Some news

Yay news!

Here's what's been going on in the world, for better or for worse.

According to Romm, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that we're up to about 386 ppm - an increase of 2.28 ppm since last year (although the measurements are preliminary - I'll keep y'all updated).

So, 64ppm in 41 years... not lookin' good, and that doesn't take run-away climate shifts that may add to this number into account.

On the other hand, according to Yglesias, high-speed rail has been included in the stimulus package to a degree that makes him - an unabashed urbanist, which I'll post about at some point - pretty happy. I'm happy too; more rail means less cars, and while they're not the most pressing issue in terms of causing climate change (coal plants are!), they could be responsible for two wedges. We'll see.

In related news, I saw Daniel Sperling on the Daily Show the other night (well, morning; I watch it online), and he thinks that we'll be at 2 billion cars in the next 15 years. Uh, yay? Depending on how we go, though, that may not be a bad thing - they might all be hybrid/plug-ins. But probably not.

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