Today’s Climate: February 22, 2010

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Study: Warming to Bring Stronger Hurricanes (AP)

Top researchers now agree that the world is likely to get stronger but fewer hurricanes in the future because of global warming, according to a new consensus paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Senate Weighs Final Push to Move Climate Bill (Reuters)

A last-ditch attempt at passing a climate bill begins in the Senate this week with senators mindful that time is running short and that approaches to the legislation still vary widely.

Gov. Pawlenty Calls Cap-And-Trade A ‘Disaster’ (Wonk Room)

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), a potential candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, completed the reversal of his stance on global warming on Sunday, arguing on Meet the Press that cap and trade would be a "disaster."

Louisiana: Sen. Mary Landrieu Takes Heat on Climate Change (AP)

Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, is being hammered on the airwaves for opposing the EPA’s effort to regulate greenhouse gases by using the Clean Air Act.

Chu to Governors: Capitol Hill Renewable Energy Plans Too Weak (The Hill)

Energy Secretary Chu said this weekend that the major renewable electricity proposals from Congress would not prompt additional generation from sources like wind and solar power beyond the increases expected under existing programs.

Pres. Obama Explains the Science Behind Warming and Extreme Weather (Climate Progress)

Speaking to a crowd in Nevada, Pres. Obama sought to clarify the confusion surrounding climate change and extreme weather, explaining that a warming planet "doesn’t mean that every place is getting warmer," and that more "violent storm systems" and "unpredictable weather" are expected.

Climate Scientists Withdraw Journal Claims of Rising Sea Levels (Guardian)

Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study that was published in 2009 in Nature Geoscience on projected sea level rise due to global warming, after finding mistakes that undermined the findings.

Methane Levels May See ‘Runaway’ Rise, Scientists Warn (The Independent)

Atmospheric levels of methane, a greenhouse gas that is much more potent than CO2, have risen significantly for the last three years running, scientists will disclose today – leading to fears that a major global warming "feedback" is beginning to kick in.

Hydrogen Taxi Cabs to Serve London by 2012 Olympics (Guardian)

A taxi cab that runs on the latest hydrogen fuel cell technology is being developed with the aim of being ready for full road trials in London in time for the 2012 Olympics.

Drilling for Oil Set to Start Off the Falkland Islands (BBC News)

A British rig is due to begin drilling for oil in the territorial waters of the Falkland Islands, despite strong opposition from Argentina, which says the move would violate its sovereignty.

Philips Raises Sustainability Targets (Reuters)

Philips Electronics announced it has reached its target for "green" sales three years ahead of schedule, and now says it expects to reach 50% of sales from green products by the end of 2015.