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Congress Reaches Pact on Wind Farm
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/06/22/congress_reaches_pact_on_wind_farm/
By Rick Klein,
The Boston Globe,
June 22, 2006.

"Congressional leaders reached an agreement on the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm that would give the head of the Coast Guard -- but not the governor of Massachusetts -- the power to order changes to the project or scuttle it entirely if he finds that it would interfere with navigation. Though the bill would pose another potential obstacle to the Cape Wind Associates project, the agreement is being viewed as a victory for supporters of the wind-energy proposal because it does not award the governor veto power [a measure that Sen. Kennedy sought but was forced to retreat from] S Pete V. Domenici, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, said the compromise will allow an important wind project to move ahead without political interference, something he contended should be the model for future proposals."


+ US PIRG: Global Warming Pollution Doubled in 28 States Since 1960
http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0620-02.htm
Press release,
U.S. Public Interest Research Group,
June 20, 2006.

"Twenty-eight states more than doubled their carbon dioxide emissions between 1960 and 2001, according to a new analysis of government data released today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). Increased combustion of oil to fuel cars and light trucks and coal for electricity drove the steep rise in emissions. The report was released on the same day that Rep. Henry Waxman of California and Rep. Maurice Hinchey of New York introduced the Safe Climate Act, a science-based approach to dramatically reduce global warming pollution." (Hinchey and Waxman Introduce Sweeping Bill to Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gases http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/ny22_hinchey/morenews/062006globalwarm ingbill.html . Press release, June 20, 2006.) The PIRG report is available at http://www.uspirg.org/carbonboom .


California Sets "Clean Energy" Oil Tax on Ballot http://feeds.feedburner.com/reuters/scienceNews?m=3446 .
Bernie Woodall,
Reuters,
June 21, 2006.

"Californians will vote in November on a ballot measure proposing a constitutional amendment that would tax oil production to fund a range of alternative energy efforts, Secretary of State Bruce McPherson said on Wednesday. The initiative's supporters gathered 1,143,365 signatures, qualifying it for the ballot, McPherson's office said. Supporters -- led by Californians For Clean Alternative Energy -- and opponents -- led by Californians Against Higher Taxes -- are expected to wage an intense battle for votes leading up to the November 7 election."


Is Global Warming Fueling Western Wildfires?  
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/GlobalWarming/story?id=2101402
By Bill Blakemore,
ABC News,
June 21, 2006.

"This year, wildfires have already burned more than 3 million acres  . GreenBiz.com, June 21, 2006. "People who work in office buildings can significantly impact climate change by introducing energy-efficiency measures to improve building operations, according to new how-to guidebook released by the World Resources Institute. (WRI news release http://pubs.wri.org/hotclimatecoolcommerce-pub-4137.html )


Rate of African Forest Loss Underestimated, According to Scientist http://feeds.feedburner.com/reuters/scienceNews?m=3449 .
By Ed Stoddard,
Reuters,
June 22, 2006.

"The pace of deforestation in Africa has probably been underestimated by satellite imagery, lending new urgency to efforts to save the continent's wild treasures, a scientist said on Thursday. OThe consensus is that Africa is losing about 0.4 to 0.7 percent of its forests each year but this is likely an underestimate,' said Holly Gibbs, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin who has been studying the phenomenon. She said deforestation in Africa has not been properly assessed because satellites have difficulty distinguishing between human-induced changes and seasonal climate changes which can deceptively cloak a stressed forest in a veneer of green."

New Science Shows Greenhouse Gases Underreported http://feeds.feedburner.com/reuters/scienceNews?m=3438 .
By Jeremy Levell,
Reuters (UK),
June 22, 2006. London. 

"Many countries may be grossly underestimating the quantity of greenhouse gases they emit according to a new method of monitoring output, scientists said on Wednesday. The new Otop-down' system measures the actual amount of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere, compared with the traditional Obottom-up' method which estimates what is likely to be produced on the ground. The findings, still the subject of scientific debate, could destabilise the European Union's fledgling carbon trading system and have implications for the Kyoto treaty."

 
Gas-Friendly Cows Reduce Methane Emissions
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/emission-possible-gasfriendly-cows/2006/06/21/1150845247870.html
By Richard Macey,
The Sydney Morning Herald (AU),
June 22, 2006.

"Success in the search for a bull that eats and burps less is tipped to curb [Australia's] greenhouse emissions by more than half a million tonnes over the next 25 years. Scientists from NSW's Department of Primary Industries have been working for the past 15 years to find a way to breed more efficient beef cattle. When cattle munch a meal, explained one researcher, Robert Herd, much of the food is converted by fermentation into methane gas. "Ten per cent of the energy eaten is just burped off,' he said."



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