NASA’s first effort to loft a satellite to help scientists determine where carbon dioxide is produced and stored around the globe ended in failure when the $270 million spacecraft crashed near Antarctica.
China’s unceasing economic growth has always worried environmentalists, and a new report by the Center for Global Development may put those concerns on a new level. After increasing power-plant emissions by a third this year, China’s coal-based power sector is poised to be the most polluting in the world ... even worse than that of the United States.
Sometime soon, thrill-seekers with the funds and the desire to plunk down $200K to experience four minutes of weightlessness more than 60 miles above the Earth will have the chance, thanks to Virgin CEO and astro-preneur Richard Branson.
A Nobel laureate has proposed shooting sulfur into the atmosphere as an emergency measure to curb global warming. The short-term fix would not solve the problem, but would buy some time by temporarily reflecting some of the sun’s energy away from the planet.
Greenhouse gases are being released into the atmosphere at a rate 30 times faster than the rate of emissions that caused a period of intense warming in the Earth’s past, concludes a scientific panel in St. Louis.
An investigative report by The Independent (of London) concludes that a critical rise in world temperatures is now unavoidable. Comparing notes with leading scientists, the newspaper discovered that we’ve already apparently passed the point of no return. | story