Support for Propostion 23 drops sharply in new poll
(October 20, 2010)
Support for California’s Prop 23 is losing steam as voters worry about its cost to the environment and to the growing solar power industry. The proposition, which would suspend any climate regulation until unemployment reaches 5.5%, has received 37% of public support and 48% opposition, according to recent polls. Many Californians have expressed skepticism about the motives behind the measure, which is primarily being funded by the oil companies Valero Energy Corp and Tesoro Corp.
New Data Highlights Role of Forests in Fight Against Climate Change (October 15, 2010)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The USDA Forest Service released an estimate that American forests store a total of 41.4 billion metric tons of carbon, and that 192 million metric tons are being added to them each year. The increase is due to the expansion of forest land and increased prevalence of carbon per acre, and is believed to be enough to offset 11% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the country. Other key findings include regional differences in how carbon is stored in carbon pools in the U.S., and differences in the carbon storing capacity of private versus public land.
Biomass and Bioenergy (subscription required)
Woody timber residues provide almost 2% of all energy used in the country. Directing that biomass towards thermal energy, rather than burning it on site, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help offset fossil fuel consumption.
National Science Foundation
This introduction to climate change was provided by the National Science Foundation, which is the foremost source of government funding for scientific research and the most credible source of climate change information available in the U.S.