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December 7 News: U.S. Electric Car Sales Reach Another Record In November

By Stephen Lacey on December 7, 2012 at 7:59 am

"December 7 News: U.S. Electric Car Sales Reach Another Record In November"

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Electric car sales reached a record in November for the fourth consecutive month as new models like the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in electric hybrid helped juice buyer interest. [Forbes]

The University of Texas said today that it has accepted the findings of a damning independent review of the preparation of a report on potential impacts of shale gas drilling by the school’s Energy Institute. [New York Times]

Since leaving Congress, South Carolina Republican Bob Inglis has devoted his career to protecting and promoting environmental interests. Unlike many environmental activists, he looks to free enterprise to find solutions for the most daunting environmental challenges. [Washington Times]

Every lean-snow winter batters Utah and its $1 billion-a-year ski industry, according to an economic study on global warming released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. [Salt Lake Tribune]

The Union of Concerned Scientists has figured out how Americans can cut their oil consumption in half within 20 years. [Los Angeles Times]

Energy development on public lands and waters pumped more than $12 billion into federal coffers in 2012, $1 billion more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. [Los Angeles Times]

The water wars are raging again in America’s heartland, where drought-stricken states are pleading for the increasingly scarce water of the Missouri River — to drink from their faucets, irrigate their crops and float the barges that carry billions of dollars of agricultural products to market. [Associated Press]

The Obama administration has been vigorously defending its climate record at the Doha conference in Qatar. But it appears that Todd Stern, the US state department climate envoy, has been rather selective with his facts. [Guardian]

As the death toll from typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo) increased to 418 on Friday and is still rising, experts and analysts say killer typhoons that hit the Philippines are caused by the climate change. [Xinhua]

The lead negotiator of the Philippines has made an emotional appeal for “no more delays, no more excuses” at the international climate talks in Doha, Qatar. Naderev Saño broke down in tears as he told the plenary session about the plight of his country in the wake of typhooon Bopha, which has killed nearly 400 people. [Guardian]

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23 Responses to December 7 News: U.S. Electric Car Sales Reach Another Record In November

  1. catman306 says:

    World Bank Issues Alarming Climate Report
    NPR interview:

    http://www.npr.org/2012/12/07/166713194/world-bank-issues-alarming-climate-report

  2. prokaryotes says:

    “U.S. Electric Car Sales Reach Another Record In November”

    The only good news in face of PETM 2.0

    • DRT says:

      Any good news in here
      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/opinion/going-beyond-carbon-dioxide.html?ref=opinion ? How real and potentially hopeful is this? OK, so its not really news, we’ve read about these potential actions before:
      “There is, however, a short-term strategy. We can slow this warming quickly by cutting emissions of four other climate pollutants: black carbon, a component of soot; methane, the main component of natural gas; lower-level ozone, a main ingredient of urban smog; and hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are used as coolants. They account for as much as 40 percent of current warming. …

      Unlike carbon dioxide, these pollutants are short-lived in the atmosphere. If we stop emitting them, they will disappear in a matter of weeks to a few decades. …

      Such reductions, if they occurred worldwide, would have the potential to slash the rate of global warming by half by midcentury — equivalent to wiping out the warming we have experienced over the last 50 years.”

      • prokaryotes says:

        But where is the policy to establish carbon dioxide bans (for instance starting with Co2 free traffic in city centers)?

        What are people expecting? How stupid are we as a species?

  3. prokaryotes says:

    World’s Big Trees Are Dying: Alarming Increase in Death Rates Among Trees 100-300 Years Old http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121206162519.htm

    • prokaryotes says:

      “Large old trees are critical in many natural and human-dominated environments. Studies of ecosystems around the world suggest populations of these trees are declining rapidly,”

      “Research is urgently needed to identify the causes of rapid losses of large old trees and strategies for improved management. Without… policy changes, large old trees will diminish or disappear in many ecosystems, leading to losses of their associated biota and ecosystem functions.”

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Spotted this comment at RealClimate:

    The report gives upper and lower bounds on global mean SLR until year 2100. They say: “We have very high confidence (>9 in 10 chance) that global mean sea level will rise at least 0.2 meters (8 inches) and no more than 2.0 meters (6.6 feet) by 2100.”

    It also provides four scenarios that can be used for planning, at 0.2 , 0.5 , 1.2 and 2.0 meter SLR by 2100 respectively.

    I think it is really good to promote scenario thinking in regards to SLR. However, it becomes a bit confusing when they make probabilistic assessments of upper and lower bounds and at the same time say that “specific probabilities or likelihoods are not assigned to individual scenarios in this report, and none of these scenarios should be used in isolation.”

    If you assign a high likelihood to “no more than 2.0 meters”, then it seems to me that you at the same time would have to assign a 2.0 m scenario much less likelihood than the lower scenarios.

    I also find the justification of the confidence claims weak.

    But hey! It is huge that NOAA and the U.S. National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee now take 2 meter scenarios into serious consideraation, which may be warranted in high-consequence outcomes.

    You find the report here: http://www.cpo.noaa.gov/reports/sealevel/

  5. prokaryotes says:

    The melting of one of the world’s largest ice sheets would alter the Earth’s field of gravity and even its rotation in space so much that it would cause sea levels along some coasts to rise faster than the global average, scientists said yesterday.

    The rise in sea levels would be highest on the west and east coasts of North America where increases of 25 per cent more than the global average would cause catastrophic flooding in cities such as New York, Washington DC and San Francisco.

    A study into how the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could respond to global warming has found its disintegration would change the focus of the planet’s gravitational field, so sea levels would rise disproportionately more around North America than in other parts of the world. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Nx5rTA9_wHwJ:www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/melting-ice-could-cause-gravity-shift-1685201.html+&cd=1&hl=de&ct=clnk&gl=de

    • prokaryotes says:

      New scientific data has highlighted the potential impact of ice melts on the Earth, explaining how the planet’s gravitational field would be altered to the extent that tides would rise more quickly.

      The effect would be especially felt in the US, whose East and West coasts would witness sea level rises 25 per cent over the average and, thus, the likes of San Francisco and New York would flood significantly.
      Earth’s Gravitational Field
      The data formed part of a new study focusing on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and how climate change would impact on it. The study discovered that, once the ice sheet had broken up, the Earth’s gravitational field would shift, causing sea level rises to become particularly forceful around the US.

      “Even if it contributed only a metre of sea level rise over many years, sea levels along North America’s shorelines would still increase 25 per cent more than the global average.” http://www.enviro-news.com/news/climate_change_could_alter_earths_gravity.html

  6. prokaryotes says:

    Climate change might increase the frequency of bad ozone days considerably in Germany http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231012009879

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Northern Hemisphere thermal growing season has become longer but biospheric carbon uptake hasn’t http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2012/2012GB004312.shtml

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Arctic sea ice loss helps to explain Siberian snow cover thickening http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2012/2012JD018047.shtml

  9. An additional roundup of energy and climate headlines for December 7 is posted at http://www.marcaccicomms.com/news/energy-and-environment-news-roundup-12-7-12/

  10. Mark E says:

    Replacing gas guzzlers with wind/solar-chargeable cars is great…… but if we foolishly try to keep increasing the total number of cars overall, what’s the point?

    Earth is only so big, after all. Our addiction to nonstop growth is the main impediment to timely climate action.

  11. rjs says:

    water wars doesnt mention the 3 and a half million gallons of water n dakota drillers pull out of the missouri watershed for each well in the bakken..

    http://www.hcn.org/issues/44.13/the-bakken-oil-play-spurs-a-booming-business-in-water

  12. Merrelyn Emery says:

    When American officials continue to get out ‘being selective’ with the facts, is it any wonder that they are treated with suspicion? Something about not fooling all of the people all of the time, ME

  13. Joan Savage says:

    The News Hour series on “Coping With Climate Change” is focusing on ocean acidification tonight, with emphasis on the example of death of shellfish in Washington State.

    Previous programs also worth revisiting at

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/topic/climate-change/