Bad news in today’s edition: Scientists now fear that climate change is happening faster than it has in all of the earth’s history. And also, North American crops could be among those most affected by climate change. 

Quote of the day

“The food system is already stressed in many ways. With climate change, we are adding one more stressor.” 

Navin Ramankutty, the senior author on the study and a professor of global food security and sustainability at the University of British Columbia, in the Globe and Mail’s story North American crops among those most affected by climate change 

Lead stories

Scientists Now Fear Climate Change Is Happening Faster Than It Has In All Of Earth’s History 
By Kristina Marusic – MTV News
Climate change deniers often argue that the climate change we’re seeing now is just part of Earth’s natural cycle, and isn’t being caused by humans.

North American crops among those most affected by climate change 
By Ivan Semeniuk – The Globe and Mail
Global food production is increasingly likely to be disrupted by extreme weather driven by climate change, say researchers behind a new analysis published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.

The US needs to warm to climate realities 
By Tobias T. Gibson – The Hill  
As we enter the new year, there many reasons why national elected officials, including presidential hopefuls, should heed the concerns of the global community regarding climate change. 

Was Obama serious about keeping fossil fuels in the ground? Here’s a Colorado test case. 
By David Roberts – Vox 
In 2013, when Republicans were pushing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, he pushed back, saying that “our national interest will be served only if this pipeline does not significantly exacerbate the climate problem.”  


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Assessing nature’s carbon sinks
Protected areas such as rainforests occupy more than one-tenth of the Earth’s landscape, and provide invaluable ecosystem services, from erosion control to pollination to biodiversity preservation.

Washington to limit carbon pollution from largest facilities 
By Phuong Le – Associated Press
The state’s largest industrial emitters would be required to reduce carbon emissions by 5 percent every three years, under a proposed rule released Wednesday by state regulators.

Natural gas / coal

UK coal sector set for showdown on closures 
By Kiran Stacey – Financial Times
The majority of UK coal plants have refused to sign up to a scheme that would have seen them close automatically, meaning that the government will probably have to step in to force them to shut. 

How Texas is winning the ‘war on coal’ 
The Dallas Morning News (Editorial)  
Last month’s global agreement on climate change was the environmental breakthrough of 2015, but another development deserves attention: For the first time, natural gas eclipsed coal as the primary fuel for electricity in the United States.


WA’s rooftop solar so popular power privatisation not an option, says expert 
By Calla Wahlquist – The Guardian
Western Australia would not be able to privatise its electricity assets “even if they gave it to them for nothing” because the popularity of rooftop solar panels has made state-owned power stations unprofitable, a renewable energy expert has said. 

Let’s Hide Wind Turbines Under Bridges 
Fast Company  
As wind power quickly spreads—thanks to the fact that it’s now cheaper than coal in some places—it usually ends up in sprawling wind farms. But some designers are hoping that it will start to show up in a more unlikely spot: under bridges. 

Koch Brothers Sneak Anti-Wind Op-Ed Past New York Times 
By Elliott Negin – Ecowatch 
In the run-up to the perennial debate in Congress over whether to extend a tax credit for the wind industry, The New York Times ran a provocatively headlined—and misleading—op-ed column denouncing it as corporate welfare. 

Atlantis embarks on final tests for 1.5MW tidal turbine 
By Jocelyn Timperley – BusinessGreen
The drive to produce a commercial scale tidal power array took another step forward yesterday, as Scotland’s biggest tidal energy developer announced a six week test programme as part of its final push to assess the reliability and performance of its tidal turbine power train. 

Clean tech

Tax Credit For Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Extended By Budget Deal 
By Stephen Edelstein – Green Car Reports 
The recently-passed Congressional transportation-funding bill contained many positives for electric-car advocates.


Water Scarcity Rises to Top Global Concern in 2015 
By Keith Schneider – Circle of Blue 
In the last days of 2015, the Famine Early Warning System Network, a forecasting tool, reported that the deepest drought experienced by South Africa in over a decade could lead to grain shortages and spiking food prices.
Sri Lanka seeks ways to turn El Niño pain into gain for farmers 
By Amantha Perera – Thomson Reuters Foundation
Rice farmer Weerasinghearchchilage Darmarathana is used to periodic flooding in his low-lying village of Galella in central Sri Lanka. 

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