The Natural Resources Defense Council’s annual beach water quality report, finds that stormwater runoff and sewage pollution still plagues most US beach waters and the Great Lakes. The report, titled Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches, notes that last year America’s beaches saw the third-highest number of closing and advisory days in more than two decades. The report ... read more >>
Scientists using NASA satellite data and climate models have projected drier conditions likely will cause increased fire activity across the United States in coming decades. Other findings about U.S. wildfires, including their amount of carbon emissions and how the length and strength of fire seasons are expected to change under future climate conditions, were also presented Tuesday at the annual ... read more >>
Biodiesel is an alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. It is safe to use in any diesel engine and is more sustainable and far less polluting than conventional petroleum diesel. Biodiesel significantly reduces asthma-causing soot, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide in air emissions. Along with creating less pollution, biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradab ... read more >>
Synthetic fuels manufactured from natural gas, coal, and non-food crops could be used to completely fuel the US transportation system providing security and environmental benefits of 50% cut of emissions. ... read more >>
Water is a cardinal issue in the Middle East. Any year there is a drought, it makes headlines. Otherwise, it is always there, lurking in the background, behind the religious and nationalist slogans and rhetoric. A 1995 ENCOP survey by Stephan Libiszewski documented the distribution of water resources in the Jordan River Basin: Israel, Palestine and neighboring countries. There is not much water ... read more >>
Climate change is predicted to cause more intense and frequent floods and droughts in Southeast Asia, threatening the world's rice bowl and millions of people who live there unless preventive actions are taken soon, scientists warn. At the Climate Smart Agriculture in Asia workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, last month, climatologists and agricultural researchers discussed farming practices and t ... read more >>
On a recent boat ride up the Anacostia River, the first warm day of spring had lured anglers to the riverbank. Cooped up over the winter, they seized the opportunity to return to their faithful friend—filled with catfish, perch and bass—to find some peace in nature and some dinner for the night. But this was no Norman Rockwell painting. These fishermen were casting their lines into the urban wate ... read more >>
The largest solar power plant in Africa will be built in Ghana, the British company behind the plan said on Tuesday.
Source of much of the world's cocoa and an increasingly significant oil producer, Ghana's new drive to exploit the sun's energy is predicted to create hundreds of jobs and increase the country's electricity capacity by 6%, as well as cutting emissions.
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Scientists found that intensity of wildfires, in the United States, are expected to increase over the next decade. This is mainly linked to drier conditions caused by climate change. ... read more >>
London's $850 million Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world and it features 13-story-high gates designed to protect the city from flooding caused by storm surges and abnormally high tides. Proposals to build larger barriers are being debated to help the city prepare for future sea level rise. "The key thing is an adaptable plan," said Tim Reeder, regional climat ... read more >>