[GWSG] LEED-ND; giant fjords; $16.2/30; cholera and cc; Figueres' positions in Bonn; Australian debate on C tax

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon Jun 6 09:26:49 EDT 2011

1.  This story introduces the USGBC program for certifying sustainable neighborhood development, LEED-ND, initiated last year.  http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/05/26/how-tell-if-development-smart-and-green?utm_source=GreenBuzz&utm_campaign=dd3511e58f-GreenBuzz-2011-06-02&utm_medium=email

2.  The East Antarctic has been relatively stable for the past 14 million years.  A new topographic study shows some of the largest fjords on earth underlying the ice sheet.  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110601134253.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

3.  In 2010 rich nations provided $16.2 billion of the $30 billion in climate aid they promised in Copenhagen to provide by 2012.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/01/climate-aid-totals-idUSLDE75019C20110601

4.  A study in East Africa found that moderate increases in temperature and rainfall lead to dramatic increases in cholera.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/31/us-climate-cholera-idUSTRE74U6JY20110531

5.  As climate talks open in Bonn the UN’s Cristiana Figueres is taking the position that our target must be to limit warming to 1.5° C.  She also says that it is time to make plans to pull CO2 from the atmosphere.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/05/global-warming-suck-greenhouse-gases

6.  The death threats to climate scientists in Australia have become so severe that the National University has moved its scientists to a secure location.  Australia is debating a carbon tax leading to a controlled carbon market.  http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/05/3235810.htm  Tens of thousands are demonstrating in favor of the proposed controls.  http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/carbon-tax-would-push-green-power-govt-20110605-1fn2z.html
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