Environmental News Countdown

by Bill Chameides | March 26th, 2010
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)

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Here’s a quick 321 countdown on the environment in the news.

3 – Greenland Ice Sheet

In late 2003 the rate of melting in southeast Greenland increased dramatically, according to a new report by Shafaqat Abbas Khan of the National Space Institute in Copenhagen and colleagues in Geophysical Research Letters. (More on GRACE and how it works here.)

The scientists, who analyzed data from the GRACE satellite and GPS observations, also found that the melting weakened in 2006, but not sufficiently to fall below pre-2003 melting rates.

Since 2005, the authors note, ice loss has spread up along the northwest Greenland coast.

2 – Fixing the Holes Where the Hoy Stuff Leaks

Authorities at the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor, owned and operated by Entergy, announced the successful repair to 2 pipes that had been leaking radioactive tritium into groundwater. The company has claimed that the leaks have not contaminated any drinking water.

More than likely Entergy is hoping this news will result in Vermont’s State Senate reversing a measure to close the plant in 2012.

1 – Record Decade

Confirming earlier analyses from American agencies, as well as its own preliminary analysis, the World Meteorological Organization announced that the decade of the aughts (2000–2009) ranked number 1 [pdf] in global average temperature among all decades since temperatures began to be measured by modern instruments in the mid-1800s.

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