The politics and business of climate change
BIOFUELS: Biodiesel Board's Steckel discusses Senate EPW action on fuel standard
With the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee convening an oversight hearing on the renewable fuel standard this week, what is the future of U.S. EPA's 2014 volume proposal? During today's OnPoint, Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board, discusses this week's hearing and talks about the impact the agency's 2014 proposal could have on investments in her industry. Today's OnPoint will air at 10 a.m. EST.
SPECIES: Salmon shortages could overstress grizzly bears -- study
Salmon aren't doing very well in most of the world. They've been overfished almost everywhere. Their natural habitats have been destroyed in numerous ways, including by agriculture, logging and oil spills. Their freshwater rivers have been blocked up with dams. And climate change may be affecting their migration from river to sea and back.
CARBON TRADING: Guangdong market to debut next week with highest prices in China
China's southern province of Guangdong will start auctioning 3 million metric tons of carbon permits Monday with the highest debut price in the nation.
NATIONS: U.K. government must stand by emissions reduction commitment -- climate advisers
Ministers must stand by their commitment to drastic reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, despite deepening coalition rifts over the issue, the government's advisers on climate change have urged.
CITIES: Houston mayor says climate change will force 'hard decisions'
Local, state and federal governments must make tough decisions to help blunt the effects of climate change, Houston Mayor Annise Parker said Tuesday.
AGRICULTURE: 'Powering Agriculture' award winners seek big impact on local production
One company is working to boost the bamboo-growing sector in Ethiopia by making the building material both rot- and insect-resistant. Another is looking to reinvigorate the local economy by installing better refrigeration to stop milk from spoiling. And a third is harnessing the neglected solar potential of Senegal to run irrigation pumps.
PARKS: Drought, higher temperatures have widespread impacts on Yellowstone -- report
The ripple effects of warmer, drier conditions are already apparent at one of America's most iconic national parks.
SCIENCE: Geoengineering using sprays of sea salt may have some beneficial effects -- study
Researchers have wondered for years whether we will one day be able to re-engineer the planet and slow down, perhaps even pause, global warming. A recent study out of Norway is now the first to describe how that might be done.
EMISSIONS: Researchers need more work to puzzle out methane emissions from natural gas production
SAN FRANCISCO -- Scientists are getting closer to good measurements of methane leaks from natural gas production and transport, but they still have a ways to go, researchers said at a presentation at the American Geophysical Union conference yesterday.
TRANSPORTATION: Poll finds 45M U.S. households could easily switch to plug-in electric vehicles
Four out of 10 households in the United States could switch to a plug-in electric vehicle without making major lifestyle changes, poll results said yesterday.