Climate

Obama Shifts Stance on Environmental & Climate Issues
July 22, 2008 11:53 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

In May 1998, at the urging of the state's coal industry, the Illinois Legislature passed a bill condemning the Kyoto global warming treaty and forbidding state efforts to regulate greenhouse gases. Barack Obama voted "aye."

Nature Conservancy Goes Public with Voluntary Carbon Offset Program
July 22, 2008 09:08 AM - , Global Warming is Real

The Nature Conservancy is going public with its Voluntary Carbon Offset Program, offering individuals the opportunity to offset part of their own carbon footprints by contributing funds to set aside private lands that would othwerwise lay idle and degrade for conservation and forest regeneration. The first project on the Conservancy’s carbon offset slate is protecting and regenerating part of Louisiana’s Tensas River Basin, an ecologically key 47-acre tract of currently unproductive farmland that will soon form part of 3,600 acre conservation management system within the Lower Mississippi Valley.

The UK's Green New Deal to Combat Economic Depression, Climate Change
July 22, 2008 08:56 AM - , Triple Pundit

Inciting the rhetoric of FDR during the days of the Great Depression, several economists, politicians, and environmentalists in the UK have made news recently with the proposal of the Green New Deal, an ambitious plan to fight the triple threats of the credit crunch, high gas prices, and climate change that are factoring to degrade life and the world as we know it.

Human rights a 'compass' for climate change policies
July 21, 2008 09:08 AM - , SciDevNet

Human rights can be a "compass" to guide research and policy development for climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, according to a report.

Climate report calls for leaders with vision
July 21, 2008 09:02 AM - Reuters

The world needs leaders with the vision to forge New Deal-type policies to tackle the potentially disastrous combination of climate change, high inflation and economic slowdown, a British think-tank said on Monday. "A New Green Deal", a report issued by the New Economics Foundation, uses the convergence of the credit crunch, climate change and booming food and fuel prices to make the case for a new economics for the 21st century. Key points in the report are that every home must generate its own power, an oil legacy fund must be set up using windfall taxes on oil and gas firms to help pay for green transformation, and carbon should be priced according to its climate impact.

Climate change puts U.S. way of life at risk: EPA
July 18, 2008 09:21 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under fire for apparently discounting the impact of climate change, on Thursday said global warming poses real risk to human health and the American way of life. Risks include more heat-related deaths, more heart and lung diseases due to increased ozone and health problems related to hurricanes, extreme precipitation and wildfires, the agency said in a new report.

Opinion: U.S. Environmentalists Finally Have a Leader
July 18, 2008 07:53 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

On Thursday, politician-turned-activist Al Gore called for the United States to rely 100 percent on zero-carbon sources of electricity by 2018. Regardless of the logistical practicality of the goal or of the existence of political will to achieve this target in a single decade, Gore's statements made it clear: the U.S. environmental movement finally has a leader.

B.C. Games to douse torch for environment's sake
July 17, 2008 01:33 PM - The Globe and Mail

After 26 years as an enduring symbol of the B.C. Summer and Winter Games, a torch that was traditionally lit 100 days before each event began has been snuffed out because of global warming.

AFGHANISTAN: 1.5 million "severely" hit by drought - minister
July 17, 2008 01:26 PM - IRIN

At least 1.5 million people in 19 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces - mostly farming communities in the north - have been severely affected by drought and are in need of urgent humanitarian relief, an Afghan minister told IRIN.

Russian Research Team Pulls Up Stakes and Gets the Heck Out Due to Melting Ice
July 17, 2008 11:02 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Station “North Pole-35” consists of 21 researchers and two dogs living in huts on an ice flow in the western Arctic Ocean, or at least it did until the project was cut short by about six weeks due to the unexpected extent of the sea ice melt.

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