Today’s Climate: January 23, 2009

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House Panel Approves Green-Tech Portions of ‘Stimulus’ Bill (CNET News)

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved the energy portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, rebuffing Republican attempts to include more loan guarantees for nuclear and clean coal technologies into the stimulus package.

Gore to Make Climate Change Case to US Senate (AFP)

Former US vice president and Nobel prize winner Al Gore will testify on climate change to the US Senate next week, ahead of critical UN talks in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Rate of Tree Death Found to Double in the Western US (Washington Post)

The death rates of trees in western US forests have doubled over the past two to three decades, according to a new study by the US Geological Survey, driven in large part by climate change.

Seasons Change — Earlier than Before, Study Says (Los Angeles Times)

The hottest and coldest days of the year come roughly two days sooner than they did 50 years ago, according to a study published in Nature. The change coincides with the rise in global temperatures.

Japan Launches Satellite to Track Greenhouse Gases (AFP)

Japan has launched the world’s first satellite today that will exclusively measure greenhouse gas emissions across nearly the entire surface of the Earth, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has said.

North Dakota Coal-to-Liquids Plant Stalled (AP)

Developers of a liquefied coal plant proposed for western North Dakota have said the $4 billion project is on hold while they await direction from the Obama administration and Congress.

Mexico Turns toward Alternative Energy (AP)

Mexico has inaugurated one of the world’s largest wind farm projects as the nation looks for alternative energy, in part to compensate for falling oil production.

IBM Tool Helps Companies Cut Costs and Emissions (Reuters)

IBM has unveiled a consulting tool, called the Supply Chain Network Optimization Workbench, which allows companies to reduce both costs and CO2 emissions in their supply chains.