Thursday, February 07, 2013

IEA: Business 'complacent' about climate change | RTCC - Responding to Climate Change
Business leaders are worryingly unfazed by the potential of 4°C of warming, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) chief economist Fatih Birol has said.
...“4°C is better than 6°C but it is still horrible. The implications of that are a drastic increase in extreme weather events, sea level rise and temperature increases and acidification of the oceans,” said Birol.
Climate change shaking up forest management, federal report says - U.S. News
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Big changes are in store for the nation's forests as global warming increases wildfires and insect infestations, and generates more frequent floods and droughts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns in a new report.
It says the area burned by wildfires is expected to at least double over the next 25 years, and insect infestations often will affect more land per year than fires.

Dave Cleaves, climate adviser to the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, said climate change has become the primary driver for managing national forests, because it poses a major threat to their ability to store carbon and provide clean water and wildlife habitat.
USDA report predicts all manner of end-times for crops and forests | Grist
Warmer weather, the USDA predicts, will also help weeds grow, potentially stunting grains and soybeans.
Labour, NGOs combine on climate change as election issue - The Globe and Mail
[BC] Kevin Washbrook, director of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, said his organization is pushing to make the proposed expansion of coal port facilities into an election issue.

“We need a frank discussion about how to meet our material needs without contributing to a runaway climate disaster,” he said in an e-mail.

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