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New analysis from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project confirmed previous determinations that climate change is occurring. The research team reviewed more than 200 years of temperature records, finding an average temperature increase of one degree Celsius since the 1950s.

The Earth is getting warmer, study finds

Murray Wardrop – Telegraph

The most comprehensive independent review of historical weather records to date showed that temperatures have risen since the 19th century. The Berkeley Earth project compiled more than a billion temperature readings from weather stations around the world and found that the average global land temperature has risen by around 1C since the mid-1950s. The research was commissioned in the wake of the climategate scandal, to resolve the dispute over the validity of scientists’ previous findings of global warming.

Meet The ‘Climate 185′: More Corporations Calling For Government Climate Action

John Laumer – Tree Hugger

Earlier this week, a long list of some of the world’s largest investors urged government action on climate and I used the occasion to point out that Republicans, once the US’ premier party of business, ignore at their peril a growing climate action preference by world-class institutional investors and their service agents. In this post, you’ll see that a sizeable chunk of the means of production is weighing in, with a similar objective.

Americans Think U.S. Headed Wrong Way on Energy, New Poll Finds

Yale Environment 360

The vast majority of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction when it comes to energy policy and want more leadership when it comes to dealing with future needs, according to a new poll. In survey of 3,406 Americans conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, less than 14 percent of respondents said they think the country is headed in the right direction on energy, with 76 percent saying they are worried about the nation’s lack of progress on energy efficiency and development of renewable energy sources.

Carbon Tax: Win/Win for Climate and Fiscal Policy

James Handley – Carbon Tax Center

It’s not cap vs. tax anymore; it’s what kind of tax? That’s the take-home from a symposium, Fiscal Reform and Climate Protection: Considering a U.S. Carbon Tax, held earlier this week at Resources for the Future and co-sponsored by the Peterson Institute for International Economics. American Enterprise Institute economist Kevin Hassett opened the day by suggesting that there are some Republican lawmakers who grasp the benefits — at least in theory — of replacing taxes on productive activity with a tax on CO2 pollution. Hassett noted that damage from fossil fuels’ conventional pollution is large enough to justify a carbon tax even without considering global warming.

U.N. committee completes draft design of climate fund

Nina Chestney and Agnieszka Flak – Reuters

A U.N. committee has completed the draft design of a fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, paving the way for its launch in 2013, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Friday. Last year, countries agreed to create the ‘Green Climate Fund’ to channel up to $100 billion a year by 2020 to developing countries to help fight climate change. An international committee in charge of designing the fund met this week in South Africa, but some organizations accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of hampering the process.

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