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Human Dimension Needed in U.S. Climate Research

Human Dimension Needed in U.S. Climate Research

WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. government’s Climate Change Science Program should expand its agenda to integrate research in the natural and social sciences that will enable the nation to tackle problems communities actually face, says a new report from the National Research Council. Climate change already is changing people’s lives with…

Brown Clouds Melt Glaciers, Darken Cities Across Asia

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.…

The Most Potent Unknown Greenhouse Gas Revealed

The Most Potent Unknown Greenhouse Gas Revealed

SAN DIEGO, California, October 24, 2008 (ENS) – A gas used in manufacture of flat panel televisions, computer displays, microcircuits, and thin-film solar panels is 17,000 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and it is far more prevalent in the atmosphere than previously estimated. The powerful greenhouse gas nitrogen trifluoride, NF3, is…

UC-San Diego Will Generate 10 Percent of Its Own Power

UC-San Diego Will Generate 10 Percent of Its Own Power

SAN DIEGO, California, July 16, 2008 (ENS) – The University of California-San Diego calls itself “one of the nation’s greenest college campuses,” and to enhance that status, the university has begun to install the components of a multi-faceted sustainable energy program. The university will soon be generating 7.4 megawatts of green energy, providing 10 to…

Robot Aircraft to Study Southern California Smog

Robot Aircraft to Study Southern California Smog

SAN DIEGO, California, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – Using advanced unmanned aircraft, research scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego are assessing Southern California’s potential for climate change and better understand the sources of air pollution. The aircraft typically fly in formations of three, measuring a range of properties such as the…

Black Carbon Pollution a Major Factor in Global Warming

Black Carbon Pollution a Major Factor in Global Warming

SAN DIEGO, California, March 23, 2008 (ENS) – Black carbon, particulate matter in the air produced by diesel exhaust, biomass burning, and cooking with solid fuels, has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than existing estimates, according to scientists in an upcoming review article in the journal “Nature Geoscience.” Atmospheric…

Fishing Pressure Pushing Sharks Towards Extinction

Fishing Pressure Pushing Sharks Towards Extinction

BOSTON, Massachusetts, February 17, 2008 (ENS) – Once plentiful sharks are vanishing from the world’s oceans, and some species are even at risk of extinction a shark expert told fellow scientists at the ongoing annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The global status of large sharks has been assessed by…

Lake Mead Water Could Dry Up by 2021

Lake Mead Water Could Dry Up by 2021

SAN DIEGO, California, February 12, 2008 (ENS) – There is a 50 percent chance Lake Mead, a key source of water for millions of people in the southwestern United States, will be dry by 2021 if the climate changes as expected and future water use is not limited, warn researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography…