Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

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 a growing chorus calling out …

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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 that the “water-vapor feedback implied …

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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 blamed for 60,000 deaths worldwide …

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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 costs and environmental damage. “Recognizing …

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Thefts of nuclear material worldwide ‘disturbingly high’

The number of reports of stolen nuclear material worldwide last year was “disturbingly high,” according to Mohamed ElBaradei, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency. All together, nearly 250 such thefts were reported last year, with the main concern …

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Climate treaties likely to be too little, too late to save world’s reefs, study says

The successor to the international Kyoto climate-change treaty will likely do too little, and emissions reductions will be too late to save the world’s coral reefs from the ravages of global warming, according to a cheery new study by U.S. …

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McCain administration might bring moderates with green cred to Washington

    Who might stock McCain’s eco-cabinet?   Contrary to published reports, the presidential election won’t happen until Nov. 4. Those hundreds of thousands of robo-calls, the blizzard of TV ads, or other unforeseen events could propel a Republican team …

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Louisiana Senator getting no love from enviros in her reelection bid

Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who’s seeking reelection for a third term, is the only Democrat to make the League of Conservation Voters’ “Dirty Dozen” list this year. LCV has given her a lifetime score of 44 percent and says …

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A useful rule of thumb: Lower emissions are better for the environment

In the unlikely circumstance that reporters ever grow weary of chasing twitches in the oil markets or interpreting the wanderings of the Dow, they have a new toy to play with: the price of carbon. Which is fine, so far …