"April 15 News: U.S. And China Officially Working Together To Confront Climate Change"
The U.S. and China agreed in a joint statement to create a “Climate Change Working Group” that will present cooperation opportunities “on technology, research, conservation, and alternative and renewable energy.” [The Hill]
The statement starts:
The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China recognize that the increasing dangers presented by climate change measured against the inadequacy of the global response requires a more focused and urgent initiative. The two sides have been engaged in constructive discussions through various channels over several years bilaterally and multilaterally, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process and the Major Economies Forum. In addition, both sides consider that the overwhelming scientific consensus regarding climate change constitutes a compelling call to action crucial to having a global impact on climate change.
The two countries took special note of the overwhelming scientific consensus about anthropogenic climate change and its worsening impacts, including the sharp rise in global average temperatures over the past century, the alarming acidification of our oceans, the rapid loss of Arctic sea ice, and the striking incidence of extreme weather events occurring all over the world. Both sides recognize that, given the latest scientific understanding of accelerating climate change and the urgent need to intensify global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, forceful, nationally appropriate action by the United States and China — including large-scale cooperative action — is more critical than ever. Such action is crucial both to contain climate change and to set the kind of powerful example that can inspire the world.
EPA confirmed on Friday that it delayed the greenhouse gas rules on new power plants, they said, in order to strengthen their legal case. [Washington Post]
The House Energy and Commerce Power Subcommittee will hold a markup tomorrow for the Keystone pipeline approval bill. [E&C Committee]
EPA proposed changes to the way the U.S. responds to nuclear disasters, including a sharp increase in how much radiation is allowed in food in water following leaks. [New York Times]
Sally Jewell was sworn in as the new Interior Secretary on Friday and begins work today. [The Hill]
Alaska legislators cut oil production taxes on aggrieved oil companies, which means they will have to take $861.5 million from savings to balance the budget. [Reuters]
Clean Coal still a myth: FutureGen project in Illinois found by CRS to be still in development stages after a decade and no closer to fruition. [The Hill]
Reducing powerful greenhouse gas emissions like methane, soot, and refrigerants can make an immediate impact in reducing sea-lever rise by 2100. [Nature World News]
Tesla Motors could be planning to produce an electric pickup truck in Texas. [Gas2]
The Colorado State Senate voted to raise renewable energy goals to 25 percent for rural electric co-ops. [Denver Business Journal]
Food insecurity fueled by climate change risks the lives of millions by 2050. [Guardian]
A company that produces electric cars in China (and counts Warren Buffet as its second-largest shareholder) has entered the home electricity storage business in Australia. [RenewEconomy]
Another study found that a recent slowdown in surface warming can be attributed to increased ocean warming. [Skeptical Science]
The melting Arctic inspires revolutionary oil exploration and formerly-frozen mammoth tusk exploitation. [NPR]
The Arctic will be nearly ice-free before 2050, according to a new NOAA study. [The Hill]
Global warming could affect finish times for Boston Marathon runners this century. [Discovery News]