June 11 News: Colorado Wildfire Sweeps 20,000 Acres; 20 Inches Of Rain Causes Floods In Florida

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

The High Park fire swept across 20,000 acres with a roar and by Sunday had destroyed at least 18 structures, forced hundreds to flee and spewed smoky plumes that turned the sun blood red and blotted out the Rockies. [Denver Post]

Floodwaters from torrential rains damaged homes and closed roads throughout the Florida Panhandle, cutting power to the county jail and sending residents to emergency shelters as the area braced for additional rains Sunday. [Associated Press]

For American presidents, protecting the country’s last wild places has long been a matter of legacy. President Obama’s record remains largely unwritten. [Washington Post]

The Renault electric Zoe, part of a range of electric cars the French company has to offer has just broken a record, 994.19 miles in 24 hours. [Torque News]

A new analysis highlights the enormous exposure the U.S. has to storm surge-related impacts, which is one of the most significant hazards posed by a land-falling hurricane. [Climate Central]

The doomsday scenario for global warming is as chilling as ever, but in the shadow of economic meltdown there are fears that Rio+20 will just be a talking shop. [The Scotsman]

6 Responses to June 11 News: Colorado Wildfire Sweeps 20,000 Acres; 20 Inches Of Rain Causes Floods In Florida

  1. Joan Savage says:

    Climate change rate could be faster than thought, study suggests

    Data indicate China’s carbon emissions could be 20% higher, prompting fears Earth is warming at a much faster rate

    Reuters/ The Guardian
    “The sad fact is that Chinese energy and emission data as primary input to the models will add extra uncertainty in modelling simulations of predicting future climatic change,” say the authors of a study in the journal Nature Climate Change.

    The team of scientists from China, Britain and the US, led by Dabo Guan of the University of Leeds, studied two sets of energy data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics. One set presented energy use for the nation, the other for its provinces.

    They compiled the carbon dioxide emission inventories for China and its 30 provinces for the period 1997-2010 and found a big difference between the two datasets.

    The paper identifies a 1.4-billion tonne emission gap (in 2010) between the two datasets. This implies greater uncertainties than ever in Chinese energy statistics,” said Guan, a senior lecturer at the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds University.”

  2. Joan Savage says:

    The full Guan et al. article published on line by Nature Climate Change on June 10, 2012, is available here:

  3. Climate Central has a new state-by-state analysis of how each state is warming across the country.

    The state that has warmed the fastest is Arizona, and the slowest warming state is Florida.

    This data is also available from the NOAA’s Temperature/Precipitation Time Series page:

  4. NASA GISS has posted a new study on the history of sea level rise and what the future holds as greenhouse gases increase and the climate continues to warms:

  5. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Particularly as it is reprinted by the odious, so-called ‘liberal’ Guardian, I suspect that this is just part of the softening-up process to blame China for the coming collapse of Rio Plus 20. Once I see Mark Lynas swing into action, I will have all the proof I need. Try the Third World Network for that substance now banned in the Western MSM-the facts.

  6. Spike says:

    Southern England now finds the drought ameliorated – but by a month’s rainfall in a day.