Saturday, October 1, 2011

In Case You Missed It - The Week of September 25 to October 1

Obama quips that Rick Perry is a "Governor Whose State Is On Fire, Denying Climate Change." (Huffington Post and this blog)  

Arctic ice is melting faster than models predict. Models predict an ice-free Arctic by 2100, but current rates of shrinkage suggest an ice-fee Arctic by between 2020 and 2050.  (The Economist)

DOE committed $4.7 billion in loan guarantees toward four clean technology projects just hours before the program’s funding expired. (Washington Post)

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has been restructured into two new independent bureaus, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to separate leasing activities from regulatory activities. (DOI website) 

A study from the Netherlands shows that the per capita emissions of greenhouse gas emissions in China will exceed that of the US by 2017 if the present rate of emissions growth continues (the study is here). (

The latest studies show that forests have been absorbing more than a quarter of our carbon emissions, but forest health is at risk because of climate change (with a quote near the end from CU env law prof William Boyd!).  (NY Times)

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