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UN Creating Small Adaptation Fund by Going Carbon Neutral

The IPCC has warned us that developing nations are poised to bear the most dramatic effects of global warming, and so far we (the world) have done practically nothing to counter or prevent that fact. But the UN is trying. This week in Bali the UN...

Posted December 14, 2007    

EU to Bush: No Road Map, No Summit

What good is a road map when your navigator isn’t paying attention? There is one day, Friday, left in the climate negotiations in Bali (because of the time difference, attendees are already sleeping off Thursday). The EU is calling for language that...

Posted December 13, 2007    

California looks for yet more clean energy

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released its biennial integrated energy policy report. The 301-page report looks at various issues confronting California and makes recommendations on how to address them. The issues include: Rising...

Posted December 13, 2007    

An ice-free Arctic by 2013?

Maybe Climate Progress isn’t alarmist after all. Maybe this future is nearer than everyone thinks: I was called “over-alarmist” by one of the people who took my bet that the Arctic would be ice free by 2020. But one of the country’s top ice experts...

Posted December 12, 2007    

Time to shut down the IPCC?

I have a long column at Salon.com, “Desperate times, desperate scientists,” which discusses how dire the climate situation is and how desperate climate scientists have become in the face of global inaction. In general, I am a fan of what the...

Posted December 12, 2007    

NASA: 2007 Second Warmest Year Ever, with Record Warmth Likely by 2010

According to NASA scientists: Through the first 11 months, 2007 is the second warmest year in the period of instrumental data, behind the record warmth of 2005, in the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) analysis. The unusual warmth in 2007...

Posted December 11, 2007    

CNBC Energy Bill Debate with Dan Weiss

Yesterday, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, Dan Weiss, went on CNBC to discuss ‘the economic benefits of going green’ as it relates to the energy bill currently in Congress. Weiss, in general an...

Posted December 11, 2007    

Call for a Presidential Science Debate

Science writer/blogger Chris Mooney at The Intersection and others came up with a good idea that I signed on to — a statement supported by many distinguished scientists, and a bunch of semi-distinguished bloggers: Given the many urgent scientific...

Posted December 10, 2007    

The fools on the Hill: Greed versus Green

As the new energy bill hit the Senate with a thud last week, we had to ask: Is it really so easy to stall vital public policy with tired old scare tactics? Last Friday, the answer was “yes”. One of the potholes the bill has encountered is its $13...

Posted December 10, 2007    

Giuliani opposes Congressional fuel economy deal

In a revealing interview on Meet the Press today, GOP Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said he does not support the mandated increase to 35-mpg that both the House and Senate — and I believe even the President — support. What is his alternative...

Posted December 9, 2007    

EVS23: It’s the Plug, Stupid!

John Voelker has blogged from EVS23 for IEEE’s Spectrum, and he ain’t writing about fuel cell vehicles. Except to point out that Honda’s FCV rep actually got hissed as he dissed lithium batteries. The same lithium batteries...

Posted December 9, 2007    

EVS23: The times they are a changin’

IEEE Tech Talk’s John Voelker’s report is titled EVS-23: A Surge of Energy for Electric Cars. It is a first comment on the palpable difference being experienced at this year’s Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS23), the electric drive industry trade...

Posted December 8, 2007