National Strategy Proposed to Respond to Climate Change’s Impacts on Fish, Wildlife, Plants

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WASHINGTON (Jan 19, 2012) – In partnership with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration today released the first draft national strategy to help decision makers and resource managers prepare for and help reduce the impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems, and the people and economies that depend on them.

The strategy represents a draft framework for unified action to safeguard fish, wildlife and plants, as well as the important benefits and services the natural world provides the nation every day, including jobs, food, clean water, clean air, building materials, storm protection, and recreation.

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New Data Highlights Role of Forests in Fight Against Climate Change

U.S. forests offset roughly 11 percent of industrial greenhouse gas emissions annually

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2010 - The USDA Forest Service today released new estimates of the total carbon storage of U.S. forests, highlighting the important role America's forests play in the fight against climate change. According to the new data, 41.4 billion metric tons of carbon is currently stored in the nation's forests, and due to both increases in the total area of forest land and increases in the carbon stored per acre, an additional 192 million metric tons of carbon are sequestered each year. The additional carbon sequestered annually offsets roughly 11 percent of the country's industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing almost 135 million passenger vehicles from the nation's highways.

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Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Final Climate Change Strategy

As part of the Department of the Interior’s commitment to building a coordinated strategy to respond to the impacts of climate change on the nation’s natural resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today releases its final strategic plan that will guide the agency’s efforts to respond to the unprecedented threat posed by global warming.

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Controversy Over Economic Impacts of California's Climate Law


SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst debate over the economic implications of California's landmark global warming law, the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today released a report comparing the assumptions, models and results of differing economic analyses. Three of four prominent analyses show the costs of climate policy are far outweighed by projected economic growth, the new study finds.

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Hacked emails reveal doubts about climate change

The Polar Bear is Out of the Bag' on Global Warming with Hacked Emails From Climatologists Says Matt Harrison of the Prometheus Institute

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Someone hacked into the climate research unit at East Anglia University in England and divulged emails between scientists about their doubts about climate change. "They 'let the polar bear out of the bag' on their questionable tactics used in gathering and analyzing the data," says Matt Harrison, author of The American Evolution and founder of the Prometheus Institute a public policy think tank.

"While the global warming science was already cloaked in uncertainty, the current controversy only further undermines the authority of the scientific 'consensus' that dominates the debate. While that hacking and distribution worldwide is illegal, this information is out there now being discussed and cannot be ignored," adds Harrison.

Here's a sample:

"I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie, from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline." (Phillip Jones, Director of the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia in Norwich, from email November 1999)

"The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't." (Kevin Trenberth, Head of the Climate Analysis Section, National Center for Atmospheric Research, from email October 2009)

"There's plenty more but the point is that we're about to turn our nation's economy and world's economy upside down based upon faulty and questionable science with the cap-and-trade bill now before Congress and measures to be debated in Copenhagen next week," says Harrison. "Furthermore, the bill is a foreboding thousand-page monster and is inscrutably complex. It calls for government to determine the total cost of pollution annually, spread that cost evenly amongst all business and industry in the form of credits or allowances, and those who pollute more will buy (trade) credits from firms that pollute less and don't need their full allowance."

Harrison contends that the bill not only fails to solve climate change, but "it's a thinly-disguised tax on young Americans who'll spend the rest their lives struggling under oppressive taxes thrust upon them by unscrupulously opportunistic scientists and their unthinking supporters.

"Yes, 'the polar bear is out of the bag' on global warming and Americans need to stop this bill from endangering the world's greatest economy."

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