Today’s Climate: November 2, 2009

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Climate Envoys May Want Chinese Actions to Be Binding (Bloomberg)

UN climate negotiators meeting this week in Barcelona will debate how far they can push developing nations such as China and India to restrict greenhouse-gas emissions blamed for global warming.

EU Officials Meeting Obama to Discuss Climate Change (EU Observer)

Climate change will feature heavily at an EU-US summit in Washington on Tuesday as top EU officials meet with President Obama to find out what each is going to bring to the global negotiating table next month in Copenhagen.

Senator Pushing for USDA to Oversee Agriculture Emissions (Agweek)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is writing an addition to the Senate climate and energy bill that would order the USDA and EPA to establish credits for agriculture carbon emission reductions and put the Agriculture Department in charge, according to a draft.

Climate Bill Faces High Hurdle in Senate (Washington Post)

The Senate climate change bill will face a stark political reality when it emerges from committee debate: With Democrats deeply divided on the issue, unless some Republican lawmakers risk the backlash for signing on to the legislation, there is almost no hope for passage.

Satellite Tracks Global Warming Impact on Water (AFP)

The European Space Agency today launched a $500 million satellite that will gauge the impact of climate change on the movement of water across land, air and sea.

Report: 250 Million Smart Meter Installations by 2015 (Earth2Tech)

The smart grid buildout could be one of the largest creators of wealth in the decade. The installation of more than 250 million smart meters will create a $3.9 billion global market by 2015, Pike Research finds in a new report out today.

Leaking Australia Oil Rig Catches Fire (Financial Times)

Fire erupted on an offshore oil rig that for 10 weeks has been leaking 400 barrels of oil a day into the sea. Australia’s government promised an investigation.

The Solar Home That Powers Itself Down (Greentech)

Home energy management startup Tendril has teamed up with solar panel monitoring startup Fat Spaniel to find ways to turn down appliances and air conditioners when rooftop solar power dips.

Tempers Flare Over Chinese Involvement in US Wind Farm (New York Times)

The West Texas wind farm project will create an about 330 American jobs — most of them temporary construction jobs — and more than 2,000 Chinese jobs. Some Americans aren’t happy about that.

Knowing Which Way the Wind Blows on the Grid (Climate Wire)

How and when the fickle winds blow are increasingly critical issues for operators of the nation’s electricity grid, a new 10-year assessment of regional outlooks for renewable energy concludes.

London Moves a Step Closer to Hydrogen Buses (Transport for London)

The Olympic Delivery Authority has granted planning permission for a hydrogen refueling facility to be built in east London, a first step toward a fleet of hydrogen hybrid fuel cell buses.

Nepal’s Cabinet to Meet on Everest to Highlight Climate Change (AFP)

Nepal plans to hold a cabinet meeting on Mount Everest to highlight the impact of global warming on the Himalayas ahead of next month’s climate change talks in Copenhagen.

Deforestation Sped Demise of Nasca in Peru (Reuters)

The mysterious people who etched the "Nasca Lines" across deserts in Peru hastened their own demise by clearing forests 1,500 years ago, according to a study released today.