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21 Sep 2012

Exclusive: Smoothing industry’s Arctic path, an Alaska native reaches out

The emphasis is on listening to those who live in the Arctic, who may have special expertise in survival in this harsh and changing climate, Norton said. “They understand weather, kindness, love, humor,” she said. “If you don’t have basic understanding of that, you’re not going to get very far.”

19 Sep 2012

Arctic sea ice thaw may be accelerated by oil, shipping

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said there was an urgent need to calculate risks of local pollutants such as soot, or “black carbon”, in the Arctic. Soot darkens ice, making it soak up more of the sun’s heat and quickening a melt.

19 Sep 2012

Fast action on short lived pollutants could have direct impact on climate change

The extent of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean has shrunk this summer to the smallest since satellite records began in the 1970s—black carbon emissions and low level ozone produced by increased oil and gas activity and rising levels of shipping are likely to aggravate the situation.

18 Sep 2012

Idyllic Oregon thrust into energy export debate

Oregon is a very green place in more ways than one, with the region boasting the densest forest cover in the country, and a leftward bent to its politics.

18 Sep 2012

Chance of saving most coral reefs is dwindling -study

Around 70 percent of corals are expected to suffer from long-term degradation by 2030, even if strict emission cuts are enforced, according to the study.

18 Sep 2012

‘Hot air’ to resurface without deeper CO2 goals

Poorer nations have called on countries with targets under the 1997 treaty to cancel this surplus, which they label as “hot air”, and not use it to meet goals to cut emissions by 2020.

18 Sep 2012

The Salton Sea: death and politics in the great American water wars

Considered to be among the world’s most vital avian habitats and — until recently — one of its most productive fisheries, the Salton Sea is in a state of wild flux…

17 Sep 2012

U.S. net-zero lab: all the comforts of home, except people

Small devices will simulate the heat and humidity that actual humans produce in the two-story, four-bedroom structure.

17 Sep 2012

Most Widely Ratified Treaty in UN History Marks Silver Jubilee

Global observations have verified that atmospheric levels of key ozone depleting substances are going down and it is believed that with implementation of the Protocol’s provisions the ozone layer should return to pre-1980 levels by 2050 to 2075; 

17 Sep 2012

Russia will not cut emissions under extended Kyoto climate pact

The foreign ministry said Moscow would not join industrialized nations led by the European Union in signing up for cuts beyond a first round of commitments ending on December 31, 2012.

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