Climate & Energy

Poland ... the hot place to be in December

Update on 350.org’s campaign to recruit McCain and Obama

The next international gathering to discuss climate change is scheduled to take place in Poland in December. The folks at 350.org want America’s next president to pledge to attend those talks — a signal that …

Save the planet! Now, how do we do that?

New Mother Jones piece flaunts climate starpower, but lacks practical suggestions

Magazines like to tease their readers with headlines that promise answers to seemingly intractable problems. Such seems to be the intent of the lead story of the December 2008 issue of Mother Jones, entitled “How …

Wonders

Media discovers that “McCain and Obama have distinct priorities on energy.”

The blot on Obama's green credentials

Democrat gets black mark from environmental lobby for backing of corn-based ethanol

This Guardian story was written by reporter Ed Pilkington. Grist is a member of the Guardian’s Environment Network. —– BROWNSVILLE, Neb. — Barack Obama has enjoyed near-universal backing from American environmentalists, with the Sierra Club, …

Oregon guv outlines climate-change-fightin’ plans

Oregon’s governor on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to attack climate change. Under Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s (D) vision, which will be taken up by the state legislature, homes and buildings will produce net-zero emissions by …

Chip'n'Dave

Voices in favor of green stimulus spending

I think it kind of disappeared in the rush late last week, so if you haven’t already, check out this op-ed from Chip and me in the Seattle Times. It seems to be part of …

Running on fumes

Study: Water-vapor feedback is ‘strong and positive,’ so we face ‘warming of several degrees C’

A new study in Geophysical Research Letters ($ub. req’d), “Water-vapor climate feedback inferred from climate fluctuations, 2003-2008” analyzed recent variations in surface temperature and “the response of tropospheric water vapor to these variations.” They concluded …

Cruise control

There are simple ways to reduce cargo ship CO2 emissions right now

The International Maritime Organization’s recent decision to adopt tighter emission rules for the global shipping fleet is a step in the right direction for an industry whose emissions have been practically unregulated. Ship emissions are …

Reliance on coal ain’t cheap, study says

A new study from Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund has found that China’s dependence on coal to fuel its economy cost the country some $248 billion last year in hidden expenses, including health care …