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News: Archive for September, 2012

Hotter than Paul Ryan: Candidates Ignore an Arctic Disaster : The New Yorker

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

‘Yet, as big as the almost certainly irreversible retreat of the sea ice will figure in the future of the planet, it has attracted relatively little attention in the here and now. A study released on Thursday by Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, found that over the last few months, Representative Paul Ryan’s fitness routine—he’s a big fan of what’s known as the P90X workout plan—has received three times as much television coverage as the ice loss.’

via Hotter than Paul Ryan: Candidates Ignore an Arctic Disaster : The New Yorker.

U.S. carbon tax could halve deficit in 10 years: report | Reuters

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

‘Imposing a $20 per metric ton carbon tax in the U.S. could reduce the country’s budget deficit by 50 percent over the next 10 years, a report by the Congressional Research Service said on Tuesday.’

via U.S. carbon tax could halve deficit in 10 years: report | Reuters.

Taxpayers, ratepayers will fund California solar plants – latimes.com

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

‘Driven by the Obama administration’s vision of clean power and energy independence, the rush to build large-scale solar plants across the Southwest has created an investors’ dream in the desert.’

via Taxpayers, ratepayers will fund California solar plants – latimes.com.

Arctic Resources, Exposed by Warming, Set Off Competition – NYTimes.com

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

‘NUUK, Greenland — With Arctic ice melting at record pace, the world’s superpowers are increasingly jockeying for political influence and economic position in outposts like this one, previously regarded as barren wastelands.’

via Arctic Resources, Exposed by Warming, Set Off Competition – NYTimes.com.

Glaciers Morph Lickety-Split as Climate Changes – Yahoo! Weather

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

‘Arctic glaciers grew rapidly in response to sudden climate change 8,200 years ago, a new study finds.’

via Glaciers Morph Lickety-Split as Climate Changes – Yahoo! Weather.

San Onofre nuclear plant to be offline for months – MarketWatch

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

‘WASHINGTON–The chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that the shut-down San Onofre nuclear station in California will remain offline for months while the agency reviews Southern California Edison’s assessment of the plant’s problems.’

via San Onofre nuclear plant to be offline for months – MarketWatch.

California ISO marks 1,000-megawatt solar milestone – Business – The Sacramento Bee

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

‘California surpassed a major milestone during a recent heat wave, hitting more than 1,000 megawatts of solar power generation.’

via California ISO marks 1,000-megawatt solar milestone – Business – The Sacramento Bee.

Africa’s Elephants Are Being Slaughtered in Poaching Frenzy – NYTimes.com

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

‘Africa is in the midst of an epic elephant slaughter. Conservation groups say poachers are wiping out tens of thousands of elephants a year, more than at any time in the previous two decades, with the underground ivory trade becoming increasingly militarized.’

via Africa’s Elephants Are Being Slaughtered in Poaching Frenzy – NYTimes.com.

Sunshade to fight climate change costed at $5 bln a year | Reuters

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

‘(Reuters) – Planes or airships could carry sun-dimming materials high into the atmosphere for an affordable price tag of below $5 billion a year as a way to slow climate change, a study indicated on Friday.’

via Sunshade to fight climate change costed at $5 bln a year | Reuters.