China Out-Greening the U.S.
China is moving more rapidly on renewable technologies and pushing ahead on emissions trading, while American initiatives are stuck in Congressional quicksand.
What's the Big Idea?
China is out-pacing the U.S. in responding to climate change, particularly on renewable technologies. However, corruption, imprecision and inexperience are major hurdles that it has yet to overcome in establishing a cap-and-trade scheme. And, as in the US, China will rely on fossil fuels for many decades yet.
What's the Latest Development?
China is both desperate and ambitious enough to try almost anything. Perhaps that's why, most surprisingly, the Communist government is showing a greater willingness to adopt market-based approaches that were once considered preferable only by capitalist economies. Mandatory emissions trading systems will be rolled out in six regions by 2013 and the government has promised to ramp up the use of carbon-based financial instruments to a nationwide level by 2015.
At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?
- The letter indicates how Galileo censored himself a bit in order to fly more under the radar, but it didn't work.
- The Royal Society Journal will publish the variants of the letters shortly, and scholars will begin to analyze the results.
- The letter was in obscurity for at least 250 years Royal Society Library in London.
Scientists have developed new ways of understanding how the biological forces of death drive important life processes.
- Researchers have found new ways on how decomposing plants and animals contribute to the life cycle.
- After a freak mass herd death of 300 reindeer, scientists were able to study a wide range of the decomposition processes.
- Promoting the necrobiome research will open up new areas of inquiry and even commerce.
What do we see from watching birds move across the country?
- A total of eight billion birds migrate across the U.S. in the fall.
- The birds who migrate to the tropics fair better than the birds who winter in the U.S.
- Conservationists can arguably use these numbers to encourage the development of better habitats in the U.S., especially if temperatures begin to vary in the south.
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