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  • Volcanoes Behind Earth's Cooling; China and India Exonerated

    03/01/2013 7:18:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    scienceworldreport ^ | Mar 01, 2013 09:19 PM EST
    Volcanoes have more impact on earth’s climate than previously thought, scientists at the University of Colorado have found. The researchers came across the finding as they looked for reasons our planet has not heated up as much as expected. The mainstream explanation was that the development in Asia (China and India, essentially) – where the industrial sulfur dioxide emissions increased 60 percent from 2000 to 2010, mainly driven by coal burning – was behind the cooling of Earth. According to the study by Ryan Neely which helped cement the mainstream view, small amounts of sulfur dioxide emissions from Earth's surface...
  • Coal: The Rock That Burns

    09/19/2012 12:12:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 03.07.12 | Ed Hiserodt
    “Load sixteen tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt… ” — Tennessee Ernie Ford Coal is very low on the scale of subjects for ballads or charming folklore. Like Rodney Dangerfield, it just doesn’t get any respect. What does a naughty boy get in his Christmas stocking? A lump of coal. As a career, few brave souls outside Appalachia would have a goal in life of riding a rail car several miles — down several thousand feet below the surface — to attack the “face” of a coal seam. The thought terrifies me —...
  • Senators seek sulfur dioxide pollution cuts

    02/04/2010 3:15:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 299+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/10 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at slashing emissions of sulfur dioxide, mercury and nitrogen oxide from smokestacks including coal-fired power plants. The measure, which has stalled in Congress in years past, also would set up nationwide trading systems for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollution permits, its sponsors said. But it does not tackle the much larger and controversial question of how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions blamed for climate change. Separate negotiations are underway on a greenhouse gas emissions bill. Democratic Senator Thomas Carper, a main sponsor of the legislation...
  • Obama Years Ago Helped Fund Carbon Program He Is Now Pushing Through Congress ( Cap & Tax )

    11/20/2009 4:45:46 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 913+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Updated March 25, 2009 | Ed Barnes ,
    While on the board of a Chicago-based charity, Barack Obama helped fund a carbon trading exchange that will likely play a critical role in the cap-and-trade carbon reduction program he is now trying to push through Congress as president. In 2000 and 2001, while Barack Obama served as a board member for a Chicago-based charitable foundation, he helped to fund a pioneering carbon trading exchange that is likely to fill a critical role in the controversial cap-and-trade carbon reduction scheme that President Obama is now trying to push rapidly through Congress. During those two years, the Joyce Foundation gave nearly...
  • NYT: Report by E.P.A. Offers Heartening News on Summertime Air (but the 1st paragraph is a puzzler)

    08/19/2005 6:07:58 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 445+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2005 | MICHAEL JANOFSKY
    A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency says ozone levels are falling in 19 Eastern states where bad air is common in the summer. The reduction reflects what agency officials describe as a significant decline in emissions of nitrogen oxides, whose reaction with sunlight, other weather conditions and volatile organic chemicals can make the air hard to breathe in the warmer months. The report says that last year, nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants and other large sources of combustion in the 19 states... were 30 percent below 2003 levels and 50 percent below those of 2000. The result,...
  • Court finds fault with EPA haze program for parks, wilderness (U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit)

    02/18/2005 7:58:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 575+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/18/05 | John Heilprin - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a government-approved program used by five Western states to improve their air quality and visibility in national parks and wilderness areas. Siding with an industry coalition, the court said the states' program was based on Environmental Protection Agency methods that the court, ruling in a case three years ago, had found to be "inconsistent with the Clean Air Act." Friday's decision deals with efforts by Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming to cut sulfur dioxide pollution that contributes to regional haze, particularly at the Grand Canyon. Mike Leavitt, now...
  • Clearing the Air

    04/20/2004 11:22:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 3,282+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 20, 2004 | DAVID BROOKS
    The journalist has the ultimate power, a cynic once said, the power to choose whom to be co-opted by. That temptation is never greater than when you are writing about environmental policy. You can go to the environmental groups and get one set of facts. Or you can go to the industry groups and get an entirely different set of facts. Both sides have long histories of exaggeration and distortion, and there's no other realm of public policy in which it is so hard to find honest brokers, capable of offering a balanced perspective. Nonetheless, over the past couple of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 12-18-02

    12/18/2002 4:57:31 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 315+ views
    NASA ^ | 12-18-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 December 18 Io Volcano Culann Patera Credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA Explanation: What causes the unusual colors surrounding Io's volcanoes? Io, the innermost large moon of Jupiter, is known to be the most tumultuous body in the Solar System. Approximately the size of Earth's Moon, Io undergoes nearly continuous volcanic eruptions from an interior heated by gravitational tides from Jupiter and Jupiter's other large moons. The robot...