DNR weekend reading: U.S. on track to hit 2020 Copenhagen greenhouse gas emissions target (almost)

Lummi Island Natural Resources Conservation Area
Sunset at Lummi Island Natural Resources Conservation Area, a 661-acre conservation area in northern Puget Sound managed by DNR. The island, which is accessed by water only, features boat-in campsites, an old-growth Douglas-fir forest and rocky headlands. Photo: Jason Goldstein/DNR.

Here is a selection of news and articles about science, the environment and more, for your DNR Weekend Reading:

Resources for the Future: US Status on Climate Change Mitigation
The United States is likely to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 16.3 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, falling just shy of the 17 percent target pledged by President Obama at the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to a new study.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Americans use more efficient and renewable energy technologies
Americans used less energy in 2011 than in the previous year due mainly to a shift to higher-efficiency energy technologies in the transportation and residential sectors. Meanwhile, less coal was used but more natural gas was consumed according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

ESA News: Earth’s magnetosphere behaves like a sieve
European Space Agency satellites studying Earth’s magnetosphere have discovered that our earth’s protective magnetic bubble lets solar wind plasma pass through in a wider range of conditions than previously believed.

Science Daily: Speed Limits On Cargo Ships Could Reduce Their Pollutants by More Than Half
Putting a speed limit on cargo ships as they sail near ports and coastlines could cut their emission of air pollutants by up to 70 percent, reducing the impact of marine shipping on Earth’s climate and human health, scientists have found.

CSIRO: Goodness, gracious, great balls of lightning
John Lowke, a scientists with CSIRO–Australia’s national space agency–studies ball lightning. In a new scientific paper, he gives the first mathematical solution explaining the birth of ball lightning, and how it can pass through glass (includes videos of ball lightning).

Follow DNR on: Facebook Fan See us on Flickr Watch us YouTube Follow us on Twitter Follow DNR Fire Twitter