Will the US blink or balk at this week's UN Summit on Climate Change?

The final edition of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change will be released this week in Valencia, Spain and all eyes are on the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, the United States.

Optimism seems to abound. A Rueter's headline today announces that the “UN Panel's Global Warming Report May Win U.S. Support.”

One of the chief US negotiators, John Marburger even went so far as to say “We haven't seen any problems in the drafts that we've seen.''

We're not holding our breath though…

Hilary Clinton Unveils Aggressive Climate Change Plan

Presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton has just released an aggressive and comprehensive plan to fight climate change and significantly curb the US addiction to foreign oil.

The plan called “Powering America's Future: Hillary Clinton's Plan to Address the Energy and Climate Crisis” proposes to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050 – the level necessary to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.
  • Cut foreign oil imports by two-thirds from projected levels by 2030.
  • Transform our carbon-based economy into an efficient green economy, creating at least 5 million jobs from clean energy over the next decade.

Grist lays out the entire plan here.

Gore takes post with investment firm; vows to donate salary to climate protection

The former VP and Nobel laureate will investigate the growth potential of start-up companies focused on alternative energy sources, and then make recommendations to the California firm he represents as to whether they should receive venture-capital financing.

Something's Fishy Off the State of Rhode Island

Once, natural events in Narragansett Bay occurred with the predictability of the tides: Thick ice clung to the shore in February.

Giant phytoplankton blooms tinted the water green by March. Striped bass began to move to warmer waters by mid-October. No longer.

Winter surfers off Narragansett Town Beach rarely have to slosh through frozen chunks anymore. Those blooms, which rained nutrients down to bottom-dwelling creatures, have all but disappeared. Fishermen regularly brag about catching striped bass in mid-November. Narragansett Bay's natural timing is out of sync.

Former Gore advisor warns that global warming could sound death knell for globalization

“The Age of Consequences” report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the US, predicts that scarcity of resources may “dictate the terms of international relations” for years to come as rich countries could “go through a 30-year process of kicking away from the lifeboat.”

Another report says energy needs in 2030 could rise more than 50% above current levels, mainly due to rapid economic growth in China and India. So who’s going to be kicking who?

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