Thursday, April 08, 2010

AP gets glacier melt right « Don Surber
Paragraph 5: “The park’s glaciers have been slowly melting away since about 1850, when the centuries-long Little Ice Age ended. They once numbered as many as 150, and 37 of those glaciers eventually were named.”


That means the glaciers at Glacier National Park were melting for 60 years before the park was founded in 1910.

Actually, the glaciers are a far cry from what they were 15,000 years ago when glaciers covered one-third of North America.
Connecticut Mulls Rollback on Clean Energy - Green Inc. Blog -
Connecticut could become the first state to roll back its renewable portfolio standard – the amount of electricity that, by state mandate, must come from renewable sources.

Legislation that has passed through committee in the current legislative session, which ends May 5, would cut by nearly half the state’s relatively ambitious goal of obtaining 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Climate bill now a focus of Senate | | Zanesville Times Recorder
But Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said flatly this week nothing like the cap-and-trade plan can pass this year.

"If you're suggesting some sort of a tax on energy, I don't think so," he said.
An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said no decisions had been made on when to take up a climate bill.
Can we survive climate change? Bill McKibben sees a chance - Green House -
Bill McKibben lives near a burbling creek in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Yet even there, he sees a telltale sign of climate change -- a deep gash in the woods caused by a recent flood.
In contrast, his new book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (Henry Holt/$24), which goes on sale next week, is a dire, frightening call to action. It talks about the planet melting, drying, acidifying , flooding and burning in heretofore unseen ways.

"The world hasn't ended, but the world as we know it has -- even if we don't quite know it yet," he writes. "It's a different place. A different planet. It needs a new name." Since it's earth-like, he says, let's call it "Eaarth."

McKibben sees a slight chance we could still save the planet.

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