Scientists expressed alarm on Monday over the rapid acidification of the Arctic Ocean caused by carbon dioxide emissions, which could have dire consequences on the region's fragile ecosystem.
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A black sheen discovered in a storm drain in southeastern Michigan on Thursday was most likely the result of motor oil dumping and was not a crude oil spill, local police said. Lieutenant Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights police department said the spill was contained by booms in the Red Run drain, which leads into the nearby Clinton River near Warren, about 20 miles north of Detroit Warren Mayo ... read more >>
Amazon Indians on Friday refused to end their occupation of a building site that has partially paralyzed work on the world's third largest hydroelectric dam for two days. Some 200 people from various indigenous groups occupied one of three construction sites of the controversial Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River on Thursday, halting work by 3,000 of the 22,000 workers on the project. They are dem ... read more >>
Millions of shorebirds could be lost as sea levels rise in the coming decades, international environmental scientists have warned.
World-first research predicts that a loss of 23 to 40 per cent of the birds’ main feeding grounds could lead to a 70 per cent decline in their population.
This places some of the world’s shorebirds at greater risk as some areas have already reported alarming pop ... read more >>
Methane study, EPA debunk claims of water pollution, climate change from fracking - Washington Times
After a 16-month investigation, state regulators Monday said that natural gas fracking, contrary to highly publicized claims, isn’t to blame for high methane levels in three families’ drinking water in a northern Pennsylvania town.
For fracking proponents, it was another piece of good news. The oil and gas industry still was unwrapping the federal government’s acknowledgment that fracking isn ... read more >>
Sea levels have risen along the East Coast around 6 to 8 inches since 1960. Under different global warming scenarios, seas could rise 8 inches to several feet by 2100.
The longer term concern is that if warming causes the collapse of the Greenland and/or Antarctic ice sheets, seas could rise tens of feet, although it is thought a rise of that magnitude would take hundreds of years.
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Global warming is the primary factor contributing to rising sea levels and with new data showing that greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, we can expect concomitant rises in sea levels in America and around the world. To try to address the threat on the US East Coast, UCS convened a multi-state roundtable in April. This roundtable included the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as officials ... read more >>
Using the same devious mechanism that enables some bacteria to shrug off powerful antibiotics, scientists have developed solar-powered nanofilters that remove antibiotics from the water in lakes and rivers twice as efficiently as the best existing technology. Their report appears in ACS' journal Nano Letters. ... read more >>
Work on Dubai’s first sustainable city is expected to start in July. The Dubai Sustainable City will include villas, townhouses, a university, commercial center, shopping mall, tourist attractions and a sustainable hotel and resort. "The mixed-used project will have a car-free zone and solar-powered golf carts for each house," said Faris Saeed, chief executive of Diamond Developers. "The green in ... read more >>
Three House Democrats have proposed a bill to allow public-private partnerships to improve the aging lock and dam infrastructure along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The system is several decades old and there is more than a $60 billion backlog of projects that need to be completed, according to the lawmakers. The P3 approach could help move projects faster and provide more funding. "It isn ... read more >>