04/23/2012 09:31 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Climate Change This Week: New Polls, Threatened Energy Facilities and More

Both the New York Times and Forbes report that new polls show an uptick in concern about climate change among Americans, a majority of whom now believe that global warming and climate change contribute to increasingly worse US weather, from heat waves and drought to record snowfalls...

Japan, move over: sea level rise will threaten hundreds of US energy facilities by 2030 with flooding, according to a new Climate Central analysis of data from a trio of federal agencies -- and some of the US Senate listened.

Meanwhile, Japanese companies are going for the green, as their government prepares to start a feed-in tariff in July, requiring energy facilities to buy green energy from companies and individuals alike; Softbank is already planning to build 10 massive solar plants across Japan, reports the Japan Times.

Viva La Green Revolution, Mexico! The national senate there just recently passed a vote, 78-0, to enshrine long-term climate targets into national legislation, reports BBC's Richard Black.

Birthing beetles bludgeon
western US forests because climate change now results in a longer warmer summer, allowing these critters to breed twice rather than just once, according to new research, reports Rema Rahman at the Associated Press.

Hope everyone had a Happy Earth Day. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are available.