November 5 News: Is Hurricane Sandy A ‘Cuyahoga River Moment’ For Climate Change?

The combination of Hurricane Sandy and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that he was endorsing President Obama largely because of Obama’s actions on global warming could do the same thing for climate change that the burning of the Cuyahoga River did for the passage of environmental laws, say scientists and political observers. [Los Angeles Times]

“This may be that sort of Cuyahoga River moment for climate change,” said Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist and Penn State University professor. “It has galvanized attention to this issue and the role that climate change may be playing with regard to the intensification of extreme weather.”

The world is destined for dangerous climate change this century — with global temperatures possibly rising by as much as 6C — because of the failure of governments to find alternatives to fossil fuels, a report by a group of economists has concluded. [The Independent]

Two new election ads have attacked Mitt Romney for making jokes about sea-level rise, as campaigners move to tap concern about climate change after Sandy. [Guardian]


The wind energy boom President Barack Obama touted as key to his energy strategy has hit a wall in an election-year dispute over taxpayer support for renewable energy. [Washington Post]

After swarms of drivers in New York descended to fill their tanks at fuel trucks stationed around the city — a line in the Bronx was three miles long, a National Guard spokesman said — emergency management officials decided to reserve the fuel for emergency vehicles and first responders because there was not enough to go around. [New York Times]

An official says the share of electricity in Germany produced by renewable energy sources is expected to easily beat the government’s forecast and reach almost 50 percent by 2025. [Associated Press]

The amount of power expected to be generated from gas by 2030 has quadrupled in the last year, according to official projections that will infuriate green campaigners who are demanding greater use of renewable energy sources. [Guardian]

Four members of a Japanese government team that sets atomic reactor safety standards received funding from utility companies or nuclear manufacturers, raising questions about their neutrality in the wake of last year’s tsunami-triggered disaster. [Washington Post]