Environmental News Wrap: COP16, Climate Skeptics No More, Emissions Down in 2009, and more...
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
The United Nations Climate Negotiations in Cancun, Mexico have begun.
Read about how the US (and the UK) media is covering it:
- The Christian Science Monitor asks “What Can Be Accomplished?” & “Did Global Warming Talks Accomplish Anything?”
- The Guardian wonders if these Climate Change Talks can deliver the “Holy Grail” for Global Climate Change Policy.
- The Week asks “Will Cancun Succeed Where Copenhagen Failed?”
In other news:
- Some of the most prominent Climate Skeptics are changing sides. Bjorn Lomborg is amongst them. I have followed Lomborg for years as he is willing to dive into the facts and try to come up with unique ways of approaching our largest problems. Lomborg’s previous stance was that we have a host of problems on Earth and only so many resources, so which problems do you want to solve and at what cost? Now, Lomborg is on board for a global carbon tax.
- Global Carbon Dioxide emissions fell in 2009, but a global economic crisis was probably the main contributor. For some though, it is still a success.
- Cloned cattle products are gaining legitimacy in Europe, is this our future?
- Reuters reflects on the prospect of global temperatures running out of our control in a “Worst Case Scenario.”
- REDD, Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, is a program created by the UN so rich countries can fund the battle against deforestation in undeveloped countries. The program is ambitious, and apparently under threat.
- The Guardian provides a good story that dives into issues with the REDD program and how it might just privatize natural resources, thus benefiting large corporations that hold large amounts of land, like Oil companies.
- The New York Times covers Organic Farming and how the industry is creating a strong future for itself by figuring out how to beat the pest problem without inorganic pesticides.
- Dry cow excrement is one of the most environmental/efficient ways to create fuel, and China is joining the movement as the Chinese Dairy Farm Industry takes off.
- Toyota is leaving companies like GM and Nissan to fight over the small electric vehicle market and is laying its foundation on hybrid vehicles.