Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMJakarta and its surrounding areas have been swamped with heavy downpours and floods almost every day since the beginning of this month. Is it a sign of climate change, brought on - in part - by deforestation? [News Source]
Possible solution for deforestation in Indonesia nears.
Mosquitoes out in New Orleans area in record numbers.
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMBolstered by a warm winter, mosquito numbers are unusually high for this time of year, the city’s Mosquito and Termite Control Board says, leading to lots of itchy ankles and raising concerns that airborne viruses will spread earlier than expected. [News Source]
Cities urged to plan ahead for climate change effects.
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMClimate change needs to be a factor in all planning processes in Canada, from industry and government to humanitarian work and within aboriginal communities, says the author of the country's most comprehensive report on climate-change adaptation. [News Source]
Oil sands firms test alternative way to tap bitumen.
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMA research consortium announced Tuesday it has field-tested a new extraction method that essentially involves microwaving bitumen. If it works, it could tackle some of the industry’s largest challenges: water use, greenhouse gas emissions and high costs. [News Source]
Southern, Duke push US coal gasification; others quit.
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMOnly two U.S. electric utilities are building expensive coal-gasification power plants, while dozens of similar facilities have been scrapped and some remaining projects may eliminate coal in favor of abundant, cheap natural gas. [News Source]
Evangelicals and climate change: What does the future hold?
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMWithin the inner core of conservative evangelical circles, people are divided over climate change, with both sides asserting that science is clearly on their side. Which side is correct? And how should Christians view the debate, both inside the Christian community and out? First in a series. [News Source]
Cash? You’re standing in it as farmers view manure plan.
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMA new initiative could see manure become a valuable cash cow for Australia's dairy farmers – allowing them to earn carbon credits by either capturing and destroying harmful greenhouse gases released by cow manure or by turning it into a source of renewable energy. [News Source]
Recyclers seek reward for clean tactics.
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMRecyclers are making a last-ditch plea to the Climate Change Minister to reward those who avoid emissions by diverting and reusing waste, putting the fledgling industry on an even playing field with landfill operators who could collect a $1 billion windfall under the fixed carbon price. [News Source]
Walking the line.
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMHow do we identify safe limits for human impacts on the planet? [News Source]
Climate change will boost West’s wildfires.
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMClimate change will make wildfires in the West, like those now raging in parts of Colorado and New Mexico, more frequent over the next 30 years, researchers reported on Tuesday. [News Source]
Humans play a ‘dominant role’ in warming seas, study says.
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:00 AMHuman activities that produce greenhouse gases, like the burning of fossil fuels, have driven warming in the upper ocean over the past 50 years, a new study in Nature Climate Change finds. [News Source]