U.S. key factor in new climate deal: Danish minister
January 18, 2008 07:44 AM - Reuters
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Whether the long road from last year's Bali climate summit to the 2009 Copenhagen gathering ends with a binding deal to replace Kyoto depends crucially on the United States, according to the Danish climate minister. "I think that the United States, and getting the United States to move, is the key to also get China and India moving," Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard told Reuters in an interview this week.
Climate Registry nears 1st U.S. emissions reporting
January 17, 2008 06:39 PM - Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Aiming to get a jump on what they see as inevitable mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, 58 companies, cities and organizations have volunteered to report emissions to the Climate Registry, the nonprofit organization said on Thursday. "The Climate Registry is building the infrastructure and the (reporting guidelines) to get the companies, states and provincial programs started," said Diane Wittenberg, executive director of the Climate Registry.
2007 was tied as Earth's second warmest year
January 17, 2008 09:58 AM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
NEW YORK - Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2007 tied with 1998 for Earth’s second warmest year in a century. Goddard Institute researchers used temperature data from weather stations on land, satellite measurements of sea ice temperature since 1982 and data from ships for earlier years.
Norway says aims to go carbon neutral by 2030
January 17, 2008 07:51 AM - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway, which last year set what it called the world's most ambitious target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, said on Thursday it aimed to go "carbon neutral" in 2030, which is 20 years earlier than its previous target. The new target was set when the Labour-led coalition government reached agreement with three opposition parties to bring the goal forward from 2050.
EU's Barroso hits back at critics of climate plan
January 16, 2008 07:15 AM - Reuters
STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso hit back on Wednesday at criticism from member states and industry of planned radical proposals to fight climate change and save energy. A week before the European Union executive unveils a fiercely contested package of proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewable energy sources and promote biofuels, Barroso said the EU must "put our money where our mouth is."
House's Dingell hopes to draft climate bill soon
January 15, 2008 11:32 AM - Reuters
The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, Democrat John Dingell of Michigan, said on Tuesday he hoped to draft climate change legislation as soon as possible. Speaking to reporters at the North American International Auto Show, Dingell said he would like a fair "cap and trade provision" in the legislation and that he continued to weigh the possibility of a carbon tax on industry.
Greenland suffers from extreme ice melt
January 15, 2008 10:32 AM - University of Sheffield
An international team of scientists, led by Dr Edward Hanna at the University of Sheffield, has demonstrated that recent warm summers have caused the most extreme Greenland ice melting in 50 years. The new research provides further evidence of a key impact of global warming and helps scientists place recent satellite observations of Greenland's shrinking ice mass in a longer-term climatic context.
Climate Change 2007: Credible Science, Tipping Points, Feedback, and the Great North
January 15, 2008 10:27 AM - , Triple Pundit
Andrew Burger posted two excellent articles on 3P here and here regarding the general state of research, science, and the modeling of climate change. I refer you to those article for a good foundation. There are also a variety of excellent resources on the web, some of which Andrew cites in his posts, and other worthwhile sources such as RealClimate, The National Academy of Sciences, USCap (an alliance of business and environmental research and advocacy groups), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Antarctica lost more ice in last 10 years: study
January 14, 2008 03:06 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Antarctica lost billions of tons of ice over the last decade, contributing to the rising seas around the world, a climate researcher said on Monday. The ice melted from two particular parts of the southern continent, according to Eric Rignot and colleagues, who wrote about the phenomenon in the journal Nature Geoscience.
Ocean Fertilization 'Fix' For Global Warming Discredited By New Research
January 11, 2008 09:11 AM - University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
Research performed at Stanford and Oregon State Universities suggests that ocean fertilization may not be an effective method of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a major contributor to global warming. Ocean fertilization, the process of adding iron or other nutrients to the ocean to cause large algal blooms, has been proposed as a possible solution to global warming because the growing algae absorb carbon dioxide as they grow.