The worst drought in 50 years is ravaging much of Asia. China, which has built four dams along the Mekong River, faces ire from neighbors for causing the drought. Yet scientific evidence suggests low rainfall is the culprit. China is trying to counter the perception that the dams are to blame.
The first of three British investigations into the emails leaked in the so-called Climategate scandal exonerated the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and its director, Professor Phil Jones of serious malfeasance. Nothing the investigators found challenged the scientific consensus that global warming is happening, and is human activity induced.
Koch Industries has responded to Greenpeace’s charge that it sponsors much climate skeptic research. It says that Greenpeace mischaracterized its efforts to advance economic freedom and distorted its record on the potential effectiveness and costs of proposed climate policies. Bring on the data!
This New York Times article gives details of the new fuel economy standards for cars issued yesterday by the Obama administration. It also describes the history, politics, and economics of the mileage standards that car companies must adopt by 2016. The new fuel standards are 30% higher than current ones.
This New York Times editorial applauds President Obama’s announcement yesterday of new, 30% higher fuel economy standards. The Times calls it a win-win-win: less dependence on foreign oil, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced driver costs. Yet some in Congress want to overturn E.P.A.’s jurisdiction.