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Natural Gas a Weak Weapon Against Climate Change, New Study Asserts

A new study argues that replacing all the world’s coal power plants with natural gas would do little to slow global warming this century

As Eurozone Crisis Deepens, Fight to Save Emissions Trading Scheme Begins

Europe needs to take action to save its system for trading greenhouse gas emission permits, argued analysts and big businesses

Surprise Deal Emerges at United Nations Climate Talks

A worldwide coalition gradually formed that forged, essentially, to sign an agreement to make another agreement—but it is progress

Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies May Be the Way to Jumpstart Climate Finance

Also in this week’s Climate Post, a grim energy forecast from the Energy Information Administration, and the growth of China’s environmental movement

Ending Oil Tax Breaks Could Pay for New Jobs—and Some May Be Green

Controversy is brewing over how many green jobs have been created so far—and at what cost

The Climate Post: Beleaguered EPA Must Take Charge of Greenhouse Gases, Supreme Court Rules

The ruling leaves the door open for other suits calling for regulations of carbon emissions, and raises the stakes for both friends and foes of the EPA

The Climate Post: OPEC Discord May Be “the Beginning of the End” of the Oil Cartel

General Motors’ CEO calls for higher gas taxes to push people to more efficient cars, and MIT researchers develop “Cambridge crude” to give electric cars more flexibility

The Climate Post: Record-breaking Greenhouse Gas Emissions, but Carbon Market Failing

In other news, Germany and Switzerland decided to abandon nuclear power, and industrial countries plead for more oil but OPEC is unlikely to supply it

The Climate Post: U.K.’s “Greenest Government Ever” Charges Ahead with Nuclear Power

Also, nuclear warnings in Japan were raised but ignored, and Exxon’s CEO got rejected by students in favor of a peak oil expert

The Climate Post: The World has Passed Peak Oil, says Top Economist

In other news, renewables hit bottlenecks, feed-in tariffs for clean energy get choked by austerity measures, and the “Battle of the Buildings” begins


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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