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

Bleak news from WMO on greenhouse gas levels

Yesterday saw the release of a report with some dark and disappointing news from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The world’s efforts to reduce climate change are not having the desired effect on the levels of greenhouse gases that are found in the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the levels have reached record highs with comparative data showing that the degree of warming caused by these gases has increased by 29% over the last 20 years.

Calif. company pulls plug on wind farm, citing risk to birds

A San Francisco company said it has abandoned plans for a large-scale wind farm near Winters because the turbines could have harmed golden eagles, bald eagles and other local bird species.

Pattern Energy Group LP said the 100-megawatt project would have provided enough energy to light about 44,000 homes and would have created as many as 200 construction jobs.

Cook Inlet beluga whales should be on endangered list, federal judge rules

For the second time in less than six months, a federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit by the Parnell administration challenging an endangered species listing, this time involving Cook Inlet’s beluga whales.

Washington state scrambles to fight massive tree die-offs

SEATTLE — So many pine, fir and spruce trees in the Northwest are riddled with bugs and disease that major tree die-offs are expected to rip through a third of Eastern Washington forests – an area covering nearly 3 million acres – in the next 15 years, according to new state projections.

Habitat for Humanity gets green designs from Kansas City architect

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City architectural firm is partnering with a local Habitat for Humanity organization to create a new energy-efficient model for the affordable-housing program.

The project is one of five pilot efforts across the nation selected by Habitat for Humanity International and Public Architecture, a San Francisco organization formed to produce and promote new ideas for affordable housing.

Wind energy plans pose challenge to Navy testing

BALTIMORE — In the 400-foot-plus turbines that a wind energy company wants to build on his tree farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Hall Coons sees a chance at a steady stream of income – and an opportunity to untether his economic fortunes from the ups and downs of the lumber market.

But to the radar system at the Navy base across the Chesapeake Bay, the spinning blades of the towering pylons would look like aircraft – and interfere with the test range where the Navy studies how its planes appear to enemy radar, military officials say.

Miami prof issues doomsday report for S. Florida

2011 has been one of the most costly years on record for extreme weather events worldwide. The United States has had more $1 billion events than ever before, according to “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptatio.

Released by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the new report reveals that changes in weather patterns and resulting ocean warming will have a direct effect on Florida.

CO2 sensitivity possibly less than most extreme projections

A new study in the journal Science suggests that the global climate may be less sensitive to carbon dioxide fluctuations than predicted by the most extreme projections, and maybe slightly less than the best estimates of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Read more: Last big chill suggests lower climate impact of carbon

Here are some other links you may find worthwhile:
Climate Change News Digest
Climate Progress from Center for American Progress
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