Today’s Climate: March 5, 2010

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Met Office Analysis Reveals ‘Clear fingerprints’ of Man-Made Climate Change (Guardian)

It is an "increasingly remote possibility" that human activity is not the main cause of climate change, according to a major Met Office review of more than 100 scientific studies that track the observed changes in the Earth’s climate system.

Sen. Byrd Splits with Rockefeller on Bill to Block EPA (Coal Tattoo)

Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va) said he declined to co-sponsor Sen. Rockefeller’s bill to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas for two years because he supports instead a proposal to "delay into next year the application of stronger standards."

Lieberman to Murkowski: Forget ANWR Drilling (The Hill)

A day after Sen. Murkowski (R-Alaska) said she wanted ANWR drilling included in climate bill discussions, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said that allowing the drilling measure "would be a deal breaker" and "is just not going to happen."

CEOs Seek Firm Signal on U.S. Climate Policy (Reuters)

Global leaders in the energy business say they want some certainty in U.S. climate policy to encourage development of new technologies and other investment, but they do not expect federal legislation to pass this year.

China May Start Its First City-Wide Carbon Cap-and-Trade System (Bloomberg)

China may start its first city-wide cap-and-trade system by June in the port city of Tianjin, as the world’s biggest polluter seeks to rein in emissions, a project adviser said.

DOE Disputes Senators’ Claims of Stimulus Grants Flowing Overseas (Greenwire)

The Energy Department official overseeing DOE stimulus spending said that suspending renewable energy grants as urged by Senate Democrats would hurt domestic job creation.

China Winning Green Race: U.S. Venture Capitalist (Reuters)

China is leapfrogging ahead in the development of green technology, and the U.S. is "barely in the race," a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist said.

World Leaders, Top Academics Selected for Ban’s Climate Finance Group (UN News Center)

George Soros and British economist Nicholas Stern are among the 19 members of the high-level advisory group set up by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize funds to help poor countries combat climate change.

Climate Emails Inquiry: Energy Consultant Linked to Physics Body’s Submission (Guardian)

Evidence from the Institute of Physics to a parliamentary inquiry examining the behavior of climate scientists, was drawn from an energy industry consultant who argues that global warming is a religion.

Methane Bubbles in Arctic Seas Stir Warming Fears (Reuters)

Large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are bubbling up from a long-frozen seabed north of Siberia, raising fears of far bigger leaks that could stoke global warming, scientists said.

Pacific Northwest Forests Act as Massive Carbon Banks (Los Angeles Times)

The thick forests of the Pacific Northwest are the carbon storage powerhouses of the U.S., storing more than 1-1/2 times as much carbon as the entire amount of CO2 burned in fossil fuels throughout the country each year, a new study shows.

Electric Cars Will Get More Popular: Shell CEO (Reuters)

Royal Dutch Shell expects electric vehicles to account for as much as 40% of the worldwide car market by 2050, Chief Executive Peter Voser said.

Wind Gets Boost from EU Transmission Investment (Renewable Energy World)

The European Commission this week allocated over $1.2 billion to electricity interconnection projects as part of its European Economic Recovery Plan, injecting new impetus into long-standing grid development plans within the EU.

Labor, Environment Groups Push ‘Green’ Broadband (Reuters)

Labor and environmental groups joined with the U.S. government on Thursday to promote high speed Internet access and related technologies to create green jobs and help lift the nation out of recession.

State Legislatures Work To Deny Regulation of Climate Threat (Hill Heat)

The South Dakota legislature has passed a resolution telling public schools to teach "balance" about the "prejudiced" science of climate change by a vote of 37-33. Earlier language that ascribed "astrological" influences to global warming was stripped from the final version.