Today’s Climate: August 8-9, 2009

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Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security (New York Times)

Climate change will pose profound strategic challenges to the U.S., raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military analysts have revealed.

Oregon Governor Vetoes Cuts to Green Tax Credit (Portland Business Journal)

Gov. Ted Kulongoski has vetoed two renewable energy bills that industry advocates had feared would hamper the state’s progress in developing green power sources.

In PA House, Heavy Debate over Clean Energy Bill (Philadelphia Inquirer)

House Bill 80 would raise Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standard to 18% by 2024, though a planned amendment would modify that to 15% to increase the bill’s chances of passage.

Greenpeace Pressures North America Leaders on Climate (AFP)

Greenpeace activists climbed a main monument in the Mexican City of Guadalajara Saturday in a bid to push the climate issue up the agenda of talks between North American leaders there this weekend.

‘Clunkers’ Environmental Payoff Could Take Years (The Oregonian)

For every clunker scrapped, a new vehicle must take its place. And that car has a sizable carbon footprint before it even leaves the showroom.

Horizon Halts Wyo. Wind Project because of Sage Grouse (AP)

Horizon Wind Energy has suspended development of its 198-turbine wind farm in southern Wyoming because of the state’s rigid position on protecting key sage grouse habitat.

North Carolina Moves to Limit Wind Projects (Green Inc.)

The North Carolina State Senate has voted overwhelmingly, 42 to 1, to ban large wind turbines from the state’s scenic western ridgelines.

UN Climate Deal Needs More Sacrifices by West, John Prescott Warns (Guardian)

UN climate talks in Copenhagen are likely to collapse unless rich nations agree to a "social justice deal" built around equalizing emissions per head in each country, former UK deputy prime minister John Prescott has said.

China Starts Building First 10-GW Mega Wind Farm (Reuters)

China has started construction of the country’s first 10-GW wind power farm in the northwest Gansu province. Current wind power capacity in the entire nation is 12 GW.

Australia: Pollution to Rise Without Cap and Trade (Sydney Morning Herald)

Carbon pollution in Australia will rise by 20 percent above 2000 levels by 2020 if an emissions trading scheme is not introduced, a new government report has said.

Rivals Bid to Snatch Green Domain (BBC)

In March, Al Gore backed a bid by the California group Dot Eco to operate the .eco "top level domain." Now a Canadian green group known as Big Room has launched a competing bid to manage the TLD.

Driving Out of Germany, to Pollute Another Day (New York Times)

Germany’s pioneering cash-for-clunkers program is being undermined, as cars that were supposed to have been junked are finding their way to markets in Africa and Eastern Europe.

Scotland Approves Two Wind Energy Projects (Reuters)

The Scottish government has given the go-ahead to two wind power projects, including one held up in the planning system for five years, that could supply enough clean energy for about 43,000 homes.

Bold Soil-Mapping Venture Seen as Crucial to Efforts on Climate, Agriculture (Greenwire)

A small group of soil scientists is spearheading an effort to produce a digital soil map of the entire world. The map will finally help climate modelers predict how much carbon might be released from soils into the atmosphere.

Op-Ed: A Missed Opportunity on Climate Change (New York Times)

Pres. Obama may sign a climate bill that falls far short of his aspirations. Indeed, the legislation making its way to his desk could well be worse than nothing at all.