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Climate Crisis Coalition Newsfeed (Sept 7, 2006)

New Findings Show Methane Released from Melting Permafrost to be a Significantly Greater Threat .
By Seth Borenstein,
The Associated Press,
September 6, 2006
“Global warming gases trapped in the soil are bubbling out of the thawing permafrost in amounts far higher than previously thought and may trigger what researchers warn is a climate time bomb. Methane — a greenhouse gas 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide — is being released from the permafrost at a rate five times faster than thought, according to a study being published Thursday in the journal Nature. The findings are based on new, more accurate measuring techniques… Most of the methane-releasing permafrost is in Siberia… Scientists aren't quite sure whether methane or carbon dioxide is worse. Methane is far more powerful in trapping heat, but only lasts about a decade before it dissipates into carbon dioxide and other chemicals. Carbon dioxide traps heat for about a century.”


WWF Warns that Climate Change Threatens Numerous Species in Australia .
By Wendy Frew,
The Sydney Morning Herald,
September 7, 2006.
“Today there is a new threat to flora and fauna: climate change. Higher temperatures, more frequent bushfires, rising sea levels and changing rainfall patterns will damage hundreds of ecosystems and push many more plants and animals towards extinction, [The World Wildlife Fund warned]... Climate change represents the biggest threat yet seen to Australian plants and animals.” 1683 native species are threatened with extinction.


The Costly Road to Clean Energy in the U.S.
By Juliet Eilperin,
The Washington Post,
September 7, 2006
“Worried about global warming? Two experts say there is a way out of our carbon-based economy: But it's going to cost a pretty penny -- $200 billion a year for the next 30 years or so… two chemical engineers at the Clean Fuels Institute at the City College of New York, published a paper in the current issue of the journal Science that estimates that for that amount of money, the United States could reduce its fossil fuel use by 70 percent within three decades… [One of the authors, Reuel Shinnar, said] the government would have to foot much of the bill initially because ‘nothing can compete with dirty coal in a free market. We need federal intervention.’ Shinnar -- who has worked as a consultant for Exxon Mobil Corp. since 1967 -- said he knows that spending $200 billion a year for the next 30 years would be a hard sell to policymakers, but he argued that it's worth it in light of how climate change is transforming Earth.”


Consumer Reports Tests Question Viability of Ethanol .
Kansas City infoZine,
September 6, 2006
“Tests and investigation by Consumer
Reports conclude that ethanol will cost consumers more money than gasoline and that there concerns about whether the government support of flexible fuel vehicles is really helping the U.S. achieve energy independence.” E85, which is 85 percent ethanol, was found to have a 27% fuel-economy penalty over gasoline.

Public Citizen Report: Oil Companies Manipulate Markets for their Own Advantage .
Press release,

Public Citizen ,
September 6, 2006.
“The industry is taking advantage of its huge market control and lax energy trading oversight to gouge Americans, squandering the opportunity to invest in cleaner, sustainable sources and curb the nation’s dangerous addiction to oil.” View the report >   Hot Profits and Global Warming: How Oil Companies Hurt Consumers and the Environment.


Seattle Mayor Wants to Plant 649,000 Trees .
By Lisa Stiffler,
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
September 6, 2006
“That's what it will take to reach Mayor Greg Nickels' goal for regreening the city over the next three decades -- the planting of 649,000 trees, plus keeping the tree cover we already have… Trees increasingly are being viewed as an asset to urban spaces. They clean pollution from the air and turn a key global warming gas into oxygen. They catch rainfall and slow the flow of contaminated stormwater from roadways into salmon streams.”


Swiss Make Breakthrough in Longest Rail Tunnel .
September 6, 2006
“Construction workers made the first breakthrough in what will be the world's longest rail tunnel on Wednesday, meeting under the Swiss Alps to join up its northern and southern sections. Engineers and miners from the AlpTransit consortium made the breakthrough to meet at Faido, in southern Switzerland. The tunnel will be 57 km (35.4 miles) long when completed in 2016 and cut Zurich-Milan journey times by an hour compared to an existing tunnel link… Swiss authorities gave the green light last month to the world's tallest elevator which will lift train passengers using the new rail tunnel 800 meters in the heart of the Alps.” The new train service will decrease fuel consumption by decreasing the mountainous climb for trains and by encouraging rail over automobile traffic.


Energy Action to Encourage Colleges to Buy Green Power in MTV Competition .
By Timothy Gardner,
September 7, 2006
An environmental group is teaming with MTV to encourage U.S. university students to demand their schools get more energy from renewable energy sources.
"We believe students are especially well-positioned to be advocating for this because they more than anyone know what's at stake,’ said Billy Parish, a coordinator for Washington D.C.-based Energy Action Coalition.” EAC website >