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Climate change media to 3 March  2009


••• Cohen Bros coal video

••• Scientists find bigger than expected polar ice melt http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h3nAjunxpzoPcyIrA4xHBY7NB2Tg 
AFP, 26 February 2009
Icecaps around the North and South Poles are melting faster and in a more widespread manner than expected, raising sea levels and fuelling climate change, a major scientific survey showed Wednesday.

••• Emission impossible: the sad truth
Ross Gittins, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 February  2009
Permit me to ask you a personal question (as long as you don't ask it back of me): how are you going reducing your carbon footprint?

••• How to survive the coming century
Gaia Vince, New Scientist, 25 February 2009
Alligators basking off the English coast; a vast Brazilian desert; the mythical lost cities of Saigon, New Orleans, Venice and Mumbai; and 90 per cent of humanity vanished. Welcome to the world warmed by 4 °C.

••• Global warming is a global emergency
Ian Dunlop, Crikey, 25 Februaruy 2009
The fatal flaw in the current global warming debate is that most of the key players are singing off the wrong songsheet. 


Eco suburb plan unveiled for city 
Jason Dowling and Natalie Craig, The Age, 25 February 2009 A vision for a suburb of the future with no cars, an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and the ability to grow its own food has been unveiled by a State Government-funded thinktank.

The pluses and (mostly) minuses of biofuels
Robert Sanders, 23 February 2009
Speakers at last week’s AAAS meeting presented abundant evidence that tropical rainforest destruction has accelerated in recent years, at least in part because of the worldwide push to produce more biofuel

Less is more
The Economist, 26 February 2009
Sieben Linden--a German self-proclaimed eco-village--is growing fast, unlike the surrounding towns. All 120 inhabitants have decided to live as green as possible--and show that it can be done without undue sacrifice or disruption

Can a 'smart grid' turn us on to energy efficiency?

POLITICS AND POLICY-------------------

Thousands gather in D.C. cold for rally about global warming
Nicole Gaudiano, Gannett Washington Bureau, 3 March 2009
More than 2,000 clean-energy activists converged at a coal-fired power plant on Capitol Hill on Monday for a protest they billed as the largest display of civil disobedience on the climate crisis in U.S. history.

Labor's ETS trickery
Jennifer Hewett, The Australian, February 28, 2009

Debate over biochar 
Oscar McLaren, ABC RADIO PM, 24 February 2009

UK faces 'climate criminal' claim
BBC News, 23 February 2009 
Campaigners have said the UK will be a "climate criminal" if it allows a new coal-fired power station in Kent.

China's growth is no figleaf for the real source of CO2 emissions: the UK
George Monbiot, Guardian blog, 24 February 2009 
China is blamed for soaring carbon emissions and used as an excuse for the west to do nothing on climate change – when in fact we are exporting our emissions there

CARBON TRADING-----------------

Green groups rally for higher emissions reductions
ABC News, 2 March 2009
More than 60 climate action groups are urging the Federal Government to raise carbon emission reduction targets.

Europe’s carbon market plummets 
AFP, 1 March 2009
As world leaders scramble to buoy the global financial system, the economic crisis has quietly claimed yet another victim: Europe’s nascent market for carbon pollution.

Middle path on emissions is like doing nothing
Peter Christoff, The Age, 24 February 2009 
The Rudd Government's carbon pollution reduction scheme, better known as the emissions trading scheme, is under attack from all quarters


Bushfires release huge carbon load
Asa Wahlquist, The Australian, February 13, 2009
VICTORIA'S bushfires have released a massive amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - almost equal to Australia's industrial emission for an entire year
Australia fires release huge amount of CO2.

Droughts 'may lay waste' to parts of US
Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 26 February 2009
The world's pre-eminent climate scientists produced a blunt assessment of the impact of global warming on the US yesterday, warning of droughts that could reduce the American south-west to a wasteland and heatwaves that could make life impossible even in northern cities.

North Atlantic climate shift see-saws on South: Study
Alister Doyle, Reuters, 25 February 2009
Any abrupt climate changes in the North Atlantic region have a quick see-saw effect on the South Atlantic, and affect weather around the globe rather than just locally, scientists said on Wednesday. 

Climate Tipping Point Near Warn UN, World Bank
February 23, 2009
The planet is quickly approaching the tipping point for abrupt climate changes, perhaps within a few years, according to the UN Environmental Programme's newly released 2009 Year Book and a separate World Bank report now being presented throughout Latin America
World Bank Report

Global warming 'changing balance' of marine life in polar seas
Scientists involved in the most comprehensive study of life in the oceans ever conducted have documented changes in species distribution in the polar regions as warmer oceans spur migration Jessica Aldred * guardian.co.uk, Sunday 15 February 2009

Climate change lays waste to Spain's glaciers
Giles Tremlet, Guardian, Monday 23 February 2009
Spain loses 90% of its glaciers thanks to global warming, threatening drought as rivers dry up t
Many glaciers will disappear by middle of century and add to rising sea levels, expert warns

Observations indicate a warming of permafrost regions across the Northern Hemisphere
ERW, 24 February 2009
Recent observations indicate a warming of permafrost in many northern and mountain regions with resulting degradation of ice-rich and carbon-rich permafrost.

MIT Group Increases Global Warming Projections
Andrew Freedman, Washington Post blog, February 23, 2009
High odds of warming over 5°C (9°F) if no action: New research from MIT scientists shows that in the absence of stringent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, 21st century climate change may be far more significant than some previous climate assessments had indicated.

CO2 rise in atmosphere accelerates in 2008
Gerard Wynn,Reuters, 25 February 2009
Increases in the amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere accelerated last year

FILMS & VIDEO-----------

The age of stupid
The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future, which will have its world premiere in London on 15 March. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking back at “archive” footage from 2007 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Blessed unrest
Based on Paul Hawken's New York Times bestseller BLESSED UNREST How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice and Beauty to the World.