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November 6 News: Action On Environment Would Come From White House, Not Congress, After Election

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Observers agree that no matter who wins the election, there’s likely to be little in the way of comprehensive legislation or policy. With Congress deadlocked on most issues and environmental legislation a no-go for years, they say most climate and energy policy will probably come from the White House. [Inside Climate News]

While Tuesday’s election may not break the national logjam over how to address climate change, a few states will take decisive action on energy policy in the coming week. [Washington Post]

Storm-weary residents of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are facing the prospect of another significant coastal storm this week, although it will not be as severe as Hurricane Sandy. [Climate Central]

Scientists are warning that rising seas will make maintaining artificial beaches prohibitively expensive or simply impossible. Even some advocates of artificial beach nourishment now urge new approaches to the issue, especially in New Jersey. [New York Times]

The slow rate of emissions cuts in major economies has put the world on track for “at least six degrees of warming” by the end of the century, analysts will warn today. [Guardian]

China has filed a World Trade Organization case challenging subsidies provided by some European Union members to promote the solar panel industry, adding to its trade disputes with Europe and the United States. [Associated Press]

German utilities say solar power production rose by more than 50 percent on the year over the first nine months of 2012 amid a boom in installations of photovoltaic panels. [Associated Press]

Green jobs and the growing ranks of green businesses are one of the few bright spots of the UK’s recession hit economy – environmental and low-carbon business now makes up 8% of the UK’s GDP, and provided a third of what growth the economy has seen. [Guardian]

Global warming is causing aquatic animals to shrink 10 times more than land-dwellers in size, scientists say in the largest study of its kind. [ZeeNews]

While earlier studies have found that erosion can bury carbon in the soil, acting as a carbon sink, or storage, the new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that part of that sink is only temporary. [Phys.org]

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9 Responses to November 6 News: Action On Environment Would Come From White House, Not Congress, After Election

  1. prokaryotes says:

    “The slow rate of emissions cuts in major economies has put the world on track for “at least six degrees of warming” by the end of the century.”

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    We need to see more specifics on how Obama (likely winner today) could do more about climate next year. Mild regulatory action is fine, but more serious measures are needed.

    What are the legal barriers? Could the president institute a carbon tax and negotiate one with other countries, or will Congress screw us again?

  3. Joan Savage says:

    NPR Around the Nation

    Norfolk, Va., Puts Flooding Survival Plan To The Test

    http://www.npr.org/2012/11/06/164362276/norfolk-va-puts-flooding-survival-plan-to-the-test

    7:46 audio includes climate change, sea level rise, price of a sea wall, numbers of jobs and strategic activities at stake in the Norfolk VA area, and other items, well worth listening or reading full text.

  4. Colorado Bob says:

    Spring Arctic snow pack melting fast, study warns
    Environment Canada researcher says climate change happening quicker than expected

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/11/05/environment-canada-study-snow-pack.html

  5. Colorado Bob says:

    Spring Arctic snow pack melting fast, study warns
    Environment Canada researcher says climate change happening quicker than expected

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/11/05/environment-canada-study-snow-pack.html

  6. Colorado Bob says:

    Looking back at the last 3 years , From LA to Minn, to Atlantic City, all have set new all time low pressure readings.

    Sandy was the deepest one yet. 940 mb

    LA – Jan 2010
    At the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the barometric pressure fell to 29.07 inches of mercury or 980.0 millibars. This breaks the previous record low of 29.25 inches or 990.6 mb set on January 17, 1988.

    Minn – Oct 2010
    the strongest storm ever recorded in the Midwest. Oct, 27th, 2010 -
    (955.2 mb) reduced to sea level reported from Bigfork, Minnesota at 5:13pm CDT.
    Dr. Jeff Masters

  7. Colorado Bob says:

    What Triggered Earth’s Last Big FreezeThe new high resolution, global, ocean-ice circulation model developed by Condron and Peter Winsor at the University of Alaska is 10 to 20 times more powerful than previous models. Using this powerful new tool, the team compared how meltwater from the two different drainage outlets was delivered to the sinking regions in the North Atlantic.

    The results of this comparison showed that the original hypothesis proposed in 1989 by Wally Broekder of Columbia University, which suggested that Lake Aggasiz drained into the North Atlantic down the St. Lawrence River, would have weakened the thermohaline circulation by less than 15 percent.

    redOrbit (http://s.tt/1sgg6)