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Should Methane Be Our First Line of Attack to Slow Global Heating? Last Updated on 2012-04-09 00:00:00 Scientist Peter Cox, speaking at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom), recently suggests that the way to win the battle with greenhouse gases is to lower methane emissions. In fact, curbing methane may be the best way to stem dangerous warming. A map showing U.S. methane emissions by county from landfills. Reproduced from NREL. Methane is released in many ways: landfills, livestock, rice paddies, coal mines, and gas pipeline leaks. Cox has studied how carbon dioxide and methane influence plant growth. He believes that feedback mechanisms of methane could have twice the expected punch on the earth’s climate. Increased carbon dioxide acts as a fertilizer, making forests and vegetation grow more; this would in turn allow the vegetation to absorb more CO2. Methane does not contribute this counter-effect. Also, curbing methane release would minimize the... More »
Surf's Up for Going Carbon Neutral Last Updated on 2009-01-23 00:00:00 Australians Embrace Climate Neutrality on National Day   Nairobi, 23 January 2009 - Traditionally celebrated by having a family barbeque or going to the beach, this year's Australia Day - marked nationwide on 26 January - is all about going carbon neutral for some of the country's best-known cities, companies and community initiatives.   From the country's best-recognized cities to one of its most successful public campaigns, these Australian brands have embraced the vision of low-carbon economies and societies by joining the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote global action and involvement in climate neutrality at all levels.   The cities of Sydney and Brisbane are among the new Australian CN Net members announced today, alongside the Greenfest music festival, the Clean Up the World... More »
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Gorillas on Thin Ice Last Updated on 2009-01-18 00:00:00  Year of the Gorilla 2009 Fund-Raiser Skates-Off at Natural History Museum Ice Rink in London on Thursday, 15th January LONDON/BONN/NAIROBI, 7 January 2009 --Nemo the Disney clownfish has done it and so have Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty— now it is time for “Gorillas on Ice!” As part of the 2009 International Year of the Gorilla (YoG), co-ordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and to herald the Charles Darwin bicentenary celebrations next month, a troupe of skaters dressed as primates are to take to the rink at The Natural History Museum in London. The event, which is free to spectators, is happening on 15 January from 10 a.m. to noon with the Museum’s Balcony overlooking the rink available for press photographers to capture the unique occasion. The event aims to raise awareness and funds for human-kind’s closest and most threatened relatives,... More »