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Earthquake Concerns Shake Geothermal Energy Projects

8 years ago from Live Science

Hard times are now bedeviling geothermal energy projects that risk triggering earthquakes as they delve miles deep into the Earth to tap clean and virtually limitless energy.

Under Yellowstone, Magma Pocket 20% Larger Than Thought

8 years ago from National Geographic

The massive column of molten rock that feeds the park's volcano dives deeper and fills a magma chamber bigger than previous estimates, according to the most detailed model yet of...

PICTURES: Ten Climate Change "Icons" Announced

8 years ago from National Geographic

What do quiver trees, clownfish, and koalas have in common? They're among ten "flagship" species likely to suffer huge loses due to a diverse array of global warming impacts, according...

Gas flowing to Armenia after bomb scare

8 years ago from UPI

MOSCOW, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The flow of natural gas to Armenia and North Caucasus republics resumed Monday following a bomb scare on pipelines, Gazprom announced Tuesday.

Going vertical: Fleeing tsunamis by moving up, not out

8 years ago from

In the minutes after a strong earthquake struck offshore of the Indonesian city of Padang on Sept. 30, fears of a tsunami prompted hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate...

Gore at climate talks: Polar ice may go in 5 years

8 years ago from AP Science

COPENHAGEN (AP) -- New computer modeling suggests the Arctic Ocean may be nearly ice-free in the summertime as early as 2014, Al Gore said Monday at...

Low-Cost Temperature Sensors, Tennis Balls to Monitor Mountain Snowpack

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Dime-sized temperature sensors, first built for the refrigerated food industry, have been adapted for sensing mountain microclimates.

'Environmental Atlas of Europe' unveiled at COP15

8 years ago from Physorg

In support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Copenhagen, the European Environment Agency hosted the 'Bend the Trend' event on Sunday evening to provide...

Indian farmers adapt to shifting weather patterns

8 years ago from Reuters:Science

GORAKHPUR, India (Reuters) - As global leaders and top scientists in Copenhagen debate how to deal with climate change, farmers in flood-prone areas of northern India are taking it into...

Video: Near Zero-Energy Building

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Elizabeth Palmer visits a building that recycles everything from rainwater to human body heat.

Climate Change Rains Down on JPL Undergrads

Two JPL college interns delving into California's rainfall records have uncovered some interesting findings that may be linked to climate change.

'Clean-Burning' E85 Generates More Ozone Than Gasoline

8 years ago from

Often promoted as a 'clean-burning' alternative to gasoline that could help break our oil addiction, ethanol would likely worsen health problems caused by ozone, especially in winter, according to research...

Fake releases claim Canada changed climate stance

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

The federal government is fuming over a series of hoax press releases claiming Canada had committed to drastic greenhouse gas emission cuts.

Greenpeace pressures Beirut on climate

8 years ago from UPI

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Environmental activists donned blindfolds in Beirut to raise awareness of global warming as the prime minister heads to the Danish capital for climate...

Food industry faulted for pushing high-calorie, low-nutrient products

8 years ago from Science Daily

A new report faults food and beverage producers for continuing to saturate television with ads for high-calorie, low-nutrient products.

Ill Canadians carry Olympic torch with pride

8 years ago from CBC: Health

Steps away from the handoff, Greg Shulkin stopped his motorized scooter, unfurled the Olympic torch from its holster and, with a little help, slowly began to walk the final few...

Opinion: Climate change is costing us now

8 years ago from Science Alert

While many scientists focus on what might happen decades into the future if we don't reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the reality is that climate change is already costing lives and...

Opinion: Agriculture provides both challenges and solutions for climate change

8 years ago from Science Alert

If negotiators at the United Nations climate change meeting in Copenhagen want to be effective, they must address agricultural and land use practices, writes Gerald Nelson.

Lithium to be extracted from geothermal waste

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- A technique developed by a Californian company, Simbol Mining, will enable the valuable mineral lithium, widely used in high-density batteries, to be reclaimed from the hot waste water...

How climate change sceptic Ian Plimer dodges valid criticism | James Randerson

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

His book Heaven and Earth has fuelled sceptics the world over, but when I talked to Professor Plimer he sidestepped vital pointsA few days ago I interviewed the prominent climate change sceptic Professor...

World's mayors tackle climate change on their own

8 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- It isn't easy getting Italy's city dwellers out of their Fiats, off their Vespa scooters and onto bicycles to ride to work, "like here in Copenhagen," says...

Hi-tech, eco-friendly dream home takes shape in Japan

8 years ago from Physorg

On Tokyo Bay, at the edge of the largest urban sprawl on Earth, sits what may be an environmentalist's dream home.

The Copenhagen conference means life or death for the Maldives | Mark Lynas

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5C is still just about possible, but it's a target unlikely to survive the weekIf you live in the Maldives, "1.5 to stay alive" is more...

Environment Agency: British wildlife faces climate change devastation

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The UK is already feeling the effects of global warming, as rising temperatures put native species at risk of extinctionRising temperatures and sea levels brought on by climate change could have devastating effects...

Climate negotiators eye the 'forgotten 50%' of greenhouse gas pollutants

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

While the U.S. has focused on CO2 emissions, some nations are pushing for measures to curb black carbon, HFCs and methane, which they say will be easier to achieve and will show...

In Bolivia, Water and Ice Tell of Climate Change

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Addressing problems like Bolivia’s, where the retreat of glaciers threatens water supplies, is a key focus of talks in Copenhagen.

Innovative Plan To Save Rainforest, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

8 years ago from Science Daily

An innovative proposal by the Ecuadorian government to protect an untouched, oil rich region of Amazon rainforest is a precedent-setting and potentially economically viable approach, says a team of environmental...

New approach to emissions makes climate and air quality models more accurate, major study finds

8 years ago from Science Daily

It's no secret that the emissions leaving a car tailpipe or factory smokestack affect climate and air quality. Even trees release chemicals that influence the atmosphere. But until now, scientists...