• Up in the Air

    Fire Safety, Politics and the Environment

    • Replacements for Ozone Depleters are Atmospheric Heaters
    • November 24, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    When ozone depleting substances such as halons and other CFCs were banned by the Montreal Protocol, replacements known as HFCs eventually stepped in to fill the gap in refrigeration, fire protection, and other uses.

     

    The problem with HFCs is that although they d ...

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    • Australia's Carbon Tax Now Law
    • November 10, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    Australia's carbon tax is now law and will take effect in the summer of 2012 with a price of $US23.50 per ton of CO2 emissions.

     

    Time will tell what the fate of the law will be. This

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    • Rate of Global Warming Emissions Heating Up
    • November 07, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    A new report by the International Energy Administration says that 2010 emissions of CO2 - the most prevalent global warming gas - took a huge jump. The increase is the biggest leap on record and is alarmingly from a climate change perspective.

     

    View the report < ...

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    • Questions Regarding Australias Carbon Tax
    • October 18, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    Austrailia's carbon tax is facing questions posed in this blog post in the New ...

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    • International Climate Panel Strengthens Review Process
    • May 17, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced on Friday at the 33rd Plenary Session in Abu Dhabi that it will formally adopt new rules designed to increase the validity of its findings in preparation its upcoming 5th Climate Assessment due out in September, 2014.

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    • Definitive Signs of Ozone Hole Recovery
    • May 16, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    "The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is starting to heal, say researchers in Australia." So writes James Mitchell Crow in "Nature News", the onlin ...

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