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U.S. carbon emissions lowest since 1992

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon August 06, 2012
A shift away from coal and reduced gasoline demand coupled with a mild winter led to an 8 percent drop in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions during the first quarter of 2012, reports the Energy Information Administration.

Scientists Develop Method to Reduce Farmers’ Use of Nitrogen Fertilizer

via Terra Daily | Mon July 23, 2012
Scientist at Michigan State University are putting the finishing touches on a program that would pay farmers to apply less nitrogen fertilizer in a way that doesn't jeopardize yields.

Portugal commissions world’s first Nissan Leaf electric car police fleet

via GizMag | Mon July 16, 2012
Portugal's Police has put the world's first Nissan Leaf police car fleet on the streets. The eight-car fleet will help PSP in its goal to reduce its carbon footprint.

New Solar Program From SunEdison Aims to Eradicate Darkness in India

via Triple Pundit | Tue June 05, 2012
As technology improves and concerns continue to rise about energy availability and security, there’s much debate here in the U.S. about what kinds of energy sources governments and utilities should be looking to for future use.

New battery technology would triple the range of electric cars

Washington State University researchers have developed a new technology that could triple the capacity of lithium-ion batteries, which as anyone who owns a cell phone or laptop knows, can be frustratingly limiting. Led by Grant Norton, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the researchers have filed patents on the nanoscale-based technology, which also allows the batteries to re-charge many more times and more quickly than current models. They expect to bring it to the market within a year.

Microsoft Commits to Carbon Neutrality

via Triple Pundit | Wed May 09, 2012
Microsoft has committed to become carbon neutral beginning on July 1, the start of the company’s new fiscal year. The shift results from three years of internal discussions within the company to improve Microsoft’s carbon footprint and environmental performance.

South Korea adopts greenhouse gas regulations

via Nature.com | Sat May 05, 2012
Building on an ambitious effort to scale up green investments and reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels, South Korea this week became the first Asian nation to formally adopt a cap-and-trade programme for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

Peru is latest developing nation to adopt climate change initiative

via Chicago Tribune | Sat April 28, 2012
Peru became the latest developing country to enact a domestic climate change initiative in the absence of a binding global pact, adopting a resolution on Thursday to lower carbon emissions in its fast-growing economy.

State of Himalayan Glaciers Less Alarming Than Feared

via University of Zurich | Thu April 26, 2012
Several hundreds of millions of people in Southeast Asia depend, to varying degrees, on the freshwater reservoirs of the Himalayan glaciers. Consequently, it is important to detect the potential impact of climate changes on the Himalayan glaciers at an early stage.

Mexico becomes 2nd country in the world to pass national climate-change law

via Nature.com | Sun April 22, 2012
As the Kyoto Protocol winds down without a strong replacement, countries are implementing their own strategies to reduce global warming.

How High Gasoline Prices are Creating Jobs and Growing The Economy

Story contains video via Triple Pundit | Wed April 18, 2012
For the first time in U.S. history the pain at the pump is not killing our economy. Counter-intuitively, high gasoline prices are creating jobs and helping restore America’s manufacturing and commercial strength.

Toronto Becomes First City To Mandate Green Roofs

Story contains video via Crisp Green | Fri April 13, 2012
On April 30th, Toronto will become the first city in North America with a bylaw that requires roofs to be green. And we're not talking about paint. A green roof, also known as a living roof, uses various hardy plants to create a barrier between the sun's rays and the tiles or shingles of the roof.

US sets new carbon standard for power plants

Story contains video via AFP | Tue April 10, 2012
The United States set the first nationwide carbon standards on power plants, seeking to curb emissions from the burning of coal and revive the flagging fight against climate change.

Study Shows Coral Will Survive Warming Climate

via Eureka Alert - Press Release | Tue April 03, 2012
Corals may be better placed to cope with the gradual acidification of the world's oceans than previously thought -- giving rise to hopes that coral reefs might escape climatic devastation.

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