Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Declining Population seen as the coming problem

Environmentalist and author Stewart Brand, an advocate of geoengineering to combat climate change, explains that “human technology” has been “disturbing the atmosphere and climate” for the last 10,000 years, but he also rejected the prescription of some environmentalists who have argued that global economic development needs to be stopped, an idea Brand called “unjust.” Brand also predicted that a declining, not an increasing, human population will be seen as the problem of the future, saying that “by the second half of the century the population crisis will be seen as not enough people.” Source:

Ice chunk linked to climate change

An ice island four times the size of Manhattan has broken off from one of Greenland’s two main glaciers, in the biggest such event in the Arctic in nearly 50 years. Scientists say the enormous ice island is not clear evidence of global warming, but is part of ”disturbing picture” of climate change. Source: Reuters

Global warming signs now unmistakable

In a new report, scientists from 48 countries say that 10 indicators related to surface temperatures all tell the same story: Global warming is undeniable. Source: CBC

Climate deal in Cancun unlikely

Meeting in Rio de Janiero, environment ministers from India, China, Brazil and South Africa do not expect an upcoming climate change meeting in Mexico to produce an agreement. Source: Reuters

David Sandalow Talks World Energy Agreements

US Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow discusses the move to a clean energy economy and how success could involve a joint international effort. During the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting last week, Sandalow and other global leaders worked on ideas to continue a clean energy revolution that he says is already underway. Source: Clean Skies News

Disappearing Glaciers less Serious than Feared

A new study, published in the journal Science, found that the shrinking Himalayan glaciers will have less of an impact on Asia’s freshwater supply than estimated in the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The research by scientists in the Netherlands suggests that increased rainfall in some river basins will blunt the effect of the disappearing snow and ice. Source: Clean Skies News

Ethanol Supporters Push for Tax Credits

The Renewable Fuels Reinvestment Act, introduced in the US House by Representatives Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and John Shimkus (R-IL) last week, would extend ethanol tax credits for another five years. However, backers of ethanol face an uphill battle, as the proposal has both reignited the fuel versus food debate and intensified scrutiny of the EPA’s regulations on the environmental impact of corn-based ethanol. Source: Clean Skies News

UNFCCC Chief to step down

The UNFCCC’s Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer has announced that he will step down in July. Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director at the National Resources Defense Council gives his view. Source: Clean Skies News

Arctic ice melting faster than feared

Canadian experts in arctic oceanography say their latest research voyage on the Amundsen research vessel shows that the Arctic is heating up much faster than expected. Source: CBC News

IPCC Report Errors Require New Format

Center for American Progress climate blogger Joe Romm, formerly of the DOE, wants the IPCC to make the format of its reports shorter, more frequent, and more specific, due to frequent mistakes found in the current lengthy, thousand-page reports. Source: Clean Skies News

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