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2009-03-23 16:38:51

A new guide distributed to negotiators of a new United Nations climate treaty says there is broad support among governments for stringent goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  However, opinion is divided on where such reductions should be made. The document, which is due to be presented at climate talks in Bonn from March 29-April 8, pares down the list of ideas to fight global warming as part of a new treaty to be agreed upon in December.  The original text, devised...

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2009-03-19 14:04:18

The head of the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) said Thursday that $750 billion in investments and a possible oil tax could be used as a "Green New Deal" to rescue the global economy and protect the environment. Achim Steiner listed five sectors in which the funding should be focused: improved energy efficiency for buildings, job creation in the solar and wind sectors, curbing poverty and combating global climate change. "The opportunity must not be lost," Steiner said in an interview with...

2009-03-18 08:00:00

Post-2012 Mechanisms Essential to Achieving Long Term Climate Protection Goals LISBON, Portugal, and NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior representatives from the Government of Portugal and its euro 354 million Carbon Fund joined in a seminar today with representatives of Natsource LLC -- a provider of asset management services, origination and structuring services, and advisory and research services in global emissions markets -- to discuss the goals for and potential shape of the...

2009-03-16 10:35:00

TOKYO and SOMERSET, N.J., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Raritan today announced that its power management solutions for helping data centers gain better insight on energy usage and costs and in identifying areas for improvement, will be available in other languages and support more currencies. The new release of Raritan's multi-language analytics software, Power IQ(TM) Energy Management Software, will support efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and data center energy consumption in more...

2009-03-12 08:48:00

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development: The need for urgent action has been emerging as a primary theme of the Copenhagen Climate Congress this week - including urgent action on mitigation strategies that complement aggressive cuts in CO2 emissions. "Everyone must understand the urgency of this matter and the potential costs," Danish Minister of Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard...

2009-03-01 12:08:00

A top British official says U.S. President Barack Obama may be able to convince nations to unite for an international treaty on climate change. The No. 1 thing will be for everyone to see that the United States is on an urgent and transformational path to a low-carbon economy -- that would have a galvanizing effect, said John Ashton, Britain's representative for climate change. Obama wants the United States at the forefront of international climate change and his representatives will...

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2009-02-27 16:00:00

European Union Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said on Friday that the world faces its final opportunity to reach an agreement to combat global climate change during an upcoming U.N.-led meeting in Copenhagen in December. World leaders from some 190 countries will meet in Copenhagen in hopes of reaching a consensus on a global framework to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. "It is now 12 years since Kyoto was created. This makes Copenhagen the world's last chance to...

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2009-02-26 14:59:57

A top Australian scientist said Thursday that the nation's bushfires, which have devastated Victoria state, have released millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  The Victoria fires, many of which are still burning, have killed more than 200 people and were the worst in Australia's history. Mark Adams of the University of Sydney said forest fires could become a growing source of carbon pollution as the Earth continues to warm, triggering a vicious cycle in which forests...

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2009-02-26 13:38:11

As the impact of a global economic recession grows, many experts fear that rich nations may not set ambitious targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Developed nations have generally aimed toward a greenhouse gas reduction of 15 percent from current levels. However, scientists employed by the U.N. say a 15 percent goal will not suffice. "We're beginning to see a rough alignment for the numbers for developed countries," Elliot Diringer of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in...

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2009-02-26 13:20:07

Former White House adviser Kenneth Lieberthal said Tuesday that the U.S. and China should hold a summit to reach a climate change consensus.  Such a move, he said, would help foster international support for a new global agreement by the end of the year. Lieberthal, a former National Security Council officer on Asia during the Clinton administration and now at the Brookings Institute, said the two nations should make combating global warming a focal point. Speaking from Beijing,...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'