CABINET-MAKING: With Obama's national security team now officially introduced, all eyes turn to his looming environmental appointments -- although TNR's Bradford Plumer wonders why Obama didn't include an energy secretary in today's lineup, given his stated position that "energy security is national security." Regardless, big changes are forthcoming to the EPA and DOI, as the Washington Post reported Friday, along with this list of possible candidates. (Sources: CNN, TNR's The Vine blog, Washington Post)

POZNAN: In keeping with its tradition of holding climate-change summits in cities George Bush can't pronounce, the United Nations opened talks in Poznan, Poland, today in hopes of creating a new, meatier Kyoto Protocol. The U.S. delegation defended Bush's unpopular environmental policies, and President-elect Obama won praise in absentia from the international crowd for his green pledges. (Sources: Christian-Science MonitorReuters)

LOGGING OFF: Following recent news that the Amazon lost 4,800 square miles of forest during a 12-month period, Brazil announced plans today to cut back deforestation in the rainforest by 70 percent over the next 10 years. (Sources: Physorg.comAFP via Yahoo! News)

FULL GREENHOUSE: The NYT's Dot Earth blog published a post this afternoon highlighting the unhurried tenure of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, using cartoonist Marc Roberts' comic strip as the news peg. (Source: Dot Earth)

SOUTHERN LIVING: Antarctica has more species than the Galapagos Islands, according to British and German scientists who discovered the surprising biodiversity during their inventory of land and sea animals there. (Source: ScienceDaily)

"THE DAYS OF FOSSIL FUEL ARE OVER": Ted Turner appeared on Sunday's "Meet the Press" and answered for his recent opposition to an auto-industry bailout. He backed off a little, but stood by a good point: Why invest in an industry that's shown little ability to adapt? (Source: MSNBC)

Russell McLendon ( @russmclendon ) writes about humans and other wildlife.

Last Call
Obama's cabinetry; Poznan: the new Kyoto?; Brazil to cut tree-cutting; CO2's overstayed welcome; life in the South Pole; the Mouth of the South on saving Detroi