The civil war in Syria has been devastating, generating a death toll fast approaching 100,000, while uprooting millions of civilians from their homes. But as the US and Russia signed an unprecedented accord on Wednesday in search of a political solution to an increasingly intractable conflict, its underlying causes in a fatal convergence of energy, climate and economic factors remain little under ... read more >>
The ongoing debate between scientists about the temperature of the earth as a result of doubling Carbon dioxide. The range of change is still quite huge, however studies predict a further increase in the temperature. ... read more >>
Britain faces increasingly extreme weather conditions and urgently needs to improve its anti-flood defences and preparations for severe drought, says the Environment Agency.
Its stark conclusion follows detailed analysis of weather patterns, river levels and flooding events in 2012, which revealed that some areas suffered record levels of drought before facing some of the worst flooding ever. ... read more >>
According to the article, two third o PDF the ocean life still remain undiscovered till today. Despite an increasing rate of species discovery, as much as 95 percent of the world's oceans remain unexplored. ... read more >>
Here are two useful articles assessing the latest thinking on the pace at which Greenland ice loss could raise sea levels and the implications of the recent plateau in global temperatures (one acknowledged by climate scientists including Susan Solomon and James Hansen):
Michael Lemonick at Climate Central writes on new research finding it’s unlikely that the recent surge of ice flowing into th ... read more >>
Covering about three quarters of earth, our oceans are one of the biggest potential renewable energy sources on the planet. The Energy Department estimates that the maximum theoretical electric generation that could be produced from U.S. wave and tidal resources is approximately 1,420 terawatt hours (TWh) per year. That’s about one-third of the nation’s total annual electricity usage. Of course, ... read more >>
Water power was the engine of industrialization and Germany's most important source of energy at the beginning of the last century: there were more than 100,000 hydro-electric power plants back then. Today, only around 7,500 of those are left and they deliver roughly three percent of German power.
Experts estimate that the share of water power could rise up to 50 percent if roughly 20,000 older ... read more >>
About 6,000 people who live on the remote Marshall Islands in the Pacific are facing an acute shortage of fresh water as a severe drought worsens. A state of disaster was declared in the north. Australia announced it would provide AU$100,000 (£65,335) for emergency desalination units. The US has also donated several reverse-osmosis machines, which convert salt water into fresh water. There is no ... read more >>
It is increasingly likely that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced from their homelands in the near future as a result of global warming. That is the stark warning of economist and climate change expert Lord Stern following the news last week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere had reached a level of 400 parts per million (ppm). Massive movements of people are lik ... read more >>
10News - San Diego sues water quality board over polluted plume under Qualcomm - 10News.com - Team 10 Investigates
The RWQCB allowed the corporation responsible for a mid-1980s fuel spill to clean it up. The clean up process involves dumping 1.2 million gallons of contaminated water a day in the city sewer and drainage system. Team 10 asked the Regional Water Quality Control Board's executive director why a water protection agency would allow a private company to dump 1.2 million gallons of contaminated wate ... read more >>