Transforming CO2 into a Currency, Spiegel Online reports here: The next stage in the world’s CO2 emissions-trading scheme will begin in two years. Everyone agrees that the rulebook is complicated and that the costs for industry will be enormous. But nobody knows if the system will really help the environment — or merely create a burdensome bureaucracy.
CNN reports here: Climate-change skeptics have repeatedly used cold snaps as proof that our planet is not heating up. But global warming will create an increase in extreme weather events, says Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo. And even skeptics have a stake in protecting the planet.
AP reports here at Yahoo News: BOSTON – The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Tuesday began seeking proposals from developers that want to build commercial wind farms off the Massachusetts coast, even before construction has begun on the Cape Wind project.
El Niño means warmer then normal currents in the Pacific Ocean and La Niña means cooler then normal currents in the Pacific Ocean.
This time around 2010/2011 a very strong Niña impacts the Climate patterns around the world from heavy flooding in Colombia, Venezuela, Panama and Costa Rica for example, flooded mines in Australia and Asia, and drought conditions in Argentina. Even the extreme Blizzards in the Eastern USA can be blamed on her. For the first time the Panama Canal halted operation for almost one day do to the heaviest rain falls in Panama in over 200 years causing flooding and mudslides in many areas. See this Panama Canal Flooding Video Taken From The Gamboa Bridge here for example of what some of the consequences where in Panama (besides many villages that where flooded up to the roof tops, plus deadly mudslides). See also here from NASA: How La Niña Forms
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Spiegel Online reports here: BMW is hoping to revolutionize the electric car industry. Whereas most manufacturers rely on traditional — and heavy– steel car bodies, the German company hopes that carbon fiber components could lead electric cars into the future.