Justin Bloom, Bloomberg: Emerging markets are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations, a report concluded.
A study of 55 nations -- including China, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay and Kenya -- found that they've installed a combined 142 gigawatts from 2008 to 2013. The 143 percent growth in renewables in those markets compares with an 84 percent rate in wealthier nations, which installed 213 megawatts, according to a report released today by Climatescope.
The boom in renewables is often made for economic reasons, Ethan Zindler, a Washington-based Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst, said in an interview. An island nation like Jamaica, where wholesale power costs about $300 a megawatt-hour, could generate electricity from solar panels for about half as much. Similarly, wind power in Nicaragua may be half as expensive as traditional energy. read more
Jessica Schulberg, New Republic: The debate over the legitimacy of the Iraq War was never about whether or not Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction at some point in history. It is well known that Saddam Hussein used a variety of chemical weapons against Iran during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s -- and the U.S., eager to see the destruction of the nascent Islamic Republic of Iran, aided him in creating the program. But on September 12, 2002, President Bush described a different threat while making the case for the 2003 Iraq invasion: "Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons." The Times' investigation doesn't mention any findings of biological weapons. He went on, "The regime is rebuilding and expanding facilities capable of producing chemical weapons." According to the investigation, the chemical weapons discovered by U.S. soldiers after the 2003 invasion were all manufactured before 1991. read more
Sebastian Martinez, Newsy: Scientists often look to the world's oceans to study how fast the planet's been warming, but new reports show that over the last few decades, they haven't gotten the full picture.
The reports, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, say that estimates of ocean temperatures since 1970 have been too low, because the models for regions with little data were too conservative.
Still, the warming isn't uniform.
SAM CHAMPION, THE WEATHER CHANNEL: "While the upper portions of the oceans, they continue to absorb heat from global warming, these pictures show that the deeper sections of the ocean have not ... these findings are really just trying to understand the different levels of the ocean."
The Telegraph: Cannabis can be as addictive as heroin or alcohol, causes mental health problems and can lead to hard drug use, according to a major new study led by a leading British expert on addiction.
The research, conducted over 20 years by Professor Wayne Hall, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, links use of cannabis to a wide range of harmful side-effects, from mental illness to lower academic attainment to impaired driving ability.
Smoking the class-'B' drug while pregnant is linked with reduced birth weights, while long-term use can cause cancer, bronchitis and heart attacks, according to the paper. read more
Linked on the front of Matt Drudge's The Drudge Report is an interview of a one Dr. Benny Peiser, who is quoted as saying, ""What has happened is that the public has become more sceptical because they were told we are facing Doomsday, and suddenly they realise Where is the warming that we were promised?'" He continued, "They say we can predict the climate and the reality is that they can't."
Quoting the Express article, "Because of this so-called 'global warming hiatus', Dr Peiser says climate change is not as pressing of an issue as it once was, a fact that should be embraced by the scientific community."
Sourcewatch.com reports that Dr. Benny Peiser's "is a UK social anthropologist and AGW denier listed among the Heartland Institute 'Global warming experts' despite having no evident expertise in climate science or policy." Even so, Matt Drudge deems Peiser worthy of his front page. read more