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News: Archive for January, 2013

World’s megacities may influence global weather – latimes.com

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

‘Heat generated by the Earth’s major cities has influenced global weather patterns and is probably responsible for winter warming in parts of North America and northern Asia, according to scientists.’

via World’s megacities may influence global weather – latimes.com.

Sky-high bacteria could affect climate, scientists say – latimes.com

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

‘A team of storm-chasing scientists sampling rarefied air has found a world of bacteria and fungi floating about 30,000 feet above Earth. The findings, detailed Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that microbes have the potential to affect the weather.’

via Sky-high bacteria could affect climate, scientists say – latimes.com.

China’s smog taints economy, health – latimes.com

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

‘BEIJING — When a thick quilt of smog enveloped swaths of China earlier this month, it set in motion a costly chain reaction for the world’s No. 2 economy.’

via China’s smog taints economy, health – latimes.com.

North Korea Vows Nuclear Test and Threatens U.S. – NYTimes.com

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

‘SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea vowed on Thursday to launch more long-range rockets and conduct its third nuclear test, saying that it would build up its capability of striking the United States after the United Nations’s expansion of sanctions against North Korea.’

via North Korea Vows Nuclear Test and Threatens U.S. – NYTimes.com.

Obama signals new focus on climate change – latimes.com

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

‘In discussing the urgency of climate change before a national audience, the president elevated the issue into the top tier of second-term priorities that include fiscal reform, gun control and immigration reform.’

via Obama signals new focus on climate change – latimes.com.

The Climate Change Endgame – NYTimes.com

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

‘…The situation is pretty much an endgame. Unless pressing issues of the biology of the planet and of climate change generated by greenhouse gas emissions are addressed with immediacy and at appropriate scale, the matters that occupy Davos discussions will be seen in retrospect as largely irrelevant.’

via The Climate Change Endgame – NYTimes.com.

Video of Obama’s Climate Change Statements at Second Inaugeral Address

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snow capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”

transcription via Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech – NYTimes.com.

Seeking Clues About Sea Level From Fossil Beaches – NYTimes.com

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

‘…Experts say the emissions that may make a huge increase of sea level inevitable are expected to occur in just the next few decades. They fear that because the world’s coasts are so densely settled, the rising oceans will lead to a humanitarian crisis lasting many hundreds of years.’

via Seeking Clues About Sea Level From Fossil Beaches – NYTimes.com.

Point of No Return | Greenpeace report

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

new report on planned fossil fuel projects by Greenpeace

‘The world is quickly reaching a Point of No Return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change. With total disregard for this unfolding global disaster, the fossil fuel industry is planning 14 massive coal, oil and gas projects that would produce as much new carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2020 as the entire US, and delay action on climate change for more than a decade.’

via Point of No Return | Greenpeace International

 

Report: $700 Billion a Year Needed for Climate Change – Yahoo! News

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

‘According to a new report from the World Economic Forum, an additional $700 billion a year is needed to address climate change through clean-energy infrastructure, low-carbon transport, energy efficiency in building and industry and for forestry.’

via Report: $700 Billion a Year Needed for Climate Change – Yahoo! News.