Climate News Roundup

China, Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing – Environment News Service. “Two of the world’s largest coal producing nations – Australia and China – signed a formal agreement for research and testing of clean coal technology Thursday in Beijing.” This technology is “a process that uses a liquid to capture the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from power station flue gases” post combustion.

EU told to prepare for flood of climate change migrantsThe Guardian (UK). “According to the EU’s two senior foreign policy officials, Europe needs to brace itself for a new wave of migration with a very different cause – global warming. The ravages already being inflicted on parts of the developing world by climate change are engendering a new type of refugee, the ‘environmental migrant’.”

EPA’s own study argues for California waiverSan Francisco Chronicle. Stanford professor Mark Jacobson uses a 2007 EPA study on carbon dioxide, air pollution, and the health effects of smog as an example that California does face “compelling and extraordinary conditions” worthy of allowing the state to regulate tailpipe emissions.

(More on the EPA and its tailspin here.)

Climate change’s most deadly threat: droughtChristian Science Monitor. A review of Brian Fagan’s book, “The Great Warming” — “Fagan … makes an original contribution in ‘The Great Warming’ by summoning attention to what he calls ‘the silent elephant in the room’: drought….By taking readers back to the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age, Fagan argues that history ‘shows how drought can destabilize a society and lead to its collapse.'”

I certainly agree drought may be the most deadly threat. More on droughts here.

2 Responses to Climate News Roundup

  1. jcwinnie says:

    “A change in policy will not only benefit the health of our citizens. It will also restore our country’s faith that policy decisions on complex issues will be based on rigorous scientific inquiry.”

    Ha-ha-ha, those college professors and their quirky senses of humor. Ha-ha-ha. Oh, la!

  2. David B. Benson says:

    Maybe the collapse of ocean biology is the greater threat.