‘WASHINGTON — President Obama came to office promising swift and comprehensive action to combat global climate change…
…Overseas, American officials are telling their counterparts that they need time to gauge the American public’s appetite for an ambitious carbon reduction scheme before leading any international effort.’
via Obama, Who Vowed Rapid Action on Climate Change, Turns More Cautious – NYTimes.com.
‘The Environment America study, based on government and university data, projects rising temperatures will reduce yields of the nation’s biggest crop by 3 percent in the Midwest and the South, compared to projected yields without further global warming.
…The nation overall would lose about $1.4 billion in annual corn revenue, the group said.’
via Global warming could take bite out of Midwest corn, report says — chicagotribune.com.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is objecting to three more Appalachian surface mining permits, saying the operations would cause unacceptable damage.
via EPA Continues To Block Harmful Mining Projects.
‘Shenhua Group is developing a carbon capture and storage system for its coal-to-liquids plant in Inner Mongolia.
Shenhua Group, China’s top coal producer, is developing a carbon capture and storage (CCS) system for its coal-to-liquids plant, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said in a statement.’
via CHINA-WIRE » Shenhua Plans China’s First Carbon Capture Project.
‘WASHINGTON — Tinkering with Earth’s climate to chill runaway global warming – a radical idea once dismissed out of hand – is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president’s new science adviser said Wednesday.’
via Obama Global Warming Plan Involves Cooling Air.
World Bank Forestry Project
One reforestation project in Moldova by the World Bank. In their words:
‘The Moldova project is reforesting 20,290 hectares of degraded and eroded state-owned and communal agricultural lands spread throughout the country. The reforestation proposes to achieve multiple objectives, and in particular to restore degraded lands through improvement in the vegetative cover and sustainably enhance supplies of forest products to local communities including fuel wood, timber and non timber products to meet the needs of rural communities.
Public and community lands in Moldova over the past decades have shown significant decline in productivity and have increasingly become susceptible to soil erosion and landslides, particularly due to lack of investments in the restoration of degraded lands over a long period. Carbon finance has helped to overcome the financial and capacity constraints of local communities and the state forestry agency. ‘
‘LAS VEGAS—Former Vice President Al Gore says the economic crisis and the climate crisis can be solved with the same set of solutions.
Gore says government investment in green infrastructure projects, including creation of a “smart,” energy efficient electricity grid, will create jobs and help address the threat of global warming.’
via Gore says economic, climate crises share solutions – San Jose Mercury News.
Report from the Copenhagen Climate Congress:
‘COPENHAGEN—Meeting 2 years after the most recent report of the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), some 2000 scientists delivered a consistent if not unequivocal message here last week on the state of Earth’s warming climate. “The worst case IPCC projections, or even worse, are being realized,” said the event’s co-chair, University of Copenhagen biological oceanographer Katherine Richardson. Emissions are soaring, projections of sea level rise are higher than expected, and climate impacts around the world are appearing with increasing frequency, she told delegates in the opening session of the 3-day meeting.’
‘WASHINGTON – Arctic sea ice is melting so fast most of it could be gone in 30 years. A new analysis of changing conditions in the region, using complex computer models of weather and climate, says conditions that had been forecast by the end of the century could occur much sooner.
A change in the amount of ice is important because the white surface reflects sunlight back into space. When ice is replaced by dark ocean water that sunlight can be absorbed, warming the water and increasing the warming of the planet.’
via Study: Arctic sea ice melting faster than expected.
TIANJIN, China — Chinese leaders have adopted a plan aimed at turning the country into one of the leading producers of hybrid and all-electric vehicles within three years, and making it the world leader in electric cars and buses after that.
via China Vies to Be Leader in Electric Vehicles – NYTimes.com.