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  • Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

    06/04/2012 12:12:32 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 53 replies
    OECD ^ | 05/31/2012 | OECD
    Germany is successfully limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources required to grow its economy. Though the public is generally satisfied with the level of environmental quality, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Germany warns that challenges remain in areas like air and water quality, the protection of biodiversity, and de-carbonising energy production. It says that Germany will need more cost-effective policies to achieve its ambitious environmental objectives which, in some cases, go beyond those established in the European Union. Stringent environmental requirements have helped to make Germany a leader in the environmental goods and services sector. Worth up...
  • 'Greener' Climate Prediction Shows Plants Slow Warming

    12/10/2010 3:24:36 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 64 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 9, 2010) | ScienceDaily
    A new NASA computer modeling effort has found that additional growth of plants and trees in a world with doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would create a new negative feedback -- a cooling effect -- in the Earth's climate system that could work to reduce future global warming. The cooling effect would be -0.3 degrees Celsius (C) (-0.5 Fahrenheit (F)) globally and -0.6 degrees C (-1.1 F) over land, compared to simulations where the feedback was not included, said Lahouari Bounoua, of Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Bounoua is lead author on a paper detailing the results published Dec....
  • How to Get Cancer: Move to the United States

    08/07/2009 5:08:20 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 22 replies · 1,271+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 06 August 2009 08:12 am ET | LiveScience Staff
    The risk of cancer for Hispanics living in Florida is 40 percent higher than for those who live in their native countries, a puzzling new study finds. The finding holds even after researchers corrected for the increase detection rates in the United States. And access to health care did not make things better. "This suggests that changes in their environment and lifestyles make them more prone to develop cancer," said Dr. Paulo S. Pinheiro, a researcher in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The results are detailed in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers...
  • Methane Mystery: L.A. Emitting Twice as Much as Estimated

    07/29/2009 3:40:27 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 105 replies · 4,003+ views
    Discovery News via ENN ^ | July 27, 2009 08:50 AM | Michael Reilly, Discovery News
    The greater Los Angeles area is emitting more than double the amount of methane than previously estimated, according to a new study. A greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2), most man-made methane (CH4) emission comes from agriculture -- rice paddies, livestock, and biomass burning are all big contributors. As a result studies have largely ignored the methane coming from urban areas, and regulatory agencies have had to rely on guesswork to fill in the gaps. Debra Wunch of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and a team of researchers measured greenhouse gas emissions in the...
  • Wal-Mart's Environmental Game-Changer

    07/16/2009 11:57:05 PM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 31 replies · 1,481+ views
    Harvard Business Publishing ^ | Thursday July 16, 2009 | Rosabeth Moss Kanter
    Wal-Mart has just changed the game with respect to environmental issues. Now it doesn't matter whether Congress' new cap-and-trade law meets all its promises, nor whether the G-8 leaders dithered rather than acted on environmental issues. Wal-Mart's unilateral decision to put its purchasing and communication power behind going green also shows that a single company using its unique clout can accelerate public action to reduce greenhouse gases and reverse climate change. By rolling out an environmental labelling program disclosing to consumers the environmental costs of making products sold at Wal-Mart, the $401 billion retail behemoth has transformed green standards from...
  • Electricity systems can cope with large-scale wind power

    02/25/2009 12:56:35 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 17 replies · 793+ views
    ENN ^ | February 23, 2009 | Delft University of Technology
    Research by TU Delft proves that Dutch power stations are able to cope at any time in the future with variations in demand for electricity and supply of wind power, as long as use is made of up-to-date wind forecasts. PhD candidate Bart Ummels also demonstrates that there is no need for energy storage facilities. Ummels will receive his PhD on this topic on Thursday 26 February. Wind is variable and can only partially be predicted. The large-scale use of wind power in the electricity system is therefore tricky. PhD candidate Bart Ummels MSc. investigated the consequences of using a...
  • Slab of Antarctic ice shelf collapses amid warming

    03/27/2008 1:34:39 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 91 replies · 1,760+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 26, 2008 | Will Dunham
    "Block after block of ice is just tumbling and crumbling into the ocean," Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, said in a telephone interview. "The shelf is not just cracking off and a piece goes drifting away, but totally shattering. These kinds of events, we don't see them very often. But we want to understand them better because these are the things that lead to a complete loss of the ice shelf," Scambos added. Scambos said a large part of the ice shelf is now supported by only a thin strip of ice. This...
  • Bissfield Michigan Home, Model of Sustainability, Earns LEEDS Platinum

    12/07/2007 12:35:43 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 11 replies · 396+ views
    ENN ^ | December 5, 2007 | Paul Schaefer
    Blissfield, Michigan - Michigan’s first platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award has been given to “Burnside’s Inn,” a home designed by Riverbend Timber Framing, Blissfield, and built by Robert Burnside’s Fireside Home Construction, Dexter. The LEED Green Building Rating System™, the nationally accepted benchmark for high-performance green buildings, bases its certifications on sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The platinum award is its highest level of recognition. “Burnside’s Inn” met the certification’s highest standards using Riverbend’s custom timber frame, along with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and an Advantage™ Insulated Concrete...
  • Honeybee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply

    05/04/2007 1:15:21 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 64 replies · 1,820+ views
    AP ^ | May 03, 2007 | Seth Borenstein
    BELTSVILLE, Md. -- Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet. Honeybees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have. Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons. In fact, about one-third of the human diet...
  • Plastic Trash Vortex Menaces Pacific Sealife

    11/07/2006 2:20:00 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 81 replies · 2,523+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 06, 2006 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON — Old toothbrushes, beach toys and used condoms are part of a vast vortex of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, threatening sea creatures that get tangled in it, eat it or ride on it, a new report says. Because plastic doesn't break down the way organic material does, ocean currents and tides have carried it thousands of miles to an area between Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, according to the study by the international environmental group Greenpeace. This swirling vortex, which can grow to be about the size of Texas, is not far from...
  • The heat is on

    09/10/2006 12:35:39 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 81 replies · 2,167+ views
    The Economist ^ | Sep 7th 2006 | The Economist
    The uncertainty surrounding climate change argues for action, not inaction. America should lead the way FOR most of the Earth's history, the planet has been either very cold, by our standards, or very hot. Fifty million years ago there was no ice on the poles and crocodiles lived in Wyoming. Eighteen thousand years ago there was ice two miles thick in Scotland and, because of the size of the ice sheets, the sea level was 130m lower. Ice-core studies show that in some places dramatic changes happened remarkably swiftly: temperatures rose by as much as 20°C in a decade. Then,...
  • Test-Tube Coral Babies May Mend Reefs

    08/18/2006 12:46:17 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 6 replies · 408+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2006 | Associated Press
    KEY LARGO, Fla. — Marine scientists hope "test-tube coral babies" will take root to help restore a tract of reef ravaged by a 1984 ship grounding in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. A team of University of Miami marine science researchers is collecting coral eggs and sperm all this week during an annual reproductive ritual, dubbed coral spawning. Looking like an upside-down, underwater snowstorm, most corals in the Keys, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean release eggs and sperm into the water a few days after the full moon in August. In the wild, eggs and sperm randomly mix...
  • Putting the carbon back: Black is the new green

    08/17/2006 6:27:04 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 29 replies · 1,094+ views
    Nature ^ | 9 August 2006 | Emma Marris
    One way to keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere is to put it back in the ground. In the first of two News Features on carbon sequestration, Quirin Schiermeier asked when the world's coal-fired power plants will start storing away their carbon. In the second, Emma Marris joins the enthusiasts who think that enriching Earth's soils with charcoal can help avert global warming, reduce the need for fertilizers, and greatly increase the size of turnips. J. LEHMANN Drop of the black stuff: terra preta contrasts strongly with normal soil in colour (above) and produces much more vigorous crops (below)....
  • China Draws Line in Sand to End Pollution for Good

    08/17/2006 2:18:05 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 29 replies · 559+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 16, 2006 | Chris Buckley
    BEIJING — China will rigorously enforce limits on industrial pollution as it seeks to rein in rampant pollution and tame frenetic economic growth, the nation's top environment official said. Zhou Shengxian, head of China's State Environmental Protection Administration, said government efforts to cut sulphur dioxide and other pollutants belching into China's hazy skies were failing, the China Environment News reported on Wednesday. Breakneck economic expansion was instead overwhelming official goals to cut emissions and energy use, he said in a speech to officials on Tuesday. "The central leadership is treating reductions in energy use and major pollutant emissions as two...
  • Cold Can't Stop Alaska Sewage Composting (People can't get enough of it)

    08/15/2006 2:19:13 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 22 replies · 1,099+ views
    Environmental News Network & AP ^ | August 14, 2006 | Dan Joling
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Environmental consultant Mike Pollen remembers standing on a pile of sewage sludge composting outside the Fairbanks treatment plant on a November day in 1997. The temperature was 40 degrees below zero but his feet were warm. Then sweaty. Then uncomfortably hot inside his insulated rubber boots. "They felt like they were going to melt," he said. He figures there was a 180-degree difference between the compost cooking at his feet and the frosty temperature freezing his head. Prevailing wisdom said sludge composting wouldn't work north of North Dakota. Pollen, the author of several wastewater system training manuals...
  • Winches: Are They Necessary?

    08/11/2006 1:59:35 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 51 replies · 1,416+ views
    International Aid and Trade ^ | August 10th, 2006 | Mick Farmer.
    By Mick Farmer. A while ago I wrote an article on winches and asked the question as to their viability. In the article, I discussed that unless you were a complete 4wd nutter like myself or working / living in an environment where you are likely to get stuck on a near daily basis then -- pretty much a waste of money. One piece of equipment that is, in my opinion, invaluable is the high-lift jack. There are various makes including "hi-lift", "jack-all", and "black rat" but they all do much the same thing; only some have a higher safe...
  • China to Let Tourists Hunt Endangered Species

    08/10/2006 2:25:50 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 44 replies · 768+ views
    ENN ^ | August 09, 2006 | Reuters
    BEIJING — China is to auction licences to foreigners to hunt wild animals, including endangered species, a newspaper said on Wednesday. The government would auction licences based on types and numbers of wild animals, ranging from about $200 for a wolf, the only carnivore on the list, to as much as $40,000 for a yak, the Beijing Youth Daily said. The auction, taking place on Sunday in Chengdu, capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, would be the first of its kind in Chinese history, it added. "Some animals are from the first and second category of national wildlife protection,...
  • 'Ferocious Fossils' Found in Australia

    07/14/2006 12:20:09 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 15 replies · 807+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 13, 2006 | Associated Press
    SYDNEY, Australia — Before there were cuddly koalas, hoards of flesh-eating kangaroos, "demon ducks," and marsupial lions roamed Australia's Outback, according to recent fossil discoveries by paleontologists. A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales working in the eastern state of Queensland made the discoveries in three new fossil deposits during a recent two-week dig. Many of the fossils are older than 24 million years; one of the deposits is thought to contain fossils up to 500 million years old, according to Prof. Mike Archer, the university's dean of science. A saber-toothed kangaroo and a giant 10-foot-tall,...
  • Dave Matthews Band Travels Back In Time To Erase Global Warming Pollution With NativeEnergy

    07/11/2006 12:53:26 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 46 replies · 1,185+ views
    Environmental News Network ^ | June 29, 2006 | Clean Air Cool Planet
    CHARLOTTE, VT. — Dave Matthews Band announced today that it has arranged for NativeEnergy and Clean Air-Cool Planet to offset 100 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from all of its touring activities since 1991. By offsetting the CO2 pollution that touring activities, such as transporting gear, powering stages and air travel generate, Dave Matthews Band is taking a proactive role in fighting global warming and helping Native America begin to restore sustainable homeland economies in balance with the Earth. This announcement comes at the beginning of Dave Matthews Band 2006 summer tour, which kicked off on May 30th...
  • Loose Lips Sink Ships

    05/07/2006 11:58:05 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 24 replies · 459+ views
    Loose lips sink ships I know this was part of the US communication war effort during WWII, but can any explain why it appears every time one posts a comment? Given the prominence fo FR as a home for conservative bloggers, it doesn't really seem to make any sense anymore. Can anyone explain?
  • Canadian Natives are Alarmed by a Shortage of Sons

    12/20/2005 3:29:02 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 19 replies · 681+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Matt Crenson
    AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION, Canada — Growing up with smokestacks on the horizon, Ada Lockridge never thought much about the pollution that came out of them. She never worried about the oil slicks in Talfourd Creek, the acrid odors that wafted in on the shifting winds or even the air-raid siren behind her house whose shrill wail meant "go inside and shut the windows." Now Lockridge worries all the time. A budding environmental activist, she recently made a simple but shocking discovery: There are two girls born in her small community for every boy. A sex ratio so out of whack,...
  • Report Says Keeping Public Lands Open for Grazing Costs $123 Million a Year

    11/08/2005 2:35:13 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 30 replies · 655+ views
    AP ^ | November 01, 2005 | Jennifer Talhelm
    WASHINGTON — Federal agencies spend at least $123 million a year to keep public lands open to livestock grazing, according to a government report that environmentalists say bolsters their argument that grazing should be limited. "If we are going to allow grazing on our public lands, the very least we should be doing is we should be recovering the costs," said Greta Anderson, a Tucson, Ariz., botanist and the range restoration campaign coordinator for the Center for Biological Diversity. Jim Hughes, deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management -- which, with the Forest Service, manages 98 percent of grazing...
  • Deforestation Doesn't Trigger Floods, U.N. Report Claims

    10/14/2005 12:12:11 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 4 replies · 385+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 13, 2005 | Alister Doyle
    OSLO — Deforestation is often wrongly blamed for causing floods, like in Guatemala this month, under a myth that has skewed agricultural policies, an international report said on Thursday. "There is no scientific evidence linking large-scale flooding to deforestation," the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) said in a report. The frequency of major floods in the past 120 years, back to the late 19th century when forests were far more abundant, has been stable worldwide, it said. That implied that deforestation was not a cause of flooding. It said devastation...
  • Bush Administration Proposes New Fishing Rules Aimed at Overfishing

    09/21/2005 3:52:07 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 21 replies · 603+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 20, 2005 | John Heilprin
    WASHINGTON — The Bush administration proposed new guidelines Monday that it said would prevent overfishing, part of a plan for managing the nation's marine resources. Critics say they ignore important recommendations from a presidential commission. Tougher fines and penalties, more peer-reviewed science studies and market-based decisions are other measures that will "help us toward ending overfishing and rebuilding our fish stocks," said Jim Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The bill describes how to reauthorize the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Act, which governs the nation's ocean fisheries. Its authorization expired after 1999, though its provisions remain in effect....
  • German Inventor's 'Cat Fuel' Angers Animal Lovers

    09/17/2005 1:46:37 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 28 replies · 1,068+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept 14, 2005 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A German inventor has angered animal rights activists with his answer to fighting the soaring cost of fuel -- dead cats. Christian Koch, 55, from the eastern county of Saxony, told Bild newspaper that his organic diesel fuel -- a home-made blend of garbage, run-over cats, and other ingredients -- is a proven alternative to normal consumer diesel. "I drive my normal diesel-powered car with this mixture," Koch said. "I have gone 170,000 km (106,000 miles) without a problem." The Web site of Koch's firm, "Alphakat GmbH," says his patented "KDV 500" machine can produce what he...
  • Wealthy Liberals Form Partnership, Pledge to Support Think Tanks

    08/18/2005 3:20:04 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 20 replies · 449+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 10, 2005 | Edsall, Thomas
    At least eighty wealthy liberals have each pledged $1 million or more to the newly established Democracy Alliance to fund a network of progressive think tanks and advocacy groups, the Washington Post reports. The goal of the alliance, which was founded last spring, is to foster the development of liberal and left-leaning institutions that can counter the influence of established conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Cato Institute. According to alliance officials, many liberal groups are too focused on promoting an agenda that was enacted when Democrats enjoyed majorities...
  • Rare Island Birds Threatened by 'Super Mice'

    08/08/2005 4:32:18 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 27 replies · 781+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2005 | Ed Stoddard
    JOHANNESBURG — "Monster mice" are eating metre-high albatross chicks alive, threatening rare bird species on a remote south Atlantic island seen as the world's most important seabird colony. Conservation groups say the avian massacre is occurring on Gough Island in the South Atlantic, a British territory about 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) southwest of Cape Town and home to more than 10 million birds. "Gough Island hosts an astonishing community of seabirds and this catastrophe could make many extinct within decades," said Dr Geoff Hilton, a senior research biologist with Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). "We think...
  • Only one question . . .

    07/26/2005 2:37:44 PM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 116 replies · 1,698+ views
    ERF | 260703 | ERF
    First vanity after more about 2 years. One question: When it comes to dealing with a very difficult civilization; in terms of the values we hold most dear as a civilization with a Judeo-Christian tradition. Should we not ask ourselves, when we feel mildly threatened - "What would God do?"
  • Scientists Raise Alarm About Ocean Health

    07/15/2005 2:23:55 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 20 replies · 827+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 14, 2005 | Associated Press
    SEATTLE — With a record number of dead seabirds washing up on West Coast beaches from Central California to British Columbia, marine biologists are raising the alarm about rising ocean temperatures and dwindling plankton populations. "Something big is going on out there," said Julia Parrish, an associate professor in the School of Aquatic Fisheries and Sciences at the University of Washington. "I'm left with no obvious smoking gun, but birds are a good signal because they feed high up on the food chain." Coastal ocean temperatures are 2 to 5 degrees above normal, which may be related to a lack...
  • Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Survey Finds

    07/15/2005 2:06:25 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 57 replies · 1,863+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2005 | Maggie Fox,
    WASHINGTON — Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report to be released Thursday. Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment. The report by the Environmental Working Group is based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical cord blood taken by the American Red Cross. They found an average of 287 contaminants in the blood, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and the Teflon chemical PFOA. "These...
  • Senate Votes to Block Pesticide Tests on Humans

    07/01/2005 1:05:11 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 8 replies · 348+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2005 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON — The Senate voted to block the Environmental Protection Agency from using studies that expose people to pesticides when considering permits for new pest killers. By a 60-37 vote, the Senate approved a provision from Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., that would block the EPA from relying on such testing -- including 24 human pesticide experiments currently under review -- as it approves or denies pesticide applications. The Bush administration lifted a moratorium imposed in 1998 by the Clinton administration on using human testing for pesticide approvals. Under the change, political appointees are refereeing on a case-by-case basis any ethical...
  • Activists Want Fish off California Aquarium Menu

    06/30/2005 8:04:16 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 26 replies · 656+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 29, 2005 | Reuters
    LOS ANGELES — An animal rights group has called on one of the largest aquariums in the United States to stop serving fish to its visitors, likening the practice to grilling up "poodle burgers at a dog show." "It's easy to think of fish as swimming vegetables but of all the places in the country where fish should get a fair shake it's an aquarium," said Karin Robertson, manager of the Fish Empathy Project for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Robertson Friday sent a letter to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, near Los Angeles, asking...
  • Scientists Say Cod Off Nova Scotia Declining

    06/29/2005 2:58:30 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 26 replies · 745+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 28, 2005 | Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Maine — The collapse of cod stocks off Nova Scotia changed the marine ecosystem so dramatically that it may be impossible for cod to recover, according to a study by Canadian scientists that could have ramifications for cod stocks at Georges Bank. Once the top predator, cod is now a bit player in waters off Nova Scotia. Its population on the Scotian Shelf has plunged 96 percent since the 1850s, according to archaeological evidence and old fishing records. In its absence, the entire marine ecosystem has been transformed, said Ken Frank, who co-authored the report published recently in Science...
  • Beijing Earmarks $40 Billion to Get in Olympic Shape

    06/29/2005 2:41:12 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 8 replies · 260+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 28, 2005 | Reuters
    BEIJING — Beijing plans to pump nearly $40 billion into a massive infrastructure building spree to make sure the city is ready to host the 2008 Olympics, state media said on Monday. The groundwork building drive will dwarf Beijing's $2 billion Olympic operating budget and the $2 billion it has put aside for venue construction. "Beijing will raise 320 billion yuan ($38.7 billion) from home and abroad for building 860 infrastructure projects before 2008 to facilitate smooth operation of the 2008 Olympic Games," Xinhua news agency said. Over half the money -- 184 billion yuan -- would go towards expanding...
  • Climate Change is 'All about Our Money,' Big Investors Say

    05/12/2005 2:06:24 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 119 replies · 1,808+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2005 | Charles J. Hanley
    UNITED NATIONS — In a daylong brainstorming "summit," a dozen U.S. state treasurers and hundreds of financiers and other major investors debated ways Tuesday to pressure more U.S. companies into dealing openly with the financial risk of climate change and with ways to reduce it. "Climate change poses a long-term financial and business risk for many of the companies in which we invest," said Connecticut Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, a co-chair of the event. "For us today it's all about our money." Harvard University environmental scientist John Holdren gave the more than 300 participants an update on the latest climate...
  • Exploding Toads in a Hamburg Pond Baffle Scientists

    04/28/2005 12:34:11 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 20 replies · 756+ views
    BERLIN — More than 1,000 toads have puffed up and exploded in a Hamburg pond in recent weeks, and German scientists still have no explanation for what's causing the combustion, an official said Wednesday. Both the pond's water and body parts of the toads have been tested, but scientists have been unable to find a bacteria or virus that would cause the toads to swell up and pop, said Janne Kloepper, of the Hamburg-based Institute for Hygiene and the Environment. "It's absolutely strange," she said. "We have a really unique story here in Hamburg. This phenomenon really doesn't seem to...
  • Shooting Hobbyist Invents Eco-Friendly Target

    03/10/2005 2:22:34 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 28 replies · 863+ views
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | March 09, 2005 | John Nolan
    Joe Schroeder is a man who isn't afraid to pull the trigger on an inventive idea. Living on a portion of his family's farm in Juneau, the self-employed 44-year-old used to spend time pondering ways to fire his shotgun at targets across the open spaces. But, an environmentally conscious shooting hobbyist, Schroeder could not bring himself to fire a single shot. "I couldn't shoot trap because of the crops. The shot was bad for an animal's digestion," said Schroeder, who also didn't want exploding clay targets, which contain significant levels of petroleum pitch, to sprinkle his mother's vegetable garden. His...
  • What trans-Atlantic crisis?

    02/26/2005 12:00:53 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 20 replies · 512+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Thursday, February 24, 2005 | Mohammed Ayoob
    U.S. & Europe, Inc. EAST LANSING, Michigan The main purpose behind President George W. Bush's visit to Europe is said to be mending fences with European allies. Beyond the waxing and waning of rhetoric, however, the health of the alliance was never in doubt. Alarmist analyses about the health of the trans-Atlantic alliance, so popular in the wake of the Iraq war, underestimated the ties that bind the affluent, industrialized, and powerful countries of the global North. They failed to recognize - or deliberately ignored - the common grand design that underpins the North Atlantic "Concert," the major industrialized democracies...
  • Retreat of Antarctic Ice Shelves Is Not New, Report Says

    02/24/2005 11:55:07 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 53 replies · 1,230+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 24, 2005 | Sue Leeman
    LONDON — The current retreat of ice shelves in the Antarctic due to global warming is nothing new -- but this time the problem is manmade and therefore potentially more serious, according to research released Wednesday. Writing in the latest issue of the journal "Geology," British scientists said a survey had shown that ice shelves had retreated thousands of years ago as a result of rising air and ocean temperatures. "What this tells us is that ice shelves don't just break up because they get too big -- as the global warning skeptics argue," said Dominic Hodgson, a scientist with...
  • Defecating Pandas Expand Their Horizons

    02/22/2005 2:15:18 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 8 replies · 385+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 17, 2005 | Reuters
    BEIJING — A study of giant panda poo in China has proved the endangered animals are expanding their horizons, Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday. The faeces were found in Fengxian county, in northwest China's Shaanxi province, where giant pandas hadn't been seen since before the 1970s, it said. In December, a farmer told the Fengxian County Wildlife Management Station that he had spotted an animal that looked very much like a giant panda and had seen giant panda dung while collecting bamboo leaves on a local mountain. "Experts with the Shaanxi Provincial Wildlife Management Station confirmed that the dung...
  • Henry Kissinger: Now, back to defining a new world order

    11/07/2004 11:56:15 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 46 replies · 1,138+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Saturday, November 6, 2004 | Henry Kissinger
    The election campaign that has mesmerized America - and the world - is over. What remains are the challenges that gave rise to this occasionally frenzied battle and the responsibility of dealing with them. . No president has faced an agenda of comparable scope. This is not hyperbole; it is the hand history has dealt this generation. Never before has it been necessary to conduct a war with neither front lines nor geographic definition and, at the same time, to rebuild fundamental principles of world order to replace the traditional ones that went up in the smoke of the World...
  • High Tech Buildings Use Sunlight, Sea Water to Save Energy

    11/02/2004 1:32:54 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 18 replies · 341+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 1, 2004 | Ellen Simon
    At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the lights are controlled by sensors that measure sunlight. They dim immediately when it's sunny and brighten when a passing cloud blocks the Sun. At a new middle school in Washington, D.C., the air conditioner shuts off when a window is open. A wall of windows at a University of Pennsylvania engineering building has built-in blinds adjusted by a computer program that tracks the Sun's path. Buildings are getting smarterm and the next generation of building materials is expected to do even more. Windows could trap the Sun's energy to heat hot water. Sensors that measure...
  • Consumption of Resources Is Outstripping Planet's Ability to Cope, Says WWF

    10/22/2004 1:34:34 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 46 replies · 714+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 22, 2004 | Jonathan Fowler
    GENEVA — People are plundering the world's resources at a pace that outstrips the planet's capacity to sustain life, the environmental group WWF said Thursday. In its regular "Living Planet Report," the World Wide Fund for Nature said humans currently consume 20 percent more natural resources than the Earth can produce. Consumption of fossil fuels such as coal, gas, and oil increased by almost 700 percent between 1961 and 2001, it said. But the planet is unable to move as fast to absorb the resulting carbon-dioxide emissions that degrade the Earth's protective ozone layer. "We are spending nature's capital faster...
  • Businesses urged to curb thirst for water

    09/09/2004 1:18:03 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 7 replies · 334+ views ^ | Thursday, September 09, 2004 |
    OAKLAND, California — The largest, least expensive, and most environmentally sound source of water to meet California’s future needs is the water currently being wasted in every sector of our economy. That's the message of a new research paper by the Pacific Institute, a leading nonpartisan research institute based in Oakland, California. The report identifies a range of worrisome trends that impact businesses in almost every sector and recommends steps that companies can take to meet these challenges head on. "Water scarcity and other water-related issues already pose a serious threat to many businesses around the world," said Jason Morrison,...
  • Ranchers try to boost alternative grazing method

    09/08/2004 10:58:49 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 33 replies · 1,882+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, September 08, 2004 | Associated Press
    TURTLE LAKE, North Dakota — In the early 1980s, Gene Goven noticed his cattle spent all of their time in one place, grazing on the tender regrowth of their favorite plant species and ignoring the rest. The favored plants eventually dwindled and nonnative species thrived, resulting in less plant diversity and unhealthy soil. After studying the land and the cattle, Goven came up with a new grazing system. He divided his two pastures into 18 smaller plots and gave the cattle only 10 to 15 days in each pasture. As a result, he was able to boost the grazing season...
  • Corals are easing into warming waters

    09/02/2004 3:18:28 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 15 replies · 497+ views
    California Academy of Sciences ^ | Thursday, September 02, 2004 | Megan Mansell Williams and Kathleen M. Wong
    Corals are adapting to the world's warming climate with a kind of living heat shield. Corals typically house symbiotic algae, which convert sunlight into food and paint reefs vivid colors. But in recent years, warming waters have triggered many corals to eject those algae, bleaching reefs white and often killing the coral in the process. Now some corals have found a way to survive current global warming trends. Andrew Baker of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York sampled corals before, during, and after the 1997-98 El Niño brought warm waters to the Pacific Ocean. He reports in the journal...
  • Technology already exists to stabilize climate, say experts

    09/01/2004 11:22:16 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 31 replies · 755+ views ^ | Wednesday, September 01, 2004 |
    PRINCETON, New Jersey — Existing technologies could stop the escalation of global warming for 50 years, and work on implementing them can begin immediately, according to an analysis by Princeton University scientists. The scientists identified 15 technologies — from wind, solar, and nuclear energy to conservation techniques — that are ripe for large-scale use and showed that each could solve a significant portion of the problem. Their analysis, published recently in Science, indicates that many combinations of these 15 technologies could prevent global emissions of greenhouse gases from rising for the next five decades. The finding counters the common argument...
  • California revives plan to create string of restricted fishing zones along coast

    08/31/2004 2:02:26 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 22 replies · 409+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, August 31, 2004 | Terence Chea
    SAN FRANCISCO — State wildlife officials announced plans recently to revive a program to create marine reserves along California's 1,100-mile coast. The program would set up restricted fishing zones expected to serve as models for protecting ocean habitat. Plans for the state-mandated network were shelved eight months ago because of budget woes. State agencies have now secured $2 million from private donors and $500,000 in state funding. "This governor is committed to protecting and restoring these oceans, particularly in California," state Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman said. The program represents a new approach to marine conservation. Rather than protecting individual fish...
  • Asian farmers are sucking the continent dry, says report

    08/30/2004 7:04:51 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 38 replies · 898+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, August 26, 2004 | Andrew Cawthorne
    LONDON — Asian farmers drilling millions of pump-operated wells in an ever-deeper search for water are threatening to suck the continent's underground reserves dry, a science magazine warned Wednesday. "This little-heralded crisis is repeating itself across Asia and could cause widespread famine in the decades to come," London-based New Scientist said in a report on scientists' findings at a recent water conference in Sweden. The worst affected country is India. There, small farmers have abandoned traditional shallow wells where bullocks draw water in leather buckets to drill 21 million tube wells hundreds of yards below the surface using technology adapted...
  • Summer heat pushes Shanghai power use to record

    07/13/2004 3:30:16 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 4 replies · 255+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, July 13, 2004 | Reuters
    SHANGHAI — Electricity usage in Shanghai, China's financial hub, surged to a record 14.35 million kilowatt-hours on Monday as the city battled scorching weather and struggled to cope with power shortages, television said. That level came dangerously close to the maximum the city can pump out at any given moment, and companies may be ordered to stagger their working hours if the crisis persists, Shanghai Television said. Temperatures in the eastern metropolis soared to a high of 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit), and residents and offices turned up their air-conditioning to beat the summer heat, highlighting the risk of a...