Climate Change

"Climate Change Threatens Power Output, Study Says"

"As the climate gets warmer, so do the rivers and lakes that power plants draw their cooling water from. And that is going to make it harder to generate electricity in decades to come, researchers report."

"In an article in the journal Nature Climate Change, scientists measured temperatures now and projected what they would be at midcentury. The temperatures vary according to the time of year, and, even if the extremes remain similar, they will be more frequent -- meaning that the water will be too warm to allow full power production, they predict.

Source: NY Times, 06/05/2012
June 11, 2012

Free Webinar on Rio+20 Summit : A Primer on U.S. Issues Designed for Reporters in Advance of a Critical International Environmental Event

Join this hour-long webinar with speakers John C. Dernbach, co-director of the Widener Environmental Law Center and author, ELI's Carl Bruch, and Jacob Scherr, NRDC, for story ideas, helpful background, trend alerts, source building, and their take on what will be the hot topics at the upcoming summit. The hour will include 30 minutes for journalist questions.

June 3, 2012 to June 6, 2012

The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference

Special focus at this conference in Miami will be on the impacts the Panama Canal expansion will have on coastal environments near Florida’s deep-water ports. Connect with the experts and acquire fact-based background at one of the longest running series of coastal conferences in the U.S.

"Can Environmentalists Learn To Love a Texas Coal Plant?"

"A planned carbon capture and storage plant in West Texas is being billed as the “cleanest coal plant in the world.” But can the $3 billion project help move the global power industry toward the elusive goal of low-carbon electricity, or is it just another way of perpetuating fossil fuels?"

Source: YaleE360, 06/01/2012

"Warming Gas Levels Hit 'Troubling Milestone'"

"The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.

Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. The number isn't quite a surprise, because it's been rising at an accelerating pace. Years ago, it passed the 350 ppm mark that many scientists say is the highest safe level for carbon dioxide. It now stands globally at 395.

Source: AP, 06/01/2012

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