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News: ‘Climate & Energy’ Archive

U.S. carbon tax could boost revenue, curb climate change – report | Reuters

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

‘May 23 (Reuters) – A tax on carbon dioxide emissions could help the United States mitigate climate change while significantly increasing government revenue, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this week.’

via U.S. carbon tax could boost revenue, curb climate change – report | Reuters.

Climate change: Environmentalists question whether Gov. Jerry Brown’s actions match his rhetoric – San Jose Mercury News

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

‘MOUNTAIN VIEW — The world is fast approaching a tipping point after which the damage caused by climate change can’t be undone, Gov. Jerry Brown told a technology summit Thursday.’

via Climate change: Environmentalists question whether Gov. Jerry Brown’s actions match his rhetoric – San Jose Mercury News.

Science at the Theater – How Hot Will It Get?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

April 22, 2013, Berkeley

The Lawrence Berkeley Lab hosted a Science at the Theater event on Earth Day entitled “How Hot Will It Get?” at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where researchers discussed their latest findings on the earth’s changing climate. The scientist who spoke included Margaret Torn, Jeff Chambers, and Bill Collins, Michael Wehner , and Maximilian Auffhammer.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Alaska climate change case | Reuters

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

‘May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an Alaskan village’s claim that it should be able to sue oil companies and utilities for damages attributed to climate change.’

via U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Alaska climate change case | Reuters.

Keystone XL double standard: Tale of 2 pipelines: Campbell | Reuters

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

‘May 22 (Reuters) – A casual observer familiar with the Keystone XL saga would think the United States was making it very hard to build any oil sands-related pipelines. But nothing could be farther from the truth.’

via COLUMN-Keystone XL double standard: Tale of 2 pipelines: Campbell | Reuters.

Elizabeth Kolbert: Obama’s Keystone Decision : The New Yorker

Monday, May 20th, 2013

‘…In rejecting Keystone, President Obama would not solve the underlying problem, which, as pipeline proponents correctly point out, is consumption. Nor would he halt exploitation of the tar sands. But he would put a brake on the process. After all, if getting tar-sands oil to China were easy, the Canadians wouldn’t be applying so much pressure on the White House. Once Keystone is built, there will be no putting the tar back in the sands. The pipeline isn’t inevitable, and it shouldn’t be treated as such. It’s just another step on the march to disaster.’

via Elizabeth Kolbert: Obama’s Keystone Decision : The New Yorker.

Climate Warnings, Growing Louder – NYTimes.com

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

‘The news that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the most important global warming gas, have hit 400 parts per million for the first time in millions of years increases the pressure on President Obama to deliver on his pledges to limit this country’s greenhouse gas emissions.’

via Climate Warnings, Growing Louder – NYTimes.com.

FEMA Plans Clear-Cutting 85,000 Berkeley and Oakland Trees | California Progress Report

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

‘The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is moving to chop down 22,000 trees in Berkeley’s historic Strawberry and Claremont Canyons and over 60,000 more in Oakland. This destructive plan is rapidly moving forward with little publicity, and FEMA cleverly scheduled its three public meetings for mid and late May while UC Berkeley students were in finals or gone.’

via FEMA Plans Clear-Cutting 85,000 Berkeley and Oakland Trees | California Progress Report.

also see the ABC7 news report:

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) — Tens of thousands of trees are on the chopping block in the East Bay. But on Saturday morning, neighbors will have one final chance to speak out about the project that will eliminate about 80,000 trees from the East Bay Hills.

via FEMA providing money to cut down trees in East Bay Hills to reduce fire danger | abc7news.com.

What Will a Doubling of Carbon Dioxide Mean for Climate? – NYTimes.com

Friday, May 17th, 2013

‘…This work — if it holds up — offers the tantalizing possibility that climate change might be slow and limited enough that human society could adapt to it without major trauma.’

via What Will a Doubling of Carbon Dioxide Mean for Climate? – NYTimes.com.

Insurers Stray From the Conservative Line on Climate Change – NYTimes.com

Friday, May 17th, 2013

‘From Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blow to the Northeast to the protracted drought that hit the Midwest Corn Belt, natural catastrophes across the United States pounded insurers last year, generating $35 billion in privately insured property losses, $11 billion more than the average over the last decade.’

via Insurers Stray From the Conservative Line on Climate Change – NYTimes.com.