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Tracking the Himalayaӳ Melting Glaciers

Environment 360, 15 July 2010

For those who know the Himalaya well — I have climbed to the summit of Mount Everest five times in the past three decades — the warming of this great mountain chain is something that we have come to experience personally. The Sherpas who live atop “the roof of the world” and the climbers who often return are acutely aware of how much temperatures have risen at high altitudes in recent years, and how extensively the snow and i

Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement

Wall St Journal, 17 July 2010

A hulking yellow machine inched along Old Highway 10 here recently in a summer scene that seemed as normal as the nearby corn swaying in the breeze. But instead of laying a blanket of steaming blacktop, the machine was grinding the asphalt road into bits.  "When [counties] had lots of money, they paved a lot of the roads and tried to make life easier for the people who lived out here," said Stutsman County Highway Superintendant Mike

Germany targets switch to 100% renewables for its electricity by 2050

The Guardian, 7 July 2010

Germany could derive all of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2050 and become the world's first major industrial nation t

Hospital visitors told ‘think before you park’

Joondalup Weekender, 8 July 2010

JOONDALUP Health Campus has launched a “think before you park” publicity campaign in an effort to stop non-hospital patrons using bays to the exclusion of patients and visitors.

How 16 ships create as much pollution as all the cars in the world

Daily Mail, 21 November 2009

We've all noticed it. The filthy black smoke kicked out by funnels on cross-Channel ferries, cruise liners, container ships, oil tankers and even tugboats. It looks foul, and leaves a brown haze across ports and shipping lanes. But what hasn’t been clear until now is that it is also a major killer, probably causing thousands of deaths in Britain alone. As ships get bigger, the pollution is getting worse. The most staggering statistic of all

Peak Oil, Time, And Population

Countercurrents, 7 July 2010

There is a close relationship between peak oil and population. Since the 1950s there have been many estimates of the rise and fall of global oil production, but it was perhaps inevitable that the shift has been from optimistic to realistic. After all, it is better for one’s reputation to make errors on the side of caution than to look like foolish b

Lloyd’s adds its voice to dire ‘peak oil’ warnings

The Guardian, 11 July 2010

One of the City's most respected institutions has warned of "catastrophic consequences" for businesses that fail to prepare for a world of increasing oil scarcity and a lower carbon economy. The

The Future of Suburbia

TED has a talk from Ellen Dunham-Jones on the future of suburbia

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ellen_dunham_jones_retrofitting_suburbia.html

[US] Gulf Awash In 27,000 Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells

7 July 2010

More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one – not industry, not government – is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.

A government says NO to airport expansion

Post Carbon Institute, 2 July 2010

The British government's recent decision to cancel construction of a third runway at London's Heathrow airport marks a major milestone in our adaptation to post-carbon mobility.  This is the first time that a government has canceled plans for major aviation infrastructure expansion due to global, rather than local, concerns about environmental degradation.

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