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Brown Clouds Melt Glaciers, Darken Cities Across Asia

Article: Brown Clouds Melt Glaciers, Darken Cities Across Asia

BEIJING, China, November 13, 2008 (ENS) – A brown cloud of pollution caused by human activities, three kilometers thick and stretching from the Arabian Peninsula across Asia to the western Pacific Ocean, is darkening cities, speeding the melting of Himalayan glaciers and affecting human health, finds a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme.…

U.S. National Labs Probe Abrupt Climate Change

Article: U.S. National Labs Probe Abrupt Climate Change

BERKELEY, California, September 22, 2008 (ENS) – Abrupt and rapid climate change is a threat that the federal government has just decided to take seriously. Scientists from six national laboratories have been assigned to a new project that will undertake to define possible mechanisms of abrupt climate change well enough to build comprehensive computer models…

Once Rare, Coastal Dead Zones Are Multiplying Worldwide

Article: Once Rare, Coastal Dead Zones Are Multiplying Worldwide

GLOUCESTER POINT, Virginia, August 15, 2008 (ENS) – Around 1910, when scientists began studying the marine areas of low oxygen known as dead zones, there were only four of them worldwide. Now, there are 405 dead zones in the world’s coastal waters, covering a total area of 95,000 square miles, according to the latest research…

Global Warming Could Kill World's Coral Reefs in 50 Years

Article: Global Warming Could Kill World's Coral Reefs in 50 Years

ST. LUCIA, Queensland, Australia, December 21, 2007 (ENS) – Seventeen eminent marine scientists warn that world leaders face a race against time in preparing coral reefs, and the coastal communities dependent upon them for the “inevitable impact” of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. Their new study shows that levels of carbon…

The Future is Green: Zero Carbon and Zero Waste

Article: The Future is Green: Zero Carbon and Zero Waste

With the year winding to a close, many of us take time to reflect on the months gone by and to gaze into our own personal crystal ball to see what the next year might hold. The future is green, from TreeHugger’s point of view, and there are more new ways to insure this is…