Masdar City, NASA and BASIC

Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s richest cities and one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emitters. It sits on one-tenth of the world’s known oil reserves and has enough to keep producing at current rates well into next century.

But the sheikdom is trying to shift its energy mix. And, in no uncertain terms, it is declaring it wants a seat at the table of what it says is the next energy investment frontier: renewables.

More can be read about Masdar City, a $22 billion carbon-neutral, no-waste community, in The Australian.

Climate Progress references the latest report from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) on 2009 surface temperatures:

2009 was tied for the second warmest year in the modern record, a new NASA analysis of global surface temperature shows. The analysis, conducted by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, also shows that in the Southern Hemisphere, 2009 was the warmest year since modern records began in 1880….

January 2000 to December 2009 was the warmest decade on record. Throughout the last three decades, the GISS surface temperature record shows an upward trend of about 0.2°C (0.36°F) per decade.

The four so-called BASIC countries, Brazil, South Africa, India and China, met today in New Delhi and agreed to set out their plans to mitigate climate change to the UNFCC by the end of January. Source: Bloomberg.


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