Arctic Offers More Evidence of Human Influences on Climate Change – US News and World Report

‘A new study indicates that Arctic temperatures suddenly increased during the last 50 years of the period from A.D. 1 to the year 2000. Because this warming occurred abruptly during the 20th century while atmospheric greenhouse gases were accumulating, these findings provide additional evidence that humans are influencing climate.’

via Arctic Offers More Evidence of Human Influences on Climate Change – US News and World Report.

Suntech Achieves World Record Conversion Efficiency for a Multi-Crystalline Module

‘WUXI, China, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world’s leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, today announced that it has achieved a new world record conversion efficiency of 15.6% on a commercial grade multi-crystalline silicon PV module. This conversion efficiency surpasses the previous record of 15.5% (aperture area only) set by Sandia National Labs 15 years ago. The multi-crystalline module conversion efficiency was independently tested by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany.’

via Press Releases.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon visits Arctic Circle | English_Xinhua

‘BEIJING, Sept. 3 — The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has travelled to the Arctic Circle to witness first hand the devastating effects of climate change.’

… ‘Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, said, “I’m sending from this Arctic to all world citizens, particularly world leaders to draw an urgent attention to take action immediately, to preserve this planet earth, to preserve all what we can to help our succeeding generation to be able to live in a hospitable environment in a sustainable way.”

via UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon visits Arctic Circle_English_Xinhua.

Truthdig – Reports – New Light on Copenhagen Climate Talks

‘…The road to Copenhagen also is paved with gold: money being spent by the wealthy oil, gas and coal industries to derail or weaken any outcome. The American Petroleum Institute (API) has launched an “AstroTurf” (not to be confused with grass roots) campaign in the U.S., paying for and organizing rallies, largely attended by oil, gas and coal company employees, under the banner of “Energy Citizens.” Employees are bused in to the staged rallies with signs proclaiming “I’ll pass on $4 gas” and “Congress, don’t take away my job!” Similarities to the organized mobs at health care reform town-hall-style meetings are not merely coincidental; former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s group FreedomWorks, funded by, among others, oil and pharmaceutical corporations, is listed as a consultant to each industry campaign.’

via Truthdig – Reports – New Light on Copenhagen Climate Talks.

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