Today’s Climate: June 1, 2009

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India Says U.S. Domestic Policy Crucial to Climate Deal (Reuters)

U.S. policy on curbing carbon emissions is crucial for a global climate deal this year, a top Indian negotiator said before today’s start of the latest round of climate talks, adding rich countries also had to commit to funding for poorer nations.

Scientists Warn Climate Change Acidifying Oceans (Reuters)

Seventy science academies warned governments meeting in Bonn today that climate change is turning the oceans more acid in a trend that could endanger everything from clams to coral and be irreversible for millennia.

CDM to Investigate Adding Forestry, CCS (Business Green)

The board of the UN-backed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has agreed to investigate new rules that would allow carbon capture and storage and forestry projects to be included in the offsetting scheme.

Desert Energy Sparks Probe of a Modern Land Rush (Los Angeles Times)

A rush to stake claims for renewable energy projects in the California desert has triggered a federal investigation and prompted calls for reforms to prevent public lands from being exposed to private profiteering and environmental degradation.

Greenpeace’s Radford: ‘Obama Could Have Been a Hero’ (Guardian)

Phil Radford tells the Guardian that Obama "has essentially sat on the sidelines and hidden behind Congress while coal companies and the politicians that they fund have worked to weaken clean energy and global warming standards in the U.S."

Burger Chain’s Climate Change Whopper (Guardian)

Would you like a side order of climate denial with your flame-broiled Whopper? Then get yourself to Tennessee where some Burger King franchises have been displaying "Global Warming is Baloney" signs.

Hudson River’s Toxic Mud Heads for Southwest Burial (New York Times)

From the edge of Eunice, N.M., huge berms are visible at the landfill where General Electric plans to bury dried sludge tainted with 1.3 million pounds of PCBs dredged from the Hudson River. The city sees jobs. Environmentalists worry about the water.

Cattle a Tough Target in Fight to Protect Amazon (Reuters)

Buoyed by landmark success in persuading Brazil’s soy industry to avoid deforestation, activists are hoping to use consumer power to rein in the cattle industry. It won’t be easy.

In India, Bucking the ‘Green Revolution’ By Going Organic (NPR)

Environmental groups estimate that more than 300,000 farmers in India are transitioning away from the "Green Revolution’s" conventional farming, and the increasing problems they have experienced with chemicals, to organic farming.

‘Clean-tech’ Start-Ups Pushing the Green Button (Los Angeles Times)

The tech wizards behind many Internet companies are now hard at work building digital solutions to save water, money, energy and maybe even the planet.

Green Promise Seen in Switch to LED Lighting (New York Times)

Studies suggest that a complete conversion to LED could decrease carbon dioxide emissions from electric power use for lighting by up to 50% in just over 20 years; in the United States, lighting accounts for about 6% of all energy use.

Texas Lags as Nation Shifts to Green Policies (Dallas Morning News)

As Congress and president reshape how Americans consume energy, Texas, the state that produces more energy than any other, is fighting the process.

University Hopes to Cut its Carbon Footprint by Half (New York Times)

Ball State University in Indiana is installing the largest geothermal heat pump system in the country. The university hopes to save $2 million in energy costs a year while cutting its CO2 emissions by 50 percent.

Bush Home Town to Get the Greenest City Block in America (Huffington Post)

Dallas, the new home town of former President George W. Bush, is developing the greenest city block in America through a competition called Re:Vision Dallas. Here’s a look at the finalists.