Environment Forum

In Antarctica, Wilkins Ice Shelf snaps

April 6, 2009

It’s not often you go to a part of the world that disappears from the map a few weeks later.

Water! (gasp) California needs water!

April 3, 2009

The results are in and no surprise — California’s lean snowpack means a third year of drought for the state whose farms supply about half the nation’s fruit and vegetables.

New clock ticks at sluggish U.N. climate talks

April 2, 2009

 A curious thing is happening at a U.N. meeting in Bonn this week on a new climate pact — countries least interested in a deal such as OPEC members are doing more and more of the talking.

from Shop Talk:

Did you power down for Earth Hour?

March 29, 2009

The Las Vegas strip (below) and other global icons went dark on Saturday for Earth Hour.

Is California really banning black cars?

March 27, 2009

Has it come to this in California? Is the Golden State really banning black cars from its famous freeways, as reported in various auto industry blogs — and even The Washington Post — on the grounds that they require more air conditioning to cool?

Al Gore’s new book: will you read it?

March 25, 2009

 When I attended a talk by Al Gore about global warming in Oslo in March 2007, I noticed that one of the people clapping loudest — about two rows in front of me — was the head of the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize.

Home is where the CO2 cost is — or will be

March 25, 2009

Home electric bills could rise as much as 30 percent under a U.S. cap-and-trade plan to address carbon dioxide emissions, Moody’s estimates.

China quake leaves CO2 legacy

March 2, 2009

Last year’s horrendous China earthquake may have big, lingering effects on the atmosphere. Mudslides after the deadly May 12 quake in Sichuan province are likely to trigger a release of carbon dioxide equal to 2 percent of the world’s current carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion, geophysicists say.

WSJ columnist rejects climate criticism

March 2, 2009

The following guest blog is by Holman Jenkins, a Wall Street Journal columnist and member of the WSJ editorial board, in response to a blog (here) by Stuart Gaffin, a climate researcher at Columbia University who is a regular contributor to these pages. Thomson Reuters is not responsible for the content — the views are the author’s alone.

Ice Age or global warming?

February 24, 2009

It looks more like an Ice Age than global warming.

There is so much snow in Oslo, where I live, that the city authorities are resorting to dumping truckloads of it in the sea because the usual storage sites on land are full.