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112 Articles by Bruce Bisset

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 1 September 09

The US EPA will declare carbon dioxide a dangerous pollutant within “the next few months”, allowing emissions to be regulated under the Clean Air Act regardless of whether the US Congress passes the current climate change legislation. A UK Royal Society study has concluded that many engineering proposals to reduce ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in September 2009, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Design, Energy Saving, Green energy, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Solar, Transport

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 31 August 09

A new study suggests that relatively small variations in sunspot activity might result in changes in climate, primarily by influencing the amount of rain that falls on the ocean. However the international team that produced the study emphasised the findings cannot be used to explain recent global warming. Having won ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in August 2009, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Electric vehicles, Emissions, Finance & Money, Politics & Government, Weather

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 26 August 09

All the US watersheds monitored by the EPA and 90% of drinking water sampled tested positive for the widely-used pesticide atrazine, which is a known endocrine disruptor that affects human and animal hormones. Though banned in Europe, atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in US waters, with contamination most ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in August 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Carbon Sequestration, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Emissions, Environment & Wildlife, Health, Industry & Business, Transport, Water

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 25 August 09

And these are your (business) leaders: The US Chamber of Commerce wants to put climate change on trial. It is pushing for a public hearing on the evidence that, it says, would be "the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century" – a reference to the evolution versus creationism trial in ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in August 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Pollution, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 24 August 09

Almost half of the world's farmland has at least 10 percent tree cover totalling about 10 million square kilometres - roughly the size of Canada – suggesting farmers are less destructive of forests than previously believed. The World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi used satellite imagery to estimate the extent of farmland ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in August 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Computing, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Politics & Government

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 21 August 09

Japanese researchers have developed a new rice plant which grows "snorkels" to survive when exposed to floods, potentially boosting rice production in Asia and Africa, where up to 40% of crops are subject to flash floods or deep water. The U.S. “cash for clunkers” trade-in program will stop accepting ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in August 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Carbon Trading, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Emissions, Environment & Wildlife, Food, Genetic Modification, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Transport

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 20 August 09

Authorities in China have closed a second metal smelter, near Wugang in Hunan province, after more than 1,300 children fell sick with lead poisoning. It follows the closure of a smelter in northern Shaanxi province, where more than 600 children were found to have lead poisoning. In both cases ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in August 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Carbon Sequestration, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Electric vehicles, Emissions, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Events, Green energy, Health, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Pollution, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Transport

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 19 August 09

Chinese rice paddies are estimated to be giving off nearly 70 percent less methane now than in the 1980’s, thanks to simple changes in farming practices such as draining paddies mid-season and not using last season’s straw as fertiliser. The downside is an increase in nitrous oxide, but ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in August 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Emissions, Environment & Wildlife, Green energy, Industry & Business, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 18 August 09

Methane is escaping from the Arctic seabed off Norway as warming seas melt the ice-like methane hydrate trapped in benthic sediment. A joint UK/German study, using sonar, identified over 250 methane “plumes” bubbling off the bottom off West Spitsbergen – likely evidence of a predicted “positive feedback” effect of climate ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in August 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Air Quality, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Emissions, Industry & Business, Organic, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water

The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 17 August 09

Islands the world over are becoming over-run with introduced weeds. Some 400 invasive plant species have been identified in a new study of 30 island groups across four oceans, and about half now dominate their new habitat. The Canadian Government is adjusting its climate plans to more closely resemble those ... keep reading

Written by Bruce Bisset in August 2009, about Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Emissions, Politics & Government, Pollution, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans

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