Wednesday, 14 December 2011

O Canada, O Canada

I subscribe to a daily news briefing about Climate Change. It carries articles from some of the major global media outlets. Today – 14 December 2011 – as Canada withdraws from Kyoto, here are the headlines

Disasters doom Texas oyster crop. A monstrous bloom of toxic algae looming across the Texas coast has shut down oyster season. The size of the current bloom coupled with the state's ongoing drought and lack of rain could make it one of the biggest and most destructive in history. USA Today

Scrubbing carbon dioxide from air may prove too costly. One of the seemingly ideal and direct solutions to climate change is to efficiently vacuum up greenhouse gases straight from the atmosphere. But a new study finds that such a proposal is very far-fetched and tremendously expensive. ClimateWire

Most Americans link bad weather to climate change. More than half of Americans believe that weather in the United States has gotten worse over the past several years, and even more say they believe that global warming is affecting U.S. weather, a new report finds. LiveScience

Cap-and-trade gives Massachusetts economy critical boost, defying naysayers. New report on a ten-state initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions shows the program is a success after three years. Inside Climate News

Biofuel aspirations spur 'land grabs' that hurt the poor, says report. More than 40 million hectares of land has been acquired in developing countries for biofuel production in the past decade, reports a new study published by the International Land Coalition. Mongabay

Delaware wind project put on hold by N.J. company. New Jersey-based NRG Energy says it is putting on hold a project that would have created a wind farm off Delaware's coast. The company cannot find an investment partner. Associated Press

Mexican farmers despair over record drought. Dust blows across once fertile fields in north Mexico, where the worst drought in 70 years has left thousands of cattle dead and destroyed more than two million acres (almost one million hectares) of crops. Agence France-Presse

Cranes overstaying their welcome as weather grows warmer. As a result of warmer autumn temperatures, cranes are remaining in Germany longer than usual, causing damage to crops and sparking conflicts between farmers and environmentalists. Tierramérica

Warm spike in 2010 caused Greenland to rise. Unusually high temperatures last year caused a spike in the melting of Greenland's glaciers, which in turn caused large portions of the underlying bedrock to rise nearly a quarter of an inch. OurAmazingPlanet

Dirty power plant rules abandoned. The Gillard government has dumped an election promise to introduce rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Sydney Morning Herald

Closing brown coal plants would help meet target. Almost half of Victoria's 20 per cent emissions reduction target could be met through a federal government program paying to shut heavy-emitting power plants, think tank ClimateWorks says. Sydney Morning Herald

Recovery boosted pollution by 3.9 percent. Greenhouse gases equivalent to 1.256 billion tons of carbon dioxide were emitted in Japan in fiscal 2010, up 3.9 percent from the year before and the first surge in three years amid an economic recovery, the Environment Ministry said Tuesday. Kyodo News

Durban just the start of fight for EU climate chief. European climate chief Connie Hedegaard, who salvaged Durban talks on global warming, has a next-to-impossible task ahead of striving to shame the world's biggest polluters into real action and tackling the EU's own environmental shortcomings. Reuters

Wind, biodiesel subsidies now on the line. With subsidies for corn ethanol set to disappear at the end of the month, the rest of the renewable-energy industry is lobbying lawmakers to keep government incentives going. Des Moines Register

China and India lead condemnation of Canada's Kyoto withdrawal. The countries that Canada pegged as the barriers to a better climate-change deal are leading international criticism over the Harper government’s move to withdraw from the Kyoto accord. Toronto Globe and Mail

To view the source go to The Daily Climate

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