February 5 News: Vice President Biden Reiterates White House Commitment To Tackling Climate Change

Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed the Obama administration is “committed” to a “united effort” on behalf of “young people in both our countries”to tackling climate change during the president’s second term in a meeting with French President Francois Hollande Monday. [The Hill]

“I was impressed in the discussion we had relative to climate change — and I mean this sincerely, Mr. President — I could have been sitting in a private meeting with President Obama,” Biden said in joint remarks with Francois Hollande following their meeting at the Elysee Palace….

“As I pointed out to the Foreign Minister [Laurent Fabius], he is going to have an interlocutor in John Kerry. There is no one in my country who has been, over the period of time he’s been in the Senate, more concerned with or knowledgeable about the issues relating to global warming.”

The blackout at Sunday’s Superbowl and the failure of the stadium’s electrical system could show how improvements to energy infrastructure can contain damage, at least according to an early official statement. [National Journal]

A global switch to fewer work hours and more vacation time might help slow global warming, according to a new study released Monday by the Center for Economic Policy and Research. [US News]

The discovery that sea urchins use Nickel particles to harness carbon dioxide from the sea could be the key to capturing tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. [E! Science News]

A new report published in Nature Climate Change suggests that earthworms can increase the amount of greenhouse gas emissions given off by soil. [The Guardian]

According to a new study published Monday, it’s possible to use cellular telephone networks to estimate the amount of rainfall that falls between those two points. [Climate Central]

Asia Pulp & Paper, the third-largest pulp and paper company in the world, announced Tuesday that it is halting logging operations in Indonesia’s natural rain forests. [WaPo]

UK greenhouse gas emissions fell seven per cent from 2010 to 2011 as emissions from the residential sector dropped to their lowest level since 1990, government figures revealed today. [Business Green]

11 Responses to February 5 News: Vice President Biden Reiterates White House Commitment To Tackling Climate Change

  1. Paul Magnus says:

    “Recent moves by Japan’s two largest automakers suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time – and may never be.” Reuters

  2. Paul Magnus says:

    wow… high risk… :”Crystal River clearly demonstrates the vulnerabilities of being overly dependent on a high-risk energy source like nuclear power

  3. Paul Magnus says:

    That is until we get to a given threshold…

    “Crop yields are already down globally by 2 to 3 percent, and climate scientists tell us that for every 1 degree Celsius increase in average temperature around the world, crop yields will decrease by an average of 5 percent.” jim-yong-kim

  4. Paul Magnus says:

    Which it seems we are approaching now at around 1C…!

  5. SecularAnimist says:

    Paul, with all due respect, that Reuters article is anti-EV propaganda (note the frequent use of opinion words such as “likely”) that has no relation to what’s actually happening in the EV market, with regard to the vehicles themselves or the charging infrastructure.

    It also makes a false dichotomy between the pure 100 percent electric cars (e.g. the Nissan Leaf) and the pluggable hybrids that can operate as part-time EVs for short range trips (e.g. the Volt) and switch to gasoline motors for long trips.

    It reminds me of the utterly pointless arguments about distributed rooftop solar vs. centralized utility scale solar that often occur in these threads — falsely presenting complementary technologies as an oppositional, either-or choice.

  6. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    That will prove, I reckon, an under-estimate, primarily due the subtle synergies and surprising ‘unknown unknowns’.

  7. Paul Magnus says:

    It really should not have been a surprise considering the amount of energy being pumped in to the planetary system.

    The fact that climate scientist were measuring global temps impacts based on 1C steps was way off. They should have been analyzing them in 0.2C steps!