Sen. Richard Lugar (AP/Photo by Mikhail Metzel, file)

'What's the catastrophe?'

Environment | An expert panel testifying on climate change tried to answer Sen.
by Jacob Parrish
Posted 6/05/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in the middle of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S.-China climate change relations, leaned forward in his chair and asked the expert panel, "What's the catastrophe?" Lugar, a long-time advocate of emissions reductions and global warming prevention, asked the expert panel to clarify just what the disaster would be if carbon emissions are not reduced.

The three members of the panel, all experts on greenhouse gas emissions in China, looked at each other and hesitated.

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James Allen Walker for WORLD

Garbage collectors

Environment | Where most people simply see trash, some see renewable energy-or even dinner
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/25/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Brent Dieleman likes to talk about a facility near Washington, D.C., that burns trash, which heats water for steam to turn turbines to make electricity. There are only 87 such facilities in the United States, and none has been built in the last 15 years. Covanta Energy's trash-to-energy plant in Fairfax, Va., outside Washington processes 3,000 tons of garbage every day, producing enough energy to power 75,000 homes.

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Power plant in China (AP/Photo by Oded Balilty)

Copenhagen DOA

Environment | As a planned follow-up to the failed Kyoto Protocol, next December's climate summit in Denmark appears to be a non-starter
by Mark Bergin
Posted 4/17/09, 12:00 am

The near universal failure of the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has for years now pressed environmentalists and politicians to long for a new international climate accord. Through a green haze of optimism, many such global warming alarmists have set their eyes on Copenhagen, site of a long-scheduled climate summit this December. If successful, its aim is to install a replacement plan for when Kyoto officially expires in 2012.

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