TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR NOVEMBER 28
Think Climate Change Won't Impact You? More and more experts are talking about how climate change is already impacting the globe. While the World Meteorological Organization stated “Climate change is taking place before our eyes,” the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research released a report showing that sea levels are rising 60 percent faster than the United Nation’s projections. The Associated Press also has an interview with Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, the vice chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, where he stated, “The new question should probably progressively become: Is it possible that climate warming has not influenced this particular event?”
Reporting from Qatar. We didn’t want to leave all of the reporting of the United Nations Climate Negotiations to the media, so the BlueGreen Alliance’s Mike Williams will also be posting blogsand tweeting from the conference.
$42 Million for Sandy Repairs. The New York Times says the damage done by Hurricane Sandy in New York equal numbers that should “impress even a tightfisted Congress.”
National and International Blue-Green
The United Kingdom’s Green Investment Bank officially opened in Scotland, according to the Daily Record.
The Environmental Protection Agency this morning announced it is temporarily banning BP from receiving government contracts due to its response to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Hill has more.
A new study determined America’s trucking industry could pay off the cost of installing efficiency upgrades in 18 months. E&E News has more.
Politico considers how some want to use a gas tax to link energy production to infrastructure spending.
To the States
The Washington Post reports Washington State is taking steps to address ocean acidification.
According to the Denver Business Journal, Denver, Colorado received the U.S. Department of Energy’s first designation for being a “Solar Friendly Community."
Officials in New York’s Hudson Valley this week unveiled the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan. According to Newsday it is an “an ambitious plan for green initiatives and economic development in hopes of eventually beating out other parts of the state for $90 million in government grants.”
According to the Associated Press, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is “downplaying the possibility of a gas tax increase or the use of toll roads to pay for transportation projects inWisconsin.”
Los Angeles Times: Despite storms and floods, humans willingly ignore global warming
Environmental Health News: Toxic couches? Flame retardants on the rise in furniture, study finds.
Hill Congress Blog: Extend wind production tax credit and preserve military biofuels program
Wall Street Journal: Obama Vetoes a Carbon Tax—in Europe
Star Tribune (MN): Clean energy future is at risk