Today’s Climate: August 28, 2009

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Forestry leads Indonesian Agency’s Roadmap for Emissions Cuts (Reuters)

An Indonesian environment agency has set out a roadmap for the government to adopt forestry, energy, transport, industrial and agriculture policies that would slash carbon emissions by the world’s No. 3 emitter.

Poll: On Energy, Obama Finds Broad Support (Washington Post)

Even as public support has slipped for President Obama’s health-care proposals, support for ambitious changes in energy policy has been steady, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Himalayan Nations to Hold First Climate Talks (AFP)

South Asian ministers will gather in Nepal next week for talks on the threat that climate change poses to the Himalayas and to the 1.3 billion people dependent on water flowing from the mountains.

Nepal Villagers on Climate Change Frontline (AFP)

Nepal’s changing weather patterns are threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of desperately poor communities already struggling to produce enough food to survive, International aid agency Oxfam says in a report released today.

Exxon Favors Australia Carbon Tax, Not Market (Reuters)

Exxon Mobil is concerned that Australia’s proposed carbon-trading regime will lead to unstable pricing and favors a revenue-neutral carbon tax instead, the head of the oil major’s Australian unit says.

New Culprit Seen in Ozone Depletion: Nitrous Oxide (New York Times)

NOAA scientists who study the depletion of Earth’s protective ozone layer are pointing to a previously unheralded suspect: nitrous oxide, produced naturally but also through the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers.

Fla. Energy Panel Rejects Environmentalists’ Efficiency Plan (AP)

The Florida Energy and Climate Commission sided with the state’s major power companies and against a pair of environmental groups in a dispute over setting conservation and efficiency goals for the utilities.

Persistence Stops a Train, and Global Warming Slowed (Huffington Post)

A new rail line planned to move millions of tons of low-grade coal from Wyoming to the Midwest has been stopped, Sierra Club’s Bruce Nilles writes.

Supreme Court Review Sought in MTR Case (Coal Tattoo)

Environmental groups announced today that they are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the latest federal court ruling on mountaintop removal coal mining.

FACES of Coal are iStockPhotos (Appalachian Voices)

The new coal industry front group “FACES” has yet to come forward with a list of members, but we’ve learned that not only is FACES hosted by a K-Street firm called Adfero, but all of the “FACES” of coal are istock photos. See for yourself.

Business Groups Launch Attack on Climate Legislation (Politico)

Two of the most powerful business associations in the country, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, have launched a multimillion-dollar campaign against climate and energy legislation.

Climate Change Supercomputer Among UK’s Worst Polluters (Daily Mail)

The UK’s Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after finding its £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain’s worst polluters.