posted on December 7, 2009 at 10:08 am
By Roxana Tiron Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, will make his much-awaited rounds this week at a series of congressional hearings in the Senate and House. As lawmakers are still digesting President Barack Obama’s new war plan, McChrystal is expected to tell Congress that it is going to be…
posted on December 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm
By John M. Donnelly As President Obama seeks to sell his escalation of the Afghanistan War to a skeptical Congress, House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton will almost surely emerge as a pivotal figure. Because of the 77-year-old Missouri Democrat’s position in the center of the debate, Obama will count on him to be a…
posted on December 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm
India on Thursday offered a plan to unilaterally slow the pace of its carbon emissions by 2020 and assured lawmakers that the offer does not amount to a sellout of national interests.
After a four-hour discussion on climate policy in Parliament, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said India’s decision to cut by 20 to 25 percent its carbon intensity — emissions relative to the size of the economy — will not be legally binding or subject to international verification. But he added that if India were given international aid or technology, it would be prepared to offer more at the global climate negotiations set to begin next week in Copenhagen.
posted on December 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Google Inc. launched a new feature in its Google Earth Web site Wednesday designed to let Californians see the risks of climate change.
Google unveiled the new interactive tool in San Francisco as part of a climate change press conference by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
posted on December 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm
The first time Chesapeake Energy tried to buy mineral rights from Diana Whitmore, a 74-year-old retired real estate broker in southern New York, it offered her $125 for every acre of land plus a 12 percent royalty on whatever natural gas it extracts.
Nearly two years later, she’s still holding out. Along with hundreds of other landowners, she has joined a coalition that is negotiating with nine oil and gas companies. The latest offers in the area are running as high as $5,500 an acre with 20 percent royalties.
posted on December 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm
The United States has proposed a new global fund that would direct billions of dollars to help poor countries prepare for climate disasters and adjust to low-carbon economies.
The fund would likely operate under the World Bank, U.S. Treasury officials said, and would be the main vehicle to deliver emissions reduction and adaptation measures throughout the world.