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Community Rallies Against Proposed Trash Incinerator

Community Rallies Against Proposed Trash Incinerator

The farm town of Gonzales, in the center of the Salinas Valley, has been known throughout its 140-year history as "Little Switzerland," the "heart of the salad bowl," and, today, the "wine capital" of Monterey County. Now a proposal from a Canadian energy company could change Gonzales' moniker yet again: It hopes to build a commercial-scale plant… Read More

Two-Thirds of Americans Want Obama to Act on Climate

Two-Thirds of Americans Want Obama to Act on Climate

Two-thirds of Americans want President Barack Obama to act now on climate change, adding momentum to his State of the Union promise to take up the challenge with or without Congress. Two new polls commissioned by environmental groups and released on Wednesday showed clear majorities of Americans supporting Obama taking significant action on climat… Read More

Climate Change a Bigger Extinction Threat than Asteroids

Climate Change a Bigger Extinction Threat than Asteroids

As teaching moments go, it doesn’t get much better than this. NASA scientists have known for nearly a year that a small asteroid called 2012 DA14, about 150 ft. across, would whiz past Earth at the nail-biting distance of 17,000 miles or so — significantly closer than the 22,500-mile altitude occupied by geosynchronous satellites. It happened right… Read More

Senate Holds Briefing on the Latest Climate Science

Senate Holds Briefing on the Latest Climate Science

Following on the heels of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night where he challenged Congress to enact policies to fight climate change, the Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to address the latest findings in climate science research. The hearing, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)… Read More

Obama: Will Act on Climate, With or Without Congress

Obama: Will Act on Climate, With or Without Congress

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he will use his executive powers to enact new policies to fight climate change if Congress does not address the issue. In his fourth State of the Union address to Congress, Obama linked climate change to recent extreme weather events to make his case. “For the sake of our children and our future, we… Read More

East Coast Faces Rising Seas From Slowing Gulf Stream

East Coast Faces Rising Seas From Slowing Gulf Stream

Experts on the sea level rise triggered by climate change have long known that it will proceed faster in some places than others. The mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. is one of them, and the reason — in theory, anyway — is that global warming should slow the flow of the Gulf Stream as it moves north and then west toward northern Europe.… Read More

Canadian Doctors Urged to Fight Climate Change

Canadian Doctors Urged to Fight Climate Change

Scientists began talking seriously about some dangers of climate change more than 30 years ago — rising seas, changing weather patterns, more rain in rainy places and more drought in dry places, and more. But the risks that lie outside their areas of expertise have taken longer to draw attention — especially in the area of human health. That has… Read More

NASA to Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

NASA to Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

If the weather holds, NASA will launch its newest Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California late Monday morning. An Atlas V rocket is scheduled to carry Landsat 8 into space just after 11 a.m. Pacific time. Once in orbit, the $855 million probe will begin capturing detailed images of Earth’s surface, adding to… Read More