Like it or not, uncertainty and climate change go hand in hand
December 4, 2007 04:32 PM - Vince Stricherz, University of Washington Newswire
Seattle - Despite decades of ever more-exacting science projecting Earth's warming climate, there remains large uncertainty about just how much warming will actually occur.
Two University of Washington scientists believe the uncertainty remains so high because the climate system itself is very sensitive to a variety of factors, such as increased greenhouse gases or a higher concentration of atmospheric particles that reflect sunlight back into space.
Dueling videos focus on U.S. climate change bill
December 4, 2007 02:12 PM - Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dueling videos -- one starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the other featuring a "typical" U.S. family shivering in an underheated house -- are focusing debate on a Senate bill aimed at cutting climate-warming pollution.
Schwarzenegger, the action star-turned-Republican governor of California, stands in front of a redwood grove and intones, "Climate change: it's a test of leadership." He and two other governors, posed in natural settings, urge viewers to press their senators to approve the so-called Lieberman-Warner bill.
Let There be Light - for the Next 35 Years: the Green Gift That Keeps on Giving
December 4, 2007 01:18 PM -
SAN FRANCISCO - Imagine receiving a gift this year that you'll still be using in 2042. Not only that, it also puts greenbacks in your pocket while helping the planet go green.
It's called the "Pharox" lightbulb and it gives consumers another way to reduce their carbon footprint via this new LED lighting technology.
Record breaking year for climate
December 4, 2007 10:03 AM - WWF - Climate Change
Bali, Indonesia – The past year has seen more weather records smashed as extreme events take a firmer hold of the planet, says WWF at the start of the UN climate change conference.
The overview from the global conservation organization, Breaking Records in 2007 – Climate Change, shows record lows for sea ice cover in the Arctic, some of the worst forest fires ever seen and record floods.
Left out of the climate communication loop
December 4, 2007 08:29 AM - , Panos London
Climate change experts and governments are gathering in Bali to discuss the successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
Rod Harbinson wants those out of the communication loop to find out how climate change will affect them.
Bali talks won't agree carbon capture: U.N. official
December 4, 2007 07:26 AM - Reuters
But the talks may put the so-far unproven technology, carbon capture and storage, on the agenda for future backing, Yvo de Boer told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.
December 3, 2007 05:46 PM - Bjorn Lomborg, Global Policy Innovations Program
It's possible to see, right now, what global warming will eventually do to the planet. To peek into the future, all we have to do is go to Beijing, Athens, Tokyo, or, in fact, just about any city on Earth.
Most of the world's urban areas have already experienced far more dramatic temperature hikes over the past few decades than the 2.6°C increase expected from global warming over the next hundred years.
Climate change predicted to drive trees northward
December 3, 2007 08:56 AM - American Institute of Biological Sciences
Ranges may decrease sharply if trees cannot disperse in altered conditions The most extensive and detailed study to date of 130 North American tree species concludes that expected climate change this century could shift their ranges northward by hundreds of kilometers and shrink the ranges by more than half. The study, by Daniel W. McKenney of the Canadian Forest Service and his colleagues, is reported in the December issue of BioScience.
U.S. says seeks new climate deal, rejects Kyoto
December 3, 2007 04:41 AM - Reuters
BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it would seek a new global deal to fight climate change after Australia's move to ratify the Kyoto Protocol isolated it as the only developed nation outside the current U.N. pact.
"We're not here to be a roadblock," U.S. delegation leader Harlan Watson said on the opening day of a December 3-14 meeting of almost 190 nations in Bali, Indonesia, seeking to agree a roadmap to work out a successor to Kyoto which runs to 2012.
Bali meet must spur investment
December 3, 2007 04:38 AM - Reuters
BALI (Reuters) - Climate talks launched in Bali on Monday must assure investors of future government backing for climate-friendly energy and building projects, said the host of the meeting, Indonesia's Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar.
The talks in Bali, attended by some 190 countries, will try and lay the foundations for a new climate change deal in time to replace or extend the Kyoto Protocol from 2013.
A key challenge will be to entice business to invest in cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.