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09/22/2014 06:52 PM
How the People’s Climate March Became Corporate PR Campaign
AlterNet: ’ve never been to a protest march that advertised in the New York City subway. That spent $220,000 on posters inviting Wall Street bankers to join a march to save the planet, according to one source. That claims you can change world history in an afternoon after walking the dog and eating brunch. Welcome to the “People’s Climate March” set for [today], Sept. 21 in New York City. It’s timed to take place before world leaders hold a Climate Summit at the United Nations two days later. Organizers are...
09/22/2014 03:44 PM
Basics: Carbon Dioxide, Building Block of Life, Best in Moderation
New York Times: Every year, Americans dispose of about 1,000 pounds of garbage apiece — the coffee grounds, takeout containers, candy wrappers, used Huggies, empty syringes and old sock monkey puppets we entrust to our local sanitation workers and never think about again. Yet those annual landfill contributions, according to Richard Alley, a professor at the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, are so much pocket lint compared with another sort of waste we produce: the nearly 40,000 pounds a...
09/22/2014 12:17 PM
US to put climate change 'front & center' diplomatic efforts
Guardian: The US secretary of state, John Kerry, promised to put climate change “front and center” of American diplomacy on Monday, raising expectations for this week’s United Nations climate summit. A day before the first world leaders’ meeting on climate change in five years, Kerry said he would take it upon himself to make sure the international community steps up to deal with the threat. “This is an enormous challenge, and this is why the United States is prepared to take the lead in order to bring...
09/22/2014 01:31 PM
Hinkley nuclear reactor project gains EU approval, leak reveals
Guardian: British plans for a nuclear renaissance centred on a nuclear reactor in Somerset achieved a breakthrough when a nine-month European Union state aid investigation ended with a call for Brussels to approve the project. The EU’s competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, had expressed scepticism that the Hinkley Point C scheme could satisfy the EU’s stringent state aid criteria after the UK government agreed to underwrite the project with a loan guarantee and a commitment on the price of the electricity...
09/22/2014 02:55 PM
Ahead UN summit climate change, businesses press market-based solutions
Associated Press: Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute. The idea, long advocated by policymakers, economists and environmental activists, is that the world can't hope to slow the heating of the planet until its cost is incorporated into the everyday activities that contribute to it, such as using gas- or coal-generated...
09/22/2014 01:45 PM
Huge California mudslide may have been triggered by drought
Reuters: California's three-year drought might have triggered Mount Shasta's worst mudslide in two decades which damaged hiking trails and forced two roads to close over the weekend, a national park spokeswoman said on Monday. Mud and debris began flowing down Mud Creek Canyon on the southeast side of Mt. Shasta, a 14,000-foot volcano about 50 miles south of the Oregon border, on Saturday afternoon and continued through the night, Shasta-Trinity National Park spokeswoman Andrea Capps said. "The woman...
09/22/2014 01:46 PM
Countries, companies mobilize around carbon pricing ahead U.N. summit
Reuters: The World Bank said Monday that 73 national and 11 regional governments and some 1,000 companies will join forces to push for policies setting a price on carbon emissions to encourage a shift to cleaner energy technologies. The announcement aims to build momentum for a high-profile UN summit on climate change on Tuesday that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hopes will mobilize governments and the private sector to make “bold commitments” to address climate change. The World Bank and United Nations...
09/22/2014 03:13 PM
U.N. chief detects 'sense of anxiety' on climate change
Reuters: On the eve of Tuesday's U.N. climate summit, the United Nations chief underscored the urgent need to tackle climate change by moving toward an energy-efficient, low-carbon global economy. Speaking at the opening of Climate Week NYC, a set of more than 140 climate-related events across the city, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had noticed much more urgency to address climate change than he had seen in previous U.N. gatherings on the issue in 2007 and in 2009, when governments...
09/22/2014 02:24 PM
Climate Activists Look Solutions From Business, Diplomats
National Public Radio: Business and corporate leaders are starting to take climate risk seriously enough to put money on the table to do something about it.
09/22/2014 01:18 PM
Wind causing most of temperature rise in north-west US
New Scientist: The north-western US has experienced 100 years of warming, leading to wildfires and infestations of pests like pine beetles. But the extra heat seems to be linked to natural changes in the winds of the Pacific rather than human-caused climate change. Since 1900, the north-west US, including northern California and Oregon, has warmed by about 0.8 °C. James Johnstone of the University of Washington in Seattle wanted to see if global warning was responsible. "There does seem to be a tendency for...
09/22/2014 12:06 PM
Global Warming Goal of 2 Degrees Dwindling
Nature World: As our climate continues to change and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions keep climbing, scientists and world leaders alike fear that the chances of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius is dwindling fast. Now, climate officials have announced that it's highly unlikely we'll meet that goal due to the concentration of greenhouse gases. In an effort to track carbon emissions, the Global Carbon Project (GCP) published three peer-reviewed articles identifying the challenges for society to keep...
09/22/2014 12:16 PM
TV News Misses Yet Another Opportunity Cover Climate Change
Huffington Post: The People's Climate March on Sunday was perhaps the largest climate change protest in history. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City. Celebrities and high-profile politicians were among the marchers. The protest was a huge topic on social media. All in all, it was a perfect opportunity for some of America's biggest news organizations to cover the topic of climate change, something that usually gets either ignored or badly handled. For Sunday talk show hosts, there...
09/22/2014 08:00 AM
UN climate summit is high-profile, but some world’s most important leaders skip it
Washington Post: This week, the United Nations will host a huge and well-publicized one-day summit on climate change. The public is likely to be watching it closely: It comes just days after thousands of people in New York and around the world took to the streets, demanding more political action to help fight global warming. The climate summit's organizer, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, took part in the New York march, and for Tuesday's event, he is promising to bring together a some of the most powerful...
09/22/2014 07:17 AM
The Wall Street Journal downplays global warming risks once again
Guardian: As has become the norm for media outlets owned by Rupert Murdoch, just before a half million people participated in the People’s Climate March around the world, The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece downplaying the risks and threats posed by human-caused global warming. The editorial was written by Steven Koonin, a respected computational physicist who claims to have engaged in “Detailed technical discussions during the past year with leading climate scientists,” but who is himself not...
09/22/2014 08:00 AM
Carbon storage could lead UK’s industrial renaissance
Guardian: In the greenhouses of North Bank Growers in Billingham, county Durham, tomatoes grow fat with the help of infusions of CO2 from the GrowHow fertilizer plant a couple of miles down the road. GrowHow also provides heat to keep England’s most northerly greenhouses at a tomato-ripening temperature, through a separate pipeline that dates from the days when Imperial Chemicals Industries ruled the roost in Teesside. Teesside is still home to 58% the UK chemicals industry, though ICI was dismantled in...
09/22/2014 08:00 AM
New coal mines are financial "madness" - analysts
RTCC: A controversial coal project that threatens Australia`s Great Barrier Reef and the climate makes no financial sense for investors, say analysts. Plans for greenfield mines in the Galilee Basin involve building new port terminals near the fragile coral ecosystem. If they reach full production, Greenpeace estimates the mines could lead to carbon emissions equivalent to the seventh largest country in the world. In a new report, the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) warns investors that this is among...
09/22/2014 08:00 AM
Earth has 30 years before carbon budget is blown
RTCC: Governments have 30 years left before the chance of avoiding dangerous levels of global warming is lost, say scientists in a new report. They warn that at current emission rates the levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases will lock in warming of above 2C by the mid-2040s. And despite global calls to curb fossil fuel use, last year the scientists say emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement grew 2.3% to a record high of 36.1 billion tonnes. Next year they predict emissions will rise...
09/22/2014 08:00 AM
All eyes on Obama, world leaders at climate change summit
National Public Radio: The forecast calls for picture-perfect weather Tuesday in New York City as world leaders gather to discuss the challenge of a changing climate. More than 120 leaders, including President Obama, are expected to attend the one-day climate summit, sponsored by the United Nations. They've been instructed to arrive with "bold ideas" to slow the rise in global temperatures. Tens of thousands of climate activists marched through midtown Manhattan on Sunday. The demonstration, dubbed the People's Climate...
09/22/2014 07:25 AM
Green Economy Isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Not Even Costly
Inter Press Service: Acting on climate change will not hurt domestic economic growth, and in fact is more likely to boost growth, most analyses now show. The latest to confirm the dictum that swift action is eminently affordable is the recent report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, released on the eve of the Sep. 23 U.N. Climate Summit in New York."We've been hiding what's going on from ourselves: A high-carbon future is being locked in by the world's capital investments." -- Princeton University's...
09/22/2014 08:00 AM
New China coal mines uneconomic
Reuters: A potential $112 billion (R1.2 trillion) of coal mine expansion and development to 2025 is uneconomic at current spot coal prices, a report by non-profit financial think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) said on Monday. CTI, which works to highlight how investment in fossil fuel resources might be affected by the global drive to curb climate change, said many of the world's future coal mines are not economic as Chinese demand growth slows. The report was published the day before a major...