Articles of Interest; New York Times

Wesley Bedrosian, NYT

Life After Land

July 18, 2011

Rosemary Rayfuse writes, “If the international community cannot or will not slow global warming, the least it can do is help those states prepare for life after land by recognizing a new category of state:  the deterritorialized state.”  Nations now risk becoming inhabitable and the article calls the UN to insist that the nation states maintain their sovereignty.  Proposed solutions:  try to acquire territory from another state, build artificial islands, or they could enter into a federation with another state.

Sizzle Factor for a Restless Climate

July 19, 2011

Shifting weather patterns influence energy demand, affect crop productivity and lead to weather-related disasters.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that the U.S. climate of the last 10 years was 1.5 degrees warmer than that of the 1970’s and the warmest since the first decade of the last century.  Based on climate history from NOAA it can help project what future Julys might look like.  By 2050, if business as usual persists, New Yorker can expect the number of days in July exceeding 95 degrees to triple.

U.S. and Europe Battle Over Carbon Fees for Airlines

July 27, 2011

January 1, the European Union will require all carriers entering or leaving its airports to either reduce their emissions or pay a charge.  The United States airline industry has argued that the E.U. has no legal right to regulate American carriers and the emissions that are released over other countries or into international airspace.  The E.U. might impose a landing charge instead.  Annie Petsonk, a lawyer who attended for the Environmental Defense Fund, said: “The E.U. system is not a tax — if you don’t want to pay you can reduce your emissions.”

According to the New York Times editorial, Airlines and Carbon, due to absence of a global deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the European Union’s plan is a reasonable attempt to address an urgent problem.  However, its facing enormous opposition:  China has threatened a trade war and India is protesting.