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European Union sticks by GHG plan, United Kingdom goes for 80 percent cut

Eastern Europeans and others seeking to use the current financial meltdown as an excuse to roll back climate commitment have failed (for now). The BBC reports: European Union leaders agreed to stick to their plan to cut greenhouse gases — …

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Cloud Cult story the Weather Channel doesn’t want to share

ForecastEarth, the eco-focused show on the Weather Channel, did a great piece on the band Cloud Cult last week. (Follow Grist’s Cloud Cult obsession here.) However, they have chosen not to make the video embeddable on other sites, despite using …

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Grist poll: Which candidate has bucked his base more on the environment?

Now that we know both presidential candidates are OK with occasionally being unpopular — especially when it comes to the environment — who do you think has differed more from his base on this issue? </object&gt Quizzes by Quibblo.com

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Obama cannot politically afford to take the kind of bold green stances enviros are hungry for

At Wednesday night’s debate, in the course of arguing that he is not overly beholden to his party or interest groups, Obama said something that is predictably provoking umbrage among enviros: "I support clean coal technology. Doesn’t make me popular …

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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 …