Environment

UN sounds alarm over record Arctic ice melt

 UN sounds alarm over record Arctic ice melt

by Staff Writers
Geneva (AFP) May 02, 2013
The Arctic's sea ice melted at a record pace in 2012, the ninth-hottest year on record, compounding concerns about climate change underscored by extreme weather such as Hurricane Sandy, the UN weather agency said Thursday.

Resources giveaway in Latin America tramples human rights and environment

 Resources giveaway in Latin America tramples human rights and environment

by Staff Writers
Bogota, Colombia (SPX) Mar 26, 2013

A new study reveals that governments in Latin America have returned to natural resources extraction to fuel development-while paying scant attention to the impact mining, oil exploration and other activities have on the environment or on the people who own the land.

'Water Security': Experts propose a UN definition on which much depends

 'Water Security': Experts propose a UN definition on which much depends

by Staff Writers
New York NY (SPX) Mar 26, 2013

Amid changing weather and water patterns worldwide and forecasts of more severe transformations to come, calls have been growing for the UN Security Council to include water issues on its agenda.

Is the Climate the Biggest Threat?

 Is the Climate the Biggest Threat?

Peter Brookes

* Peter Brookes is a Heritage Foundation senior fellow and a former deputy assistant secretary of defense. Twitter: @Brookes_Peter.

March 21, 2013

The commander of American forces in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel Locklear, told a Boston Globe reporter last week that the most serious long-term security threat to the Asia-Pacific region is climate change.

Nuclear power capacity grew again in 2012: IAEA

Nuclear power capacity grew again in 2012: IAEA

by Staff Writers
Vienna (AFP) March 05, 2013

The world's nuclear power generation capacity grew again in 2012 after a drop in 2011 in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, according to a draft new UN atomic agency report seen by AFP Tuesday.

"The Fukushima Daiichi accident (in Japan in March 2011) is expected to slow or delay the growth of nuclear power, but not reverse it," the International Atomic Energy Agency report said.

At the end of 2012, 437 nuclear power reactors were operating worldwide, two more than in 2011, with three new ones connected to the grid, two back on line after repairs and three permanently shut down, it said.

Scientists have overestimated capacity of wind farms to generate power

Scientists have overestimated capacity of wind farms to generate power


by Staff Writers
Charlotte NC (SPX) Mar 04, 2013

People think of wind as an energy source with few limits, offering an unending power source with distinct capacity advantages over sources that deplete, such as fossil fuel.

Yet, new research in mesoscale atmospheric modeling by UNC Charlotte's Amanda S. Adams and Harvard University's David W. Keith, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, suggests that the power capacity of large-scale wind farms may have been significantly overestimated.

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