WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Steven Chu says he will provide $2.4 billion from the economic recovery package to speed up development of technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and factories that burn coal.
Video of Obama campaign advisor and IPCC coordinating lead author Dan Kammen’s plenary address before the Copenhagen Climate Congress (March 11, 2009), where he argues for urgent action to mitigate climate change through several approaches, including energy efficiency, energy grid infrastructure improvements, and setting a price of carbon.
This report calls for cooperation between China and Europe in three areas, technology, finance, and market access, as well as for creation of special ‘Low Carbon Zones’ which would be modeled upon the ‘Special Economic Zones’ which played such a large role in China’s economic transformation.
The UCL Lancet Commission has produced a 41 page comprehensive report on projected health effects of climate change, “Managing the health effects of climate change” . There is also an audio podcast discussing the findings in the publication. Excerpt from the podcast:
“The big message is that climate change is a health issue, it’s not just an environment issue about polar bears and deforestation – and we think it’s quite probably the most important global health issue of the twenty first century” ~ Anthony Costello, Chair of the UCL Lancet Commission.
Powered By Coal. Video from CBS 60 minutes.
Length 12:32. Video with focus on the enormous US coal consumption. Features Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, NASA’s James Hansen, and UC Berkeley Professor Dan Kammen. Despite acknowledging that climate change is a problem, Rogers defends Duke Energy’s two new coal energy plants.
On Tuesday, five potato farmers rang the bell of the New York Stock Exchange, kicking off a marketing campaign that is trying to position the nation’s best-selling brand of potato chips as local food.
Academic article on China’s increasing transportation and related issues. Argues for a ‘road charge’ to mitigate congestion.
From the abstract: “Urban car transportation is a cause of climate change but is also associated with additional burdens such as traffic congestion and air pollution. Studies of external costs and potential impacts of travel demand management help to define policy instruments that mitigate the damaging impact of transportation. …We show that a road charge could not only address congestion but also has environmental benefits.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. climate change legislation is unlikely to pass this year due to concerns about the recession and contention over the implementation of the program, according to energy and carbon market experts.
PHOTOVOLTAIC cells are already a familiar sight on rooftops. But one day, miniature cells may also be found in more unconventional places: power-generating windows, car sunroofs or even awnings.
OSLO (Reuters) – A planned new U.N. climate pact is shaping up to be a mildly tougher version of the existing Kyoto Protocol rather than a bold treaty to save what U.S. President Barack Obama has called a “planet in peril.”