Climate

Met Office's bleak forecast on climate change
October 1, 2008 09:13 AM - guardian.co.uk

When it comes to climate change, the scientific evidence has to be at the core of any decision-making. Governments need to understand the consequences of choosing particular targets, but they also need to understand what will happen if targets are missed or if they cannot be agreed on by all countries. Failures could have far-reaching consequences.

Cali. Governor signs laws on sprawl and water supplies but vetoes smog-fighting port cargo fee
October 1, 2008 08:59 AM - LA Times

SACRAMENTO - California embarked Tuesday on a sweeping effort to curb suburban sprawl by rewarding communities that build homes and workplaces closer together to reduce pollution that contributes to global warming. However, a multibillion-dollar proposal to curb air pollution near the state's ports was rejected by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who concluded that the related cargo fees would harm an already suffering economy.

An Exhausting War on Emissions
September 30, 2008 09:11 AM - The Wall Street Journal

In 1991, Norway became one of the first countries in the world to impose a stiff tax on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, the country's emissions should have dropped. Instead, they have risen by 15%. Although the tax forced Norway's oil and gas sector to become among the greenest in the world, soaring energy prices led to a boom in offshore production, which in turn boosted overall emissions. So did drivers. Norwegians, who already pay nearly $10 a gallon, took the tax in stride, buying more cars and driving them more. And numerous industries won exemptions from the tax, carrying on unchanged.

Cool Summer, Warm Future: Extreme Heat Days Increase For Southern California
September 29, 2008 11:16 AM - NASA

Summer 2008 in Southern California goes down in the books as cooler than normal. The thermometer in downtown Los Angeles topped 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 degrees Celsius) just once in July, August and the first two-thirds of September. But don't expect this summer's respite from the usual blistering heat to continue in the years to come, cautions a group of NASA and university scientists: The long-term forecast calls for increased numbers of scorching days and longer, more frequent heat waves.

Arctic Saw Fastest August Sea Ice Retreat On Record
September 29, 2008 10:51 AM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

Following a record-breaking season of arctic sea ice decline in 2007, NASA scientists have kept a close watch on the 2008 melt season. Although the melt season did not break the record for ice loss, NASA data are showing that for a four-week period in August 2008, sea ice melted faster during that period than ever before.

VIETNAM: Heeding Climate Change Warnings
September 29, 2008 10:24 AM - IPS

With a predicted sea level rise of one metre by 2100, Vietnam may end up being one of the nations worst hit by climate change. Such a rise would affect five percent of the land area, 11 percent of the population and seven percent of the agriculture. With worsening storms and flooding already lapping at its shores, this South-east Asian country is heeding the dire warnings.

California invites countries to carbon cap meeting
September 29, 2008 10:11 AM - Reuters

California plans to host a meeting of several countries in November to discuss ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Friday. The governor's office has invited China, India, European countries, Australia, Canada and Mexico to a meeting ahead of international climate talks the following month in Poland. Details still are being worked out.

Andean farmers yearn for Bolivia's warmer climates
September 24, 2008 09:37 AM - Eduardo Garcia, Reuters

ACHACACHI, Bolivia (Reuters) - As Bolivia erupted into violence this month over President Evo Morales' leftist reforms, the future of farmers like Julio Mamani hangs in the balance.

South Asia floods kill 33, displaces thousands
September 23, 2008 09:48 AM - Jatindra Dash

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - Rescue workers evacuated some 200,000 people after flooding by one of India's largest rivers killed 16 people at the weekend, while overflowing rivers inundated parts of Nepal and killed 17 people, officials said on Sunday.

Indigenous Groups Criticize Climate Talks
September 22, 2008 09:32 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

As international climate negotiations move closer to including forests in the successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, indigenous and traditional peoples realize they have either a lot to gain or everything to lose.

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