Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Squabbling threatens E.U.’s climate goals

The European Union’s climate goals emerged intact but shaky from a squabble-y summit held this week. The bloc is still aiming for a December deadline to finalize a specific action plan to reduce emissions 20 percent from 1990 levels by …

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Arctic region sees record-high autumn air temps, other changes

Autumn air temperatures in the Arctic have hit record levels — some 9 degrees Fahrenheit above normal — according to a new assessment by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Researchers took a close look at the Arctic’s atmosphere, biology, …

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Take a fun quiz on energy

Friends at West Virginia University have just compiled a 20 question energy quiz that provides some rather interesting “a ha” moments. (There is no coherence to the abbreviated list of questions below other than the fact that I find the …

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Nobelist Paul Crutzen suggests that a slowdown in the economy could be good for the climate

A: Of course not. Only efforts to sharply cut CO2 emissions starting immediately would be good for the climate. If proof were ever needed that winning a Nobel Prize does not make you a genius on every subject, consider what …

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Former funnyman Al Franken talks to Grist about Minnesota’s hotly contested Senate race

Al Franken. Back in April, Democrat Al Franken’s chances of pulling out a win in the Minnesota Senate race looked dismal. Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman had a big lead the polls, and Franken was dogged by controversies over income-tax errors …

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Lester Brown talks about renewable energy expansion

On a conference call Wednesday, I asked Lester R. Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, whether the recent financial meltdown would effect the burgeoning solar, wind, and geothermal industries. He responded that while investment of all kinds will be …

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Safety is for extremists

“Senator Obama will tell you, as the extreme environmentalists do, [nuclear power] has to be safe.” — Sen. John McCain, at the 15 Oct. 2008 presidential debate

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How the new European carbon standard could backfire

Last week’s action by the European Parliament to adopt the “Schwarzenegger clause” as a requirement for new coal plants built after 2015 shows the danger of locking in well-intentioned half-measures. The Schwarzenegger clause is a California regulatory requirement that emerged …

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Florida’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change unveils full plan to halt warming

The full report from Florida’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change that we mentioned yesterday is now available. Its release was celebrated today by both business and environmental leaders in the state. The 608-page report outlines 50 specific policy …