Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMA federal judge has allowed two business groups to intervene in a suit that seeks to require the federal government to set a plan for an immediate cap on greenhouse gas emissions and start lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 6 percent a year starting in 2013. [News Source]
Judge allows business group to intervene in public trust greenhouse gases case.
Final frontier of climate policy – remake humans.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMIf it is so hard to change the climate to suit humans, why not alter humans to suit the changing climate, philosophers from Oxford and New York universities are asking – a radical proposal that has been greeted with outrage. [News Source]
Oil drilling threatens Spain’s renewable energy paradise.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMEnvironmentalists and local authorities are opposed to prospecting for oil in the waters off the Canary Islands, one of Europe’s leading tourist destinations and an area with great potential in the field of renewable energy. [News Source]
Texas ranks at bottom of water-readiness report.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMThe first-of-its-kind nationwide analysis of water readiness released yesterday by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 29 states are unprepared for growing water threats to their economies and public health and Texas is one of the least prepared. [News Source]
California at top in climate-change preparedness.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMScarce water supplies and coastal flooding may be part of California's future, but the Golden State is as ready as any state to tackle those and other problems caused by climate change, according to a national study released Thursday. [News Source]
Hansen: Climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMAverting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a "great moral issue" on a par with slavery, according to leading Nasa climate scientist Jim Hansen. He argues that storing up destructive consequences for society in the future is an "injustice of one generation to others". [News Source]
Habitat sacrificed to warn the world.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMThe former governor of Acehwho, who signed the permit that allowed 1600 hectares of carbon-rich peat forest and orangutan habitat to be razed and turned into a palm oil plantation agrees his decision was "morally wrong." However, he said he had done it as a wake-up call to the international community over its failing climate change policies. [News Source]
Ice age study delivers blow to skeptics.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMA new study finds that rising levels of carbon dioxide drove rising temperatures at the end of the last ice age. The findings contrast with previous studies, which skeptics of human-triggered global warming said showed that CO2 levels weren't an important factor. [News Source]
Missing from the Masters.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMThe red, pink and white azaleas that have become a tradition at the Masters are usually in full bloom come opening round. But this year, thanks to an early spring, the bloom came early. Now instead of lush colors lining the perfectly manicured course, there will be hundreds of flowers either wilting or on the ground atop a bed of pine needles. [News Source]
Farms reduce climate impact.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMScientists say agriculture's contribution to climate change has fallen markedly in the past decade. [News Source]
Utah dinged on planning for climate change, water supply.
Friday April 06th 2012, 10:00 AMUtah is among a dozen states across the country that flunked an exam gauging recognition of climate change, its impacts on water and how well policies and plans are equipped to meet those challenges. [News Source]