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Thu, 2007-06-28 10:44Bill Miller
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Encroaching deserts due to global warming the ‘challenge of our times,’ study says

A UN report has issued a desertification warning saying tens of millions of people could be driven from their homes, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia.

Without action, 50 million people could be displaced within 10 years.

Thu, 2007-06-28 09:02Bill Miller
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Global warming is costly, devastating to infrastructure in Alaska

A new study has found that many of Alaska’s roads, runways, railroads and water and sewer systems will wear out more quickly and cost more to fix because of climate change. From now to 2030, rising temperatures, melting permafrost, reduction of polar ice and increased flooding are expected to boost repair and replacement costs by 20 per cent to as much as $6.1 billion US.

Wed, 2007-06-27 10:29Bill Miller
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World Heritage sites threatened by climate change; UN urged to seek carbon cuts

A United Nations conference has been urged to protect six World Heritage sites, including Mount Everest and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, from global warming. Campaigners hope to persuade the group to reverse last year's decision to reject cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions.

Tue, 2007-06-26 12:19Ross Gelbspan
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Ontario to Go Coal-Free in Seven Years

The Ontario government set its climate targets Monday, promising to close the province's coal plants and reduce emissions to below 1990 levels. Premier McGuinty said to reach the proposed targets, Ontario's coal plants will shut down by 2014.

The premier estimated the closure of the plants will help to achieve 50 per cent of Ontario's proposed levels. The remaining 50 per cent will come from transit initiatives, improved energy efficiency and technology that helps fight climate change. The premier boasted the province is building hundreds of wind turbines to the replace the plants and a massive new clean energy tunnel project in Niagara Falls.

Tue, 2007-06-26 11:59Kevin Grandia
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Republican Pres. Candidate Tancredo ignores climate science at political peril

By the looks of things Republican Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo doesn't have a hope in heck of winning the 2008 nomination, and he's not helping himself much by making incorrect claims about the state of global warming science.

Watch it here:

 

Tue, 2007-06-26 10:18Kevin Grandia
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Sacbee in the Hot House

Here's a fairly new and very needed blog called the Hot House started up by Stuart Leavenworth at the Sacramento Bee.

Stuart will be covering the ins and outs of California's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. I hope that Leavenworth will be keeping an especially close eye on the lawsuit by the auto industry against the state of California that has effectively delayed action on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions for the better part of 5 years now.

For those readers not familiar with the case. Here's a basic rundown.

Mon, 2007-06-25 13:31Bill Miller
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Rich nations blamed for global warming, but not for all the right reasons

As forecast, China has overtaken the U.S. in carbon-dioxide emissions due largely to China’s heavy reliance on coal. Another factor is its well-publicized population of 1.3 billion. But per-capita emissions are much higher in developed countries, where populations are exploding due to immigration. The U.S. already releases four times the carbon per-capita each year as China. And the U.S. population, which has been doubling every 40 years, is headed for one billion by the end of this century!

Mon, 2007-06-25 10:58Kevin Grandia
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Cheney's war on climate science

Just as neoconservative hawk Douglas Feith funneled false intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs to the vice president, Cooney steered industry-sponsored junk science on global warming to Cheney.

A choice quote from an extensive article in Rolling Stone outlining how vice-president Dick Cheney masterminded the White House attack on climate science.

I've flipped the article into a pdf. and attached it below. Put this article in your backpocket and make sure your friends do too. 

Sun, 2007-06-24 10:27Bill Miller
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British Columbia’s capital set to fine idlers over global warming

Under a new bylaw, the City of Victoria will fine drivers from $50 to $200 for leaving vehicles running unnecessarily. Such behavior includes waiting for passengers, driving through fast-food lanes, stopping at rail crossings, waiting to park or refuel, and other infractions.

Fri, 2007-06-22 10:05Bill Miller
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U.S. Senate raises mileage requirement for cars but leaves taxes on oil industry untouched

The new energy bill was seen as a major defeat for automobile manufacturers and a stunning victory for oil companies, who escaped a proposed $32 billion tax increase. Ominously, President Bush said the Senate measure fell far short of his goals.

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