Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ed Miliband’s Solar Scheme To Add £1 Billion To Family Household Bills
Ed Miliband’s controversial scheme to encourage homeowners to install solar panels and wind turbines is set to cost families an extra £1billion in higher bills, bringing more misery for cash-strapped consumers.
Has Rupert Murdoch turned into a climate change sceptic? - Press - Media - The Independent
There must have been some heads in hands at the New York HQ of the self-proclaimed “first global media company to achieve carbon neutral”.

Executives at News Corp have spent several years building the company’s green credentials, under the guidance of Rupert Murdoch, only for the founder and executive chairman to suggest it may have all been a waste of time and money.
California cold snap threatens $2 billion citrus harvest - Terra USA
An Arctic air mass has sent temperatures plunging across California, threatening the state's lucrative citrus harvest, its winter vegetables and its more cold-sensitive strawberry crop, weather and agricultural experts said on Friday.

Temperatures throughout the state fell by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) below normal on Thursday and Friday as snowfall and sub-freezing conditions forced a 17-hour closure of a key highway, Interstate 5, through the mountains north of Los Angeles.
Negative Economic Impact Expected from Freeze Warning... Yuma, AZ/El Centro, CA
Our area produces 90 percent of winter vegetables for the entire country; harvesters say the effects of freezing temperatures could spread beyond the crops to have a widespread negative economic effect.

"Prices have basically doubled. This time last year we were shipping cartons of lettuce, 24 heads in a carton, for $8, $9. And right now, it's more than doubled to $20 to $25," said Vic Smith, president of JV Smith Companies.

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