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UK sets new legally binding emissions target

The United Kingdom, the first to enshrine reductions in climate change causing emissions into law, today (17 May 2011) announced a 2025 target of a 50 per cent emissions cut from 1990 levels.

U.S. National Academy of Sciences Presents "America's Climate Choices"

Just days after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration called April “a month of historic climate extremes across much of the United States," the National Academy of Sciences released a report today (12 May 2011) describing the opportunities Americans have to prepare for a future where such conditions are more frequent and severe -- and to reduce the risks of much greater climate disruption in the future. Texas Congressman Joe Barton, remains unmoved -- despite a commitment made in late 2009 to accept the academy's findings, and despite extraordinary drought conditions in his home state.

In Earth Day Proclamation, Obama says Climate Change requires International Leadership and Local Action

A day after taking a jab at "climate change deniers in Congress," President Obama today (22 April 2011) issued an Earth Day proclamation that featured climate change.  "Today, our world faces the major global environmental challenge of a changing climate," he said.  He added that the U.S. can be a leader in addressing the problem and that "global action on clean energy and climate change must be joined with local action."

A Look Back at Earth Day 2000 and Climate Change: "Plus ça Change, Plus C'est la Même Chose"

On 18 April 2000 the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under President Bill Clinton, Dr. D. James Baker, marked Earth Week with remarks in New Orleans about climate change.  "Ignoring climate change will likely be the most costly of all possible choices, for our children and us," he said. During the intervening 11 years, climate science has advanced and the impacts of climate change are increasingly evident; but national policy has not kept pace. As Cajuns would say, "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose."

Pay Now, Pay Later: A State-by-State Assessment of the Costs of Climate Change

The American Security Project on 19 April 2011 released a series of 50 reports -- one for each state -- on the economic consequences of not sharply curbing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing the pace of climate change.  "There will be costs to our economic security from climate change—and significant ones at that—if we do nothing but continue business as usual," says Christine Todd Whitman, President of The Whitman Strategy Group and co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council.

On Monday (18 April 2011) Thousands of Young Americans Take Their Views on Energy Policy to White House, Congress & Business

On the fourth and final day of Power Shift 2011 -- an event held biennially in Washington, DC, to mobilize young Americans in support of sharp improvements in U.S. energy policy -- many of the over 10,000 participants will rally on Monday (18 April 2011) at the White House.  The morning rally will be followed by a march to the Chamber of Commerce and other business adversaries; and a second march to the Capitol for visits with Congressional members and staff.

Promoting Clean Energy is in China’s own Self Interest

China is the world's largest user of clean energy, the leading manufacturer of most renewable energy technologies and the largest recipient of clean energy investments.  China has embraced clean energy to tackle energy security and environmental problems, including climate change.    

Video: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says "Climate Change’s Potential Impacts are Sobering and Far-Reaching"

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the global security environment on 1 April 2011 at the annual Rostov Lecture at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.   He identified energy and climate change as being among the constraints that "could place the United States at a strategic turning point."

After Two Consecutive Years of Decline, U.S. CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels Increased Rapidly in 2010

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on 29 March 2011 that U.S. CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use increased sharply in 2010, after declining two consecutive years from peak emission levels in 2007. Partly attributable to the economic recovery -- and record high summer cooling demand, the increase in 2010 still left emissions at their second lowest annual level since 1998.

Extreme Texas Drought & Wildfires Sharpen Contrast Between Texas Congressional Delegation's Climate Views and Conditions at Home

On Thursday 7 April 2011, all but one of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas voted for H.R. 910 to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.  The measure passed the House. EPA's authority to regulate the gases under the Clean Air Act rests on an "endangerment finding" that determined that emissions of those gases threatens the health and welfare of Americans with a wide range of impacts, including more frequent and severe droughts and wildfires.  Texas just experienced its driest March on record, nearly 98% of the state is experiencing drought conditions and the Texas Forest Service said yesterday (9 April 2011) that fire conditions today "could shape up to be among the worst in Texas history." 

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