Solutions: New trading funds highlight expanding role of wind in global warming struggle

Two new Exchange Traded Funds, filed within days of each other with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will focus on companies that provide products and services to the wind-energy industry, such as turbine makers and utilities with wind farms.

Wind energy reduces carbon dioxide emissions and cuts natural gas and water use. Of particular interest to investors, wind power is unaffected by price swings in natural gas, coal and uranium — all of which soared this year.

The new filings reflect the deepening role of wind in the battle against climate change.

Big Oil Gets Sued for Climate Change

The Tiny arctic village of Kivalina , Alaska could be the beginning of the end for Big Oil. Two veteran tobacco litigators have joined forces in a novel court action to sue oil companies for climate-related damage to the remote Inuit village – and for lying to the public about climate change.

The irony of Big Oil’s propaganda campaign being their undoing is rich indeed. Keep an eye on this small but important lawsuit hailing from a tiny village in Alaska. Things could get interesting.

Polar Cities - the ultimate in long-term real estate speculation

On Polar Cities, Andy Revkin at the New York Times says its time for urban planners, to get out their mukluks.

Revkin is referring to an interesting “thought project” being conducted by Dan Bloom called Polar Cities. As Bloom describes it:

Polar cities are envisioned as safe refuge communities where survivors of global warming can live when worst comes to worst.”

European Space Agency: Antarctic winter cannot protect Wilkins Ice Shelf

It's winter right now in the Antarctic, and with temperatures hovering around -91 degrees Fahrenheit, it was a strange sight indeed for the European Space Agency to see a 160 square kilometer chunk of the Wilkins Ice Shelf collapse.

Dick Cheney -- A Would-Be Planetary Dentist!

Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday called for a substantial increase in domestic drilling for oil and other natural resources, including in environmentally sensitive areas, saying that only increased production – and not new technology – will satisfy the nation's demand for energy. “We are an economy that runs on petroleum.

Some 20 million barrels of it a day. That can and will change over time, but it will be a very long time,” said Cheney, former head of U.S. oil company Halliburton. “We'd be doing the whole country a favor if more of that oil were produced here at home.”

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