Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beijing hopes carbon dioxide tax will help reduce pollution
Coal-fired-power producers have been paying pollution discharge fees on their emissions of sulphur gases for more than a decade, although Beijing has encouraged them to install equipment to collect such gases by giving them financial incentives.
Meanwhile, Jia said Beijing should study the feasibility of taxing pollution-prone and highly energy-intensive products such as batteries and non-commercial luxury aircraft.
NOAA’s climate overview for 2012 draws media skepticism | Science and the Media - Physics Today
the network quotes Roy Spencer, a climatologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville: "2012 [wasn't] necessarily warmer than it was back in the 1930s...NOAA has made so many adjustments to the data it's ridiculous." Fox also quotes:

* A climate blogger, Steve Goddard, who charges that the "adjusted data is meaningless garbage."
* Blogger and meteorologist Anthony Watts, who asserts that in "the business and trading world, people go to jail for such manipulations of data."
The Ars Technica article charges that by news-policy directive, Fox automatically questions temperature data in climate reporting even if the only other questioners "are out past the fringes of the scientific community." It calls the Fox report "a classic example of what's been termed 'false balance'" in that Fox "presents experts with relevant experience and the official word from NOAA, but...simultaneously surrounds them with quotes from several people who aren't scientists—as well as one scientist who is a notable contrarian about other fields of science."
Government Resigns Over Rising Energy Prices | The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)
Bulgaria’s government has announced it is resigning after nationwide protests against high electricity prices and austerity, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov has said.

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