global warming

EU, UK carbon-reduction targets questioned, but Britain holds steady

Citing an internal briefing paper for ministers, the Guardian newspaper reported that under current policies it would be “challenging” for Britain to reach a target of 9% for energy renewables such as wind, solar or hydropower - well short of the EU's 2020 target of 20%, but up from the current 2%.

UN links 13 weather events so far this year to global warming

The United Nations World Meteorological Association linked 13 extreme weather events around the world so far this year to global warming yesterday, saying that heat- and flooding-related catastrophes can be thought of as consequences of global warming — and signs of what is to come if nothing is done to stop the runaway climate change engulfing the globe due to greenhouse gas emissions.


U.S. energy bill clears House, but still faces White House opposition, Senate tussle

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed energy legislation that would extract $16 billion in annual subsidies from oil companies while supporting ‘clean’ energy sources like biofuels, wind, solar and geothermal. But the bill, opposed by President Bush, must be merged with Senate measures before it can become law.

Taking aim at carbon is ‘missing the point’ in global-warming fight

The focus on reducing carbon emissions has blinded us to the real problem - unsustainable lifestyles. A writer in BBC’s Green Room says climate change, though serious, is only one of a growing list of problems resulting from the way we live. And cutting emissions is like using methadone to cure heroine addition.

Senator Inhofe and the difference between science and point-of-view

Here's the wiki definition of science, its about as clear as any I've ever seen:

“Science (from the Latin scientia, 'knowledge') is a system of acquiring knowledge based on the scientific method, as well as the organized body of knowledge gained through such research.[1][2]”

Someone should send this to Senator James Inhofe (R-OK).

Nature to newsroom: "Get Me Rewrite!"

Even diligent readers of the best U.S. newspapers will be left with a less than overwhelming feeling about the dire consequences that may result from global warming, and the firm scientific conclusion that humans have caused warming, according to an analysis in Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, the media watchdog group.

Counterparts in Britain and elsewhere around the world were much more likely to print headlines and stories that framed global warming as a crisis that must be dealt with quickly to avert disaster.

Nukes Mount Stealth Attack in Congress

A one-sentence provision buried in the Senate’s recently passed energy bill, inserted without debate at the urging of the nuclear power industry, could make builders of new nuclear plants eligible for tens of billions of dollars in government loan guarantees.

Stronger Evidence Supports Human-Caused Global Warming

Though some criticism surrounds the accuracy of climate models, physicist Pablo F. Verdes of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences has found a way to overcome the subjective flaws that they are sometimes said to contain.

By applying statistical analysis techniques to data gathered from the past 150 years, he has been able to create a more objective snapshot of global climate during that time period.

So why the stealth release of the US Climate Action Report?

It's no wonder the State Department avoided any press attention over the latest US Climate Action Report released on Friday. (see this previous post for details).

You can find the whole report here - I've taken the liberty of highlighting some of the more interesting quotes that I'm sure the White House would love to sweep under the rug…

... and speaking of Republican sneak attacks

Seems that the first big controversy has already erupted over Governor Schwarzenegger's new Global Warming Solutions Act.

Republicans in the State of California are holding the State's budget hostage after slipping in a line item that would limit enforcement of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) over the next five years.

The detainee in this case is a clause in the California Environmental Quality Act, that allows the State to sue cities and counties for failing to adequately take into account greenhouse gas emissions when planning for new development.


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