Why the newly inked Copenhagen Accord boosts the odds for Senate passage of bipartisan climate and clean energy jobs legislation

The Washington Post editorialized today that the Copenhagen Accord, “however imperfect, should prod the U.S. Senate to take up climate-change legislation. Even if China hadn’t moved, reducing America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy and tackling domestic pollution are strong enough reasons to pass a bill.” Guest blogger Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director [...]

Was the “Blizzard of 2009″ a “global warming type” of record snowfall — or an opportunity for the media to blow the extreme weather story (again)?

Brad Johnson at Think Progress notes today:
As President Obama brokered a last-minute deal with China, India, and other nations to jointly fight global warming, American conservatives continued their assault on reason when it comes to climate science. All through the week, right-wingers from Rush Limbaugh to Fox News highlighted the fact that Copenhagen, the site [...]

White House tells amazing inside story of how the Copenhagen Accord was reached

The White House Office of the Press Secretary has now released the remarkable details of how Obama achieved the Copenhagen Accord.
The point CAP Senior fellow Andrew Light made in his summary analysis of the deal is that it represents “a move away from developed vs. developing countries to major emitters and everyone else” (see “Obama [...]

Can an Agriculture Conference not include Small Farmer Concerns?

With all of the recent attention given to the environmental and social impacts of large-scale agriculture, and the benefits of organic and natural foods (yep… a link to sustainablog store), you might expect to see a strong focus on small-scale, more sustainable agricultural methods at farming conferences…right? According to small farm activists here in Missouri, [...]

Unforced variations

Open thread for various climate science-related discussions. Suggestions for potential future posts are welcome.

Toles on the end of polling

This is perhaps the best “analysis” for why  you should probably ignore most recent polling trends (see also “It’s the economy, stupid!“):

To anyone who tried contacting me last week: Try again!

If you sent me an important e-mail  in the last week and I didn’t respond, that may be because it quickly got buried under many dozens of Copenhagen-related e-mails every day.
And my AT&T iPhone didn’t seem to be taking any voicemails in Denmark.  And my home phone’s voicemail also maxed out.
It is possible, however, I [...]

The Localization of Agriculture

by Lester R. Brown
In the United States, there has been a surge of interest in eating fresh local foods, corresponding with mounting concerns about the climate effects of consuming food from distant places and about the obesity and other health problems associated with junk food diets. This is reflected in the rise in urban gardening, [...]

Further reading of stolen emails reveals scientists searching for the truth

I have spent the last week reading far more emails belonging to other people than I ever would have liked. While a number of the emails have been flogged around the blogosphere and captured much of the attention, I found that a lot of emails worth seeing have gotten no attention at all. Including some [...]

Energy and Global Warming News for December 18

NASA, Google offer more precise emissions tracking
The question is a potential deal-killer: If nations ever agree to slash greenhouse gas emissions, how will the world know if they live up to their pledges?
The answer is in space, experts say — both outer space and cyberspace.
NASA, the wonder agency of the 1960s, and Google, the go-to [...]

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