Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMRick Piltz, a gutsy whistleblower who revealed a pattern of politically torqued rewriting of climate science reports during the first term of President George W. Bush, died early Saturday morning after a fight with cancer. [News Source]
A passing: Rick Piltz, a Bush-era whistleblower.
Red wines on the rise in New York.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMThe credit for popular red wines — think Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, among others — often goes to California. But a combination of climate change, expertise in New York’s wine industry and awareness are beginning to change that. [News Source]
Why Europe needs to set the pace on climate change.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMThis week, the European Union’s heads of state will make a decision on the future of Europe’s climate and energy framework. Europe must not miss this opportunity to provide transformative leadership that enables the rest of the world to co-operate on climate change. [News Source]
Bank boycott new tactic of fossil-fuel divestment campaign.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMCustomers of Britain’s biggest banks are threatening to close their accounts unless the institutions cut all ties with coal, tar sands, fracking and other fossil-fuel industries as part of a new campaign launched today. [News Source]
Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMInvestors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018. [News Source]
Eastern Europe attacks planned EU emissions curbs.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMThe EU’s plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 has come under heavy assault as an increasing number of eastern European nations rally behind Poland’s threat to scupper a landmark climate deal this week. [News Source]
Finding core support for nuclear power.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMThere’s little love for nuclear energy in Canada, where reactors, mostly in Ontario, generate 15 per cent of the country’s electricity—only opposition and indifference. [News Source]
Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMThe deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has accelerated rapidly in the past two months, underscoring the shortcomings of the government's environmental policies. [News Source]
IPCC lines up for a sixth climate audit as economic costs corrected.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMMore than a quarter of a century old and the bane of global warming sceptics everywhere, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is not about to fade into the sunset. [News Source]
Warmer days a catastrophe in the making for Kenya’s pastoralists.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMWhen the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report was released, it emerged that temperatures in the more arid regions of the African continent are likely to rise more quickly than in other areas. This is putting Kenya's pastoralists at risk. [News Source]
Dan Esty says climate change deal needs grassroots push.
Monday October 20th 2014, 10:00 AMFormer climate change negotiators and the United States' top environmental official say they have seen a new bottom-up push from a growing chorus of non-state actors making moves ahead of any broad international treaty that leaders hope to arrive at next year in Paris. [News Source]