Climate

Dalai Lama says climate change needs global action
November 30, 2009 08:51 AM - Reuters

Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama entered the climate change debate on Monday, urging governments to take serious action and put global interests ahead of domestic concerns.

Commonwealth advances momentum for climate deal
November 29, 2009 12:11 PM - Pascal Fletcher, Reuters

Commonwealth nations representing one-third of the world's population threw their weight on Saturday behind accelerating efforts to clinch an "operationally binding" U.N. climate deal in Copenhagen next month. Leaders of the 53-nation Commonwealth meeting in Trinidad and Tobago used their summit to bolster a diplomatic offensive seeking wide consensus on how to fight global warming before December 7-18 U.N. climate talks in the Danish capital.

Momentum grows for Copenhagen climate deal
November 28, 2009 06:09 AM - Pascal Fletcher and Adrian Croft, Reuters

World leaders on Friday rallied to a diplomatic offensive to forge a U.N. climate deal in Copenhagen next month and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said an agreement was "within reach". Ban, and Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen who will host the December 7-18 U.N. climate talks, hailed what they portrayed as a growing international momentum toward a pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.

China Announces Carbon Intensity Target, Premier to Attend Copenhagen
November 27, 2009 07:03 AM - NRDC

China announced today that Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the Copenhagen climate summit and that China will commit to reducing its carbon intensity by 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

Stolen E-Mails Raise Questions On Climate Research
November 26, 2009 10:35 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

A huge pile of e-mails were stolen from a British climate laboratory and posted on the Internet last week. The correspondence shows that some climate scientists are resorting to bare-knuckle tactics to defend the orthodoxy of global warming. In particular, a group of scientists who support the consensus view of climate change have been working together to influence what gets published in science journals. Journals are supposed to be impartial filters that let good ideas rise to the top and bad ideas sink to the bottom. But the stolen e-mails show that a group of scientists has decided that's not working well enough. So they have resorted to strong tactics — including possible boycotts — to keep any paper they think is dubious from reaching the pages of a journal.

Obama will offer U.S. climate cut in Copenhagen
November 26, 2009 10:14 AM - Jeff Mason, Reuters

The United States unveiled its proposal to cut greenhouse gases by 2020 on Wednesday and said President Barack Obama will attend U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen next month -- before other world leaders show up. Obama will go to the December 7-18 talks in Denmark on December 9, the eve of a ceremony in nearby Oslo, Norway, where he will collect the Nobel Peace Prize, the White House said.

President Obama Going to Copenhagen Climate Summit
November 25, 2009 10:34 AM - NBC News, MSNBC

President Barack Obama will go to Copenhagen next month to participate in a long-anticipated, high-stakes global climate summit, a White House official said. The president will attend the summit on Dec. 9 before heading to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama's attendance had been in question until now.

Cutting Greenhouse Pollutants Could Directly Save Millions of Lives Worldwide
November 25, 2009 10:27 AM - ScienceDaily

Tackling climate change by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions will have major direct health benefits in addition to reducing the risk of climate change, especially in low-income countries, according to a series of six papers appearing on, Nov. 25 in the British journal The Lancet.

Can the Sun Help Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel?
November 25, 2009 06:42 AM - Yale Environment 360 , Clean Techies

U.S. researchers have demonstrated a technology that uses the sun’s heat to convert carbon dioxide and water into the building blocks of traditional fuels, a reverse combustion process that may emerge as a practical alternative to sequestration of CO2 emissions from power plants.

Oceans Absorb Less Carbon Dioxide as Marine Systems Change
November 24, 2009 09:34 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

The oceans are by far the largest carbon sink in the world. Some 93 percent of carbon dioxide is stored in algae, vegetation, and coral under the sea. But oceans are not able to absorb all of the carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels. In fact, a recent study suggests that the oceans have absorbed a smaller proportion of fossil-fuel emissions, nearly 10 percent less, since 2000.

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