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Business leaders honed in on climate, carbon, and concrete at Davos

The snow at Davos didn't melt away worries about climate change. Photo: Benjamin Zurbriggen/World Economic Forum There was something different in the air at this year's Davos gathering of global movers and shakers -- and not just an increase in CO2 concentration. Instead of the irrational exuberance of the 1990s or the celebrity-studded glitz of recent years, we found upbeat but serious discussion of big issues -- climate change in particular. A few days before the World Economic Forum opened its doors on Jan. 24, people were fretting that for the first time in living memory the snows might not …

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Bush administration put on the defensive over climate change

After six years of dodging the climate issue, the Bush administration is finally having to face it head on. They aren't changing policy -- don't be silly! -- but they are changing rhetoric. Bush is changing his climate talk, but not his walk. Photo: Whitehouse.gov Over the past month, climate change has become impossible for the White House to ignore: more than 2,500 of the world's top climate experts confirmed with at least 90 percent certainty that humans are to blame for rising global temperatures; the new Democratic leadership in Congress has made global warming a priority and swiftly launched …

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More on House Science Committee hearing on IPCC

A report from the scene

As Ana mentioned, the House Science Committee held a hearing today on the new IPCC report and the state of climate science. In an unprecedented move, the Speaker of the House testified before the committee. Chris Mooney has a great account from the scene. Turns out Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is still a tool.

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Rockin' in the warm world

Gore to announce climate-change concerts around the world

This July 7, the world will rock out in the name of stopping climate change. And at the head of it, global warming's resident rock star: Al Gore. We mentioned this waaaay back in December, but news is hitting the rest of the dinosaurs mainstream media just today. Much like the worldwide party that rocked in the name of erasing African poverty, this day of concerts will be a massive attempt to put a major issue on the map all around the globe. Events will be held on July 7 in London, Washington, D.C., Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, …

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Update on the AEI and AR/4 brouhaha

Follow-up on think tank paying writers to question IPCC

The "AEI vs. AR/4" story has gotten a surprising amount of play in the mainstream press over the last few days. Briefly: last summer conservative think tank AEI sent letters to two of my colleagues asking them to participate in a "critique" of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR/4). Oh yeah, and they offered them $10,000 to do this. My initial blog post from July can be found here. It got picked up by the mainstream press and has been widely reported on over the last few days (e.g., here and here). This morning I received an email from AEI, …

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Hey, We’ll Take Stewardship

Texan Baptists turn themselves into quiet anti-coal activists Duty says we should report on the $5.9 billion Kyoto loophole that let China add simple upgrades to plants making a gas called HFC-23 and reap gigantic benefits through carbon trading. But yawn! Wouldn't you rather read about Texan Baptists busting the shackles of their anti-eco-activism past to combat coal-fired power plants? "This is cutting edge stuff for Baptists -- even moderate Baptists," says Bruce Gourley of Georgia's Center for Baptist Studies. The 2.3-million-member Baptist General Convention of Texas passed a resolution last fall to "advocate for sound environmental policies in the …

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Microsoft’s Vista boasts energy-saving features, but does that mean it’s eco-friendly?

Most of the chatter about Vista, Microsoft's new operating system, centers on whether the techies in Redmond have outsmarted the hackers this time around. But might the system also slow destruction of the environmental variety? Microsoft is touting Vista's new energy-saving features, even as critics are pointing out that the system has some eco-downsides as well. How green is my Vista? Photo: iStockphoto The efficiency advances involve sleep mode, a computer's ability to power down after an idle spell. With Vista, says Microsoft, sleep will be as energy efficient as shutdown. "We've worked very hard to make the sleep experience …

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Are you global warming ready?

Jeans-maker Diesel is

Jeans-maker Diesel is. Their new "Global Warming Ready" ad campaign (image: CNW Group) depicts life in a climate-changed world (yes, that's Mount Rushmore in the background). And PS, y'all, if global warming is going to make people that hot, I'm all for it. Check out those ... um ... jeans. Below the fold, a short video about the campaign from the Diesel website.

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The Lobby Lobby

Protesters shut down public energy hearing at Thailand hotel How many protesters does it take to stop a public hearing? About 200, if a fracas at Bangkok's Siam City hotel is any indication. Thailand expects its power needs to more than double by 2021, and officials are scrambling to approve a plan for feeding the beast. Faced with the need to add generating capacity of some 32,000 megawatts, the Energy Ministry has outlined two scenarios that use a combination of coal and natural gas, and a third that adds nuclear power to the mix for the first time. The plans …

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D, None of the Above

Nations squabble over who's responsible for solving climate change Last week, more than 100 countries approved a report saying humans are causing climate change and it's time to find solutions. Remember that show of harmony? Well, cherish the memory, because now some of those countries are rushing to explain why they can't be the ones to find a fix. As U.S. officials publicly balk at emissions caps and Germany shies away from vehicle regulations, leaders from developing countries are pointing fingers at the rich. Climate change "has been caused by the long-term historic emissions of developed countries and their high …

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