Saturday, 21 January 2012

A round up of the most recent Climate Change Related Press Articles from around the world ...

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Feeding the world gets short shrift in climate change debate. Food is getting elbowed out of the discussion on climate change, which could spell disaster for the 1 billion people who will be added to the world's population in the next 15 years. National Public Radio

How the Dutch make 'room for the river' by redesigning downtown. For centuries, the Dutch have built higher and higher dikes to keep waters at bay in a country where 55 percent of housing is located in areas prone to flooding. But climate change has convinced them this approach will no longer work. ClimateWire

Solar energy row is an 'undignified spectacle.' The future of solar subsidies has pitted members of Chancellor Merkel's cabinet against each other. But instead of politicizing the issue, German commentators on Friday urge the country's leaders to focus on consumers and what best serves Germany's energy needs. Der Spiegel

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Federal safety regulators close Volt fire probe, accept GM fix. Federal safety regulators closed a government safety probe into General Motors Co.'s extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt on Friday, saying it does not believe Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles. Detroit News

Hybrids: The cars of the future that nobody's buying. This year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit featured many hybrid cars, despite lackluster sales. As public policies shift toward higher standards, these green cars aren’t going to disappear, but they’re not edging out the internal combustion engine, either. Living On Earth

Pushing the green button for energy savings. The White House hopes that someday soon everyone will be able to monitor and control their home energy usage, and lower their monthly utility bills, with a smartphone app. New York Times

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Why global warming means... more snow. The severe cold experienced in 2009 and 2010 could become a feature of northern hemisphere winters. Financial Times

In Concord, a goose from Greenland may be a sign of global warming. A Canada goose from Greenland that was spotted in Concord last month signals a change in migration patterns that could be another sign of global warming, authorities say. Boston Globe

Size, seed dispersal key to survival of Arctic plants facing climate change: study. Genetic variation is crucial for species to adapt to changing climate. Nunatsiaq News

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Biofuel research suffers from gaps. After a review of a decade’s worth of biofuels research, scientists with the Environmental Protection Agency have concluded that significant knowledge gaps will likely prevent experts from adequately assessing biofuels’ full environmental impacts. Chemical & Engineering News

Climate change: Coal plants dominate list of big emitters of greenhouse gases. Fed by a steady stream of coal barges, the aging power plants that loom over Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods are by far the city's largest industrial sources of climate change pollution. Chicago Tribune

Gatwick Airport expansion plan sparks air pollution fear in Sevenoaks. The huge passenger hub is expected to grow to welcome 40 million travellers a year by 2020. But Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) has warned the level of car fumes will go through the roof if this goes ahead as motorways become more crowded than ever. Seven Oaks Chronicle

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Republicans plot next step on Keystone oil pipeline. Republicans in Congress are considering using upcoming payroll tax cut or highway construction bills in order to force quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline but have not yet settled on a strategy, lawmakers said on Friday. Reuters

South Florida climate change plan attacked. A South Florida plan to prepare for rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change has drawn intense criticism from a small segment of the public who see a conspiracy to weaken the United States. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Democratic Senate recruit asks Obama to backpedal on Keystone pipeline. A top Democratic recruit
for the Senate is drawing a line in the sand on the Keystone XL pipeline, separating herself from
President Obama in a state where the president’s favorability is underwater. The Hill

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