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How does China’s 12th Five-Year Plan address energy and the environment?

China's got ambition.Cross-posted from the World Resources Institute. The post was written by Deborah Seligsohn, WRI's principal advisor on climate and energy in Beijing, and Angel Hsu, doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The draft of China's much-anticipated 12th Five-Year Plan was released this Saturday, March 5 at the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC). The plan will actually be brought to a vote at the close of the session later this week. While there may be some changes to the plan, in past years these have not been large. The 118-page draft …

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Tim and vigor

We need big, brash, nonviolent climate protests. Are you in?

It's time to get loud.Dear friends, Last week, a jury in Utah found Tim DeChristopher guilty for standing up to the oil and gas companies in an effort to protect our health and our climate. If the federal government thinks that it's intimidating people into silence with this kind of prosecution, think again. This is precisely the sort of event that reminds us why we need creative, nonviolent protests and mass mobilizations. Over the last six months, we've witnessed big changes in the world that call out for creative, nonviolent protest, including: The wild and extreme weather and flooding that …

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for whom the word polls

Wording change softens global warming skeptics

This snowlady needs to rewrite her sign if she wants to be 6.3 percent more convincing.Photo: Amy GoodmanThis piece was written by Tom Jacobs. Are you convinced climate change is real? What about global warming? Yes, that second question is redundant. But new research finds the two labels, which are widely used interchangeably, evoke remarkably different responses among self-described Republicans. Writing in the journal Public Opinion Quarterly, a research team led by University of Michigan psychologist Jonathon Schuldt reports Republicans are far more skeptical of "global warming" than of "climate change." In an experiment conducted as part of a large survey, the researchers …

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... but they'll go green if they it makes them more greenbacks

Why companies don’t care about climate change

Businesses would be more interested in saving trees if money grew on them.Cross-posted from TriplePundit. In 2009, I cofounded a company called CO2 IMPACT to develop high quality carbon offset projects in the Americas. While I have a Ph.D. in business, I have frequently been too focused on my values to justify the business case for a lower carbon footprint. I guess I care too much about what we are doing to the planet and what we are leaving behind for my son, Mateo. Along the way, I have learned a painful lesson that hopefully can help other aspiring climate …

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I have just one word for you: China

Why climate change is now irrelevant to clean energy

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Arial} span.s1 {text-decoration: underline ; color: #1f0199} Clean energy isn't about climate change any more, it's about China. So says cleantech investor Alex Taussig. That's his takeaway from last week's summit of ARPA-E, the government agency tasked with funding energy innovations so crazy or with such far-off payouts that no private company would ever touch them. "It used to be that the [three] legs of the cleantech stool were Economics, Security, and Environment," Taussig blogs at GigaOm. But in an uncertain political and economic climate, the environment has taken a back seat to a …

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Canada goose

Politics aside, you really DO want to move to Canada

Get used to this image.Photo: Anka KayPoliteness, Kate Beaton, and relative social progressivism are just gravy on the poutine of Canada's superiority. Here's the fries and curds: As global warming worsens, Canada may become the world's wealthiest country. A short list of areas outside of "moose density" where Canada's primed to dominate: Food security. New weather patterns will make the frozen north into prime breadbasket material. Oil availability. Alberta's tar sands have enough oil that they could be supplying 30 percent of U.S. imports by 2030. Forget drinking our milkshake -- Canada will own our milkshake. Existence of trees. Canada …

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and iran, iran's so far away

The collapse of the old oil order

No matter what comes of the protests in Iran, it's unlikely that the country's oil output will rise significantly.Photo: Hamed SaberThis essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here with Tom's kind permission. Whatever the outcome of the protests, uprisings, and rebellions now sweeping the Middle East, one thing is guaranteed: The world of oil will be permanently transformed. Consider everything that's now happening as just the first tremor of an oilquake that will shake our world to its core. For a century stretching back to the discovery of oil in southwestern Persia before World War I, Western …

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breaking wind news

The (b)low-down on wind [VIDEO]

You know that saying about March coming in like a lion? If the roar refers to the wind, the saying holds true. Hang onto your hats as we enter the windiest time of the year. Besides being a force of nature, the wind is a promising renewable energy resource. Understanding wind is critical both to predicting the weather and determining the best way to harness the wind’s power. As climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen explains, understanding the wind actually begins with the sun:

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BOOM BOOM POW

Climate change satellite goes out in blaze of ‘Glory’

Photo: NASANASA's Glory satellite was supposed to measure both solar radiation and the Earth's capacity to retain it in the course of global warming. Instead, it died trying. The satellite's launch platform, a "Taurus XL" rocket that is every bit as janky as its namesake automobile (3 duds out of 9 launches, so far), failed to separate from the satellite, thus dooming them both to an ignominious splashdown somewhere in the Arctic ocean. It's a major blow to NASA's efforts to observe earth's changing climate: Glory was intended to "help scientists tackle one of the major uncertainties in climate change …

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Collin-oscopy

Minn. Rep. Collin Peterson’s crusade against climate policy rages on

Collin Peterson -- a Democrat even the Koch brothers could love.Photo: Name Your Frame & Photography via Collin PetersonThe sad saga of climate legislation under Obama -- its harrowing ride through Congress and final collapse -- features many villains. For me, the most maddening isn't some Tea Party ideologue railing against the "climate conspiracy." Rather, it's a powerful Democrat named Collin Peterson, rep from Minnesota, the House's ranking Agriculture Committee member, and the man I once deemed the corn jihadi.   Peterson's opposition to climate policy doesn't stem from any insane denialist creed. Indeed, he once even welcomed global warming …