New York Times pegs global warming as top environmental issue

The warming of the planet is the overriding environmental issue of our time , with former vice-president Al Gore playing a crucial role in raising public awareness. Although the appetite for decisive action is growing – except at the White House – the U.S. is still a long way from a comprehensive response to the challenge. Several Democratic hopefuls in this year’s presidential campaign are stepping up to the plate, but most Republicans are still dithering.

Weather-Related Insurance Losses Doubled in '07

Losses to insurers from natural disasters nearly doubled this year to just below $30 billion globally after an unusually quiet 2006, a leading reinsurer said, from winter storms in Europe, flooding in Britain and wildfires in the U.S.

Munich Re also warned that climate change could mean a growing number of weather-related catastrophes in coming years.

The Top 5 YouTube Global Warming Videos of 2007

At DeSmogBlog we monitor Youtube on a daily basis looking for the videos that effectively convey the reality and urgency of global warming.

Here's this year's top 5…

Clean Coal Founders on Bureaucratic Obstacle Course

Clean coal-fired power plants have been touted as a remedy for an environmentally challenged age, offering the promise of turning cheap but dirty coal into a pollution-free energy source.

Don't turn off those wind turbines yet. 

Japan Plays Russian Roulette in its Energy Quest

Fifty-five million years ago the world's climate was catastrophically changed when volcanoes melted natural gas frozen in the seabed. Now Japan plans to drill for the same icy crystals to end its reliance on imported energy. Billions of tons of methane hydrate, frozen chunks of chemical-laced water buried in sediment some 3,000 feet under the Pacific Ocean floor, may help Japan win energy independence from the Middle East and Indonesia. Japanese engineers have found enough “flammable ice'' to meet its gas use demands for 14 years. The trick is extracting it without damaging the environment.

 

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