State of the Planet

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Climate News Roundup: Week of 10/09

Nations Heading to Durban Climate Talks Remain Deeply Divided, Oct 10, New York Times

U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres lauded a climate change meeting in Panama as “good progress” this weekend, even as environmental activists warned that the world’s only structure for curbing greenhouse gas emissions appears about to crumble. The next time diplomats meet, it will be in Durban, South Africa, in December for the year’s final climate change summit. There, countries must finally decide what they have put off for several years: the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

UOG joins regional climate change consortium, Oct 10, Pacific Daily News

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the establishment of the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, a consortium led by the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, and the University of Guam. The centers will serve to provide access to the best science available regarding climate change and other landscape-scale stressors impacting the nation’s natural and cultural resources to land managers in federal, state and local agencies.

Europeans more worried about climate change than economic crisis, Oct 10, TG Daily

A new poll shows that two out of three Europeans see climate change as a very serious problem and more Europeans were concerned about climate change than the economic situation. “It is striking that the public is even more concerned about climate change than it was in the run-up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference. In particular, the fact that more than three out of four Europeans see improving energy efficiency as a way to create new jobs is a strong signal to Europe’s decision makers,” says Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for climate action.

N.H. Retail Politics Seen as Boon to Climate Change Issue, Oct 11, New York Times

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary may be as little as two months away. Observers of New Hampshire politics say the state’s unique role in vetting presidential contenders every four years could make it an incubator for new ideas about how to combat climate change down the road, if primary voters come to believe that curbing emissions is an important goal that will ultimately be good for their bottom lines. The New Hampshire office of Clean Air-Cool Planet, a climate advocacy group, has been laying the groundwork for a possible future climate change bill this year by holding living room meetings with Republican voters in New Hampshire.

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