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Scientists seek ways to predict global warming-related disasters

August 17th, 2010

Some of the world’s leading climate scientists have gathered in Boulder, Colo., to consider ways to set up an early warning system to predict future meteorological disasters caused by global warming. The meeting comes in the wake of a series of meteorological events that have dominated the summer’s headlines, including:

  • The record-breaking heat wave that left Moscow blanketed with smog from burning peat lands
  • Splintering of a massive island of ice from the Greenland ice cap
  • Floods in Pakistan that have killed at least 1,600 and left 20 million homeless.

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Gulf spill: Where did all the oil go?

August 17th, 2010

The United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that a majority of oil from the BP spill has been captured or mitigated through the federal response effort. Estimates of the spill are in the tens of thousands of barrels. So, where did all that oil go? VOA’s Rebecca Ward has some clues:

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State of the Climate in 2010: Hot

July 29th, 2010

Congress debates it. Nations argue about how to address it. But its existence is “unmistakable” according to the 2009 State of the Climate report released Wednesday.

Global warming is happening.

State of the Climate, which drew on work by 300 scientists in 160 research groups in 48 countries, confirms that the past decade of 2000-2009 was the warmest on record, and that Earth has been growing warmer over the past 50 years.
The research groups looked at 10 indicators, and confirmed that seven are going up, making the world slightly, but significantly warmer.

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Warmer ocean temperatures blamed for coral bleaching

July 20th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Image: noaa.gov

Higher than normal ocean temperatures are wreaking havoc on coral reefs in south east Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, turning previously color-splashed areas into white wastelands due to a phenomenon known as “coral bleaching.”

“The bleaching is very strong throughout south east Asia and the central Indian Ocean,” Dr. Mark Eakin, coordinator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch, said. “The reports are that it is the worst since 1997/1998. This is a really huge event and we are going to see a lot of corals dying.”

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NOAA prediction of active hurricane season portends inland oil damage

June 2nd, 2010

Hurricane Ike, 2008 (Photo: NOAA)Talk about insult after injury. This year, the U.S. can expect a more active hurricane season, in which drifting oil and highs winds could conspire to slap the Gulf of Mexico coast with black storm waves, smearing the spilled BP oil far inland and complicating hurricane clean ups.

It could “blanket all of south Louisiana, not only killing the marsh, but contaminating where we sit right now, the football field, the high school, so it wouldn’t just be a cleanup from water. … I don’t know if we’d ever clean it up,” Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser told CNN.

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From great minds to silly solutions: Searching for oil spill answers

May 28th, 2010

NOAA flight director Richard Henning confers with Dr. Nick Shay, professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at University of Miami, during an in-flight mission (Photo: NOAA)
Goodness knows everyone wants to help. Take the thousands of people who swept up more than 400,000 pounds of human hair and animal fur (dogs, cats, even alpacas) to stuff inside what are essentially gigantic panty hose in an effort to soak up the oozing oil. (Unfortunately, engineers have said that’s not going to help much.) But where, when and how, will this gusher be stopped, and how can the damage be blunted? Pretty much everyone’s on the case.

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New federal climate service would help businesses adapt to change

February 15th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Who says the federal government isn’t moving in response to climate change? A proposed new service is designed to help businesses adapt to global warming and to encourage development of new technologies to cope with it.

“Even with our best efforts, we know that some degree of climate change is inevitable and American citizens and businesses, and American governments … must be able to rise to environmental and economic challenges that lie ahead,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says.

NOAA Climate Services requires a reorganization at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is part of the Commerce Department and includes the National Weather Service.

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Study finds catch shares improve consistency, not health, of fisheries

December 22nd, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Catch share programs result in more consistent and predictable fisheries but do not necessarily improve ecological conditions, according to a new study published online this week by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Employed by nations around the world, catch shares — a management system that divides up and allocates percentages, or shares, of the total allowable catch to individual fishermen or fishing groups — have generated controversy as to whether they lead to better environmental stewardship than other fishery management options. The study, funded by the Lenfest Ocean Program, concluded that these programs help to eliminate erratic swings in fishing rates, catch landings and fish population sizes, among other factors, but may not necessarily lead to larger fish populations.

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My Green Job: Claire Fackler, marine life educator

April 13th, 2009

Claire Fackler, 36, Santa Barbara, California

What I do:

I have been working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA), National Ocean Service since 1999. Currently as the National Education Liaison for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, I work with various partners, such as National Geographic facklerSociety and the Institute for Exploration on national and regional educational programs that enhance public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the marine environment, particularly America’s underwater treasures, known as national marine sanctuaries.

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Big pollution from cargo ships

March 13th, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

Wondering how much it matters that your sneakers were made in China and your coffee grown in Kenya? Consider this: The ships that brought those goods to America belch enough particulate pollutants into the world’s air to match half of all cars combined.

So says a paper just published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, in which scientists led by Boulder, Colorado researcher Daniel A. Lack analyzed readings taken in and around the Gulf of Mexico during the summer of 2006. The team trailed over 200 commercial vessels that summer, measuring the emissions of everything from cargo freighters to cruise ships, and what they found isn’t happy news for those living in coastal areas.

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Google Earth heads to sea

February 4th, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

Google has a way of attracting attention, whether it’s by upending cell phone paradigms with an open-source platform or frightening publishers with its quest to digitize every book ever written. Now environmental groups have reason to hope one of the search giant’s projects will raise eco-consciousness among people who spend more time playing with the latest techie fad than they do reading conservationist pamphlets.

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Global warming won’t go away any time soon

January 29th, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

President Obama may be moving swiftly to turn his environmental campaign pledges into official policy, but even a miraculous transformation of our behavior at this point would be too late to stop some effects that are “basically irreversible,” according to statements made by climate scientists this week.

In a press teleconference held in advance of the publication of their research, the scientists said that, contrary to what many laymen and policymakers assume, the earth’s temperature would not return to normal even if carbon emissions were cut to zero tomorrow — not in 100 years, not in 200 years, and probably not within this millennium.

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