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The Monthly Climate: March 2011


  In Brief March 2011 began with a major setback to improving NASA climate observation capabilities with the launch failure of the Glory satellite. Intended to improve both solar monitoring and aerosol impacts on global climate, Glory suffered a fate similar to its 2009 predecessor, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), which also experienced a launch … Continue reading

National Research Council: Prompt and Sustained Commitment Needed


U.S. NRC Panel Discusses Limiting Future Climate Change The principal conclusion of our report is that the country needs both a prompt and a sustained national commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. – Robert W. Fri, Chair of the Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change The National Academies of the United States … Continue reading

Industrial CO2: Relentless warming taskmaster


Natural processes have determined Earth’s climatic history, but human industrial activities have introduced a new mechanism that is driving Earth’s climate future. At any given time, the Earth’s climate is subjected to a myriad of natural influences. The impact of each influence varies based on the magnitude of the natural change, the duration over which … Continue reading

Sears Tower to Receive $350M Green Upgrade


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) states that buildings in this country account for 72% of electricity consumption, 39% of energy use, and 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) conducted by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that non-mall commercial buildings consumed 890 billion kWh of … Continue reading

Smart Power Grid Leads to Energy Savings, Privacy Concerns


The grid is getting smart. The Associated Press released a story recently about advancements in the works for the nation’s power grid, and more importantly, how that grid interacts with energy consumers. Faced with steeply rising demand and associated fuel costs, power companies are exploring new ways to encourage, and potentially mandate, conservation, with the … Continue reading

A Closer Look: Human vs. Natural CO2 Emissions


Aren’t human emissions of CO2 a fraction of those from natural sources? Absolutely. Emissions of CO2 from human sources are dwarfed many times over by emissions of the gas from natural sources. However, it is the human emissions that are throwing off the balance. Take mankind out of the equation, and the Earth’s climate reaches … Continue reading

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