November 21 News: Drought Hits U.S. Food Banks Hard

The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has weakened the safety net for the 50 million Americans who struggle to get enough to eat, and the nation’s food banks are raising the alarm as the holiday season gets into full swing. [Reuters]

A free-market auction has established a price for pollution in California: for each metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted, businesses, utilities and industries that bought allowances last week will pay just $10.09. [New York Times]

A Missouri appeals court has upheld polices developed by state utility regulators to implement a voter-approved law that requires greater use of renewable fuels. [Businessweek]

The Central Intelligence Agency has disbanded its Center on Climate Change and National Security, a unit formed in 2009 to monitor the interplay between a warming planet and intelligence and security challenges. [New York Times]

Even after the worst drought in a half century shriveled crops from Ohio to Nebraska, U.S. farmers are having their most-profitable year ever because of record- high prices and insurance claims. [Bloomberg]

The effects of climate change are already evident in Europe and the situation is set to get worse, the European Environment Agency has warned. In a report, the agency says the past decade in Europe has been the warmest on record. [BBC]

Talks on a new climate change treaty in Qatar next week will not advance unless rich countries promise more ambitious cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, four major developing nations said. [Reuters]

A U.N. report on rising greenhouse gas emissions reminded world governments Wednesday that their efforts to fight climate change are far from enough to meet their stated goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). [Associated Press]

China on Wednesday published a report detailing policies and efforts that have been made over the past year in facing up to the challenges of global climate change. [China Daily]

17 Responses to November 21 News: Drought Hits U.S. Food Banks Hard

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Where is the climate action?

  2. John McCormick says:

    Stephen, I am reading up on renewables and Smart Grid and find you a walking expert:

    All There is To Know About the Smart Grid and Renewables

    Nice work. Thanks.

  3. Paul Magnus says:

    I think most oil CEOs and their cooperations know pretty much that GW is going to be catastrophic now. And the FF industry is peaking.

    What we need is dialogue between them and gov to get to a position where we get off fossil fuels as soon as possible.

    Gov and the industry need to be scrumming it out together in one room.

    They should all get locked up in an office (with climate scientist and other stake holders) and not allowed out till they come up with a couple of plans on how to move forward.

    The FF companies need to be part of the solution if it is to work.

    Oil nations asked to consider carbon tax on exports

  4. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I agree absolutely, but where is there any sign that the fossil fuel interests are intent on following any other path but the extraction of every bit of their lethal product? In Australia all I can see is furious determination to mine more and more coal, extract more and more coal seam gas (and intimidate and vilify scientists who have documented the vast escape of fugitive methane in the process)and deny climate derangement with ever increasing fervour. I long ago gave up any expectation of seeing more than a tiny fraction of capitalists growing a conscience, even when their own children’s lives are at stake. Literally at the stake, to be consumed in a bonfire of their fathers’ vanities.

  5. Colorado Bob says:

    The Russian Arctic is losing ice cover and being inhabited by species from the south in the latest sign of climate change, according to a group of Russian scientists.

    Read more at:

  6. Colorado Bob says:

    Picture all of Manhattan covered in a layer of ice that’s 11,800 feet (3,600 meters) thick — eight times the height of the Empire State Building. That’s the net amount of ice that melts each year in Greenland, according to Princeton University researcher Christopher Harig.

    And the rate of ice melt is accelerating.

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Just saw today’s WU post on Joe’s new book.

    Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga: a Book Review

    … blog, the most visited climate change blog on the Internet, and the main blog that I use to stay current on climate change and energy news.


  8. Paul Magnus says:

    I think the lead might come via the insurance industry and pension funds….

    However, I really think we are going to have to just nationalize the industries and ramp down as soon as we can.

    This is going to be possible because the Climate Bomb seems to have going off about 2yrs ago and all hell is breaking out now.

    People will be ready to move on this as they become directly affected by the chaos.

  9. Paul Magnus says:

    We are unable to calculate extreme risk reliably.

    This also applies to Nuclear… as Fukushima demonstrates even after we had experienced Chernobyl!

    BTW If your pension or investments are in the insurance sector your probably too late in getting out now.

    Climate Portals shared a link on FB…

    Climate Change Causes Insurers to Rethink Price of Risk After Hurricane Sandy | PBS NewsHour | Nov..
    The insurance industry looks at historical data, old and new, in order to assess the risk for potential disasters and put a price on risk.

  10. Paul Magnus says:

    Just to be clear why a Climate Bomb has gone off…
    A graph is worth a 1000 articles…

    Carbon Concentration vs Time

  11. Paul Magnus says:

    I am afraid this is the sort of messaging we needed 10-20 years previous…

    Climate Portals shared a link.

    Climate Reports Forecast Dire Future,
    Even If Action Is Taken

    In the absence of aggressive government policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, a number of leading organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank and others, have begun issuing analyses that regard potentially dangerous temperature elevations as not just a possibility shoul…

  12. Paul Magnus says:

    Global Warming denial is a river run dry….

    Carbon Tax Talk “A real concern” to Deniers
    Right wing news site News Now: A prominent climate-change skeptic remains “very concerned” about the possibility of the U.S. having a carbon tax. Marc Morano of Climate Depot says this …