Enviro News Wrap: Refining Climate Models; Tar Sands and Carbon Emissions; Slow Start for the Chevy Volt, and more...
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- Models of climate change for the next 40 years are becoming increasingly scary over time, suggesting a 3C rise in global temperatures by 2050
- We all know that the Alberta tar sands produces super dirty oil, now there is yet another negative impact that is being tracked. And yet Obama still wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline all the way through the middle of the US, he wants to start the southern line as soon as possible.
- Solar subsidies in the UK are surviving attacks despite the UK's limited budget.
- Environmentalism involves environmental justice because we will never have a healthy ecosystem until we get income inequality under control.
- Belief is a strange word to use in science, and when it comes to climate change it is all about political beliefs. But, isn't supposed to be about evidence and logic?
- Las Vegas should be the first abandoned city in the US. Desperate efforts to get enough water have begun.
- The US government has decided to place a small tariff on Chinese Solar panels, a second decision will be made in May that could increase the tariff further. Do we really want to start a trade war with China?
- The GM Volt is not selling well, some studies say that it will take $5.50 a gallon for Americans to change their spending habits towards high efficiency and alternative fueled vehicles.
- More food for the world means converting more land to farmland, but the more veggies we eat the more efficient our food system will be. Eating meat involves growing food to feed to our food.
- Green Technology is on its way, the next thing being rolled out is the Green Button, it allows solar and home energy efficiency companies to more easily provide a quote.
- Ongoing settlements for oil spills are abundant in Nigeria.