Monthly Archives: September 2013

House Democrats call for hearing oil, gas spills in Colorado floods

Al Jazeera: Two House Democrats are urging Congress to investigate oil and gas spills caused by massive flooding in Colorado – a state where the number of oil and gas wells has doubled since 2006, when horizontal drilling and fracking were introduced. Congressmen Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., in […] Read the original […]

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Climate change grows up

Climate News Network: A serving British prime minister seldom delivers a speech to the Royal Society, but then there have not been many prime ministers who have been trained scientists. Today all of human life is lived not just in the presence of a physically changing planet, but in the new […] Read the original […]

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EPA to be hit hard in shutdown, could delay renewable fuel standard

Reuters: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance issued by the agency. Among those furloughed would be most workers at the Office […] Read the original post by […]

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B.C. and Alberta Move Closer to Canadian Oil Sands Pipeline Agreement

Globe and Mail: B.C. Premier Christy Clark says her province is moving closer to an agreement with Alberta that would lay a path for oil sands bitumen to reach B.C. ports. A series of high-level meetings are under way to discuss how the two provinces can open up the […] Read the original post by […]

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UN panel says it’s “extremely likely” climate change is predominantly man-made

CBS: Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the climate change observed since the 1950s, a new report by an international scientific group said Friday. Calling man-made warming “extremely likely,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used the strongest words yet on the […] Read the original […]

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Scientists Call for Overhaul of IPCC

InsideClimate: When a United Nations panel of experts released a report last week [3] affirming that man-made climate change is a scientific certainty, skeptics of global warming were noisily trying to discredit the panel [4]. In the process, they drowned out the critiques of a far different group. […] Read the original post by miscellaneous

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The Political Science of Global Warming

Wall Street Journal: “Human influence extremely likely to be the dominant cause of observed warming since the middle of the last century,” was the headline from Friday’s release of the first instalment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth assessment report. “Extremely likely”—indicating a 95%-100% likelihood—was ratcheted up one […] Read the original post […]

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United Kingdom: Owen Paterson v the science of climate change

Guardian: The UK environment secretary, Owen Paterson, has told a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference: “People get very emotional about this subject [climate change] and I think we should just accept that the climate has been changing for centuries.” The UN’s climate science panel, the IPCC, said last Friday: […] Read the original […]

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Climate change report renews pressure on Government

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The latest global warming outlook paints a grim picture for Australia – a future of extreme weather, heatwaves and rising seas. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has reaffirmed that humans cause global warming and that temperatures are on the way up. […] Read the original post by miscellaneous

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Ikea to sell solar panels in UK stores

Reuters: Ikea is to sell solar panels at its British stores for the first time in an attempt to tap growth in the heavily subsidised green energy market. The world’s biggest furniture retailer, best known for cheap basics such as its Billy bookcases and Ektorp sofas, plans to offer solar panel […] Read the original […]

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