Climate News Roundup: Week of 1/09

by |January 13, 2012

To Slow Climate Change, Cut Down on Soot, Ozone, NPR News, 1/12

With little to show for over a decade of work on addressing the primary greenhouse gas, CO2, scientists and policy makers are turning their attention to the many other gases that play a smaller but still significant role in warming our planet. Methane and soot are both important GHGs, and there are other benefits to reducing them besides climate protection—methane is valuable and capturing it saves money, and soot causes air pollution and leads to respiratory diseases.

Investors Say Private Sector Must Tackle Climate Change, Reuters, 1/12

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO labor federation, spoke on Thursday for the need for private investment in renewables and efficiency in order to move the economy forward. The AFL-CIO strongly supports climate legislation, and along with Deutsche Bank Asset Management, has underscored the idea that government regulation is not absolutely necessary to move forward with a green and robust economy. Instead, they argue that private investment will be the real deal maker.

US Teachers Offered Support for Climate Change Lessons, The Guardian, 1/13

The National Center for Science Education has advocated for science education for the past 30 years and helped teachers keep evolution in American classrooms. Now the organization is offering support to teachers who have come under attack for teaching climate science. An online survey found that over 25% of teachers reported disputes with students, parents, or school administrators over the teaching of climate change.

Massive ecological change predicted for Canada: NASA, London Free Press, 1/13

Researchers at NASA predict extensive changes to both plants and animal populations in Canada over the next several hundred years as a result of climate change. The researchers found that there would be at least a 30% change in plant cover, which would force both human and animal populations to relocate.

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