Today’s Climate: April 17, 2009

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U.S., Mexico Form New Partnership On Climate Change (Retuers)

The US and Mexico formally agreed on Thursday to a new partnership to fight global warming, and promote renewables and green jobs, called the "US-Mexico Bilateral Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change."

Canada Must Cap Emissions or Face Trade Sanctions: Panel (The Canadian Press)

Canada must implement a national cap-and-trade system that would set uniform standards for all industries and provinces or face dire economic consequences, a government advisory panel has warned.

Minn Regulators Okay $1.7 Billion Power Line Project (Pioneer Press)

After five years of debate, Minnesota regulators have approved plans for a group of utilities to build three long-distance, high-voltage transmission lines — with the condition that one line carry wind energy.

Californians Say "Baby, Baby, No More Drilling" (Reuters)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar confronted a host of sea creatures and polar bears on Thursday as costumed Californians told the new administration ‘no’ to offshore oil drilling.

Forests Could Flip from Sink to Source of CO2: Study (AFP)

Forests that today soak up a quarter of the world’s carbon pollution could soon become a net source of CO2 if Earth’s surface warms by another 2 degrees Celsius, cautions a new report.

US Energy Dept Offers $3.4 billion in Smart Grid Grants (Reuters)

The US Energy Department on Thursday launched the process to distribute more than $3 billion in grants for "smart grid" technology to modernize electricity transmission.

EPA Considers Boosting Ethanol Content in Gas (USA Today)

The EPA has agreed to take public comment on a proposal that could boost the amount of ethanol in gasoline to 15% — a small, early victory for suppliers seeking to expand sales of corn ethanol.

Electric Car Buyers in Britain to Get $7,000-Plus Subsidy (Financial Times)

Buyers of new electric or plug-in hybrid cars that are expected to hit the market in 2011 will get subsidies of between $3,000 and $7,450, under new plans unveiled by the UK government.

US Chamber Wants Congress to Limit Legal Challenges to Energy Projects (CNET News)

The US Chamber of Commerce has stepped up its efforts to force Congress to streamline permitting for renewable energy projects, with the launch of a new ad campaign and website,

Climate Change Could Worsen African "Megadroughts" (Reuters)

The recent decades-long drought that killed 100,000 people in Africa’s Sahel may be a small foretaste of "megadroughts" that could grip the region as warming worsens, according to new research published in the journal Science.

Publishers Embrace Vision for a Green Future (AP)

The Book Industry Environmental Council, a coalition of publishers, booksellers, librarians, printers and paper manufacturers, announced plans to shrink emissions by 20% by 2020, the equivalent of pulling about a half a million cars off the road.

Oslo Sets Limit on Arctic Seabed, Short of North Pole (Reuters)

Norway this week became the first Arctic nation to accept limits to its northern seabed, stopping short of the North Pole in a territorial scramble driven by hopes of finding oil and gas, which may become more accessible as warming melts the Arctic ice cap.

Arctic Food is Poisoned as Ice Melts (New Scientist)

Mercury levels in seals and beluga whales eaten by Inuit in Canada have reached levels that would be considered unsafe in fish. Scientists say the cause is climate change, suggesting the problem will only get worse.