Up to Speed: Two Months, One Page
The summer of 2009 is the second hottest on record worldwide, only a tenth of a degree cooler than the all-time high, set in 1998.
Two German freighters inaugurate commercial use of the Northeast Passage, sailing from Siberia to Rotterdam through ice-free Arctic waters.
The Arctic is warmer than it's been in 2,000 years.
Only 57 percent of Americans believe there is solid evidence that the earth is warming, down from 77 percent in 2006.
The United States seeks to end international trade in polar bear parts. Until 2008, when polar bears were declared an endangered species, it was the world's largest importer of polar bear skins and trophies.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes the designation of 128 million acres of Alaska coastline as critical habitat for polar bears.
The president of the low-lying Maldives islands holds a cabinet meeting underwater.
In Sweden, labels in grocery stores and restaurants now inform consumers of the carbon footprint of their lingonberry jam and pannkakor.
A German geothermal plant apparently sets off an earthquake.
The U.S. company First Solar will build the world's largest solar-power plant—in China.
Public outcry scotched a plan to power a 36,000-acre wind farm in West Texas with 240 Chinese-built turbines.
The project's backers will now build the turbines in the United States. The World Bank's Clean Technology Fund is financing a new coal-fired power plant in Gujarat, India, that will likely be the largest new contributor of greenhouse gases in the world.
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