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What Has Changed Since Climate Talks in Copenhagen? | Climate Central

August 1st, 2015

‘This year will mark the most important negotiations on climate change since the 15th gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in Copenhagen in 2009, COP 15. Those talks ended up with progress on several important fronts, such as getting developed and developing countries to jointly agree on emissions targets for the first time, but were marred by scenes of chaos in the final hours and bitter recriminations among governments.’

via What Has Changed Since Climate Talks in Copenhagen? | Climate Central.

365 companies, investors throw weight behind EPA’s Clean Power Plan – Yahoo News

August 1st, 2015

‘General Mills, Nestle, Staples, Adidas and Mars were among the 365 businesses and investors — which ranged from small companies to industry giants — to sign the letter organized by Ceres, a Boston-based sustainability nonprofit.’

via 365 companies, investors throw weight behind EPA’s Clean Power Plan – Yahoo News.

Californians back new policies to fight climate change, poll says – LA Times

July 30th, 2015

‘Californians are concerned about the effects of climate change and support new steps to address the problem, according to a poll released Wednesday night by the Public Policy Institute of California.’

via Californians back new policies to fight climate change, poll says – LA Times.

Humans accidentally created hidden carbon sink in the desert – New Scientist

July 30th, 2015

‘Since the dawn of farming, humans have been accidentally creating a huge carbon sink that by now may store more carbon than all of the world’s living plants.’

via Humans accidentally created hidden carbon sink in the desert – New Scientist.

Climate Change Will Cause Increased Flooding In Coastal Cities

July 29th, 2015

‘A new paper by prominent climate scientist James Hansen and colleagues says even a moderate increase in global temperatures could lead to much greater sea level rise than the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report predicts.’

via Climate Change Will Cause Increased Flooding In Coastal Cities.

Climate rule likely to relax some deadlines | TheHill

July 29th, 2015

‘The Obama administration is likely to change some deadlines for states to comply with its climate rule for power plants when the regulation is made final.’

via Climate rule likely to relax some deadlines | TheHill.

New Report Reveals The Severe Economic Impacts Climate Change Will Have In The South | ThinkProgress

July 28th, 2015

‘According to the report, by the end of this century, the Southeast and Texas could see 14 times as many days over 95°F each year. Some regions, the report states, could see as many as 124 of these extremely hot days a year. And changes could come sooner than the end of the century for some states: by around 2050, Mississippi is expected to see 33 to 85 extremely hot days each year.’

via New Report Reveals The Severe Economic Impacts Climate Change Will Have In The South | ThinkProgress.

Election 2016: Hillary Clinton climate plan draws praise, skepticism – CBS News

July 28th, 2015

‘Hillary Clinton laid out part of her agenda to combat climate change on Sunday, calling for a sharp increase in the use of solar energy and other green energy sources with the stated goal of powering every home in America with renewable energy by 2027.’

via Election 2016: Hillary Clinton climate plan draws praise, skepticism – CBS News.

The Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon in America’s Arsenal | The National Interest Blog

July 28th, 2015

‘What makes the B61-12 bomb the most dangerous nuclear weapon in America’s arsenal is its usability. This usability derives from a combination of its accuracy and low-yield.’

via The Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon in America’s Arsenal | The National Interest Blog.

China & U.S. Race To Invest In Africa

July 28th, 2015

‘A business boom in countries like Kenya and Ethiopia has the United States and China competing to invest. We look at Chinese and American engagement in Africa and the underlying political and economic impact of their trade.’

Interesting conversation on Huffington Post Live with panelists Joshua Muldavin, Jake Bright, John Burnett, and Eric Olander.

via China & U.S. Race To Invest In Africa.