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REPORT: CLIMATE CHANGE WORSE THAN PREDICTED

Posted in Global Warming, News Brief on November 16th, 2007

THE REPORT FOUND IF CURRENT TRENDS CONTINUE THE WORLD’S TEMPERATURE WILL RISE APPROXIMATELY THREE DEGREES CELSIUS BY THE END OF THIS CENTURY WELL ABOVE WHAT ARE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS LEVELS.

2007-09-22-waves.jpgA REPORT by Australian scientists has warned that the world is warming faster than predicted by the United Nations’ top climate change body.

The report, prepared by Dr Graeme Pearman, former head of the CSIRO’s atmospheric research unit, found temperatures and greenhouse pollution were rising faster than forecast by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The report, prepared for the Climate Institute, noted that the IPCC’s recent Fourth Assessment Report used material published up to mid-2006, but many important new observations had been published since.

“These suggest that the IPCC assessment is underestimating the risks of adverse impacts due to increased warming during this century and that impacts previously considered to be at the upper end of likelihood are now more probable,” the report reads.

“Greenhouse emissions are rising faster than the worst-case IPCC scenarios.”

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Source: courier.com.au

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FEDERAL APPEALS COURT REJECTS BUSH ADMIN FUEL-ECONOMY STANDARDS FOR LIGHT TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

Posted in Corporate Polluters, Corruption Watch, Global Warming, Government Shenanigans, News Brief on November 16th, 2007

RULING IS A MAJOR SETBACK FOR BOTH THE AUTO INDUSTRY AND THE WHITE HOUSE

suv.jpg A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in San Francisco, voided the new regulations for 2008-2011 model year vehicles and told the Transportation Department to produce new rules taking into account the value of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The court, siding with 4 environmental groups and 13 states and cities, also asked the government to explain why it still treated light trucks — which include pickups, sport utility vehicles and minivans — more mildly than passenger cars.

Under the rejected rule, the average fuel economy of light trucks was to rise to 23.5 miles a gallon in 2010, up from the current standard of 22.5 m.p.g., but still well below the current standard for passenger cars of 27.5 m.p.g.

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Source: NY Times

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