Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMLeo Van Warmerdam pointed to a red shed housing a large generator on his family’s dairy farm as he loped over two acres of manure. The thick black plastic stretching across the manure ballooned as he walked on it, inflated by methane building from beneath. The cover seemed to be doing its job: It didn’t smell much different above the lagoon than it did elsewhere in this livestock-dominated swath of the Central Valley, just south of Sacramento. [News Source]
Carbon pricing helping farmers ease methane pollution.
U.S. to assume Arctic Council chair amid dispute over Russian military moves.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMThe United States will take over Friday as chair of the Arctic Council, the international body of representatives from eight nations with territory in the region. U.S. delegates they’ll focus on the impact of climate change on the Arctic and its peoples. And despite divisions between some members, observers say they don’t believe council’s work will be disrupted. [News Source]
How I got converted to G.M.O. food.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMMohammed Rahman doesn't know it yet, but his small farm in central Bangladesh is globally significant. Mr. Rahman, a smallholder farmer in Krishnapur, about 60 miles northwest of the capital, Dhaka, grows eggplant on his meager acre of waterlogged land. [News Source]
Pope Francis forces the issue on climate change.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMHigh-profile climate researchers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and church officials will gather at the Vatican next week for a conference on climate change. It’s Pope Francis’s latest effort to raise the profile of the issue among churchgoers, and it’s sure to make some Catholics hot under the collar. [News Source]
Newsweek adds disclosure about Koch ties of professor who wrote anti-wind power piece.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMOn April 11, Newsweek ran an opinion piece by Randy Simmons titled, “What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?” Citing a bundle of figures, Simmons concludes, “The high costs of federal subsidies and state mandates for wind power have not paid off for the American public.” [News Source]
U.S. to focus on climate change, oceans as new chair of Arctic Council.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMThe United States is starting its term as chair of the Arctic Council by adamantly steering clear of geopolitical and military issues, in favour of focusing on social and environmental stewardship of the North. [News Source]
Australia ‘public enemy number one’ of UN climate talks, says Nobel laureate.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMAustralia is emerging as “public enemy number one” of the United Nations climate change negotiations to be held in Paris in December, according to a Nobel laureate of medicine speaking from a sustainability symposium in Hong Kong. [News Source]
Arctic nations to fight climate change despite Russia tensions.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMThe eight Arctic Council nations pledged on Friday to do more to combat climate change that is shrinking the vast frigid region, with countries trying to put aside disputes over issues like Russia's intervention in Ukraine. [News Source]
Ontario, Quebec chide PM over climate change.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMThe premiers of Ontario and Quebec are again taking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to task over his approach to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. [News Source]
World’s plants and soils to switch from carbon sink to source by 2100, study shows.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AMEvery year, trees and plants across the world absorb a vast amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But a new study suggests this massive carbon sink could instead become a source of carbon dioxide by the end of the century. [News Source]
Republicans are engaging in smog and mirrors on climate.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 10:00 AM“CLIMATE CHANGE can no longer be denied,” President Obama said in Everglades National Park on Wednesday. “It can’t be edited out. It can’t be omitted from the conversation.” No matter how much, Mr. Obama might have added, Republican presidential hopefuls would like to neglect the matter. [News Source]