2013 December Environment & Climate News

Issue Date: 
December, 2013
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A panel of 50 scientists from 15 countries says the newest report from the United Nations on climate change is filled with concessions that its past predictions were too extreme and contains “at least 13 misleading or untrue statements and 11 further statements that are phrased in such a way that they mislead readers or misrepresent important aspects of the science.”

Also in this issue:

  • Mandatory labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms will raise food prices, according to a study by the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
  • The recovery of natural gas through smart drilling and hydraulic fracturing is cutting energy costs and raising living standards throughout the United States, a newly published study has found.
  • Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) signed into law a bill preventing county governments from banning genetically modified crops. Jackson County, which has scheduled a spring 2014 vote on the topic, was exempted and will be able to determine the issue for itself.
  • The Nebraska Climate Assessment and Response Committee will proceed with a study on the effects of natural climate change on the state, despite vigorous opposition from global warming activists.
  • Utah state and local officials reached a landmark settlement with the federal government to open access to roadways once closed due to a federal wilderness study area. The agreement could serve as a model for claims on thousands of other roads Utah counties have presented against the government.
  • Containment measures employed by energy production companies capture 99 percent of the methane released by natural gas fracking operations, scientists report in a peer-reviewed study published by the National Academy of Sciences. The study quiets fears raised by global warming alarmists.

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