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Declaration of the leaders of the major economies forum on energy and climate
Thursday, July 09 2009
Global
The Major Economies Forum released it's statement on energy and climate change, announcing a belief that global temperatures should not rise above 2 degrees Celsius about pre-industrial levels. The statement mentions that climate change must be addressed in a way that does not compromise economic or social development. In the statement, a global emissions reduction of 50% by 2050 is proposed, including an 80% reduction by industrialized nations. The statement also calls for roadmaps of plans from now to 2020 be presented by November 15, 2009.
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House Passes Landmark Climate Bill
Friday, June 26 2009
Nation
The House of Representatives narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. This bill would put a cap on US carbon dioxide emissions, set up a market for the trading of emissions allowances, and encourage investment in clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.
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Amended Waxman/Markey Energy and Climate Bill Removes GHG Emissions Standards for Aviation
Wednesday, June 24 2009
Nation
The latest version of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (the US cap and trade bill) to be discussed in the House of Representatives removed provisions that would've created standards for aviation greenhouse gas emissions.
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Study: Hydrofluorocarbons Will Contribute Significantly to Global Warming by 2050
Tuesday, June 23 2009
Global
The contribution of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used in refrigerators and air conditioners, to global warming by 2050 is projected to be more than that of current global CO2 emissions from houses and office buildings. These gases are substitutes for ozone-depleting gases, but they are also strong greenhouse gases. Their contribution to global warming is currently small, but can increase to the equivalent of 9-19% (CO2-eq. basis) of projected global CO2 emissions in business-as-usual scenarios by 2050.
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Flood protection in England 'needs doubling'
Friday, June 19 2009
Nation
A recent report has found that one in six homes in England are in danger of flooding, and that number is expected to increase dramatically as climate change brings higher sea levels, more rainfall in the Winter, and stronger storms.
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UK 'must plan' for warmer future
Thursday, June 18 2009
Nation
The UK Climate Projections 2009 report released last week addresses the aspects of climate change the UK is already likely to face, and those that still have the possibility of being avoided. On average, it estimates that the UK will see between 2 and 6 degree C temperature increases by 2080 along with an average of over 20% less summer rain and much of the country seeing increases in winter rain by 20%. Areas in the south of the UK, which are already water stressed are expected to see even greater decreases in summer rain than the average.
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Climate Change: What happens if we do nothing
Wednesday, June 17 2009
Nation
A new US government report analyzing climate change research has found that without reductions in emissions, the US will be facing drastic changes in our climate. It looks at the effects we have already seen and those we can expect to see 10, 50, and 100 years from now. It also talks about the effects we can expect in different regions. For example, the Southwest and Southeast are expected to see continued and more drastic water shortages. The Northeast will likely lose its multibillion dollar winter sports industry and food industries like apple and maple syrup production. The Pacific Northwest is expected to lose cold water fishing industries, such as the salmon industry. Florida could see sea level rise that floods much of the Everglades and the Keys.
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Australians demand climate action
Saturday, June 13 2009
Nation
Thousands of people have rallied all across Australia demanding more aggressive action from their government on climate change issues. Australia is one of the worst per capita emitters, in large part due to their vast reserves of coal.
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