It seems like so very long ago, many of us here at The Agonist gave up on Barack Obama. It was long ago – six years now – which is a long time considering the progress the United States could have made had Obama been the leader he promised to be. My disillusionment was almost [...]
BBC, By Matt McGrath, August 21
The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research.
Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle [...]
Reuters, By Alister Doyle, August 7
Oslo – Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 40 to 70 percent by mid-century will be needed to avert the worst of global warming that is already harming all continents, a draft U.N. report showed.
The 26-page draft, obtained by Reuters on Thursday, sums up three U.N. scientific [...]
Russia Today, August 7
The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s third reactor building was even worse than initially believed, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has announced.
In fact, the power company’s new appraisal of the Fukushima No. 3 reactor building shows that all – or nearly all – of the fuel rods [...]
Foreign office cut climate diplomacy budget by 39%, ahead of crucial summit for climate deal in Paris, RTCC reports
The Guardian, By Megan Darby, August 1
The UK is slashing its climate change diplomacy budget even as global efforts intensify to reach a deal.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) cut spending on its core [...]
Associated Press, By Jason Dearen, July 19
St. Augustine Beach, FL – The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.
The regulatory decision is the first real step toward what could be an economic [...]
OilPrice.com, By Andy Tully, July 13
According to BP, drivers whose vehicles rely on burning oil have a little more than a half-century to find alternate sources of energy. Or walk.
BP’s annual report on proved global oil reserves says that as of the end of 2013, Earth has nearly 1.688 trillion barrels of crude, [...]
New York City
A new report released by research and news organization Climate Central predicts that by the year 2100 our usual 82 degree average summer weather will reach an average of around 91 degrees—the equivalent [...]
Indonesia lost 840,000 hectares of forest in 2012 compared to 460,000 hectares in Brazil, despite its forest being a quarter the size of the Amazon rainforest.
The Guardian, By John Vidal, June 29
Indonesia has greatly under-reported how much primary rainforest it is cutting down, according to the government’s former head of forestry data gathering.
Check Out Sasol’s Energy Complex in Lake Charles, La.
The Wall Street Journal, By Dennis Berman, May 27
Start with exotic Nazi technology, take a detour with South African apartheidists, and add a bit role for Iranian imams. What you have is—what else? —one of the most improbable and important American business stories of the [...]
How the president has undercut proposed EPA regulations by moving the goalposts on climate change.
Harper’s “The Stream”, By Mark Hertsgaard, June 2
President Obama has just unveiled a new EPA regulation that would limit the emission of greenhouses gases from the nation’s power plants. This is his most high-profile attempt to combat climate change [...]
Pranab Mukherjee tells parliament government will encourage foreign investment and engage energetically with neighbours.
Al Jazeera, June 9
India’s new government will pursue an economic reform agenda that foresees introducing a general sales tax, encouraging foreign investment and speeding approvals for major business projects, the president has told parliament.
Pranab Mukherjee also said on Monday [...]
Reuters, By Kathy Chen & Stian Reklev, June 3
Beijing – China said on Tuesday it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016 just a day after the United States announced new targets for its power sector, signalling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks.
Progress in global climate negotiations [...]
Disappearing puffins, stray whales, invading sailfish: The North Atlantic is in a bad way. Here’s why.
Mother Jones, By Rowan Jacobsen, May/June 2014
The new poster child for climate change had his coming-out party in June 2012, when Petey the puffin chick first went live into thousands of homes and schools all over the world. [...]
Ian Welsh wrote, and we’ve commented, because while Ian provides penetrating analysis, there is no suggestion of solutions, for example those on which Marine Le Pen campaigns, which seem cogent: Restore the Franc, Restore Sovereignty, and Control Multiculturalism.