Thursday, October 28, 2010

Norfolk Island to trial world's first personal carbon trading scheme - Telegraph
Under the program, which was devised by researchers at Southern Cross University in northern New South Wales, Australia, the island's residents will receive a carbon card, which operates like a credit or debit card, containing a set number of carbon units.

During the trial, residents will use the card when they pay for petrol and power. Those who use fewer units by walking or cycling instead of driving or using less electricity at home will be able to exchange any remaining credit at the end of the year for cash.
Texas climate study predicts permanently higher temps The Brownsville Herald
Nielson-Gammon, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, said that each decade since the 1970s average temperatures have crept upward, and record hot summers across parts of the state the last two years are in keeping with the long-term trend.

His analysis of computer models and projections for Texas between 2000 and 2060 points to hotter days to come, with temperatures expected to continue to rise by 1/2 degree to 1 degree per decade by mid-century.
On the other hand, climate change could be good for the citrus industry as the possibility of a hard freeze becomes more remote. South Texas citrus has never fully bounced back from devastating freezes in 1983 and 1989, not to mention a catastrophic freeze in the winter of 1950-51.
Flashback: All-time record snowfall for Dallas-Fort Worth: Feb 11-12, 2010 - Dallas Weather |
The extreme snowfall of February 11-12, 2010 goes down as THE snowiest 24-hour period in the history DFW weather records, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

An amazing 12.5" was measured, 11.2" of which fell on the 11th.

This also sets the new one calendar day record.

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