Proud moment: The U.S. is no longer the world’s biggest jerk on climate change

It obvious that our politicians are not taking climate change seriously, as the developed should be doing the most to reduce their own emissions. Instead they are investing in oil and gas including tar sands, shale gas and coal-bed methane!

Grist

What stood out most about the United States’ role in the United Nations climate talks that just wrapped in Warsaw, Poland, was how little the United States stood out.

While the U.S. is used to being the bad guy — or at least one of them — in the international climate arena, this year the Americans seemed perfectly happy to keep their heads down, quietly do their business, and let other big polluters take the punches.

It doesn’t usually work this way. For the nearly two decades that the U.N.’s annual climate talks have been held — and especially for the past 12 years, since the U.S. backed out of the Kyoto Protocol that it had helped design — the world’s largest historical greenhouse gas polluter has taken most of the blame from environmental groups and poor countries for essentially causing the problem and doing squat to solve it.

This…

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Retraction Watch, WordPress parent company file suit to fight false copyright claims, censorship

Retraction Watch

automattcRetraction Watch readers may recall that earlier this year, ten of our posts disappeared for two weeks after someone at an alleged news service in India falsely claimed that we had violated their copyright. The situation was the opposite of those claims; in fact our copyright had been violated, and the posts, all about Anil Potti, were restored.

Ars Technica, which covered the case at the time, explained how this sort of thing happens in an earlier story:

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Leaked IPCC report: Humans are adapting — but hunger, homelessness, and violence lie ahead

Despite all the scientific evidence showing we are responsible for climate change and the growing gap between rich and poor. Our politicians still think they are living on a planet with infinite resources to plunder, keep themselves rich. When the maelstrom hits us, they will find they cannot eat their money. They are just as vulnerable to catastrophic climate change, as the rest of us. It is time they changed course, started reducing consumption, waste and investing in real clean and renewable energy.

Grist

If you are anything like us, you’re waiting for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to publish the next installment of its epically important assessment report with bated breath. Rejoice: The waiting is over, thanks to an intrepid sneak who leaked the doc ahead of schedule.

The latest leak gives us a peek at the second quarter of the most recent assessment (it’s the fifth assessment report since 1990 by the world’s leading climate change authority). The document, scheduled to be unveiled in March, deals with the severity of climate impacts and worldwide efforts to adapt to it.

Now, technically we’re supposed to wait until the final draft is officially published before sharing its contents with you climate-news-hungry readers. But we just can’t resist: Here is our summary of some of the upcoming report’s key findings, accompanied by a boilerplate warning: Despite being marked “final draft,” these conclusions could change between…

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World Bank the cause of high energy costs.

Someone after the debate on Electrifying Manchester, mentioned that it is the World Bank which is controlling energy tariffs, especially in the Global South.  They are the people who are pushing big energy projects, which do not really provide the poor with energy.  A couple of sites today, cover some of this issue:

Are Big Banks botching one of the greatest cleantech opportunities of all?

Though this article states the USA will not fund coal power, I do not stop the World Bank from doing so:

End of public money for coal power