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Record Heat Wave Pushes U.S. Belief in Climate Change to 70%

Record Heat Wave Pushes U.S. Belief in Climate Change to 70% | Climate Policy | Scoop.it

A record heat wave, drought and catastrophic wildfires are accomplishing what climate scientists
could not: convincing a wide swath of Americans that global
temperatures are rising.

 

In the four months since March there has been a jump in U.S. citizens’ belief that climate change is taking place, especially among independent voters and those in southern states such as Texas, which is now in its second year of record drought, according to nationwide polls by the University of Texas.

In a poll taken July 12-16, 70 percent of respondents said they think the climate is changing, compared with 65 percent in a similar poll in March. Those saying it’s not taking place fell to 15 percent from 22 percent, according to data set to be released this week by the UT Energy Poll.

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UK windfarms generate record amount of power

UK windfarms generate record amount of power | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
4.1GW total from wind turbines is enough to light and heat more than 3m British homes...

 

Britain's windfarms broke a new record on Friday by providing over four gigawatts of power to the National Grid – enough to light and heat more than 3m British homes.

It beats a previous high of 3.8GW set in May and comes as a further 4GW of wind turbines are being installed, half on land and half offshore.

Just before 10am, wind turbines were supplying 10.8% of the total amount of electricity going into the grid while an additional 2.2GW of "green" power was going directly into local electricity networks.

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RT @DailyKos "Todd Stern abandons humanity. With his update."

RT @DailyKos "Todd Stern abandons humanity. With his update." | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
Todd Stern prepares to abandon humanity to the fossil fuels that are poisoning our planet. As President Obama’s special envoy for climate change - the top American negotiator at the UN - he’s in a position to negotiate a firm and legally binding treaty holding climate change to a 2 degrees Celsius rise. Or he, on behalf of the United States, could abandon that 2 degrees target altogether, and instead count on environmental groups to sign petitions asking countries, nicely, to please think about limiting their emissions. He’s elected choice B.

Last Friday, at Dartmouth College, Stern suggested for the first time that the world drop the two degrees Celsius target that has dominated most international climate negotiations. (At Copenhagen in 2009, small island states demanded - unsuccessfully - a 1.5 degree treaty. 2 degrees means that some nations, like the polar bears, will go extinct as rising seas claim them.)

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Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is...

 

Bill McKibben
July 19, 2012 9:35 AM ET
If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.

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The EU should stand firm on its scheme to limit aviation emissions

The EU should stand firm on its scheme to limit aviation emissions | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
Bill Hemmings: As long as the coalition of the unwilling tries to stall EU measures, airlines will chase profit regardless of sustainability...

 

US senators and about 20 countries met in Washington this week to oppose Europe's decision to charge airlines for their carbon emissions by including them in its emissions trading scheme (ETS). This "coalition of the unwilling" failed to agree on a joint declaration, but a US spokesman said: "The meeting confirmed strong opposition to the ETS, but indicated interest in continuing to work on the suite of activities in the International Civil Aviation Organization [to tackle emissions from aviation]."

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Stop this culture of paying politicians for denying climate change

Stop this culture of paying politicians for denying climate change | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Protecting the environment requires a sweeping reform of political funding, only then corporations will stop throwing big money at senators...
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Mitt Romney confirms he would end US wind power subsidies

Mitt Romney confirms he would end US wind power subsidies | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
BusinessGreen: Mitt Romney and Barack Obama draw up battle lines over US wind farm tax credits...

 

Mitt Romney looks set to declare war on America's wind energy industry, further emphasising the dividing line between the presumptive Republican presidential candidate and President Barack Obama on energy issues.

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Japan could become second biggest solar power nation - environment - 02 August 2012 - New Scientist

Japan could become second biggest solar power nation - environment - 02 August 2012 - New Scientist | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
A mega solar park planned just 10 kilometres from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant trumpets new Japanese investment in solar power...
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Les misérables

Les misérables | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
THE St Oberholz café in eastern Berlin is as hip as any of the area’s bars: graffiti-covered doors, in-your-face art, edgy fashion and the Beastie Boys in the background.
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Energiewende

Energiewende | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
A new dawn“THE quieter the evening, the more you hear it,” says Wilfried Bockholt, mayor of Niebüll in North Friesland. He mimics the sound of a 55-metre-long rotor whirling round a windmill’s mast.
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Scratching out a solution to Africa’s solar-power lottery (Wired UK)

Scratching out a solution to Africa’s solar-power lottery (Wired UK) | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
For Africans in remote areas, affordable solar power is now an SMS away...

 

"In many African countries, about 80 percent of the population lives off the electric grid," says Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Cambridge startup Eight19. Solar energy is available, but "people find it impossible to afford the initial bulk cost of installing a solar panel".

To address this, Eight19 has introduced IndiGo, a solar lighting and battery-charging system that spreads out the cost by giving users pay-as-you-go access to electricity, through credit from their mobile phones.

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Loss of Arctic sea ice '70% man-made'

Loss of Arctic sea ice '70% man-made' | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
Study finds only 30% of radical loss of summer sea ice is due to natural variability in Atlantic – and it will probably get worse...

 

The radical decline in sea ice around the Arctic is at least 70% due to human-induced climate change, according to a new study, and may even be up to 95% down to humans – rather higher than scientists had previously thought.

The loss of ice around the Arctic has adverse effects on wildlife and also opens up new northern sea routes and opportunities to drill for oil and gas under the newly accessible sea bed.

The reduction has been accelerating since the 1990s and many scientists believe the Arctic may become ice-free in the summers later this century, possibly as early as the late 2020s.

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Big energy users get seven times more Treasury meetings than green sector

Big energy users get seven times more Treasury meetings than green sector | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
Chancellor George Osborne has not met a single green sector representative since the Coalition came into office...
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£13tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

£13tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
New study gives staggering new estimate of size of offshore economy – as much as US and Japanese GDP put together...
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US and EU must change biofuel targets to avert food crisis, says Nestlé chief

US and EU must change biofuel targets to avert food crisis, says Nestlé chief | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
Food company chief executive labels biofuels an aberration and expresses concern about potential impact of water wastage...

 

Nestlé, the world's largest food company, has added its weight to calls by the UN and development groups for the US and EU to change their biofuel targets because of looming food shortages and price rises.

"We say no food for fuel," said Paul Bulcke, chief executive of Nestlé, at the end of the World Water Week conference in Sweden. "Agricultural food-based biofuel is an aberration. We say that the EU and US should put money behind the right biofuels."

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What can the Mars rover tell us about climate change on Earth?

What can the Mars rover tell us about climate change on Earth? | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
Nasa's new rover will hunt for signs of martian climate change, and in doing so will shed light on what's going on back home...

 

Scientists have made great strides in predicting what will happen to Earth's climate, but there is a fundamental problem: we only have one climate to test our hypotheses in. We can't irreversibly hack Earth's climate (by pumping it full of toxic gases, for example) to test whether our assumptions are right or wrong—that, obviously, would be disastrous for Earth's inhabitants. That means climate models are loaded with historical and empirical data to make them function.

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Gallery - Five civilisations that climate change may have doomed - Image 1 - New Scientist

Gallery - Five civilisations that climate change may have doomed - Image 1 - New Scientist | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
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Climate change is here — and worse than we thought

Climate change is here — and worse than we thought | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
James E. Hansen directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

 

When I testified before the Senate in the hot summer of 1988 , I warned of the kind of future that climate change would bring to us and our planet. I painted a grim picture of the consequences of steadily increasing temperatures, driven by mankind’s use of fossil fuels.

 

But I have a confession to make: I was too optimistic.

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Amazon.com: Industrial Megaprojects: Concepts, Strategies, and Practices for Success (9780470938829): Edward W. Merrow: Books

Amazon.com: Industrial Megaprojects: Concepts, Strategies, and Practices for Success (9780470938829): Edward W. Merrow: Books | Climate Policy | Scoop.it

Industrial Megaprojects: Concepts, Strategies, and Practices for Success [Edward W. Merrow] 

 

Avoid common pitfalls in large-scale projects using these smart strategies
Over half of large-scale engineering and construction projects—off-shore oil platforms, chemical plants, metals processing, dams, and similar projects—have miserably poor results. These include billions of dollars in overruns, long delays in design and construction, and poor operability once finally completed.

Industrial Megaprojects gives you a clear, nontechnical understanding of why these major projects get into trouble, and how your company can prevent hazardous and costly errors when undertaking such large technical and management challenges.

Clearly explains the underlying causes of over-budget, delayed, and unsafe megaprojects
Examines effects of poor project management, destructive team behaviors, weak accountability systems, short-term focus, and lack of investment in technical expertise
Author is the CEO of the leading consulting firm for evaluating billion-dollar projects
Companies worldwide are rethinking their large-scale projects. Industrial Megaprojects is your essential guide for this rethink, offering the tools and principles that are the true foundation of safe, cost-effective, successful megaprojects.

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Countries opposed to EU carbon charge for airlines fail to find an alternative

Countries opposed to EU carbon charge for airlines fail to find an alternative | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
US-led group reaffirms ambition to implement previous commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions through voluntary caps...

 

A two-day meeting hosted the by US of 17 countries opposed to the EU's emissions trading system (ETS) has ended without a joint declaration.

The countries, however, reaffirmed their ambition to keep working on an alternative framework to address greenhouse gas emissions under UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). They remain opposed to an EU law that forces their airlines to pay for the carbon they emit on flights to and from Europe.

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India power grid crisis deepens

India power grid crisis deepens | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
India is hit by a second day of power cuts as the northern and eastern grids collapse, leaving more than half the country without electricity.
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Grameen Shakti Installs Over 500 Solar Homes Systems A Day In Rural Bangladesh

This article just made my day. Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, listed among the Least Developed Countries by the UN, and still Grameen Shakti will have installed a total of one million solar systems by the end of this year and has plans to install five million systems by 2015. Their success is based on tailored technical solutions, tailored finance solutions and rural supply chains and after sales services.

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The IEA dares not lose faith in a "clean energy future"

The International Energy Agency's latest Energy Technology Perspectives report presents a bleak picture of the world's current state of progress towards a low-carbon energy system. Nevertheless, the IEA tries to put a brave face on things. "We can still get on track on a clean energy future", says Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven. Probably the brighest spot is the growing enthusiasm worldwide for emission trading - just at a time when the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) has fallen into disrepair.

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Are climate sceptics more likely to be conspiracy theorists?

Are climate sceptics more likely to be conspiracy theorists? | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
Adam Corner: New research finds that sceptics also tend to support conspiracy theories such as the moon landing being faked...
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Greenland ice sheet melted at unprecedented rate during July

Greenland ice sheet melted at unprecedented rate during July | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
Scientists at Nasa admitted they thought satellite readings were a mistake after images showed 97% surface melt over four days...

 

The Greenland ice sheet melted at a faster rate this month than at any other time in recorded history, with virtually the entire ice sheet showing signs of thaw.

The rapid melting over just four days was captured by three satellites. It has stunned and alarmed scientists, and deepened fears about the pace and future consequences of climate change.

In a statement posted on Nasa's website on Tuesday, scientists admitted the satellite data was so striking they thought at first there had to be a mistake.

"This was so extraordinary that at first I questioned the result: was this real or was it due to a data error?" Son Nghiem of Nasa's jet propulsion laboratory in Pasadena said in the release.

He consulted with several colleagues, who confirmed his findings. Dorothy Hall, who studies the surface temperature of Greenland at Nasa's space flight centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, confirmed that the area experienced unusually high temperatures in mid-July, and that there was widespread melting over the surface of the ice sheet.

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US drought could trigger repeat of global food crisis, experts warn

US drought could trigger repeat of global food crisis, experts warn | Climate Policy | Scoop.it
As the mid-west bakes and food prices soar, threats of a ripple effect in the Middle East could lead to more uprisings...

 

America's drought threatens a recurrence of the 2008 global food crisis, when soaring prices set off riots and unrest to parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, food experts warn.

Corn prices reached an all-time high on Friday, as the drought expanded across America, trading at $8.24 a bushel on the Chicago exchange. Soybeans were also trading at record levels.

The US department of agriculture meanwhile predicted there would be less corn coming onto global markets over the next year, because of a sharp drop in US exports.

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