Global warming heats up online

Editor's note: Sorry folks, not even DeSmog couid resist recycling this fetching once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity with the one and only Britney Spears.

Move over Britney and American Idol – even the IRS! Global warming hit an all-time high this month among the web-surfing masses.

WSJ a DeSmog fan? Sure looks that way

Check out the new Wall Street Journal's Energy blog. Why am I telling you this? Because it looks like they're fans of ours.

And it might surprise some to know that DeSmog is a big fan of the great journalists at the WSJ. It's the narrow-minded editorial staff we have issues with.

More dirty-coal plants coming to US despite global warming

Virtually none of the new coal plants in coming years will be built to capture the thousands of tons of carbon dioxide burning coal belches into the atmosphere. A New York Times report says utility officials contend gasification is too expensive and pulverized-coal plants can always be adapted later for emissions. Technical experts are dubious.

Science group issues its first warning against climate-change threat

The board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s leading general science organization, has issued a statement declaring global warming “a growing threat to society.” The first-ever stand by the AAAS, which publishes the journal Science, also attributes recent warming to human activity.

New York urged to follow California in pushing Washington on global warming

Calling climate change “a cause that needs all the friends it can get,” the New York Times says Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York should join Arnold Schwarzenegger and commit to more ambitious goals for emission reduction.

Unlikely coalition pushing Bush for federal cap on carbon emissions

Politicians, business leaders and economists have joined environmentalists in calling for new laws to restrict greenhouse gases. The US administration has thus far rejected these efforts, but momentum for change has been building since the February 2 release of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that called global warming “unequivocal” and said with 90 percent probability that human activities help cause it.

Data shows last month was hottest January on record

The U.S. National Climatic Data Center says the world’s land areas were 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than “a normal January” and 0.81 degrees hotter than the previous record set in 2002, which meteorologists said is “a lot” since such barriers are usually broken by only hundredths of a degree at a time.

New Zealand aims to be world’s greenest in war on climate change

A country that prides itself on its green image has set the ambitious goal of cutting its greenhouse-gas emissions to zero.

Reports of ExMo's Reform Prove Premature

Anyone celebrating ExxonMobil's recent announcement that it acknowledges the truth of climate change can stick the cork back in the bottle. While Exxon's vice president for public affairs, Kenneth Cohen cast climate cange as undeniable, ExMo CEO Rex Tillerson made it clear yesterday that the company is still happily clinging to doubt.

“My understanding is there’s not a clear 100 percent conclusion drawn,” Tillerson told an industry gathering in Houston. “Nobody can conclusively 100 percent know how this is going to play out. I think that’s important.”

Blair Will Bypass Bush to Mobilize US in Climate Fight

Tony Blair is to devote himself to fighting global warming when he quits power this summer by promoting an American rethink on the Kyoto protocol.


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