On the global warming front, some really bad news and some good news.
Bad news first: Sea levels are rising twice as fast as had been thought (via)
As evidence mounts, it is clear the uncertainly in the 2007 IPCC report meant the report was much too optimistic. Those cracks in the ice sheets on Greenland are most definitely bad news. And both Greenland and the Antarctic are showing increased melting which indicates the 2 year old report did not capture the seriousness of the problem. Current predictions based on new evidence are that the sea levels will rise between 50 cm and 100 cm -- or very roughly more than 2 to 4 feet by 2100. Never fear, it can get worse: according to Scientific American, moving the ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica to the sea through melt or as ice bergs would raise sea levels by 200 feet.
Okay, enough of the very bad news.
The good news is even Republicans who don't believe in or care about global warming are warming to the idea of renewable energy from the sun especially if they can get some help in financing their solar installations for their homes. They like the fact that they can use their savings in energy costs for their other toys. Berkeley's great idea (funding residential solar installations through property tax loans) is catching on fast. As the guy who put this in place in Berkeley said, this idea is viral.