that the world’s seas could follow suit. (full article)

Farmers can cut carbon, if payments are right

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Doug Gronau makes money from his soil, not just from his corn and soybeans.

He gets payments each year for farming his rolling western Iowa land without breaking the soil. The ground between the rows of corn and soybeans plants is littered with old corncobs and decaying debris.

But the money is in the stuff that’s out of sight. Such no-till farming keeps carbon under the ground, in the form of roots and other plant matter. Tillage releases the carbon to become a heat-trapping gas, carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. (full article)

Sea level rising faster

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

A new report by scientist suggests fast-rising sea-levels are likely to hit Pacific Island countries sooner rather than later, reports Radio New Zealand International.

The latest study which was on levels of carbon dioxide in the earths atmosphere has suggested that emissions have kept on rising over the years.

According to the study, predictions of the effects of climate change are based on projected increases in carbon dioxide. (Full Article)

A Splash of Green for the Rust Belt

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

LIKE his uncle, his grandfather and many of their neighbors, Arie Versendaal spent decades working at the Maytag factory here, turning coils of steel into washing machines.

When the plant closed last year, taking 1,800 jobs out of this town of 16,000 people, it seemed a familiar story of American industrial decline: another company town brought to its knees by the vagaries of global trade.

Except that Mr. Versendaal has a new factory job, at a plant here that makes blades for turbines that turn wind into electricity. (Full Article)

Companies see profits flowing from greener style, report says

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

OTTAWA – Canada’s largest companies are starting to report more business opportunities than risks as a result of emerging regulations to address the greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming, a new international study has revealed.

The Carbon Disclosure Project, an annual survey of the largest corporations in the world by a coalition of investors, found that an overwhelming majority of the country’s biggest corporations see opportunities as they address the impacts of new caps on their levels of greenhouse gas pollution. (Full Article)

Climate-warming methane levels rose fast in 2007

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Levels of climate-warming methane — a greenhouse gas 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide — rose abruptly in Earth’s atmosphere last year, and scientists who reported the change don’t know why it occurred.

Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has more than doubled in the atmosphere since pre-industrial times, but stayed largely stable over the last decade or so before rising in 2007, researchers said on Wednesday. (Full Article)

World threatened by ecological ‘credit crunch’: WWF

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Growing demands on natural capital — such as forests, water, soil, air and biodiversity — already outstrip the world’s capacity to renew these resources by a third, according to the WWF’s Living Planet Report.Reckless borrowing against Earth’s exhausted bounty is driving the planet toward an ecological “credit crunch”, the World Wildlife Fund warned on Wednesday. (Full Article)