"April 20 News: Climate Change Is Impacting Europe’s Mountain Plants"
Our round-up of the latest news in climate and energy. Please post additional links below.
The acceleration of climate change is stressing mountain plants in Europe and driving them to migrate to higher altitudes, according to a study released by US researchers. [AFP]
California has had remarkable success in extending its national lead in clean technology, using it to help fuel the state’s economic rebound and drive its effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, even as its population continues to grow. [LA Times]
Two years after a blowout on BP’s Macondo well killed 11 men and triggered the largest oil spill in U.S. history, oil companies are again plying the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. [Washington Post]
“Chill out – sometimes this stuff takes years.” That was Bill Clinton’s wry observation on Thursday as he addressed a sustainability conference in New York City, expressing frustration over how long it is taking for the country to move forward on clean energy and energy efficiency. [New York Times]
Forget about putting solar panels on the roof. Miles Barr wants to make curtains, cell-phone cases, and even shirtsleeves that generate electricity from the sun. [Businessweek]
Beginning with a magical shower of 3D snowflakes, Greg MacGillivray’s IMAX documentary “To the Arctic 3D” takes us to the frozen north — or, rather, the not-so-frozen north. [Seattle Times]
Mexico’s Senate on Thursday passed a climate change bill aimed at encouraging a voluntary carbon emissions trading market, clearing the way for President Felipe Calderon to sign it, as expected, into law. [Reuters]
China will support the building electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the country, hoping to have 5 million green cars to appear on the roads of China by 2020. [Auto World News]
Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has stepped into the growing row over the coalition’s green policies to call for companies to pay much higher penalties for the carbon dioxide they emit. [Guardian]