Today’s Climate: April 9, 2009

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Holdren Hints at Cap-and-Trade Allowance Compromise (Washington Post)

The Obama administration might agree to auction only a portion of the emissions allowances at first under a cap-and-trade system, White House science adviser John Holdren says.

Obama Administration Considers Geoengineering (AP)

John Holdren said the administration is discussing geoengineering potential as a measure of last resort. Options include shooting sulfur particles into the upper atmosphere and sucking CO2 from the air.

At U.N. Talks on Climate, Plans by U.S. Raise Qualms (New York Times)

At the end of the12-day climate conference in Bonn, some delegates were grumbling that the United States was not moving fast enough to take action on global warming. Congress is the hold up.

Carbon Bonuses in a Low-Carbon Economy? (Guardian)

Just as executive performance has been gauged against budget achievement, managers at Britain’s National Grid will now see performance – and promotions, salaries and bonuses – determined by their ability to hit carbon targets.

Billions in Green, Transportation Spending = Millions of Jobs (Oregonian)

Each $100 billion invested in transportation infrastructure and in green jobs would expand the economy’s annual output by about $160 billion and generate approximately 1.1 million jobs, newly released reports say.

US Electric Grid Penetrated By Spies (Wall Street Journal)

Chinese and Russian Cyberspies penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.

What Will Global Warming Look Like? Scientists Say Australia (Los Angeles Times)

Australia’s climate change predicament is on depressing display in the Murray-Darling Basin, where the country’s three largest rivers converge.

Sin Aqua Non (Economist)

Water shortages are a growing problem, but not for the reasons most people think. More water will be needed to feed and heat a world that is already showing signs of using too much. The answer: efficiency.

Shenhua Plans China’s First CCS Project (Reuters)

China’s largest coal mining company is working on developing the country’s first carbon capture and storage project at its coal-to-liquids plant.

Mayor Wants to Make London EV Capital of Europe (Ecoworldly)

London’s mayor announced today he plans to make the city the electric car capital of Europe. He wants 100,000 electric cars and 25,000 charging points on public streets, car parks and at shops.

GM, Chrysler Miss Mark for Efficient Auto Loans (Washington Post)

Next month, $25 billion in loans aimed at producing more fuel-efficient cars will start flowing to suppliers and automakers — just not to the two companies most in need of funding, General Motors and Chrysler.

EV Innovations Offers Funky Wave with 200-mile Range (Popular Mechanics)

At the New York Auto Show today, EV Innovations will unveil the Wave, a curvacious plug-in two-seater it claims will have a range of up to 200 miles, a top speed of 80 mph, and start around $30,000.

Greenwash: E.ON’s ‘Integrated’ Tech Claim (Guardian)

E.ON, asking to build Britain’s first coal-fired power station in more than 20 years, is boasting it’s getting green by “integrating” solar panels on an administration building – panels that will save barely one millionth of the plant’s emissions.