'Japanese Inuit' warns of climate change danger
December 29, 2008 08:44 AM - Asahi
As the fields of ice surrounding his home rapidly become thinner, Ikuo Oshima knows firsthand that the effects of global warming are not a problem of the distant future, but a present danger.
Sierra Warming: Later snow, earlier melt: High anxiety
December 26, 2008 11:47 AM - www.sacbee.com
After weeks of waiting, mountain residents awoke to their first glimpse of winter on Dec. 13, a few fluffy inches of powder that clung to the tops of boulders like chefs' hats. More fell over the past two weeks, enough to bury the camel-colored meadow grass and wine-red willows in a deepening blanket of white. The magic, though, came late, just days before Christmas — one of the tardiest winter debuts ever.
Obama team primed to push climate change agenda
December 23, 2008 10:15 AM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-electBarack Obama's new "green dream team" is committed to battling climate change and ready to push for big policy reforms, in stark contrast with the Bush administration, environmental advocates said on Monday. "If this team can't advance strong national policy on global warming, then no one can," said Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, referring to Obama's picks for the top energy and environment jobs in his administration, which takes office on January 20.
Rudd's climate call
December 23, 2008 09:03 AM - Otago Daily Times
New Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd resembled nothing so much as a white knight ranged on his charger against the dark forces of global climate change as he assumed office. He had campaigned for a world-leading role in the battle to save the world and had appeared to have received a resounding mandate.
'Obama move will lure India into climate change fight'
December 22, 2008 11:38 AM - www.hindu.com
London (IANS): US president-elect Barack Obama's groundbreaking move to appoint two global warming specialists as his main scientific advisers is the first step towards persuading India, China and Brazil to join the fight against climate change, says a leading British scientist. Obama Saturday nominated Harvard physicist John Holdren as his scientific adviser and marine biologist Jane Lubchenco to head the US oceanic research body.
Abrupt climate shifts may move faster than thought
December 22, 2008 09:53 AM - The Earth Institute at Columbia University
San Francisco-- The United States could suffer the effects of abrupt climate changes within decades—sooner than some previously thought--says a new government report. It contends that seas could rise rapidly if melting of polar ice continues to outrun recent projections, and that an ongoing drought in the U.S. west could be the start of permanent drying for the region. Commissioned by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, the report was authored by experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and other leading institutions. It was released at this week's meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Fiddling with words as the world melts
December 20, 2008 09:51 AM - The Economist
IMAGINE that some huge rocky projectile, big enough to destroy most forms of life, was hurtling towards the earth, and it seemed that deep international co-operation offered the only hope of deflecting the lethal object. Presumably, the nations of the world would set aside all jealousies and ideological hangups, knowing that failure to act together meant doom for all.
Obama's 'Green Dream Team' to Make Energy, Environment a Priority
December 19, 2008 09:48 AM - VOA News
President-elect Barack Obama has unveiled what is being called his "green team", the Cabinet secretaries and top officials that will deal with environmental and energy policies. While environmental groups have praised the choices, they also say the incoming administration will need to make major policy changes to meet the challenges of global warming and other environmental problems.
EU parliament approves climate change package
December 18, 2008 01:17 PM - Business & Sustainable Development News
The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the EU's climate change package, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, lifting the last hurdle to the ambitious plan. Six texts on the package, already agreed by the 27 European Union member states, were passed by a large majority of the MEPs present.
EU finalizes deal to fight climate change
December 17, 2008 09:22 AM - Reuters
STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Union finalized plans for battling global warming on Wednesday, seeking to lead the way toward a broad alliance including other big polluters like China and the United States. The European Parliament approved cutting carbon dioxide emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, heeding warnings of severe weather, famine and drought as the atmosphere heats up.