Climate Change

"Warming's Impacts Sped Up, Worsened Since Kyoto"

"Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated -- beyond some of the grimmest of warnings made back then. As the world has talked for a dozen years about what to do next, new ship passages opened through the once frozen summer sea ice of the Arctic. In Greenland and Antarctica, ice sheets have lost trillions of tons of ice. Mountain glaciers in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa are shrinking faster than before."

Source: AP, 11/23/2009

"A Climate Threat, Rising From the Soil"

The peatlands of Indonesia, formed over thousands of years, used to be a vast reservoir of carbon. But now deforestation has dried them out, and they are burning, releasing back into the atmosphere as much carbon dioxide as all the cars and trucks in the U.S. The question is how economic incentives to save the peatlands can outweigh the incentives for destroying them.

Source: Wash Post, 11/19/2009
December 1, 2009 to December 2, 2009

Growing the Bioeconomy: Solutions for Sustainability

The University of Minnesota's Extension and Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment are

hosting a 2-day event focusing on renewable energy opportunities.

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"'Super Greenhouse Gas' Deal Fails"

"At little noticed talks last week in Port Ghalib, Egypt, climate advocates were hoping to seal a global agreement for the phase down of super greenhouse gases and give next month's Copenhagen climate talks a can-do running start. But the annual meeting of the 198 nations of the Montreal Protocol began on a note of contention that five days of discussions could not overcome."

Source: Reuters, 11/16/2009


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