December 10 News: Despair After Doha, As Climate Talks Bring ‘A Process That Simply Provides For Talk And No Action’

At the end of another lavishly-funded U.N. conference that yielded no progress on curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about climate change are close to despair. [Reuters]

Poor countries have won historic recognition of the plight they face from the ravages of climate change, wringing a pledge from rich nations that they will receive funds to repair the “loss and damage” incurred. [Guardian]

Over the last four years, Obama charted a middle course on the environment that led to landmark pollution rules, growth in clean energy and the continued development of fossil fuels. [Los Angeles Times]

Energy lobbyists are gearing up for a boom in business to help shape and implement a wave of regulations governing energy production, greenhouse gas emissions, renewable fuels and other energy and environmental measures that K Street expects the newly reelected Obama administration to pursue aggressively. [Washington Post]


One of the biggest things President Barack Obama can do to fight global warming is to talk about it. That’s the conclusion of at least seven former U.S. presidential aides and advisers serving in three administrations. [Bloomberg]

Time has proven that even 22 years ago climate scientists understood the dynamics behind global warming well enough to accurately predict warming, says an analysis that compares predictions in 1990 with 20 years of temperature records. [Live Science]

New York regulators will begin taking public comments on revised gas-drilling rules this week, though an extensive environmental review outlining the basis for those rules remains incomplete, and neither drillers nor environmentalists are happy lately with the state’s work on the issue. [Associated Press]

As of Sunday, Chicago is poised to break an 18-year record for most consecutive days without “measurable” snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. [Huffington Post]

Deep geothermal energy is available in abundant amounts in several parts of the UK but is almost ignored by policy-makers even though a recent report suggested that geothermal sources could provide a third of the country’s electricity and much of its heat. [Carbon Commentary]


Climate change is pushing tundra grizzlies into Arctic communities where they would not normally be seen, raising issues about human safety and conservation of the bears. [Vancouver Sun]