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US Senate Stalls on Climate Change
Reuters reports that debate on reducing carbon emissions is in “legislative limbo”. A draft proposal of almost 1000 pages was issued last week, but little has been done to get it on the US Senate’s agenda.
Senator John Kerry highlighted the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill which “should also drive a serious national dialogue and a debate on legislation this year to advance…
The future of the environment
Cold climates dwellers have been smugly thinking global warming will bring sunnier weather. The Guardian's review of Turned Out Nice, Britain will become more like the Mediterranean. London will be “an urban heat island” with later sunsets encouraging strolls “sultry summer evenings the royal parks”. Except “grass in the parks will be scorched and dry” and “blighted areas will be occupied by…
US Report Convinces on Emissions Reduction
Earlier this week, the US National Research Council released three reports on climate change calling for decisive action to limit carbon emissions.
Originally commissioned by Congress in 2008, the documents push for a greenhouse gas emissions “budget” limiting overall emissions with a measurable goal for government and industry. It stops short of a specific target but the New York Times said “advocates of climate…
Snowy Mountain Scheme for the 21st Century by Leigh Ewbank
Recently Australia celebrated the 60th anniversary of the momentous Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Power Act – the first step in a 25-year journey to modernise our nation. Unrivalled in its ambition, the Snowy Mountains Scheme would meet the dual objectives of providing reliable electricity for our cities and towns, and water supplies to sustain food production along the Murray River.
Australia’s largest-ever engineering project would…
Pacific Looks to Bonn Talks
After the disappointment of Copenhagen, Bonn’s climate change talks have been called “a slow grind” by ABC Online.
Beginning on Monday, the Bonn talks are being watched closely by Pacific nations as they are already seeing the impact of global warming. The tiny nation of Tuvalu roared at Copenhagen by demanding legally binding agreements and tougher action to limit rising sea levels and climate…
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