UC Berkeley Professor Dan Kammen calls for a cost of carbon

Video of Professor Dan Kammen speaking before the Copenhagen Climate Congress (March 11, 2009), where he argues that it is more important that some mechanism of carbon cost is quickly implemented than for the world to loose more time debating over which cost mechanism is best (cap and trade, cap and dividend, or a carbon tax).

Joel Brokaw: A Global Warming Solution Rises from the Junk Heap?

‘In desert regions around the world, large parabolic shaped mirrors are beginning to crop up that may finally make solar energy deliver on its promise. What makes them so special from other solar complexes is the device they’re connected to — an updated version of a 19th-century engine that used to pump water to the rooftop storage towers dotting New York City’s skyline. A Stirling engine, no larger than a household washing machine, converts sunlight into electricity six times more efficiently than other technologies in common use. When scientists do the math, the numbers begin to add up. In fact, researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers Institute of Technology estimate that the entire world’s daily consumption of electricity could be supplied by a Stirling solar farm equivalent to 6 percent of the Sahara Desert area.’

via Joel Brokaw: A Global Warming Solution Rises from the Junk Heap?.

Al Gore calls on world to burn less wood and fuel to curb 'black carbon' | guardian.co.uk

‘Soot from engines, forest fires and partly burned fuel is collecting in Arctic and causing north pole to warm at alarming rate

The world must burn less diesel and wood, Nobel peace prize-winner Al Gore said yesterday, as the soot produced is accelerating the melting of ice in polar and mountainous regions.’

via Al Gore calls on world to burn less wood and fuel to curb ‘black carbon’ | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Al Gore "Strongly Urges" Support of Climate Legislation

April 24, 2009. Al Gore appeared before before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to support the proposed climate change bill:

“…moreover the best way to secure a global agreement that guarantees that other nations will also reduce their global warming pollution is for our country to lead the world in meeting this historic challenge”

China Plans 20 Dams on Yangtze River But Transparency Issues With EIA Process Remain : Red, Green, and Blue

The Chinese government has announced that it plans to build as many as 20 hydro electric projects on the Yangtze river by the year 2020. The projects would be aimed at quenching China’s increasing power demand and helping in flood control. However, many domestic and international experts warn about the ecological sensitivity of the area might not be strong enough to cope with such massive infrastructure projects.

via China Plans 20 Dams on Yangtze River But Transparency Issues With EIA Process Remain : Red, Green, and Blue.

Professor Dan Kammen speaking about Obama climate and energy policy

UC Berkeley Professor Dan Kammen, coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and an advisor to Obama during the 2008 campaign, describes recent changes in Climate Change policy since Obama has been in office. In particular Kammen focuses on policy reversals announced by EPA’s Lisa P. Jackson which allow California to set higher air quality standards than national, and the pivotal decision to consider CO2 as a harmful greenhouse gas.


Dan Kammen speaking at UC Berkeley on Obama’s climate change approach

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