Climate

Melting of Arctic ice 'fascinating ... alarming'
October 3, 2008 09:21 AM - The Vancouver Sun

For scientists, this year's ice season was like the NHL playoffs. They placed bets, pored over satellite images, and speculated endlessly on how much Arctic ice would survive the summer.

Houston taking on global warming
October 3, 2008 09:03 AM - chron.com

Houston, of all places, suddenly has a sweeping plan to fight global warming. America's energy capital is seeking to slash emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases that contribute to climate change under the plan, which city officials released with little fanfare days before Hurricane Ike.

Dreaming of a climate bailout
October 3, 2008 08:49 AM - CNN

Governments around the world continue to pump billions of dollars into financial markets, but there is still no telling whether the "injections of liquidity" will be enough to prevent "this sucker" -- to quote the President of the United States -- from going down.

Trade and climate policies must be linked post-2012
October 2, 2008 07:51 AM - , SciDevNet

China is now the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, decades earlier than many predicted. Chinese emissions are often viewed as a Chinese production problem, but the role of spiraling consumption in rich nations should not be underestimated. One third of China's territorial emissions come from producing exports.

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.

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