December 5 News: Students Set Up Fossil Fuel Divestment Campains At Over 140 College Campuses

In recent weeks, college students on dozens of campuses have demanded that university endowment funds rid themselves of coal, oil and gas stocks. The students see it as a tactic that could force climate change, barely discussed in the presidential campaign, back onto the national political agenda. [New York Times]

The Natural Resources Defense Council kicked off an effort Tuesday to press the Obama administration to set limits on carbon dioxide emissions for existing power plants, a goal that environmentalists say is their top priority for the president’s second term. [Washington Post]

Researchers who compared data from 545 counties across the U.S., including many in California, found that a drop in fine particulate matter, known as PM2.5, between 2000 and 2007 corresponded with an average rise in life expectancy of 0.35 of a year. [Los Angeles Times]

U.S. crude-oil production reached its highest level in nearly 15 years in September, thanks in large part to the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Tuesday. [Wall Street Journal]


According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy projects — including solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal and biomass — made up almost half of all new power generation installations in the U.S. in the first 10 months of 2012. [Rewire]

The Middle East and North Africa will be especially hard hit by climate change in the coming decades, the World Bank said in a report Wednesday, saying the region will see less rainfall, more recording-breaking temperatures and rising sea levels. [Associated Press]

Food prices will more than double and the number of malnourished children spiral if climate change is not checked and developing countries are not helped to adapt their farming, food and water experts warned on Tuesday at the UN climate talks in Doha. [Guardian]

Rich countries are to blame for climate change and should take the lead in forging a global climate pact by 2015, a deadline that “must be met,” the head of the United Nations said Wednesday. [Associated Press]

After they break off, the enormous slabs of ice discharged from glaciers — sometimes as much as 300 feet thick — can potentially wander into shipping lanes or slam into drilling rigs before they eventually break up. [Climate Central]