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Obama administration announces $4 billion US clean energy fund

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Ed King
Loan guarantees aim to boost flagging renewables sectors, under pressure from cheaper fossil fuels
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The US government has made $4 billion in clean energy funding available, in support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The loan guarantees are for US renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that cut, store or reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. ... Read more about Obama administration announces $4 billion US clean energy fund

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Scientists Can't Find A Lot Of The Plastic They Know Is In The World's Oceans

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Maria Gallucci
Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Scientists Can't Find A Lot Of The Plastic They Know Is In The World's Oceans
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Millions of tons of plastic products drift into the oceans every year, and yet nearly all of that garbage — 99 percent of it — can’t be found.

Researchers who spent months combing the waters for plastic particles say their nets came up surprisingly light, given that some 10 million to 20 million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year via rivers, floods, storm water runoff and from seafaring litterbugs. ... Read more about Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Scientists Can't Find A Lot Of The Plastic They Know Is In The World's Oceans

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Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector, 1990-2010

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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/ghg/global-ghg-emissions.html

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"This figure shows worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by sector from 1990 to 2010. For consistency, emissions are expressed in million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. These totals include emissions and sinks due to land-use change and forestry. ... Read more about Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector, 1990-2010

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Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Gas, 1990-2010

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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/ghg/global-ghg-emissions.html

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“This figure shows worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and several fluorinated gases from 1990 to 2010. For consistency, emissions are expressed in million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. These totals include emissions and sinks due to land-use change and forestry.” – United States Environmental Protection Agency ... Read more about Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Gas, 1990-2010

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Global Atmospheric Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide Over Time

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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/ghg/ghg-concentrations.html

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“This figure shows concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from hundreds of thousands of years ago through 2013, measured in parts per million (ppm). The data come from a variety of historical ice core studies and recent air monitoring sites around the world. Each line represents a different data source.” - United States Environmental Protection Agency ... Read more about Global Atmospheric Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide Over Time

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Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

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European Geosciences Union - See Abstract
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Abstract. There is growing concern in Europe about the possible rise in the severity and frequency of extreme drought events as a manifestation of climate change. In order to plan suitable adaptation strategies it is important for decision makers to know how drought conditions will develop at regional scales. This paper therefore addresses the issue of future developments in streamflow drought characteristics across Europe. ... Read more about Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

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Rising chemicals output a hazard, clean-up needed by 2020 -UN

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Alister Doyle
Rising chemicals output a hazard, clean-up needed by 2020 -UN
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Sep 5 , 2012

 

 

* Rising share of chemicals produced in emerging economies

* Poisonings among leading causes of death -UNEP ... Read more about Rising chemicals output a hazard, clean-up needed by 2020 -UN

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