Kudos to RealClimate for creating “a one stop link for resources that people can use to get up to speed on the issue of climate change.”
NYC’s taxi fleet going green by 2012 – Associated Press/Yahoo News & Mayor Plans an All-Hybrid Taxi Fleet – New York Times. Kudos to Mayor Bloomberg for taking a leadership role on climate change with practical action.
Battle Heats Up Over Emissions – Washington Post & California urges EPA to change greenhouse gas rules – LA Times. The Bush administration continues to drag its feet as leading states want to take action to impose tougher standards on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
Warming blamed for frog die-offs – Reuters. Quotable Quotes: “It is believed climate change is raising temperatures allowing a skin fungus to enter the places where the amphibians resided” and “It’s going to be a fact that we see a large extinction.”
Britain Sees No Talk of Emissions Targets at G8. Lame Quote of the Week: British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett — “I don’t think anyone envisages the idea that there should be some discussion about setting numerical targets at Heiligendamm.”
In fact, The Guardian had reported on May 15: “Tony Blair believes he is close to persuading George Bush to accept an ambitious plan to bring the world’s greatest polluters into international partnership to fight climate change for the first time.” Yes, and monkees will fly out of my — but let it go.
The Bush administration has been working for a while to weaken the G-8 statement. As noted last week, our negotiators oppose “a pledge to limit the global temperature rise this century to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as an agreement to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions to 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.”
Beckett also lamely said, “There has been a misunderstanding of the nature of the discussions that we expect.” The only misunderstanding has been Blair misunderstanding who he has been dealing with all these years.