May 17 News: Countries Need To Ensure Timely Action On Durban Plan, Says Climate Chief

A round-up of the top climate and energy news. Please post other links below.

Countries which agreed to sign a deal in 2015 to cut greenhouse gas emissions should set milestones this year to ensure the necessary work is done on time, the United Nations’ climate chief said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

The growing number of electric vehicle drivers in Los Angeles are behaving differently from the national norm. [Los Angeles Times]

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants to hear from two Cabinet officials — Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Energy Secretary Steven Chu — as part of an investigation into the Energy Department’s loan program. [The Hill]

A multifaceted air and ground-based scientific field campaign is underway in the Central and Southern U.S., with about 275 scientists, pilots, and technicians out to solve meteorological mysteries about how thunderstorms affect the chemistry of the upper atmosphere. [Climate Central]

Divisions have again emerged on the first few days of the latest round of international climate change talks in Bonn, with the EU and groups of developing countries clashing over the future of the controversial Kyoto protocol. [Guardian]

President Dilma Rousseff is facing one of the defining moments of her presidency as pressure builds on her to veto a bill that would open vast protected areas of forests to ranching and farming, potentially reversing Brazil’s major gains in slowing Amazon deforestation. [New York Times]

IBM’s Ehningen Innovation Center campus in Germany is about to become ground zero for the development of an advanced personal transportation system that combines Hertz’s car sharing know-how with distributed renewable energy, electric vehicles and smart microgrid technology. [TPM]

Funding cuts to squeezed local authorities are putting the UK’s carbon targets at risk, the government’s climate advisers warned in a report published on Thursday. [Guardian]


One Response to May 17 News: Countries Need To Ensure Timely Action On Durban Plan, Says Climate Chief

  1. EDpeak says:

    Last 50 years were Australia’s hottest: study

    For the first time scientists have provided the most complete climate record of the last millennium and they found that the last 50 years in Australia have been the warmest.

    The researchers from Melbourne University used 27 different natural indicators like tree rings and ice cores to come to their conclusion, which will be a part of the next United Nations intergovernmental panel on climate change report.

    The findings show that no other period in the last 1,000 years matches the temperature rises Australia and the region has experienced in the last 50 years.

    Report co-author Joelle Gergis says the findings are significant.

    “It does show that the post-1950 warming is unusual in the Australasian region,” she said.

    Excerpted from:

    Which also has this quote:

    Co-author Professor David Karoly says the strength of the study is that it relied more on direct observations and measurements than climate modelling….”the warming in the last 50 years is very unusual and very likely cannot be explained by natural climate variability alone,”

    the scientists have minimised the variability in their model by crunching the data 3,000 different ways…t in 95 per cent of the reconstructions, we actually see that the post-1950 warming observed in the region is unprecedented in the context of the last millennium