‘Aug 29 – Sculptures of children carved from glacial melt were displayed in Beijing as Greenpeace marks the 100-day countdown to climate talks.’
‘LONDON (Reuters) – Humans may have to reset the Earth’s natural thermostat and develop new technologies like reflecting sunlight back into space if climate talks fail, Britain’s top science academy said on Tuesday.’
‘The World Climate Conference [in Geneva] will look at ways to help countries cope with the effects of climate change, such as an increase in floods and drought.’
‘HONG KONG (Reuters) – U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett intends to raise his stake in Chinese electric car and battery maker BYD Co Ltd (1211.HK), BYD’s chairman said on Monday, sending shares in his company up 8 percent.’
Seeking to replace China as the leading supplier of these scarce materials, Colorado-based Molycorp Minerals LLC plans to reopen its long-idled quarry to resume extracting and refining thousands of tons of rare earth ore in the next few years.
‘LOS ANGELES Reuters – The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods.’
‘UNIONTOWN, Ala. — Almost every day, a train pulls into a rail yard in rural Alabama, hauling 8,500 tons of a disaster that occurred 350 miles away to a final resting place, the Arrowhead Landfill here in Perry County, which is very poor and almost 70 percent black.’
‘ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLORIDA — August 27, 2009 — A new tool that for the first time allows people to easily see how climate change will directly impact their states shows America’s heartland will suffer the greatest jump in temperatures over the next century – with some states potentially heating up more than 10 degrees F, according to an analysis by The Nature Conservancy.’
‘GENEVA Reuters – Climate change has made history an inaccurate guide for farmers as well as energy investors who must rely on probabilities and scenarios to make decisions, the head of a United Nations agency said on Wednesday.’
“As chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) I cannot take a position because we do not make recommendations,” said Rajendra Pachauri when asked if he supported calls to keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below 350 parts per million (ppm).
“But as a human being I am fully supportive of that goal. What is happening, and what is likely to happen, convinces me that the world must be really ambitious and very determined at moving toward a 350 target,” he told AFP in an interview.