Today’s Climate: February 10, 2009

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U.N. Chief: Emergency Climate Summit Depends on Obama (Washington Post)

The secretary-general hopes to harness U.S. President Obama’s popularity to press for action on carbon emissions before the world’s economic powers meet April 2 to tackle the global financial crisis, diplomats said. It would be Obama’s U.N. debut.

Tracking Winners and Losers in the Stimulus Bill (AP)

U.S. automakers, homebuilders and green tech companies would be the biggest winners under the $838 billion stimulus measure the U.S. Senate passed today.

Ontario Could be Coal-Free by 2010 (Canadian Press)

Ontario’s energy mix could be 100 percent coal-free by next year, especially if the government boosted conservation by residents and acted boldly with its upcoming Green Energy Act, a study by Ontario Clean Air Alliance finds.

Markey Sees Role for Coal, New Drilling (Houston Chronicle)

Rep. Ed Markey told an energy industry gathering in Texas that there may be a place for expanded offshore drilling and a long future for coal, but only with caution, a lot of investment and carbon capture technology that works.

UK, China Scientists Trying to Develop Carbon Capture (Telegraph)

Britain’s Department of Energy and Climate Change has invested more than £3 million in attempting to develop and demonstrate carbon capture and storage in China.

Global Warming Shifting Birds’ Seasonal Patterns Northward (AP)

An Audubon Society study being released today found more than half of 305 bird species in North America, from robins to gulls to owls, are spending the winter about 35 miles farther north than they did 40 years ago.

Pa. Appeals Mercury Emissions Ruling (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The state Department of Environmental Protection appealed a court ruling that blocked Pennsylvania from requiring the state’s 34 coal-fired power plants to reduce mercury emissions 80 percent by 2010.

NV Energy Postpones Disputed Coal Plant (Review-Journal)

NV Energy is postponing plans for a $5 billion coal-fired power plant at Ely until technology for capturing and storing carbon dioxide pollution becomes commercially feasible, probably for 10 years or more.

Massive Midwest Wind Power Line Proposed (Journal-Sentinel)

The proposal aims to address a key hurdle facing the nation amid proposals to have states generate 25% of their energy from wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable sources of energy: getting power from rural areas to cities.

US Urged to Save Forests to Curb Climate Change (Reuters)

The United States needs to take the lead in preserving tropical forests in the fight against climate change, a coalition of lawmakers, corporate chiefs and environmentalists told a Capitol Hill forum.

Evidence Found of Dramatic Rise In Sea Level and its Ramifications (Science Daily)

Scientists have found fossil evidence in Bermuda that the planet’s sea level was more than 70 feet higher about 400,000 years ago than it is now.

Salamanders Disappearing: Is Global Warming to Blame? (National Geographic)

Salamanders are falling off the map in tropical forests throughout Central America, a new study finds. Two common species surveyed in the 1970s in cloud forests of Mexico and Guatemala are extinct, and others have plummeted in number.

Companies Focused on Sustainability Still Outperform Peers (Business Green)

A new study assessed the market performance of 99 companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Goldman Sachs SUSTAIN list and found that in 16 of the 18 industries, the stock price of companies committed to sustainability outperformed the average by 15 percent.