EJToday: Top Headlines
EJToday is SEJ's selection of new and outstanding stories on environmental topics in print and on the air, updated every weekday. SEJ also offers a free e-mailed digest of the day's EJToday postings, called SEJ-beat. SEJ members are subscribed automatically, but may opt out here. Non-members may subscribe here. EJToday is also available via RSS feed. Please see Editorial Guidelines for EJToday content.
"A politically divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted on Wednesday to make clear when companies must provide information to investors about the business risks associated with climate change."
A new peer-reviewed analysis by scientists at the National Climatic Data Center concludes that skeptic Anthony Watts' 2009 critique of the U.S. temperature record is itself contrary to the actual data.
"A leading congressional Democrat said President Obama needs to 'lay the prestige of the presidency on the line' in his State of the Union address Wednesday and in the months to come on climate change."
"Just a month after world leaders fashioned a tentative and nonbinding agreement at the climate change summit meeting in Copenhagen, the deal already appears at risk of coming undone, the top United Nations climate official warned... . "
A move is afoot in California to put on the ballot an initiative that would cripple the state's effort to slash its greenhouse emissions.
Measured temperatures offer evidence of manmade global warming that belie the increasing success of deniers funded by fossil fuel industries in damaging public confidence in science.
"U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a leading Republican on energy policy, on Thursday moved to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions that are blamed for global warming."
"Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) plans to announce Thursday she will move to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare, according to sources familiar with the matter."
"As receding glaciers expose crumbly slopes, vast amounts of gravel and sediment are being sluiced into the rivers that flow from the Northwest's tallest peak. ... Climate experts blame global warming, triggered by emissions from industries and cars, for much of the ongoing retreat of glaciers worldwide."
The GOP gain of the formerly Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts is seen by some as diminishing the chances for a cap-and-trade climate bill in the Senate.
"Responding to renewed interest in geoengineering schemes to combat global warming, scientists and policymakers are beginning several efforts that could set new ground rules for research, including large-scale field experiments."
"A much-publicized estimate from a United Nations panel about the rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers from climate change is coming under fire as a gross exaggeration."
As early as Wednesday, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) may offer her controversial amendment freezing EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Her motives for doing so may rise from a quest for power in a hamstrung Senate.