The New York Times on the Mayans' response to climate change The 2012 doomsday theories might be starting to get eerie in light of our recent weather, but scientists are saying that the civilization that those theories are linked to was directly correlated to changes in the weather, Sindya Bhanoo reports. The scientists, whose work is published in the journal Science, found that in the early classic Maya period, when it was "remarkably wet" populations and agriculture grew and leaders rose. As drought came along so did warfare. Bhanoo explains that "the researchers compared the climate record with an existing 'war index' — a log of hostile events based on how often certain keywords occurred in Maya inscriptions on stone monuments."
Wired on the environment in Washington Brandon Keim speculates on what's next for climate change in Washington. He says that while the Democrats' cap-and-trade bill will not be revived, but "there’s a demand for new ideas — and, at least for now, those ideas will be heard." What could be on the table? Infrastructure improvements and "cutting federal subsidies and insurance for development in sensitive areas" could be possibilities. Federal and/or private investments in clean energy and green technology might also be considered. Keim explains that the energy industry will also be examined "especially as the Environmental Protection Agency begins regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the largest U.S. source of carbon pollution."