Today’s Climate: May 20, 2009

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Study: Global Warming Could Be Twice as Extreme (Science Daily)

The most comprehensive modeling yet on global warming suggests that without rapid and massive action, the problem will be twice as severe as previously estimated six years ago, if not worse.

Russia’s New Climate Policy Lacks Detail (Euractiv)

Russia’s new climate doctrine hints at Moscow’s growing willingness to engage with the international community in fighting climate change, but it lacks targets and focuses instead on adaptation.

Canada’s Clean Energy Fund Heavy on CCS (Regina Leader-Post)

The Canadian government announced details of its C$1 billion clean energy fund, with the lion’s share of the cash going to support the development of carbon capture and storage projects.

European Investors Call for Carbon Trading Revamp (Business Green)

While U.S. lawmakers water down their proposed cap-and-trade legislation, a group of European investors have called on world leaders to move in the opposite direction and undertake urgent reforms designed to tighten up emerging carbon markets.

GOP Amendments Slow House Climate Debate (Washington Post)

Debate over the Waxman-Markey climate bill finally got underway in a House committee yesterday, but it didn’t get far. A string of Republican amendments, such as an out for businesses if India and China don’t agree to similar limits, is tying up debate.

Ethanol Formula, Climate Bill Collide in Congress (Reuters)

If House Democrats want a climate bill, then they’ll have to change the EPA’s biofuel rules, says Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota.

Utah Gov-in-Waiting Says He’s Committed to Environment (Salt Lake Tribune)

If Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is confirmed as ambassador to China as expected, Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert says he will stick to the same path on environmental issues, including participating in the Western Climate Initiative to fight climate change.

Lots of Advice, Little Cash for Urban Climate Change (Reuters)

The mayors of some of the world’s richest cities have a message on climate change for the ever-growing urban areas of the developing world: "Don’t repeat our mistakes." But advice is about all they can afford to give right now.

Ford’s Future Gets an EcoBoost (Financial Times)

Ford’s new EcoBoost engine is an example of the investments that carmakers are likely to make on a growing scale over the next few years to comply with new fuel rules.

Daimler Takes 10% Stake in Tesla Motors (CleanTech)

Daimler’s equity investment is expected to give the U.S. electric car startup access to the newest lithium ion pouch-cell battery being developed by the German automaker.

Future Air-Fueled Battery Could Store 10X More Power (CNet)

The new design could potentially improve the performance of portable electronic devices and provide a big boost to the renewable-energy industry.

Fresh Wind Blows Through Brazil’s Energy Sector (Reuters)

Brazil’s installed wind power capacity is expected to double this year from 341 MW, with a major boost this fall when the government holds its first wind power auction, expected to generate investments worth $2.4 billion.

Europe’s Largest Onshore Wind Farm Ready to Expand (Guardian)

The wind farm in Scotland is already powerful enough to meet Glasgow’s electricity needs, and it is to expand by more than a third as Scotland moves step closer to target of generating 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Climate change lobbying dominated by 10 firms (Politico)

A new analysis by The Center for Public Integrity found that 10 lobbying firms — all with deep ties to Capitol Hill — have amassed such large client lists that they represent nearly 100 of the business stakeholders in the legislative brawl.