Friday, October 15, 2010

NASA: Carbon Dioxide, Not Water Vapor, Causes Global Warming

(Oct. 15) -- The Earth's atmosphere is a complicated place. Somewhere in that swirling, shifting mixture of air, water and other gasses is the key to keeping us earthlings alive -- or  to cooking us.

Carbon dioxide has always received the most media attention as the leading cause of climate change, and a new study from NASA does more than concur with this assessment: It finds CO2 is overwhelmingly responsible for raising Earth's temperature.

Led by Andrew Lacis at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the study found that while water vapor and clouds account for 75 percent of the planet's greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide and other noncondensing gases -- such as methane, nitrous oxide and ozone -- are the key components that provide feedback mechanisms for amplifying and sustaining the greenhouse effect. More >>>

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Water and Energy Security

The Connection: Water and Energy Security


The energy security of the United States is closely linked to the state of its water resources. No longer can water resources be taken for granted if the U.S. is to achieve energy security in the years and decades ahead. At the same time, U.S. water security cannot be guaranteed without careful attention to related energy issues. The two issues are inextricably linked, as this article will discuss.

Energy security rests on two principles – using less energy to provide needed services, and having access to technologies that provide a diverse supply of reliable, affordable and environmentally sound energy. More >>>