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Soros commits $1bn to clean-tech

Soros commits $1bn to clean-tech

Cross-posted from The Great Beyond US billionaire George Soros, founder of the hedge fund Soros Fund Management, has announced plans to invest $1 billion in clean-energy technologies to help stave off global warming. Speaking at a climate conference in Copenhagen on 12 October, Soros also said he plans to establish – with $100 million of his own money – a new environmental policy group called Climate Policy Initiative. “I want to apply rather stringent criteria to the investments,” Soros told Bloomberg in an email. “They should be profitable but should also actually make a contribution to solving the problem.” Soros  … Read more

ICESat’s eye on runaway glaciers

ICESat's eye on runaway glaciers

Many glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up their slide into the sea. But this type of ice loss – known as dynamic thinning – is so ill-understood and difficult to predict that the IPCC, in their 2007 assessment report, threw up their hands and refused to guess how much it would contribute to future sea level rise.  Read more

The high cost of adaptation

Adapting to climate change will cost many times more than the UN has estimated, according to a report by former IPCC working group co-chair Martin Parry and colleagues, published by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London.  Read more

Renewable technologies increase energy sprawl

Renewable technologies increase energy sprawl

If the United States starts weaning off of oil and coal and onto homegrown biofuels, renewables, nuclear and other options, how much land will be gobbled up by new forms of energy production? This future “energy sprawl” is calculated in a PLoS ONE paper this week. Biofuels will have the biggest impact, Nature News reports:  … Read more