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News: Archive for March, 2010

Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time – NYTimes.com

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

‘WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday.’

via Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time – NYTimes.com.

Obama announces expansion of offshore oil, advocates “clean” coal, invokes “science”

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Today President Obama announced the opening of new areas to offshore oil exploration and drilling, including in Alaska’s North Slope. He also called for development of “clean” coal.

Obama invoked science to mollify critics of offshore drilling: “We’ll be guided not by ideology but by scientific evidence”. However, this policy shift clashes with climate science. The extraction and use of fossil fuels moves carbon from safe long term underground storage up into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide where it acts as a greenhouse gas, trapping additional heat in the atmosphere.

Full text of Obama’s statement

BBC News – Gulf Stream ‘is not slowing down’

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

‘The Gulf Stream does not appear to be slowing down, say US scientists who have used satellites to monitor tell-tale changes in the height of the sea.’

via BBC News – Gulf Stream ‘is not slowing down’.

Climate Data Wasn’t Distorted, British Panel Finds – NYTimes.com

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

‘LONDON (AP) — A parliamentary panel investigating allegations that scientists at one of the world’s leading climate research centers misrepresented data related to global warming announced Wednesday that it had found no evidence to support that charge.’

via Climate Data Wasn’t Distorted, British Panel Finds – NYTimes.com.

Copenhagen Accord climate pledges too weak: U.N. | Reuters

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

‘Reuters – More than 110 countries have signed up to the Copenhagen Accord on fighting global warming but the United Nations said on Wednesday that their pledges for cutting greenhouse gas emissions were insufficient.’

via Copenhagen Accord climate pledges too weak: U.N. | Reuters.

Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine | Greenpeace USA

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Greenpeace releases report exposing corporate funding of climate denialists:

‘Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch have a vested interest in delaying climate action: they’ve made billions from their ownership and control of Koch Industries, an oil corporation that is the second largest privately-held company in America which also happens to have an especially poor environmental record’

via Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine | Greenpeace USA.

The science of climate change: The clouds of unknowing | The Economist

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Interesting analysis in The Economist.

‘In any complex scientific picture of the world there will be gaps, misperceptions and mistakes. Whether your impression is dominated by the whole or the holes will depend on your attitude to the project at hand.’

via The science of climate change: The clouds of unknowing | The Economist.

Also see another climate article from the same issue, ‘Climate science: Spin, science and climate change‘.

excerpt: ‘Plenty of uncertainty remains; but that argues for, not against, action. If it were known that global warming would be limited to 2°C, the world might decide to live with that. But the range of possible outcomes is huge, with catastrophe one possibility, and the costs of averting climate change are comparatively small. Just as a householder pays a small premium to protect himself against disaster, the world should do the same.’

Senators Outline U.S. Utility Carbon Market for Climate Bill – BusinessWeek

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

‘March 26 (Bloomberg) — Senators Lindsey Graham and Joseph Lieberman outlined U.S. climate-change legislation that would have power companies buy and sell pollution rights in a carbon market and force oil companies to pay fixed fees for emissions.’

via Senators Outline U.S. Utility Carbon Market for Climate Bill – BusinessWeek.

De Boer: UN climate deal ‘possible in 2011′ | EurActiv

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

‘The UN conference in Cancún next December needs to set the basis for a new climate change treaty in 2011, Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.’

via De Boer: UN climate deal ‘possible in 2011′ | EurActiv.

Tracing the Demise of Cap and Trade – NYTimes.com

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

‘WASHINGTON — Less than a year ago, cap and trade was the policy of choice for tackling climate change. Environmental groups and their foes in industry joined hands to embrace the approach, a market-driven system that sets a ceiling on global warming pollution while allowing companies to trade permits to meet it… ‘

via Tracing the Demise of Cap and Trade – NYTimes.com.