The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment.


Europe Suggests Revisions to Carbon Trading Scheme

“The European Union’s executive commission has proposed banning by 2013 the most common types of carbon offsets, mostly from India and China, to help restore credibility to the disputed system. […] The executive commission said that 80 percent of the disputed hydrofluorocarbon credits and 60 percent of the nitrous oxide credits came from China, and most of the rest came from India. The commission wants to stop exploitation of the system by project developers who are suspected of adjusting refrigerant plants to produce more of potent greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbon 23 as a waste byproduct and then destroying it to claim the carbon offsets. “

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Cancun climate change summit: small island states in danger of ‘extinction’

“Small island states are calling for a ‘climate change insurance fund’ to protect their people from ‘going extinct’ as a new UN report warned sea level rise will make whole nations uninhabitable.

The study of climate change impacts in the Caribbean warned that sea levels could rise by up to 6.5ft (2m) by the end of the 21st Century if global warming continues. There is also an increased risk of hurricanes and storm surges. “

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Royal Society special issue details ‘hellish vision’ of 7°F (4°C) world – which we may face in the 2060s! – “In such a 4°C world, the limits for human adaptation are likely to be exceed

“”Projections of global warming relative to pre-industrial for the A1FI emissions scenario” – the one we’re currently on. “Dark shading shows the mean ±1 s.d. [standard deviation] for the tunings to 19 AR4 GCMs [IPCC Fourth Assessment General Circulation Models] and the light shading shows the change in the uncertainty range when … climate-carbon-cycle feedbacks … are included.” Note: The Royal Society is making its “entire digital archive free to access” (!) through Tuesday, so download the articles in their special issue on 4C warming ASAP.”

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Past connections and present similarities in slave ownership and fossil fuel usage

“Abstract: The first part of the paper demonstrates the connection between the abolition of slavery and the Industrial Revolution: steam power changed the perception of labour; new techniques facilitated diffusion of pro-abolition pamphlets; fewer threats to basic existence resulting from industrial advances fostered sensibilities and moral standards toward abolitionism; and, through industrial development, the North grasped victory in the American Civil War. The second part presents similarities between societies in the past that have used slave labour and those in the present that use fossil fuels. It argues that slaves and fossil-fuelled machines play(ed) similar economic and social roles …”

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Investments In Rural Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Reduce Poverty, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“In the developing world, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is often seen as being in conflict with alleviating poverty, since improving the standard of living is usually associated with increased energy use. By Robert Sanders”

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Climate deaths more than double in 2010: Oxfam

“Climate-related disasters killed 21,000 people in the first nine months of this year, more than double the number in 2009, the humanitarian organization Oxfam reported on Monday.”

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Climate Change Could Cause Half the World to Lose Access to Clean Water

“Climate change scientists believe that a mass global movement to “decarbonize” human activity in order to stay below this temperature is virtually impossible”

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Weekly Climate Change Policy Update – November 22, 2010 (From Van Ness Feldman)

(This newsletter provides more information about the following topics with links to reports and commentary)
“In a letter to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson provided assurances that EPA GHG regulations will accommodate biofuels . . . Majority Leader Reid and Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV) have not settled on a date for a vote on Rockefeller’s bill to delay EPA regulation of stationary source GHG emissions for two years . . . House Republicans are still working out who will take chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee. A bid by the likely incoming chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), to move the “Energy” jurisdiction from Commerce to Natural Resources was not well received . . . Ninety-one nations support working toward controlling HFC’s under the Montreal Protocol . . . The Canadian national legislature rejected a national emissions cap, but officials from Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia claimed that they are on track to have WCI-linkage-ready cap-and-trade programs by 2012 . . . Please note that, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Climate Update was not distributed on November 29.”
Acronym Alert: GHG = Greenhouse Gases
• Jackson: EPA to Avoid Discouraging Biomass Through CAA Regulations.
• EPA Finds Continued Improvement in Efficiency, GHG Performance of New Vehicles
• GSA Pilot Program Incentivizes Disclosure of GHG Emissions
• Former Congressman Calls on Republicans to Address Climate Change
• Murkowski Declares Victory; Committee Leadership Spot Undecided
• Reid Promises No Cap-and-Trade Bill Next Congress; No Promise on Rockefeller Vote
• D.C. Circuit Consolidates Challenges to Two EPA GHG Rulemakings.
Governors’ Summit Produces Two New Agreements for CA Gov. Schwarzenegger
• Investor Coalitions Call for Aggressive International Action on Climate Change
• Joint CAP / CGC Report Outlines Clean Energy Agenda
• Scientists Call on Scientific Community to Improve Communication on Climate Change Risks
• Researchers Find Conflict Between Climate Change and Belief in “Just World” May Fuel Skepticism
• Study Suggests CO2 Storage Could Risk Aquifers
• Major Economies Forum Focuses on Key Issues Prior to Cancun
• African Nations to Seek $40B in Climate Financing at Cancun Climate Talks
• Ninety-One Nations Agree on Intent to Address HFCs Under the Montreal Protocol
• G20 Reaffirm Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies By 2020
• Canadian Senate Rejects Climate Change Bill; Provinces Say They Are on Track for WCI


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Special thanks to rb137 for help compiling this series.

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