Cool Green Morning: Monday, November 23

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Published on November 23rd, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

East Antarctica is melting. CO2 atmospheric concentrations are the highest in 2 million years. Green innovation needs more than a price on carbon. Cheery news this Cool Green Morning! But if we’re going to Hades, at least we’re taking the bus there…fasten your seat belts and drive deep into today’s green links:

  1. Americans are loving their cars just a little less, according to the Census Bureau — mass transit ridership is up big in some unlikely U.S. cities…like Charlotte, Phoenix, and Riverside, CA, reports CleanTechnica.
  2. East Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting. But isn’t everything melting, you say? Well, but scientists had previously thought this ice was stable or even expanding, says Climate Feedback. Those darn scientists…
  3. Speaking of darn scientists, the plot thickens concerning those stolen e-files from a British climate research unit, reports the Washington Post — as some emails reveal climate scientists talking about pressuring journals and even the IPCC to keep papers skeptical about climate change out of the scientific literature. (Hat tip: Dot Earth.)
  4. Speaking of hot air, global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels increased 29% between 2000 and 2008, says a new study in Nature Geoscience — and the current CO2 atmospheric concentration is the highest in 2 million years. (Hat tip: EcoWorldly.)
  5. Will a carbon price be enough to drive green innovation? Unh-uh, says a new report from Harvard and the Belgian think-tank Bruegel — far greater subsidies for R&D will be needed. (Hat tip: Green Inc.)
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