The New York TImes laid out The Case for a Climate Bill in a Jan. 24 editorial, disputing claims that health care will exhaust the Senate, and that the nation can’t afford higher energy prices. The Times’ reasons to pass a Climate Bill: urgency, the race for markets, and credibility. It urges: price carbon!
Data released by NASA shows that the decade ending in 2009 was the warmest on record, and 2009 was the second warmest year since 1880. The warmest year was 2005; others in the top ten are all since 1998. The temperature trend is up 0.36 degrees F per decade over 30 years, and 1.5 degrees since 1880.
Where do you fill up an electric car? Today, almost nowhere. However, that could change if start-up Better Place succeeds in creating a network of “charge spots.” The company just raised $350 million in venture capital for refueling sites and R&D. It will debut in Israel and Denmark in 2011.
In a first, Micronesia is taking the Czech Republic to court to challenge a planned refit of a large coal-fired power plant. It wants the plant closed to halt the plant’s emissions of greenhouse gases that Micronesia claims threaten its existence. Greenpeace is supporting Micronesia’s complaint.
As you shiver through one of the coldest and windiest winters in years, both in the US and Europe, you might think that global warming has ended. It hasn’t. What’s happening is an Arctic oscillation, in which a massive high pressure system over Greenland deflects cold air farther south than usual.