A Few Things Ill Considered

A layman's take on the science of Global Warming featuring a guide on How to Talk to a Climate Sceptic.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

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Another week of GW news - October 29

(Courtesy of H.E.Taylor - jump to the bottom)

I suspect we are going to hear a lot about the Stern Report in the near future:


Click here to read the rest of the news for the week

Seems like all of the GHG levels are up, up, up:

In the hurricane wars:

The "THC shutdown, Europe cooling" scenario is back:

CERN is investigating the cosmic ray hypothesis:

Meanwhile in near earth orbit:

James Hansen has written a couple of article for YaleGlobal:

The impacts of GW are becoming clearer:

A conference on coral reefs heard some dire predictions:

And then there are the tropical rainforests:

Sea levels are rising:

And speaking of floods & droughts:

The troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:

Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

Meanwhile in the journals:

Before we get into politics, there was some science done:

Meanwhile on the Kyoto-2 front:

And back at Kyoto-1:

Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:

And on the American political front:

The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:

While on the UK political front:

And in Europe:

In Australia, the Howard government has been spooked

In Canada, the minority Conservatives 'Clean Air Act' is being widely panned:

Meanwhile a coalition of political, business, and environment groups

Also in Canada, environmental activist David Suzuki is retiring:

  • 2006/10/27: Yahoo: Environmentalist Suzuki to quit spotlight for simple life
    "Nobody any longer knows what a sustainable future is," the bearded, bespectacled environmentalist told Reuters in a recent interview in Australia to promote his book, "David Suzuki: The Autobiography." "I feel like we are in a giant car heading for a brick wall at 100 miles an hour and everyone in the car is arguing where they want to sit. For God's sake, someone has to say put the brakes on and turn the wheel."

The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:

The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:

Yes Virginia, humans are in a state of ecological overshoot:

Apocalypso anyone?:

As for how the media handles the science:

DeSmogBlog covered a conference of Environmental Journalists:

Here is something for your library:

And for your film & video enjoyment:

Meanwhile in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:

The betting meme is back:

Wrestling over a new energy infrastructure continues unabated:

Increasing efficiencies will be necessary:

The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:

The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

Coby Beck is posting his his excellent "How to Talk to a Global Warming Sceptic" series on GristMill:

The original is still on his own blog:

Btw, Andrew Dessler is also moving to GristMill:

Then there was the usual news and commentary:

And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:

--regards--

-het

PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here

--

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
only after the last river has been poisoned,
only after the last fish has been caught,
only then will you find that money can not be eaten.

-Cree prophecy

Global Warming: http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/enviro/globalwarming.html

GW News: http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/enviro/gwnews.html

GW News Archive: http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/enviro/gwna.html

H.E. Taylor http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/


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7 Comments:

  • At October 29, 2006 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Coby, I don't get the idea behind the massive data dumps you are foisting on visitors to your site recently.

    Your site is becoming almost unnavigable (and unreadable) with these overweight postings.

    What is your reasoning behind them?

    - Paul G.

     
  • At October 29, 2006 9:20 PM, Blogger coby said…

    It's simply a one-stop overview of what came out in the week concerning climate science and politics. I used to find it very useful in sci.environment and was not alone in that judging by the gratitude people expressed to HETaylor. I like to glance through and see if there were any issues or developments that I missed. I find that in general HET presents links to quality sites. It shouldn't be too hard to ignore if you're not interested. Would it help if there were a "jump to bottom" link at the top?

    I intend it as a weekly feature.

     
  • At October 29, 2006 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes, a "jump to bottom" link would be helpful.

    But I disagree that it is simply an "overview". It is a GW onslaught that overwhelms and paralyzes critical thought of any type.

    As you are all to aware, most Canadians simply "tune out" the alarmist GW news with the result that nothing of substance is done.

    - Paul G.

     
  • At October 30, 2006 6:17 AM, Blogger Acteon said…

    Paul,

    If it is all too much for you please feel free to watch some television. It is an excellent resource tool. There is no obligation to read everything...

     
  • At October 30, 2006 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Re: "Coby, I don't get the idea behind the massive data dumps you are foisting on visitors to your site recently."

    and:

    "But I disagree that it is simply an "overview". It is a GW onslaught that overwhelms and paralyzes critical thought of any type.

    As you are all to aware, most Canadians simply "tune out" the alarmist GW news with the result that nothing of substance is done."

    ====================================

    Paul G., I believe the idea behind the "data dumps" is to show how conclusive the science of climate change is in favour of the anthropogenic argument. Is it that you don't like these "dumps" because you disagree with the premise of them?

    As for being "a GW onslaught that overwhelms and paralyzes critical thought of any type", I completely disagree. It provides much contemplative material which can be used by policymakers and scholars to make progress and to connect the dots, so to speak.

    Paul G., I think you complain simply because Coby's postings add significant clout to the mountain of evidence that global warming is occurring and that it is largely the result of human activities.

    -Stephen Berg

     
  • At October 30, 2006 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ====Acteon said... ===
    Paul,

    If it is all too much for you please feel free to watch some television. It is an excellent resource tool. There is no obligation to read everything...
    ======================

    You must be kidding, watch the boob tube? Reading information, and the internet is far more interesting, and it is also interactive.

    Going online has been a far more informative source of information, both good and bad, about AGW.

    - Paul G.

     
  • At October 31, 2006 12:14 PM, Blogger Peter Hearnden said…

    I tend to agree with Paul G. AFTIC is rather swamped by this GW news stuff. I spent ages (well, internet ages - a few seconds...) trying to find the end of the first lot.

    I'm not to say GW news isn't good - it is, nor to dispute any of it. It does just swamp the place.

    Would a RC like '( more )' option be an idea?

     

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