2012 SkS Bi-Weekly News Roundup #4
Posted on 25 November 2012 by John Hartz
This is the fourth edition of a biweekly roundup of selected news articles and blog posts about climate change and its impacts. Readers are encouraged to comment on the posted articles and to provide links to other articles of importance.
Cop 18: Expectations
Every statement from US diplomats at the Doha negotiations will be closely scrutinised for signs that Obama will indeed make climate change a priority of his second term – and that America remains committed to the global agreement diplomats have been seeking for 20 years.
Obama under pressure to show Doha he is serious on climate change by Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian (UK), Nov 23, 2012
Cop 18: What's at Stake
Diplomats from around the world will gather for the United Nations (UN) climate talks next week in Doha, Qatar, where negotiators hope to agree a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol and lay the groundwork for a new global treaty that will take force by 2020. Nature takes a look at what is expected from the 18th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 18), which runs from 26 November to 7 December.
What's at stake in Doha climate talks by Jeff Tollefson, Nature, Nov 23, 2012
Energy Generaton: US
Across the country, utilities are switching from coal to cheap natural gas. In April, for the first time, natural gas pulled even with coal as a fuel source for power plants. Through August, the use of coal to generate electric power had tumbled 17 percent while the use of natural gas jumped 27 percent, according to the Energy Information Administration.
The demise of coal-fired power plants by Steven Mufson, Washington Post, Nov 23, 2012
Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, causing a wide range of impacts on society and the environment. Further impacts are expected in the future, potentially causing high damage costs, according to the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency today.
Climate change evident across Europe, confirming urgent need for adaptation, European Environment Agency, Nov 21, 2012
Argentine scientists agree that there are signs of recovery of the ozone layer that protects life on earth by filtering out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, but they are cautious about saying that the problem is on its way to a solution.
Shrinking Ozone Hole, Growing Hopes by Marcela Valente, Internaional Press Service (IPS), Nov 23, 2102