It’s depressing. In 2008, United States Sugar agreed to sell Florida large tracts of land in the Everglades, a sale that would foster their recovery and preservation. But in 2009 the recession forced a cut-back in scope, and decisions by state officials largely have benefitted the sugar company.
If you said carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas that most threatens the climate, you’d be wrong. It’s methane, much of which is frozen into the Arctic permafrost. Now, researchers say, climate warming is unlocking that methane. The implications of this are still unclear, but could mean rapid climate warming.
The world can learn from Spain’s experience promoting a local solar power industry. Subsidies are needed to get a new industry started, but they can’t be too big or last too long if the industry is to be sustainable. Subsidies must be set carefully, or a boom and bust cycle can wipe out any gains.
This New York Times article from January 31 documents a variation on the urban garden, one that will climb 200 feet up the side of a federal government office building downtown. It will use 60% less energy than comparable buildings, saving $280,000 per year. Renovation of the building will cost $133 million.
Yesterday both China and India signed the nonbinding agreement produced at Copenhagen. The two countries are the last major greenhouse gas emitters to accept these climate aims. China undertakes to reduce its emission intensity 40-45% from 2005 levels by 2020, and India by 20-25%.