June 8 News: New Cars In Europe Must Slash Carbon Emissions One Third By 2020

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

Carmakers will have to slash the carbon emissions of new cars sold in Europe by a  third by 2020, according to leaked European Commission documents seen by the Guardian. [Guardian]

Bloggers and TV comics have ridiculed it, and now state legislators will get their first chance Thursday to debate unusual legislation that would put tight restrictions on how state and local agencies cope with rising sea levels. [News Observer]

Melting ice cellars and rotting whale meat, the arrival of beaver fever in a once-pristine land, and water supplies that might go dry are just a few of the health risks posed by climate change in the Arctic. [Alaska Dispatch]

Evidence continues to mount that melting Arctic ice is having a significant effect in the mid-latitudes, where most people live, and it’s not something that’s going to take decades to develop. [Summit County Citizens Voice]

Authorities say a gas drilling operation in the Sardis, W.Va. area hit an aquifer and inadvertently re-pressurized a handful of old water wells Wednesday, creating a backyard geyser at least 10 feet high and several smaller gushers. [Associated Press]

In a project that aimed to analyze public perceptions of global warming, the researchers focused on ‘psychological distance’ in prompting people to go greener and the significance of uncertainty as justification for inaction. []

Mali and neighboring Niger are facing swarms of locusts, which were left uncontrolled while Libya and Algeria, which normally keep local locusts from moving south, grappled with conflicts and insecurity of their own. [Los Angeles Times]


3 Responses to June 8 News: New Cars In Europe Must Slash Carbon Emissions One Third By 2020

  1. NOAA reports the that the U.S. had the 2nd warmest May and warmest spring on record:

    Climate Central is also covering this record breaking warmth:

  2. An additional roundup of today’s energy and climate news is posted at

  3. Paul Magnus says:

    For first time in years, the world is producing more oil than it needs
    So we are going to turn around CO2 emissions in 10yrs?

    Remember when, a few short months ago, the whole planet was panicked about cripplingly high oil prices? That’s changed in a hurry. Crude prices are now plummeting. Oil in London is trading for $96 per barrel, way down from $126 back in February.
    The big reason why: supply and demand. The world is pumping out more oil and other liquid fuels right at the moment when the global economy is starting to slacken and people are using less of the stuff. Matthew Phillips of BloombergBusinessweek offers up this great chart:–is-that-a-good-thing/2012/06/05/gJQAYm3zFV_blog.html