February 24 News: Latinos Emerging as New Actors in Fight Against Climate Change

Other stories below: Increases in avalanches may foreshadow the future; China Sets up First Renewable Energy Think Tank

Latinos Emerging as New Actors in Fight Against Climate Change

Most people view immigration, education and jobs as the Latino electorate’s key issues.

Environmentalists want to add climate change to the list.

“It’s a no-brainer for the Latino community,” said Adrianna Quintero of the National Resources Defense Council Thursday at a teleconference including Latino advocates, climate change activists and an environmental scientist.

Recent scientific research backs her up.

Avalanches Taking Toll; Are They Foreshadowing Future?

Already this winter, 19 people have been killed by avalanches in the Western U.S, with the most recent loss of four skiers and snowboarders in Washington State on Feb. 19. Colorado alone has recorded six fatalities — its average annual total — in just the past month.

As counterintuitive as it may sound, less snow and thinner snowpacks may lead to more avalanches in some years. While it may seem like more snow would lead to more avalanches, experts say that in many areas, the high avalanche danger this year is tied to the thin, weak snowpack that was established earlier this winter, and is now failing to hold on to new snow that falls.

Obama: Opponents are ‘Rooting for Bad News’ on Gas Prices

President Obama said Thursday that there are no “quick fixes” for rising gasoline prices that are threatening the economic recovery and providing fodder for attacks from his political rivals.

Gas prices have risen 29 cents per gallon since December, with regular-grade gas now averaging $3.64 a gallon in the Washington region at a time of year when consumers usually enjoy a respite from price hikes.

The high cost at the pump could turn into an election-year mess for the president, whose approval ratings have surged recently as the economy improved. Republicans, sensing an opportunity, have blamed Obama for not giving oil companies greater freedom to drill for new U.S. supplies that might ease prices.

Global Warming Made First Tiny Horses Even Smaller, Study Finds

Global warming 50 million years ago caused the first horses, already tiny in stature compared with present-day animals, to shrink 30 percent to about 8.5 pounds, the size of a house cat today, a study suggests.

Later, as the climate cooled, the horse called Sifrhippus began to grow in size, according to research in the journal Science. Scientists the University of Michigan’s Museum of Paleontology used fossilized teeth to make the size estimates.

China Sets up First Renewable Energy Think Tank

China has established its first national think tank on renewable energy to conduct research and develop programs and policies, as part of the country’s effort to deal with climate change and carbon emissions.

The China National Renewable Energy Center, launched on Thursday, will also draft industry standards and carry out international cooperation programs.

The center was established by the National Energy Administration with the support of the National Development and Reform Commission.

The center also draws on previous cooperation with Denmark, which established a renewable development program in 2009. The Scandiavian country is providing financial and technology support for the center.

5 Responses to February 24 News: Latinos Emerging as New Actors in Fight Against Climate Change

  1. Barry Saxifrage says:

    Two Democrats and two Republicans join forces to call for carbon pricing to solve nation’s debt crisis:

  2. Chris Winter says:

    Five thousand plus comments on that Washington Post story about gasoline prices. I guess their software stops counting at 5,000. Some of those comments must be real doozies, judging by the quality of those in the 675 “top comments”. Somebody there keeps reposting the “Obama is a foreigner” claptrap.

  3. Paul Magnus says:

    We should be aiming for 1.5C or less!

    The collapse of the classic Maya civilisation was caused by only a ‘modest’ drop in rainfall, researchers claimed today.

  4. Paul Magnus says:

    THis is happening in an area not slated to be affected by CC drought…

    The worst drought to grip the UK in more than 30 years is already killing wildlife, threatening farmers’ livelihoods

  5. Paul Magnus says:

    Statistical modelling of the time series of annual droughts shows only weak evidence for an increasing frequency of severe droughts since 1766, but stronger evidence for the recent past. The return period of drought of sufficient severity to cause biogeochemical response is coming close to the length of effect such a drought would have, i.e. trends in drought frequency mean that peatlands may no longer be resilient to the impact of drought, with dire consequences for the storage of carbon in these environments.