Daily Archives: December 10, 2012

Approval Process iPhone Reference

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 Published on Dec 10, 2012

You’ll love this one minute animation depicting the FDA approval process. This animation was created by Jeff Bigman, the chief animator for the movie Genetic Roulette.

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Ask a Sustainable Agriculture Expert: ATTRA: National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

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  • Start by using the ATTRA search function near the upper right of the webpage. The entire site is searchable by keyword or phrase.
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  • Check the ATTRA Question of the Week Archives to find out if your question has already been asked. ….(more).

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December 10 News: Despair After Doha, As Climate Talks Bring ‘A Process That Simply Provides For Talk And No Action’

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/10/1307461/december-10-news-despair-after-doha-as-climate-talks-bring-a-process-that-simply-provides-for-talk-and-no-action/

By Stephen Lacey on Dec 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

At the end of another lavishly-funded U.N. conference that yielded no progress on curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about climate change are close to despair. [Reuters]

Poor countries have won historic recognition of the plight they face from the ravages of climate change, wringing a pledge from rich nations that they will receive funds to repair the “loss and damage” incurred. [Guardian]

Over the last four years, Obama charted a middle course on the environment that led to landmark pollution rules, growth in clean energy and the continued development of fossil fuels. [Los Angeles Times]

Energy lobbyists are gearing up for a boom in business to help shape and implement a wave of regulations governing energy production, greenhouse gas emissions, renewable fuels and other energy and environmental measures that K Street expects the newly reelected Obama administration to pursue aggressively. [Washington Post]

One of the biggest things President Barack Obama can do to fight global warming is to talk about it. That’s the conclusion of at least seven former U.S. presidential aides and advisers serving in three administrations. [Bloomberg]    ….(more)

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Permafrost 101: Why We Need To Account For Thawing Ground In Climate Projections | ThinkProgress

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/10/1264481/permafrost-101-why-we-need-to-account-for-thawing-ground-in-climate-projections/

By Climate Guest Blogger on Dec 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

by Roz Pidcock, via Carbon Brief

Melting permafrost in the Arctic could push the earth towards climate change that is “irreversible on human timescales”, according to a new report…. Here’s our quick guide to what you should know about melting permafrost.

The report, by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), says billions of tonnes of carbon once locked up in permafrost could be released into the atmosphere this century – accelerating global warming. But how much might be released, and how quickly? These questions are still being debated in the scientific community, which means that it’s sometimes hard for media coverage to strike the right balance when discussing how significant the effect could be. ….(more).

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2012 Is The Hottest, Most Extreme Year In U.S. History

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/10/1307221/2012-is-the-hottest-most-extreme-year-in-us-history/

By Joe Romm on Dec 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Very warm November and early December assures record-breaking 2012

 

A warm November and record-breaking early December means 2012 will be the warmest year ever for the U.S. As Jeff Masters reports:

…the U.S. heated up considerably in November, notching its 20th warmest November since 1895, said NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in their latest State of the Climate report. The warm November virtually assures that 2012 will be the warmest year on record in the U.S. The year-to-date period of January – November has been by far the warmest such period on record for the contiguous U.S.–a remarkable 1.0°F above the previous record. During the 11-month period, 18 states were record warm and an additional 24 states were top ten warm. The December 2011 – November 2012 period was the warmest such 12-month period on record for the contiguous U.S., and the eight warmest 12-month periods since record keeping began in 1895 have all ended during 2012. …….(more).

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Doha Climate Summit Ends, Marking Start Of A Long March To 2015

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/10/1308771/doha-climate-summit-ends-marking-start-of-a-long-march-to-2015/

By Climate Guest Blogger on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

America’s climate envoy, Todd Stern

by Andrew Light, Rebecca Lefton, Adam James, Gwynne Taraska, and Katie Valentine

After a 48-hour marathon negotiating session, largely held behind closed doors, this year’s UN climate negotiations Qatar ended at approximately 9:45pm Saturday Doha time. Like last year’s Durban climate summit, three distinct negotiating streams produced three overlapping but independent agreements

The Kyoto Protocol was reauthorized for another seven years, albeit with fewer countries signing on, so now covering some 12 or 15 percent of global emissions. The negotiating track created in 2007 on “Long-term Cooperative Action,” that produced the Copenhagen Accords and the Cancun Agreements, which include voluntary commitments covering 80 percent of global emissions, concluded. And the new track on the “Durban Platform for Enhanced Action,” designed to conclude a new treaty in 2015 that aims to be applicable to all parties and cover 100 percent of global emissions took its first steps toward its primary mission. ….(more).

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Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/science/earth/talks-on-climate-produce-promises-and-complaints.html

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Bard Vegar Solhjell, Norway’s environmental minister, with protesters on Saturday.

By JOHN M. BRODER
Published: December 8, 2012

DOHA, Qatar — The annual United Nations climate change negotiations concluded here late Saturday after the customary all-night negotiating session and recriminations over who must bear the costs and burdens of a warming planet.

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Delegates from more than 190 nations agreed to extend the increasingly ineffective Kyoto Protocol a few years and to commit to more ambitious — but unspecified — actions to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases.

Wealthy nations put off for a year resolution of the dispute over providing billions of dollars in aid to countries most heavily affected by climate change. Industrial nations have pledged to secure $100 billion a year by 2020 in public and private financing to help poor countries cope with climate change, but have been vague about what they plan to do before then.

Only a handful of countries, not including the United States, have made concrete financial pledges for adaptation aid over the next few years. Todd D. Stern, the senior American negotiator, said that the United States would continue to provide substantial climate-related aid to vulnerable countries. But he said he was not in a position, given the budget talks in Washington and the Congressional process, to promise new American financing. …(more).

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IPS – Doha Climate Summit Ends With No New CO2 Cuts or Funding

http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/12/doha-climate-summit-ends-with-no-new-co2-cuts-or-funding/
By Stephen Leahy

As sea erosion worsens, coastal residents in Nhon Hai commune in Binh Dinh province use rocks and sandbags to protect their homes. Credit: Thuy Binh/IPS

DOHA, Qatar, Dec 10 2012 (IPS) – The United Nations climate talks in Doha went a full extra 24 hours and ended without increased cuts in fossil fuel emissions and without financial commitments between 2013 and 2015.

“This an incredibly weak deal,” said Samantha Smith representing the Climate Action Network, a coalition of more than 700 civil society organisations.

“Governments came here with no mandate for action,” Smith said in a press scrum moments after the meeting known as COP 18 ended and the 195 parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approved a complex package called “The Doha Climate Gateway”.

The Doha Gateway creates a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol to cut fossil fuel emissions by industrialised nations from 2013 to 2020 but does not set new targets. There is also no financial support to help poor countries adapt to impacts of climate change – only agreement for more meetings in 2013. Talks will also begin next year to create a “mechanism” to assess damages and costs for countries suffering losses from climate change.

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Finally, the Doha Climate Gateway has an agreed outline for two years of negotiations on a new global climate treaty that would go into legal force in 2020.

“It is impossible to get everyone here to smile….I too am disappointed,” said Qatar’s Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the COP18 president. Al-Attiyah told Tierramérica he was surprised countries wanted to make so many changes throughout the two weeks and right up to the final hours.

However, this is a “historic” agreement, Al-Attiyah insisted.

Doha will do nothing to cut emissions that are taking the world to four degrees and more of warming. It offers little in terms of finance to help poor countries cope with climate change, Smith said. …(more).

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“Incredibly Disappointed”: Civil Groups Decry Weak COP18 Deal Amid Proof of Climate Change


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Published on Dec 10, 2012

The United Nations Climate Change summit ended Saturday after negotiators agreed to a weakened deal that will do nothing to halt rising world greenhouse gas emissions. The so-called Doha Climate Gateway extends the Kyoto Protocol for eight more years and paves the way for talks on a new, global U.N. pact to enter into force in 2020. Under the deal, the United States made no new pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions or to increase its aid to nations suffering from the impact of climate change. “We expected, going into Doha, that after the President mentioned climate change in his inaugural speech, after Hurricane Sandy, after discussions amongst high level politicians in the U.S., we expected a pivot on climate policy, and we saw instead exactly the same kind of tactics that we’ve seen for the last four years from the United States,” says Samantha Smith of the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative. “We think it’s time for President Obama to step forward to start a national conversation about climate change.”

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Norwegian Peace Activist: Top Role in Global Arms Trade Makes E.U. Unworthy of Nobel Prize


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Published on Dec 10, 2012

Hundreds of Norwegians held a torch-lit march in Oslo on Sunday to criticize the selection of the European Union for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Its member countries account for one-third of global arms exports. “It is not only the [E.U.] member states that do export weapons, and it is not only the member states facilitating the weapons industry, but it is also the E.U., on an institutional level, and that is the main reason, at least, I’m here to contradict this prize,” says Hedda Langemyr, the director of the Norwegian Peace Council.

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