Pipe: Climate and Health

A Reassuring American Presence Joins Talks on Climate Change With China

Mon, 2014-07-21 18:00
China appears serious about addressing pollution and greenhouse gasses that result from its reliance on coal. The presence of John D. Podesta, counselor to President Obama, at talks between the United States and China is among the signals that on...

Replacing coal, oil with natural gas will not help fight global warming, expert argues

Mon, 2014-07-21 12:39
Both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating. "While emissions of carbon dioxide are less from natural gas than from coal and oil, methane emissions are far greater. Methane is such a potent greenhouse gas that these emissions make natural gas a dangerous fuel from the standpoint of global warming over the next several decades," said the author of a new article.

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2: Data to lead scientists forward into the past

Sun, 2014-07-20 11:12
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which launched on July 2, will soon be providing about 100,000 high-quality measurements each day of carbon dioxide concentrations from around the globe. Atmospheric scientists are excited about that. But to understand the processes that control the amount of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, they need to know more than just where carbon dioxide is now. They need to know where it has been. It takes more than great data to figure that out.

Technology: Wear your medicine

Fri, 2014-07-18 14:23
Healthcare has been slower than other industries to join the digital revolution but new wearable devices could signal a radical shift in medical practice

Big data used to guide conservation efforts

Fri, 2014-07-18 09:57
Genetic studies have given us detailed information about the evolutionary relationships embodied in the Tree of Life, while newly digitized museum collections contain a wealth of information about species distribution. To date, however, these big data collections have not been applied to conservation efforts. Now researchers have created a model taking both distribution and relationships into account to identify lineages that need preservation, in particular rare endemics.

The Warming State of the Climate in 2013

Thu, 2014-07-17 11:49
A variety of indicators tracked by federal scientists reflect the continued warming of the climate system.

Shell, Exxon and carbon: The elephant in the atmosphere

Thu, 2014-07-17 11:01
UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  America’s lost oomph Fly Title:  Shell, Exxon and carbon Rubric:  Managers at the biggest oil firms clash with investors over climate change Main image:  Keep on drilling Keep on drilling IN SEPTEMBER 2013 a group of institutional investors with $3 trillion of assets under management asked the 45 biggest quoted oil firms how climate change might affect their business and, in particular, whether any of their oil reserves might become “stranded assets”—unusable if laws to curb emissions of carbon dioxide became really tight. Exxon Mobil and Shell are the most recent to get back with their assessment of the risk: zero. “We do not believe that any of our proven reserves will become ‘stranded’,” says Shell. In many areas of commerce, investors and managers are trying to harness the power of markets for environmental purposes. In oil and gas—the business which causes by far the most carbon emissions—investors and managers seem set on a collision course. The oil ...

Australia and climate change: Axed

Thu, 2014-07-17 11:01
UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  America’s lost oomph Fly Title:  Australia and climate change Rubric:  The prime minister follows through on an election promise Location:  SYDNEY Main image:  Abbott the axeman Abbott the axeman WORKING out a way to deal with climate change by cutting carbon emissions has long tied Australia in political knots. The country relies so much on coal and other fossil fuels for its energy that it is one of the world’s highest emitters per head of population. Bitter rows over carbon pricing have cost two prime ministers and an opposition leader their jobs. When he led the conservative Liberal-National coalition to power ten months ago, Tony Abbott, the prime minister today, made it his chief electoral promise to “axe the tax”. On July 17th Mr Abbott claimed victory when parliament approved legislation to abolish the previous Labor government’s tax on carbon emitters. Mr Abbott rose to the top of ...

Map reveals worldwide impacts of climate change

Thu, 2014-07-17 09:48
A new map, which shows the impact climate change could have on the whole planet by the end of the century if carbon emissions continue to increase, has been developed by scientists. Temperatures on the warmest days of the year are rising by 6°C or more across Europe, parts of Asia and part of North America, it shows. Also an increase in risk of flooding across 70 per cent of Asia, and the number of days of drought increasing in parts of South America, Australia and Southern Africa are illuminated by the new map.

Australia Scraps Tax on Carbon

Thu, 2014-07-17 00:00
The government argued that a measure to combat global warming was hindering the economy and should be repealed.

White House Announces Climate Change Initiatives

Thu, 2014-07-17 00:00
President Obama announced plans aimed at guarding the electricity supply; improving local planning for flooding, coastal erosion and storm surges; and better predicting landslide risks.

Are ants the answer to carbon dioxide sequestration?

Wed, 2014-07-16 18:31
A 25-year-long study provides the first quantitative measurement of in situ calcium-magnesium silicate mineral dissolution by ants, termites, tree roots, and bare ground. This study reveals that ants are one of the most powerful biological agents of mineral decay yet observed. It may be that an understanding of the geobiology of ant-mineral interactions might offer a line of research on how to "geoengineer" accelerated carbon dioxide consumption by Ca-Mg silicates.

Miami's Coastal Climate Calamity - in Super Slo-Mo

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:28
How to think about, and respond to, Miami’s slow-motion demise.

Skeptic of Climate Change Finds Himself a Target of Suspicion

Wed, 2014-07-16 00:00
John Christy, a highly credentialed University of Alabama professor, says warming predictions have been greatly overstated. His critics are many.

Big pharma teams up with big data

Tue, 2014-07-15 13:49
Google’s link with Novartis has beneficial implications for health but also raises regulatory questions

China Clarifies its Plans on Setting a CO2 Emissions Peak

Tue, 2014-07-15 10:48
A top Chinese official says the country may announce a peak year for climate-warming emissions soon.

Tropical Fish, Where They Don’t Belong

Tue, 2014-07-15 00:00
In warming seas, they are on the move, and are threatening kelp forests and sea grass meadows in temperate waters.

Australian Winemakers Respond to Climate Shift

Tue, 2014-07-15 00:00
Vintners are expanding operations to the island of Tasmania, where temperatures are cooler, out of fear that traditional growing regions are becoming too hot.

Mylan in $5.3bn Abbott deal

Mon, 2014-07-14 14:54
Portfolio of generic drugs snapped up as deal mania sweeps healthcare sector

Texas, Leader in Greenhouse Gases, Stands Vulnerable to Their Effects

Sun, 2014-07-13 00:00
Its economic boom heavily dependent on the emission-producing energy industry, Texas has resisted evidence of climate change, even within its own borders.