September 27, 2013 |
A panel of the world's leading climate scientists strongly asserted Friday that "it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause" of global warming since 1950 and warned of more rapid ice melt and rising seas if governments do not aggressively act to reduce the pace of greenhouse gas emissions. At a meeting in Stockholm, where the panel released its latest assessment of climate change, the scientists for the first time established a budget for the amount of carbon that can be...
September 21, 2013
The Federal Reserve will continue its extraordinary efforts to prop up the nation's recovery with billions of dollars in stimulus, officials said, essentially declaring the economy too weak to stand on its own. Stock markets soared to record highs as investors welcomed the unexpected announcement of more stimulus. But the Fed's message about the recovery was not so rosy, and officials again cut their forecasts for economic growth. Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned that the impending showdowns over the federal budget and the debt ceiling could have...
June 27, 2013 |
Jim Yong Kim is president of the World Bank Group. The world is starting to get serious about climate change. This is happening for one major reason: leadership. President Obama's announcement this week of a broad set of actions to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are changing our climate was very welcome. His plan , largely based on executive orders, will cut carbon pollution in the United States, prepare the country for the rising number of extreme weather events such as hurricanes and...
June 19, 2013 |
President Obama will outline his plan to address climate change in "the weeks ahead," an effort that will focus on at least three broad areas in which the administration's rulemaking powers can have significant impact, the White House's top adviser on energy and the environment said Wednesday. Heather Zichal's remarks came as Obama spoke on the subject at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and Secretary of State John F. Kerry published a commentary on the environmental Web site Grist.
June 18, 2013
Regarding the June 15 news article " Climate politics and policies present Obama with quandary ": Instead of focusing on public opinion polls, the president needs to act on the climate problem by pushing policies, regulations and laws that will reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions as expeditiously as possible. The time for pampering the public has long passed, and it is now necessary to push a bitter pill down the throat of Congress. The president has nothing to lose personally; any action to reduce the U.S....
June 10, 2013 |
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use rose 1.4 percent to 31.6 gigatons in 2012, setting a record and putting the planet on course for temperature increases well above international climate goals, the International Energy Agency said in a report scheduled to be issued Monday. The agency said continuing that pace could mean a temperature increase over pre-industrial times of as much as 5.3 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit), which IEA chief economist Fatih Birol warned "would be a disaster for...