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Planet burning: Russia fires threaten climate

2010-08-19 11:19:48

Besides causing 700 extra deaths a day in Moscow alone - due to the smoke from forest fires, according to its top health official - the smoke has quickened the melting of Arctic ice.

"Go gargle razor blades"

2010-07-07 07:27:24

Climate scientists under attack from alleged US rightwing elements following the infamous University of East Anglia emails leak.

Sacks gardening in urban and rural areas

2010-02-25 12:22:47

In every developing country people are suffering from the high food prices. More than billion people are hungry every day. The creation of small-scale kitchen gardens and container gardening are the most efficient tools to provide fresh food to rural farmers and urban people...

Good News for Himalayan Glaciers, Bad News for the IPCC

2010-01-25 16:24:40

The good news (if fleeting) is that Himalayan Glaciers, while retreating like most glaciers across the globe, will still be intact in 2035. The bad news is that what I can only describe as an egregious error asserted that they would be gone by 2035 made it into Working Group II's report.

Microalgae Producing Energy Through Emissions

2010-01-11 13:42:00

A greenhouse near Aachen is dedicated not to growing plants,but to cultivating algae. Researchers use algae to consume carbon dioxide,a gas produced by coal-fired power plants.

Ecosystem Shift Accelerating From Changing Climate New Research Says

2009-12-31 10:39:08

Research published last week in the journal Nature estimates the "velocity of climate change," a measurement of how quickly rising temperatures force ecosystems to migrate in order to survive ? and the likelihood that some species within an ecosystem will face extinction.

Google, Jane Goodall, forests and the cloud

2009-12-28 10:59:18

Not long ago, the only people who could access and analyze satellite images of the earth were government officials, the military, well-equipped scientists and oil, gas and mining companies. Today, anyone with a computer and Internet connection can access to Google Earth. Since its introduction in...

It's not just about Climate Change

2009-12-21 19:46:16

This past week delegates from 192 countries descended upon historic Copenhagen to tackle the one of the most divisive issue of our times: how to limit the potentially disastrous impacts of Climate Change. The major stumbling bloc of course was the fact that,...

Climategate: Mountain or Molehill?

2009-12-21 08:50:55

While the Copenhagen delegates, which now include many heads of state, wrangle about transparency and the size and funding of the pot of money that will be required to assist the developing world in mitigating its emissions and adapting to further climate change,...

Real Solutions to the Energy and Climate Crises

2009-12-16 14:00:31

As my regular readers know, I've spent much of this year contemplating big themes, like the long-term picture for energy, energy and monetary policy, black swans and the human penchant for valuing the present more than the future, the problems of complex systems like the energy-food-water nexus,...

Cash Is King, Even at Copenhagen

2009-12-15 16:39:51

Although apparently brief, the suspension of the Copenhagen climate conference after a walkout by the Group of 77 developing countries confirms that the talks are as much about money as about healing the world's climate. It's not just that the G77 wants the Kyoto limits on the emissions of developed...

.5 Trillion by 2030: the Number that Should be at the Heart of Copenhagen Climate Talks

2009-12-09 14:08:57

Forget 80% by 2050 and 17% by 2020. Time to stop fixating on 450 ppm vs 350 ppm. As UN climate talks kick off today in Copenhagen, Denmark, there's only one number really worth the world's attention: .5 trillion. That's the additional investment required between now and 2030 to put the world's energy...

COP15: The Time is Now

2009-12-09 14:08:53

In spite of the recent weeks of roller coaster-like expectations for a positive outcome from the COP15 climate conference that got underway Monday, the sense of urgency is keenly felt here at the Bella Center, home of the climate negotiations and exhibitions for dozens of NGO's and observer organizations...

Sceptic Ian Plimer on global warming: "my theories are more evocative and sensual"

2009-12-08 10:57:44

Professor Ian Plimer is one of the most influential global warming sceptics. A university academic in Australia, his trenchant views on climate change have helped persuade opposition politicians in his home country to back away from supporting schemes to reduce emissions...

COP15 Primer : Developing Action to Reduce Global Warming Pollution

2009-12-07 15:30:42

I'll discuss the willingness of developing countries to undertake significant emissions reductions on their own that tangibly reduce the growth of their emissions in the near-term (e.g., to 2020) and lay the foundation for even deeper cuts in the medium-term.

Climate Conundrum Continues in Run-up to Copenhagen

2009-12-04 09:13:15

The United States may be stuck in the middle of a climate conundrum. A proposal to establish border tariffs to account for the carbon associated with the imported manufactured products, like steel, looks critical to securing the support of key swing Senators interested in protecting the competitive position...

Do Leaked Emails Undermine the Scientific Consensus?

2009-12-01 10:34:30

It's clearly premature to attempt to draw sweeping conclusions about the implications for climate science and policy from the few tidbits that have leaked from the University of East Anglia's Hadley Centre Climate Research, one of the major global sources of climate change data and analysis...

"A failure in the Copenhagen process would be devastating for any chances to achieve 450ppm"

2009-11-20 15:16:15

IEA Head Energy Efficiency & Environment Division Richard Bradley talks to Scitizen about the World Policy Conference, the World Energy Outlook 2009 and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

"Where next for Climate Refugees?"

2009-11-19 17:38:16

A new report of the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) predicts 150 million climate refugees by 2050 and calls for a new global legal framework. Scitizen asked Dr. Konstantia Koutouki, the Scientific Director of the CERIUM International and European Environmental Law program,...

Senate Climate Bill Produces Little But Partisan Heat

2009-11-05 16:19:27

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California), chairperson of the Energy and Public Works Committee (EPW), plans to proceed with markup of the Kerry-Boxer Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, despite a threatened boycott of the proceedings from the committee's Republican members,...

Go green, go vegan

2009-11-04 13:28:12

Nicholas Stern, the author of an influential 2006 review of climate change, declared in an interview in the Time that methane emissions from cows and pigs were putting "enormous pressure" on the world. Clearly irritated that his argument had been boiled down to a ?go veggie to save the planet?...

Where are the Swing Voters on the Climate Bill?

2009-10-28 17:18:45

As the Senate environment committee starts to hold hearings on the climate change bill, we think there's one critical question for the senators: Who are you talking to?

Delaying climate chaos

2009-10-19 07:07:49

Here's a fascinating and very timely paper that?s just been published in the PNAS, Reducing abrupt climate change risk using the Montreal Protocol and other regulatory actions to complement cuts in CO2 emissions. As you can tell from the title, it?...

Look Under the Hood of the Climate Negotiations

2009-10-12 13:36:15

The two-week global warming negotiations in Bangkok, Thailand are just wrapping up. There are five key elements to the Copenhagen Agreement.

New MIT Study: Smaller Cuts, If Taken Now, Can Minimize Climate Risk

2009-10-09 09:24:47

Even "moderate" cuts in greenhouse gas emissions may be sufficient to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change, says new MIT study. But only if those moderate cuts start now, not in 2020, where many emissions targets take initial aim. Without swift action,...

Over-Allocation of Pollution Permits Would Result in No Emissions Reduction Requirement in Early Years of Climate Program

2009-09-28 08:10:19

The large decline in U.S. emissions in 2008 and 2009 due to the economic recession means that if the House-passed Waxman-Markey climate legislation becomes law, the bill's emissions reduction cap will require no reduction of carbon emissions over the first two to five years of the program...

Geoengineering the climate : science, governance and uncertainty

2009-09-23 15:17:14

Earlier this month, the Royal Society of the UK issued a report entitled "Geoengineering the climate : science, governance and uncertainty". Ken Caldeira, the director of the Caldeira Lab at the Carnegie Institution in the U.S. and a member of the working group involved in producing this report,...

Chinese advisor: "2?C is just a vision"

2009-09-21 14:38:16

I feel like an idiot for not seeing this one coming from either China or India. It's so painfully obvious, in hindsight, that I have to wonder how anyone who follows energy and environmental issues closely could have failed to predict it. What am I babbling about?...

Obama Administration Comes out in Support of Key International Provisions in Climate Bill

2009-09-17 12:16:12

Todd Stern the Special Envoy for Climate Change, just testified before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on: The Road to Copenhagen and International Climate Agreement. His testimony and response to several questions for the first time publicly stressed the importance...

"Slime" Could Be Latest Weapon in Climate Fight Arsenal

2009-09-04 12:20:14

No - this is not an obscure Ghostbusters reference. According to the Financial Times, geo-engineering experts at the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IME) have deemed "slime-covered buildings", along with artificial trees and reflective buildings,...