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  • Ontario joins California’s market to sell pollution credits

    09/23/2017 10:25:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | 4:01 pm, Friday, September 22, 2017
    California on Friday expanded its market for buying and trading permits to emit greenhouse gases to include the Canadian province of Ontario. The market is the centerpiece of California’s cap-and-trade program, which aims to reduce carbon pollution over time by capping emissions and requiring companies to obtain permits to pollute. Quebec is already part of the market. California is aiming to reduce emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. The two Canadian provinces have similar or stricter goals. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the agreement Friday in Quebec at a meeting with officials of both provinces, capping off...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Make 'Captain Planet' Movie

    10/20/2016 6:46:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 19, 2016 | 9:19 AM EDT | Mark Judge
    The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions are in talks to make a live action film adaptation of the early 1990s environmental cartoon “Captain Planet.” […] According to reporters Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit, “Sources say the story takes place years after the adventures of the show, with the Captain now a washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him.” …
  • Are Electric Cars Really Green? (Video)

    02/08/2016 12:30:59 PM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Prager University ^ | 2-8-2016 | Bjorn Lomborg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17xh_VRrnMU Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don't burn any gasoline at all. No gas; no CO2. In fact, electric cars are often advertised as creating "zero emissions." But do they really? Let's take a closer look. First, there's the energy needed to produce the car. More than a third of the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an...
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Physicist: Computer Models Used by U.N. Overstate Global Warming

    03/19/2015 11:46:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 18, 2015 - 1:13 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A scholarly paper explaining why predictions made by climate computer models used by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tend to exaggerate global warming has ignited a political firestorm. Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, a solar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, came under attack by environmentalists after co-authoring a peer-reviewed paper explaining “the widening discrepancy between prediction and observation” in climate change models, and members of Congress soon took sides. The scientific paper, entitled “Why Models Run Hot,” concludes that the computer models overstated the impact of CO2 on the climate: “The impact of anthropogenic global...
  • Even as the eastern U.S. freezes, there’s less cold air in winter than ever before

    02/28/2015 7:41:05 PM PST · by StACase · 95 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2015 | Jason Samenow
    Even as the eastern U.S. freezes, there’s less cold air in winter than ever before Yet, in what may seem like a paradox, the amount of wintertime cold air circulating around the Northern Hemisphere is shrinking to record low levels. This winter (2014-2015) is on track to see the most depleted cold air supply ever measured. “We are still on pace to break the all-time record — no question about it,” says Jonathan Martin, a professor of meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Despite the brutal cold in the eastern U.S., the whole hemisphere is warmer this winter than it...
  • Some coal plant exports should get financial aid: EU policy paper

    01/17/2015 11:50:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:33am EST | Barbara Lewis
    European makers of equipment for coal-fired power plants should receive financial help to export it, an EU discussion paper seen by Reuters says, in a clash with the bloc’s declared aim to lead the global fight against climate change. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, emitting around twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas when used to generate power. As a result, the European Union is phasing out subsidies for domestic coal plants by 2018 and the European Investment Bank has set an emissions limit for the energy for which it provides preferential loans, meaning coal is excluded....
  • Hillary Clinton: Climate changing 'no matter what deniers may say'

    12/02/2014 1:04:28 PM PST · by Zakeet · 134 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Hillary Clinton argued for forceful action to fight climate change in an environmental speech on Monday night, but did not mention the controversial Keystone pipeline. [Snip] “The science of climate change is unforgiving, no matter what the deniers may say, sea levels are rising, ice caps are melting, storms, droughts and wildfires are wreaking havoc,” Clinton said, according to ABC News. “The political challenges are also unforgiving, there is no getting around the fact the kind of ambitious response required to effectively combat climate change is going to be a tough sell at home and around the world at a...
  • A Famous Scientist Becomes a Skeptic

    05/12/2014 3:56:26 PM PDT · by fso301 · 29 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 12, 2014 | Axel Bojanowski
    Meteorologist Lennart Bengtsson has long been considered a cool head in the often heated conflict over global warming. In an interview, he defends his decision to join an organization that is skeptical of climate change. The debate over climate change is often a contentious one, and key players in the discussion only rarely switch sides. But late last month, Lennart Bengtsson, the former director of the Hamburg-based Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, one of the world's leading climate research centers, announced he would join the academic advisory council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). ANZEIGEGWPF, based in Britain, is...
  • Anti-Science: Those Who Wish to Debate Climate Threatened with Death or Jail

    03/23/2014 7:37:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 03/23/2014 - 19:19 | Posted by : George Washington ( User Nmare?)
    Preface:  The scientific method requires allowing a free-for-all of hypotheses, which then rise or fall based upon the results of actual experiments.  In other words, science means that you throw out theories - no matter how good they look on paper - that are disproven by experimental results, and adopt those confirmed by the results. [Economics is supposed to do that, too ... but hasn't.]For example, putting Galileo to death because he didn’t agree with the “accepted” consensus that the Sun revolved around the Earth was not a great example of the scientific method. Instead of conducting experiments to see...
  • Prince of Wales hits out at climate change deniers…labeling them the ‘headless chicken brigade’

    02/02/2014 5:26:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 78 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 31 January 2014 | Rebecca English
    Climate change deniers are headless chickens, Prince Charles has claimed. In an inflammatory speech, the heir to the throne spoke out against “the barrage of sheer intimidation” from what he described as powerful interest groups. Addressing young environmental entrepreneurs at Buckingham Palace, he said skeptics were turning accepted scientific wisdom on its head. […] Charles has long led the public charge against global warming—despite repeated warnings about his “meddling” in contentious global issues. His “headless chickens” jibe ranks among his strongest comments yet. Benny Peiser, of the climate-skeptic Global Warming Policy Foundation, described the attack as aggressive and contentious. …
  • World's climate warming faster than feared, scientists say

    01/02/2014 8:17:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 126 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/02/2013 | Jonathan Pearlman
    Scientists say the world’s climate is warming faster than feared because previous predictions were too “optimistic” and overestimated the cooling impact of clouds. As the planet marked its fourth hottest year on record, a study published in the journal Nature found increasing levels of carbon dioxide will lead to thinner ocean clouds and reduce their cooling impact, causing temperature rises of at least 5.6F (3C) over the course of the century. The team of scientists said the findings show some climate models have been too “optimistic” and previous estimates of a minimum temperature rise of only 2.7F (1.5C) could now...
  • Early ice causing probs on Lake Michigan - earnest Icebreaking; New Year's Eve cruise canceled

    12/19/2013 1:43:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 18, 2013 | Meredith Rodriguez
    Low temperatures in recent weeks have quickened the annual chill of Lake Michigan, growing sheets of ice a month earlier than usual, disrupting holiday plans for local cruise lines and bringing winter chores for harbor masters and industrial shippers. The early pockets of ice have prompted one Chicago cruise line to cancel its New Year's Eve fireworks cruise for the first time in five years. The company that manages harbors on the lakefront has started efforts to protect their docks from ice. And in the northern part of Lake Michigan, the Coast Guard has been busy breaking through ice, making...
  • Interior Secretary: I don't want any climate-change deniers in my department

    08/12/2013 9:39:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 78 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8-12-13 | Sean Higgens
    Buried in a lengthy Washington Post article about President Obama’s environmental policy is an illuminating anecdote about just how debatable the administration views climate change — namely, not at all: In an agency-wide address to employees Aug. 1, (Interior Secretary Sally) Jewell took the unusual step of suggesting that no one working for her should challenge the idea that human activity is driving recent warming. “I hope there are no climate-change deniers in the Department of Interior,” she said. The address does not appear to be posted on the department’s website, so the Washington Examiner can only go by the...
  • (EU climate commissioner) Hedegaard urges development banks to divest from fossil fuels

    07/14/2013 8:31:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 09 July 2013 | Arthur Neslen
    Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has called for development banks with a combined annual lending pot of €130 billion ($170 billion) to end support for fossil fuels in their energy lending policy reviews. “I am particularly keen to see three international financial institutions—the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank—join with their EU and OECD partners to take a lead role in eliminating public support for fossil fuels,” she said in the foreword to a report on bank lending policies in the Western Balkans, published on 25 June. Although all three banks...
  • ‘Last action hero’ sexes up EU climate change gathering (Arnold S.)

    06/25/2013 1:04:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 June 2013
    Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a film star who is also an environmentalist, stole the show at a gathering of mayors committed to climate and energy objectives held in the European Parliament yesterday (24 June). Speaking to the annual meeting of the Covenant of Mayors, Schwarzenegger was applauded as he said that real drama was not in Hollywood movies, but in the climate change challenge. “If we do nothing, we are on track for a temperature increase of 3.6 to 5.3 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. We have already seen in California the changes. There is no...
  • Climate Expert von Storch: Why Is Global Warming Stagnating?

    06/20/2013 1:38:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 20, 2013 | Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter
    Climate experts have long predicted that temperatures would rise in parallel with greenhouse gas emissions. But, for 15 years, they haven't. In a SPIEGEL interview, meteorologist Hans von Storch discusses how this "puzzle" might force scientists to alter what could be "fundamentally wrong" models. SPIEGEL: Mr. Storch, Germany has recently seen major flooding. Is global warming the culprit? Storch: I'm not aware of any studies showing that floods happen more often today than in the past. I also just attended a hydrologists' conference in Koblenz, and none of the scientists there described such a finding. SPIEGEL: But don't climate simulations...
  • Could Global Warming Slow Sea Level Rise?

    06/06/2013 12:55:10 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2013 | S. Fred Singer
    The most widely feared consequence of global warming appears to be sea level rise (SLR). Environmental advocacy groups are polluting the airwaves and internet with lurid images of flooding of Bangladesh and Pacific islands, and raising the specter of hundreds of millions of environmental refugees. Even sober scientists... --snip-- The first clue that there might be something amiss with the IPCC logic comes from the IPCC report itself. According to this authoritative source, the contribution to SLR of the past century comes mainly from three sources: (i) thermal expansion of the warming ocean contributed about 4 cm; (ii) the melting...
  • Obama's Energy Secretary Says Climate Change Not Debatable

    05/23/2013 8:47:46 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 42 replies
    Big Government ^ | 05/23/2013 | William Bigelow
    Ernest Moniz, Barack Obama’s new Secretary of Energy, is making it clear there is no room for dissent regarding climate change. Speaking to his department’s employees after he was sworn in, Moniz said, “Let me make it very clear that there is no ambiguity in terms of the scientific basis calling for a prudent response on climate change. I am not interested in debating what is not debatable. There is plenty to debate as we try and move forward on our climate agenda.”
  • Yvo de Boer: Put €150 per tonne price on carbon

    12/03/2012 6:21:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Urgent action is needed to boost carbon prices to €150 per tonne ($215.65/ton)—2,250% higher than current levels—if the EU is to meet its decarbonization goals by 2050, the former secretary-general of the UNFCCC has told EurActiv in an interview. “We very quickly need to see a carbon price in the order of €150 a tonne because that’s the kind of level that drives the price signals that we really need,” Yvo de Boer said on a phone line from Manila, in the Philippines. EU carbon allowances are currently trading at €6.60 per tonne ($9.49/ton), but a price of around €150...
  • Virginia among 3 states to auction wind farm leases

    12/01/2012 1:06:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Virginia-Pilot via HamptonRoads.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Scott Harper
    Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the first three states to sell leases for the right to develop offshore wind farms, U.S. government officials said Friday. The leases will be auctioned online, probably in the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency overseeing the sales. The auctions will determine which energy company, utility or entrepreneur gets to build huge wind turbines and reap clean electricity from them in designated areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Costs are expected to be in the billions.No offshore wind farms exist today in the United States,...