Pipe: Climate and Health

Pollution, wildfires, and a warming California

Wed, 2014-06-25 08:00
Pollution, fires, and a warming WestWith climate change and development, fires and air quality worsenCalifornia will likely experience more large fires in forested areas this century because of rising temperatures and changes in precipitation along with development patterns, new research finds. The blazes could increase some types of fire-generated air pollution by more than half.Yes

Wildfire rages across Camp Pendleton, California, on October 23, 2007. Roughly a million people across Southern California were forced to evacuated by fires in autumn 2007 that burned nearly one million acres, killed 14 people, and inficted more than $1 billion in damage. (Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Albert F. Hunt.)

June 25, 2014 | California will likely experience more large fires in forested areas this century because of rising temperatures and changes in precipitation along with development patterns, new research finds. The resulting increase in wildfire activity could increase some types of fire-generated air pollution by more than half.

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Taking Effective Action Against the Unstoppable

Wed, 2014-06-25 00:00
It’s too late to prevent climate change by reducing carbon emissions now. But it could help prevent even more serious damage 50, 75 and 100 years from today.

Carbon footprint of the Swedish information and communication technology sector mapped out

Tue, 2014-06-24 09:32
A unique study that maps out the climate impact of the Swedish Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has been completed and published. Despite a rapid growth in the use of computers and mobile phones in Sweden, emissions per user are low. The Swedish ICT sector has grown significantly in the last ten years and now represents 1.2 percent of Sweden's total carbon footprint, according to the researchers' calculations.

On Balance, a Good Ruling on Emissions

Tue, 2014-06-24 00:00
The Supreme Court preserved the government’s ability to confront global warming, and pointed out that the Clean Air Act doesn’t meet modern needs.

Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

Tue, 2014-06-24 00:00
Treasury secretaries dating to the Nixon years backed a new report predicting a heavy loss of coastal properties, a shift of farming northward, and dangerous outdoor conditions because of climate change.

The Big Green Test

Mon, 2014-06-23 00:00
Are conservatives willing to settle for “second best” solutions for global warming?

Concentrating solar power: Study shows greater potential

Sun, 2014-06-22 14:22
Concentrating solar power could supply a large fraction of the power supply in a decarbonized energy system, shows a new study of the technology and its potential practical application.

Two Climate Analysts Weigh the Notion of a 'Good' Path in the Anthropocene

Sun, 2014-06-22 09:50
Two climate scientists explore the idea of a “good” path in the age of man, the Anthropocene.

The Coming Climate Crash

Sun, 2014-06-22 00:00
We need to tax carbon dioxide emissions to protect our economy.

Ontario's far north at risk unless province adopts new, inclusive planning process: Report

Thu, 2014-06-19 12:55
With the Ontario government poised to spend $1 billion to promote development in the Ring of Fire, a new paper identifies risks inherent in the current planning legislation and provides a solution. Ontario's far north is the world's largest ecologically intact area of boreal forest. It contains North America's largest wetlands, is home to a number of at-risk species, including caribou and lake sturgeon, and is a one of the world's critical storehouses of carbon.

Treating diabetes: There’s an app for that

Thu, 2014-06-19 10:59

Now there’s a better way IF DIABETICS are to keep their blood-sugar levels in a healthy range, they must rely not only on periodic visits to the doctor, but also on careful daily management of their medicine, meals and exercise. For years, this regime included regular self-administered blood-sugar tests and similarly self-administered insulin injections. Now, in the better-off parts of the world at least, these things can be automated. There are gadgets that monitor sugar levels, and implanted pumps that deliver insulin. But Ed Damiano of Boston University and Steven Russell of Massachusetts General Hospital think things could be improved further by using software to make these devices work together as what would, in effect, be an artificial pancreas.As they outlined on June 15th to a meeting of the American Diabetes Association held in San Francisco, Dr Damiano and Dr Russell have created an app, housed in an iPhone, which receives data every five minutes from a glucose monitor implanted in a patient’s body. The app analyses these data, plus the patient’s weight (a good proxy for his blood volume), and draws appropriate conclusions....

Winds of change for the shipping sector

Wed, 2014-06-18 22:06
Wind propulsion such as kites and Flettner rotors could offer a viable route to help cut carbon dioxide emissions in the shipping sector, according to researchers.

Fishing resources mapped to assist land managers, anglers

Wed, 2014-06-18 10:05
Researchers mapped a cultural ecosystem service by identifying the key features that influence anglers’ enjoyment, such as environmental quality, accessibility, and fish abundance. Freshwater recreational fishing generates income, jobs, and funding for conservation. In 2011, more than 27 million people fished U.S. freshwaters, and Americans spent more than $41 billion on fishing-related equipment, licenses, transportation, and other activities. As a result, every state spends substantial public funds annually to support and manage freshwater recreational fishing.

Finland to become a model country for sustainable transport by 2020

Wed, 2014-06-18 07:17
Roads in Finland in 2020 will hum to the sound of low-emission vehicles running on renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen and sustainable biofuels. The share of public transport and car pooling in densely populated urban areas will increase. Mobility arranged through easy-to-use services will become a viable alternative to buying a private car.

Unique greenhouse gas meter developed

Tue, 2014-06-17 11:20
Scientists have come up with a high-resolution meter to gauge the concentration of gases in the atmosphere with unparalleled precision. Tracking down carbon dioxide, methane and other gases with simultaneous determination of their concentrations at different altitudes is necessary, in particular, for research into global warming.

U.S. housing policies increase carbon output

Mon, 2014-06-16 13:03
Land use policies and preferential tax treatment for housing – in the form of federal income tax deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes – have increased carbon emissions in the United States by about 2.7 percent, almost 6 percent annually in new home construction, according to a new study.

New NASA space observatory to study carbon conundrums

Mon, 2014-06-16 10:03
NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as carbon dioxide's "sinks," the natural ocean and land processes by which carbon dioxide is pulled out of Earth's atmosphere and stored. Carbon dioxide, a critical component of Earth's carbon cycle, is the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate.

Yes He Could

Mon, 2014-06-16 00:00
This is the Barack Obama we’ve been waiting for.

Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change

Sun, 2014-06-15 00:00
Speaking at the University of California, Irvine, President Obama likened those who deny climate change to people who would have told John F. Kennedy, at the dawn of the space program, that the moon “was made of cheese.”

Muon detector could help UK reduce carbon emissions

Fri, 2014-06-13 08:44
A specialist detector which is set to play a fundamental part in helping the UK reduce its carbon emissions is being developed. Muon detectors which exploit cosmic-ray muons, a natural radiation to see through kilometers of rock -- in a similar way to X-rays being used to see inside a patient's body -- are being developed to improve monitoring of the process of subsurface carbon storage.