Two Developments Climate Negotiators Should Heed

December 13, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Two news items from opposite ends of the carbon cycle are potentially hopeful signs for our planet’s climate – and in principle could have a positive bearing on the international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December.

The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported on a U.S. Geological Survey report [PDF] suggesting that economically extractable coal reserves in the United States, typically measured at some 240 years’ worth, could be substantially less abundant than previously thought – perhaps only half the estimated reserves.

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