December 2008 Archives

Will there be abrupt climate change in the 21st Century?

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  • Abrupt Climate Change: Will It Happen this Century? -

Read the conclusions drawn from an assessment of the scientific literature. There is also a link to the full report.

White House Science Advisor likely to be John P. Holdren

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December 18, 2008 From ScienceInsider blog, via the Astrophysics Dept. Librarian, Jane Holmquist:

Obama Chooses Harvard Academic as Science Adviser

/Washington/ — John P. Holdren, director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, is the likely choice as White House science adviser in the Obama administration, according to a report posted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Mr. Holdren, a professor of environmental policy,"> canceled a planned staff meeting today at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and instead flew to Chicago to meet with Obama transition officials and prepare for the announcement, the association’s ScienceInsider blog"> said, without identifying its sources.

President-elect Barack Obama, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is expected to announce his choice of Mr. Holdren as science adviser during his weekly radio address on Saturday, ScienceInsider reported.

Mr. Obama already has nominated"> the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu as energy secretary and named Carol M. Browner, a former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to a new position in charge of coordinating energy issues. /—Paul Basken/

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint -- CQ Researcher

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This Week’s Report, from the CQ Researcher weekly alert:

“Reducing Your Carbon Footprint” by Thomas J. Billitteri, December 5, 2008

Can individual actions reduce global warming?

As climate change rises closer to the top of the government’s policy agenda - and an economic crisis intensifies - more and more consumers are trying to change their behavior so they pollute and consume less. To reduce their individual “carbon footprints,” many are cutting gasoline and home-heating consumption, choosing locally grown food and recycling. While such actions are important in curbing global warming, the extent to which consumers can reduce or reverse broad-scale environmental damage is open to debate. Moreover, well-intentioned personal actions can have unintended consequences that cancel out positive effects. To have the greatest impact, corporate and government policy must lead the way, many environmental advocates say.

Are measures of individual carbon emissions valid? Should government do more to encourage individuals to reduce their carbon footprints? Can individual action significantly reduce global climate change?

To view this week’s entire report on CQ Researcher Online, click here.

CQ Researcher is an excellent service/publication.

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