Ah, travel. Here I sit in Madison, Wisconsin, ready for the beginning of the Society of Environmental Journalists conference — sans luggage.
But at least I got to really dig into The Wall Street Journal on my way here. Even in its new incarnation under Murdoch, the WSJ never fails to deliver a few items I just didn’t see anywhere else:
* The International Energy Agency is calling for $10 trillion in research into renewable energy and technologies to capture and control carbon dioxide, the most abundant of the greenhouse gases, over the next 20 years. That’s 37 percent more than what the agency called for just a year ago. The recommended $500 billion-a-year pace compares to about $100 billion annually now, Spencer Swartz and Selina Williams report.
* We were surprised to learn recently that geothermal energy causes earthquakes. But we hadn’t heard about the grassroots movement in Germany to stop carbon capture and storage — the holy grail of climate research, to hear some tell it — because some Germans are afraid of being suffocated. Apparently hundreds have died in the past when natural deposits of CO2 were suddenly unleashed. Naturally released, that it. Guy Chazan has an interesting look at the German protesters.
And now, off to my class on shooting news video.