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News: Archive for December, 2012

Rebecca Tarbotton Dead: Rainforest Action Network’s Executive Director Dies In Swimming Accident

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

‘SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The executive director of San Francisco-based environmental group Rainforest Action Network has died in a swimming accident at a beach near Mexico’s Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta, police said Friday.’

via Rebecca Tarbotton Dead: Rainforest Action Network’s Executive Director Dies In Swimming Accident.

EPA issues air pollution standards for boilers and cement plants – latimes.com

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

‘After a decade of legal and regulatory fights, the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized how it will crack down on highly toxic pollution from industrial boilers and cement plants.’

via EPA issues air pollution standards for boilers and cement plants – latimes.com.

Genetically engineered salmon moves closer to FDA approval – latimes.com

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

‘The fish, modified to grow extra fast, wouldn’t be dangerous for the environment or consumers, says a draft report from the agency. Critics find fault with the announcement’s timing, for starters.’

via Genetically engineered salmon moves closer to FDA approval – latimes.com.

Draft of global warming report leaked online – latimes.com

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

‘Once again, the IPCC’s upcoming report has kicked up a kerfuffle months before its scheduled release. An online blogger, who loathes the idea of regulating carbon emissions, leaked a draft of the IPCC’s fifth assessment now under review until its release in September.’

via Draft of global warming report leaked online – latimes.com.

Renewable energy increase will require use of more fossil fuels – latimes.com

Monday, December 10th, 2012

‘One of the hidden costs of solar and wind power — and a problem the state is not yet prepared to meet — is that wind and solar energy must be backed up by other sources, typically gas-fired generators. As more solar and wind energy generators come online, fulfilling a legal mandate to produce one-third of California’s electricity by 2020, the demand will rise for more backup power from fossil fuel plants.’

via Renewable energy increase will require use of more fossil fuels – latimes.com.

Global Warming & Climate Change (Doha Talks, 2012)

Friday, December 7th, 2012

‘Global warming has become perhaps the most complicated issue facing world leaders. Warnings from the scientific community are becoming louder, as an increasing body of science points to rising dangers from the ongoing buildup of human-related greenhouse gases — produced mainly by the burning of fossil fuels and forests.’

via Global Warming & Climate Change (Doha Talks, 2012).

What the Doha Climate Talks Could Do for Sustainable Development – NYTimes.com

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

‘While participants at last year’s climate meeting in Durban, South Africa, agreed on an extension of the troubled Kyoto Protocol, it is at this year’s meeting in Doha, Qatar, that policy makers have to agree on the pesky details, including long-term emission reduction goals.’

via What the Doha Climate Talks Could Do for Sustainable Development – NYTimes.com.

Arctic breaks records for loss of snow and ice – latimes.com

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

‘A fast-changing Arctic broke records for loss of sea ice and spring snow cover this year, as well as summertime melt of the Greenland ice sheet, federal scientists reported Wednesday.’

via Arctic breaks records for loss of snow and ice – latimes.com.

“We are Running Out of Time”: Obama Urged to Match Rhetoric to Action on Climate Deal

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

‘Most major issues remain unresolved at the U.N. climate summit in Doha as negotiators enter the final stretch of the two-week summit. While the Doha talks involve nations working toward a pact to limit greenhouse gases starting in 2020, many say the world cannot wait that long. The United States has come under intense criticism at the summit from environmentalists and smaller nations who say President Obama has failed to meet his stated commitments to tackle global warming.’

via “We are Running Out of Time”: Obama Urged to Match Rhetoric to Action on Climate Deal.

Doha Climate Conference: China’s Demand For Emissions Leniency Challenged By U.S. Envoy

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

‘DOHA, Qatar AP — The United States on Monday challenged China’s view of how to split the burden of curbing carbon emissions, saying the rich-poor divide in past climate agreements has no place in a future pact to fight global warming.’

via Doha Climate Conference: China’s Demand For Emissions Leniency Challenged By U.S. Envoy.