The arctic ice is the ‘refrigerator’ of the planet. Scientists are now saying that this ice is currently in a ‘death spiral.’
As Matthew McDermott of Treehugger says, “Climate change is happening more quickly than we thought in the Arctic and the frozen soils in the region contain a lot more stored carbon than the models used so far. Unless we get a handle on this now (yesterday would’ve been even better) global warming could very well overtake our efforts to slow it. That’s not to say that we should throw in the towel (as no doubt some people will think) but rather is another sign that we have to redouble our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a global level.”
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Thomas Friedman, of the NY Times, offers regular insight into the energy sector as related to climate change, the economy, and foreign policy. This week, he gave us an example in what Denmark has acheived. A country that used to get 99% of its energy from the Mid East and today that number is zero. $10 gasoline with little whining by its citizens. And, how the proper taxes, incentives, and efficiency standards spurred business and technology innovation to create one of the most competitive clean-power industries in the world. What can we learn from the Danes? Read here.