Climate

Obama Calls for Climate Deal, U.S. Target Under Fire
December 11, 2009 10:18 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

President Barack Obama urged world leaders on Thursday to break the deadlock at climate change talks in Copenhagen, although many nations accused the United States of lacking ambition. In a move that could boost Obama's position when world leaders join the U.N. talks next week, three U.S. senators outlined a compromise climate bill on Thursday that aims to win the votes needed for passage next year.

US Proposes Innovative Trade Concept to Fight Climate Change
December 10, 2009 05:46 AM - Reuters

The United States supports taking "early action" to liberalize trade in products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and believes that could spur progress in broader world trade talks on environmental goods and services, a U.S. trade official said on Wednesday.

Increased Temperatures Turn Fish into Daredevils
December 9, 2009 03:14 PM - Emily Sohn , Discovery News

A temperature increase of a few degrees can cause a change in fish personalities, making them more aggressive and bold. If global temperatures continue to rise, this may have important implications for fish survival.

Brazil Defends Biofuels
December 9, 2009 02:48 PM - Claudia Ciobanu, IPS, Environmental Health News

Being the world’s largest producer and exporter of ethanol it is natural for the Brazilian government and its partners to push biofuels as the only real alternative for a world trying wean itself away from fossil fuels that contribute to global warming.

Copenhagen Skeptics Conference: Global Warming 'caused by sun's radiation'
December 9, 2009 02:39 PM - Louise Gray, Telegraph.co.uk

Global warming is caused by radiation from the sun, according to a leading scientist speaking out at an alternative "sceptics' conference" in Copenhagen.

U.S. Sees Robust Climate Talks, But Will Not Pay "Reparations"
December 9, 2009 01:03 PM - Richard Cowan, Reuters

President Barack Obama's top aides promised on Wednesday "robust" negotiations toward a global climate change deal this month, but firmly stated the United States does not owe the world "reparations" for centuries of carbon pollution.

Piul, Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea, Victims of Climate Change
December 9, 2009 09:15 AM - Ben Bohane, The Diplomat

Pacific island nations are on the front line of climate change, yet despite being seen as the first victims, many are re-positioning themselves to lead the world in renewable energy infrastructure. Chief Bernard Tunim confronts the issue head-on: "We didn't create global warming but we are its first victims. The industrialized world must take decisive action at the Copenhagen summit before it's too late for everyone."

What Copenhagen Climate Meeting Might Achieve
December 9, 2009 06:56 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

There are so many issues on the table at the Copenhagen U.N. climate conference that politicians from all the major players have already declared there is no hope of reaching a binding legal agreement. But progress is still possible. Participants speak of reaching a "political agreement." Exactly what that would be remains undefined, but it would represent some form of commitment to address global warming that goes beyond mere rhetoric — yet falls short of a legally binding treaty.

CO2 Found to be Even More Important than Thought
December 8, 2009 07:35 AM - Editor, ENN

Research conducted by the University of Bristol, and the University of Leeds in the UK have demonstrated that our climate models may be underestimating the effects of CO2 on global temperatures. In the long term, the Earth’s temperature may be 30-50 per cent more sensitive to atmospheric carbon dioxide than has previously been estimated, reports a new study published in Nature Geoscience this week.

EPA to Regulate Green House Gases Under the Clean Air Act
December 8, 2009 06:27 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward in regulating greenhouse gas emission in the US from both mobile sources (principally autos and trucks) and stationary sources (industrial and power generation sources). The actions taken today support EPA in regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.

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