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Another week of GW news - October 8
The big story of the week has to be the melting Arctic:
- 2006/10/06: CBC: New research turns up more evidence of warming Arctic waters - Abnormal water flows from the North Atlantic to the Arctic Ocean are causing unprecedented warming in some areas, new research collected this fall shows.
- 2006/10/05: TerraDaily: Arctic Fever Getting Hotter
- 2006/10/05: TerraDaily: Arctic Sea Ice Declines Again In 2006
- 2006/10/05: SciDaily: Continued Warming Of The Arctic Ocean
- 2006/10/04: SciDaily: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks As Temperatures Rise
- 2006/10/04: ENS: Arctic Sea Ice Melt Accelerating The Arctic Ocean will be ice-free by 2060 if current warming trends continue, scientists with the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said Tuesday.
- 2006/10/04: Globe&Mail: Arctic sea ice at all-time low, researchers say
- 2006/10/04: CanWest: The big melt: Canada's North on front line - Erosion, sea surges nibbling away Arctic infrastructure
- 2006/10/04: Eureka: Continued warming of the Arctic Ocean - Northernmost position of the new research vessel Maria S Merian
- 2006/10/04: Eureka: Arctic sea ice declines again in 2006, say University of Colorado researchers
- 2006/10/01: STimes: Ecological upheaval on the edge of the ice
- 2006/10/02: NatGeo: Polar Winds Depleting Ozone, Affecting Climate Change,Study Says
- 2006/10/02: PoliGateway: Climate change takes toll on Bering Sea
Here are several takes on atmosphereic CO2:
- 2006/10/08: ERabett: Hmm...CO2 mixing ratio records.
- 2006/10/04: RealClimate: Attribution of 20th Century climate change to CO2
- 2006/10/03: Australian: Air samples show build-up of CO2
In the hurricane wars, the Atlantic has been quiet, but the Pacific got whalloped:
- 2006/10/03: WaPo: Drones Expected to Be New Eye Into Little-Seen Part of Hurricanes [low level]
- 2006/10/04: Wunderground: October hurricane season outlook
- 2006/10/03: PhysOrg: Experts forecast one more Atlantic hurricane this season
- 2006/10/03: TerraDaily: Experts [Philip Klotzbach and William Gray] Forecast One More Atlantic Hurricane This Season
- 2006/10/03: TerraDaily: Typhoon Death Toll Nears 250 In Vietnam Philippines
- 2006/10/01: Wunderground: Vietnam bashed by Xangsane - Isaac headed to Newfoundland
- 2006/10/02: PlanetArk: Central Vietnam Clears Debris After Typhoon[Xangsane] Strikes [killing at least six]
- 2006/10/01: BBC: Six killed in Vietnamese typhoon [Xangsane]
And one of those gee whiz stories:
- 2006/10/03: NSU: Demise of the world's most famous iceberg - Swell from Alaskan storm breaks up megaberg [B-15A] at opposite end of the globe.
- 2006/10/02: Eureka: Alaskan storm cracks giant iceberg to pieces in faraway Antarctica - Study tracks surprising connection between distant events - A severe storm that occurred in the Gulf of Alaska in October 2005 generated an ocean swell that six days later broke apart a giant iceberg floating near the coast of Antarctica, more than 8,300 miles away.
More bullets in the ongoing discussion of ocean currents:
- 2006/10/04: Eureka: Ice Age North Atlantic temperatures, tropical oceans linked - Evidence that climate change can have a rapid effect on ocean circulation
- 2006/10/07: SciDaily: Researchers Link Ice Age Climate-change Records To Ocean Salinity
- 2006/10/04: Eureka: Researchers link Ice Age climate-change records to ocean salinity - Water is saltier during cold, fresher with tropical rain
- 2006/10/03: RealClimate: Carl Wunsch, The Economist and the Gulf Stream
Glaciers are melting:
Meanwhile in near earth orbit:
- 2006/10/05: ESA: MetOp to be launched on 17 October
- 2006/10/03: Eureka: NASA satellite data helps assess the health of Florida's coral reef
- 2006/10/02: DeSmogBlog: Anyone for a DSCOVR Bake Sale?
- 2006/10/02: ESA: MetOp launch postponed
El Niño has put in a reappearance:
- 2006/10/07: SciDaily: NASA Data Captures El Niño's Return In The Pacific
- 2006/10/05: NOAA: El Niño/Southern Oscillation - Diagnostic Discussion - Synopsis: El Niño conditions are likely to continue into early 2007.
- 2006/10/05: Eureka: NASA data captures El Niño's return in the Pacific
- 2006/10/03: ABC(Au): Chances of avoiding El Nino nil, climate centre says
- 2006/10/02: GristMill: A chat with climatologist Bill Patzert on global warming, super El Ninos, and ultra La Ninas
The ozone hole is apparently record size:
- 2006/10/03: Guardian(UK): Low temperatures increase ozone loss
- 2006/10/03: SciDaily: Record Ozone Loss During 2006 Over South Pole
- 2006/10/02: ESA: Record ozone loss during 2006 over South Pole
Southeast Asians slash and burn the tropical rainforest:
- 2006/10/05: TerraDaily: Haze From Indonesia Fires Chokes Region, Spreads Across Pacific
- 2006/10/06: ENN: Malaysia's Air Worsens as Haze Spreads
- 2006/10/03: PlanetArk: Smoke Haze Hangs Over Singapore as Indonesian Fires Rage
The impacts of GW are becoming clearer:
- 2006/10/06: PhysOrg: Global warming challenge to French winegrowers
- 2006/10/05: Eureka: Alaska study offers strategies to mitigate climate warming
- 2006/10/04: NZHerald: Global warming will threaten millions say climate scientists
- 2006/10/04: Guardian(UK): Study warns of stark costs of failing to counter climate change as leaders meet
- 2006/10/04: Eureka: Rising temperatures will lead to loss of trout habitat in the southern Appalachians
- 2006/10/04: Eureka: Alaskans feel the heat of global warming
- 2006/10/03: PlanetArk: Cut Emissions Now or Pay, UK Tells Climate Talks
- 2006/10/02: PlanetArk: Climate Report Seen Setting Out Scary Scenarios
Whatever the reason, this kind of thing makes me nervous:
- 2006/10/02: NSU: Where have all the aspen gone? The mysterious death of these trees in the western United States
The troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:
- 2006/10/04: Grist: Heat and Serve - Can industrial agriculture withstand climate change?
And speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2006/10/06: GDTE: Insufficient water to meet needs
- 2006/10/04: ClimateProgress: The Century of Drought
- 2006/10/05: ENS: Global Warming Could Spread Extreme Drought
- 2006/10/06: ClimateArk: Western Warming Warning - Climate change will worsen droughts, wildfires and die-offs in the region, a [NWF] report says.
- 2006/10/03: JFleck: Bad Drought Reporting: A Visual Aid
- 2006/10/04: CDreams: Independent(UK): The Century of Drought
- 2006/10/04: Independent(UK): The century of drought One third of the planet will be desert by the year 2100, say climate experts in the most dire warning yet of the effects of global warming
- 2006/10/03: PlanetArk: Spain Logs Second Year of Drought
Elsewhere on the mitigation front:
- 2006/10/07: Guardian(UK): Can planting trees really give you a clear carbon conscience?
- 2006/10/03: ClimateArk: Cutting emissions without an economic slow-down [ala PWC]
- 2006/10/02: TreeHugger: Dutch Bank Introduces "Climate Credit Card"
- 2006/10/02: UPI: Analysis: Climate action 'boosts economy'
And on the carbon sequestration front:
- 2006/10/06: ClimateArk: Carbon capture: climate saviour?
- 2006/09/26: UKY: Study Finds Plenty of Carbon Dioxide Storage Capacity Underground in Kentucky
The influence of the web [and generically any new medium] on the peer review system has come up for discussion:
- 2006/10/01: Yahoo: Web journals threaten peer-review system
- 2006/10/05: SPGCC: Alternatives to peer review
Not to mention publishing priorities:
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2005//: GISS: An emissions-based view of climate forcing by methane and tropospheric ozone. by Shindell, D.T. et al.
- 2006/10/03: PNAS: A theory for the atmospheric energy spectrum: Depth-limited temperature anomalies at the tropopause by R. Tulloch and K.S. Smith
- 2006/10/03: PNAS: Reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: A research perspective by R. W. Kates et al.
Meetings, we have meetings:
- 2006/10/05: DeSmogBlog: "Flat Earthers" absent from G8 climate change talks
- 2006/10/05: BBC: Mixed outcomes at climate talks Climate talks between the world's top 20 polluters have ended with an unusual level of agreement on the urgent need to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. But delegates at the Mexico talks also stressed the massive gap between the politics and science of climate change.
- 2006/10/02: BBC: Top 20 polluters gather in Mexico [for the Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development] Ministers from the world's top 20 polluting nations are gathering in Mexico for talks on climate change.
Meanwhile on the Kyoto front:
- 2006/10/03: Grist: Beyond Kyoto - A dispatch from a forward-looking climate conference in Germany
Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:
- 2006/10/05: EnvFin: UK calls for expanded carbon market
- 2006/10/06: PlanetArk: UK Favours Carbon Trading Over Jet Fuel Tax
- 2006/10/06: PlanetArk: UK Sees EU-Wide Carbon Capture Incentive from 2008
- 2006/10/05: CDreams: Europe's New Enclosure: The Sky - Slicing up the Earth's Atmosphere for Corporate Profit A main focus of ire was the European Trading System, in which governments issue tradable carbon emission permits to polluting industries. The European governments that set up the system are doing two huge things wrong: first, they're handing out too many permits, and second, they're giving them free to polluters, who then raise prices and reap windfall profits.
- 2006/10/06: PlanetArk: Canada Says Won't Rush to Set Emissions Targets
- 2006/10/03: TreeHugger: Record $1 Billion Emissions Reduction Purchase Made in China
- 2006/10/03: PlanetArk: EU Seeks Second Chance for Carbon Market from 2008 The European Union's executive will try in the coming weeks to revive its floundering carbon trading scheme from 2008, after a miscalculation on targets last year capsized its concept of driving emissions cuts.
- 2006/10/02: PlanetArk: Canada Emissions Trading Plan Awaits Ottawa Policy The Montreal Exchange could start its planned emissions trading by year-end if the federal government soon brings in the required environmental framework, President and Chief Executive Luc Bertrand said.
And on the American political front:
- Thomas: S.4039: Global Warming Reduction Act of 2006
- 2006/10/06: ClimateProgress: The Bipartisan Global Warming Reduction Act
- 2006/10/06: ClimateArk: California rushes in where Washington fears to tread
- 2006/10/04: CSW: The unfinished business of the National Climate Assessment scandal
- 2006/10/04: TreeHugger: Ask Your Candidates about Global Warming and Energy
- 2006/10/03: DeSmogBlog: US Supreme Court Sets Date for Climate Change Case
- 2006/10/03: DeSmogBlog: Jeffords Joins Democratic Senators in Querying Bush Censorship
- 2006/10/03: WorldChanging: Looking Under the Hood of the California Carbon Emissions Law
- 2006/10/03: PlanetArk: Scientists Question US Govt Air Pollution Decision
- 2006/10/01: DeSmogBlog: Bush Administration Raises the Art of Gagging to New Levels
- 2006/10/02: Deltoid: More examples of Bush administration muzzling scientists
- 2006/10/01: CP: Bush Touts Meaningless Greenhouse Gas Targets While Making his Double-U-Turn on Climate
- 2006/10/02: PlanetArk: US on Track With Greenhouse Goals, But too Easy?
- 2006/10/02: ENS: Senators Request Inquiry Into White House Global Warming Activities
A study on the US Northeast gives rise to some dire predictions:
- 2006/10/05: BostonGlobe: Study foresees sultry, snow-starved N.E. - Scientists' group ties CO2 output to increased heat
- 2006/10/04: Forbes: Scientists Issue Global Warming Report - Global warming could strain the Northeast's power grid, farms, forests and marine fisheries by the next century unless carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 3 percent each year, according to a report released Wednesday.
- 2006/10/04: Reuters: U.S. Northeast could warm drastically by 2100: study
On the subject of evangelicals & environment, this turn of phrase ["global scorching"] caught my eye:
- 2006/10/07: Philadelphia Inquirer: Focusing on the Planet - Religious leaders will gather in Philadelphia tomorrow to discuss global warming, and to recognize special days in several religious traditions. "Sacred Seasons, Sacred Earth: An Interfaith Call to Reflect and Act" will consider what believers can do to temper the effects of climate change that organizers call a "crisis of global scorching." "We felt that 'warming' was a term that is too pleasant," said Rabbi Arthur Waskow, who will moderate a panel discussion at tomorrow's event. "It's not honest. The heating is not some kind of benign warmth. It's dangerous."
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2006/10/06: PhysOrg: Al Gore keynote speaker at Dutch summit
- 2006/10/01: SPGCC: "An Inconvenient Truth" blitzkrieg
And on the UK political front:
- 2006/10/02: Guardian(UK): Green Cameron faces uphill battle - The Tories are finding their new, environmentally-friendly image hard to sell to their delegates
- 2006/10/02: PlanetArk: Science and Action on Climate Change Diverging - UK
While in New Zealand:
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2006/10/05: ABC(Au): Govt has no major greenhouse gas strategy: expert [DrGraeme Pearman]
- 2006/10/03: TheAge: Changing climate 'a threat to Australia's stability'
And in Japan:
- 2006/10/03: Asahi: Unusual allies unite on global warming [boreal forest fires, satellites]
- 2006/10/03: ClimateArk: Japan: Environment Ministry to get tough over carbon dioxide emissions
In Canada, the climate debate is warming up as it becomes clear how regressive the Conservatives are:
- 2006/10/07: ClimateArk: Canada: Environment minister angers Washington think tank
- 2006/10/06: PhysOrg: Canada faces gas emissions dilemma - how to deal with environmentally polluting emissions from its highly profitable Alberta oil fields
- 2006/10/05: TerraDaily: Canada Will Not Buy Pollution Rights - Canada will not use public money to buy carbon emission rights on an international market after failing to meet its targets to curb pollution under the Kyoto Protocol, Environment Minister Rona Ambrose said Thursday. "We will not use taxpayer money to play the emissions trading market, nor will we use taxpayer money to create an artificial market to buy and sell credits," Ambrose told a parliamentary committee on environment and sustainable development.
- 2006/10/04: TerraDaily: Canada Fires Ambassador To Arctic Council - Ottawa dismissed its ambassador to the world's main circumpolar council, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said Wednesday, putting efforts to bolster its claims to vast Arctic territories in doubt. Arctic Council envoy Jack Anawak was fired last month and his job was eliminated.
- 2006/10/05: Macleans: Ambrose promises to cut greenhouse emissions but sets no targets
- 2006/10/05: WaPo: Canada in Quandary Over Gas Emissions - Push for New Policy Puts Oil-Rich West At Odds With Big Automakers in East
- 2006/10/06: ENN: Canada [Environment Minister Rona Ambrose] Says It Won't Rush to Set Emissions Targets
- 2006/10/04: ClimateArk: Canadian firms lag in disclosing climatic impact
- 2006/10/02: Rabble: Harper ducks as the crunch approaches - The frenzied development of the Alberta tar sands has finally emerged into the political fray for what it is: a looming environmental disaster.
- 2006/10/03: PlanetArk: Canada Begins Talks on Tougher Auto-Emission Rules
- 2006/10/02: DeSmogBlog: Canadian Government Enjoys Politics of Perversity
- 2006/10/02: CanWest: Tories face balancing act as they prepare to unveil green plan
- 2006/09/30: ThisMag: Playing dirty - Coming clean on climate-change spin -- how the PR industry sold the "made in Canada" solution to global warming
Minority neocon PM Harper is doing his best to weasel out of Kyoto, while the opposition passes a bill to force his hand:
- 2006/10/05: ClimateArk: Canada under pressure over Kyoto Canada's Opposition parties have voted to force the minority Conservative Government to implement the Kyoto Protocol and meet emissions reduction targets the Government believes are unattainable.
- 2006/10/04: Canoe: Liberals' pro-Kyoto bill passes second reading in the Commons
- 2006/10/04: Tyee: How Ottawa Sabotaged Our Kyoto Pledge in 2002 - Chretien: protected petro profits - Quiet deal with oil industry locked in failure.
- 2006/10/06: DeSmogBlog: Canada's Kyoto Mess
- 2006/10/03: TStar: Get back to Kyoto, PM [Harper] urged
- 2006/10/02: ClimateArk: Harper's Canadian 'Kyoto' faces hurdles And the difficult question of aviation & GHG production is in the air:
- 2006/10/06: OilChange: Clampdown on Air Travel -- A Must?
- 2006/10/06: Guardian(UK): Clampdown on air travel 'a must' for Britain to meet climate target
The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:
- 2006/10/08: SlashDot: Mass Extinctions from Global Warming? [SciAm ref]
- 2006/10/06: Australian: This is the way the world ends
- 2006/10/06: HeraldSun: Scientist [Edward O. Wilson] Warns of Species' Extinction
- 2006/10/06: ENN: Scientist Warns of Species' Extinction As many as half the world's species may face extinction by 2100 because of pollution, climate change, human population growth and other influences, a renowned scientist dubbed "the father of biodiversity" told an audience here.
- 2006/09/27: NewScientist: Climate change: 'One degree and we're done for'
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2006/10/02: JFleck: More Bad Drought Reporting
- 2006/10/02: DeSmogBlog: Reams of Research, Ignored by The American Daily, Contradict Lindzen's Denial
Here is something for your library:
Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of the current generation:
- 2006/10/06: OilChange: Chevron Wins Greenwash Award
- 2006/10/03: AltEnergy: Clean Coal or Dirty Coal?
- 2006/10/08: ABC(Au): NSW Greens push for change in energy policy
- 2006/10/06: DeSmogBlog: A dirtier, less safe world? Bank on it
- 2006/10/05: TerraDaily: Norway Plans Three-Billion-Dollar Fund For Renewables
- 2006/10/06: PlanetArk: Norway Details US$3 Billion Renewable Energy Plan
- 2006/10/04: PlanetArk: Montana Announces Coal-to-Liquids Plant
- 2006/10/04: Asia Times: India pushes alternative fuels
- 2006/10/01: ABC(Au): Scientists create more efficient nuclear power fuel
The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:
Insurance and re-insurance companies are feeling the heat:
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2006/10/06: DeSmogBlog: "It is shocking children are being indoctrinated with such nonsense"
- 2006/10/06: DeSmogBlog: Climate Change Denial - Breaking the Holocaust Link
- 2006/10/04: ClimateProgress: Inhofe Says McCain has been Duped by the Media
- 2006/10/05: Deltoid: [Andrew] Bolt's abuse of science
- 2006/10/03: JFleck: Cigarettes and Global Warming
- 2006/10/04: ERabett: Amateur night...[CO2 concentration]
- 2006/10/04: Deltoid: More Nonsense about CO2
- 2006/10/04: DeSmogBlog: Sophomoric Province Newspaper Looking for a Silver Lining
- 2006/10/03: DeSmogBlog: Nature's Surprises Swamp Skeptics' Denials
- 2006/10/03: Stoat: CO2: just in case you thought some things are too mad to consider
- 2006/10/03: GristMill: Inhofe strikes back [on CNN]
- 2006/10/03: SPGCC: Lindzen class on global warming
- 2006/10/02: DeSmogBlog: Lomborg's Misdirection Defined and Dismissed
- 2006/10/02: DeSmogBlog: Skeptic Bill Gray Embarrasses Himself Again
- 2006/10/01: Deltoid: BBC Newsnight on Global Warming Denialists
- 2006/09/28: CJRDaily: Inhofe, Climate Change and Those Alarmist Reporters
- 2006/10/01: CSW: Pat Michaels, Virginia "State Climatologist"? A critical perspective on the issues
As Bob Park once said: "Alas, to wear the mantle of Galileo it is not enough that you be persecuted by an unkind establishment, you must also be right":
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2006/10/05: OilChange: Climate: The Time to Act is Now
- 2006/10/08: TechLinks: The Weather Channel Launches One Degree focused on creating a national dialogue around and humanizing the impact of global warming
- 2006/10/08: FPIF: A New Standard for Preventing Global Warming
- 2006/10/07: WorldChanging: The Canary Project
- 2006/10/03: ClimateProgress: The Climate Quote of the Week -- and the Climate Muzzling of the Week
- 2006/10/05: GristMill: Global warming tipping point alert: DuPont and Allianz
- 2006/10/05: SPGCC: Answers to a few [GW] questions
- 2006/10/05: WorldChanging: Carbon Blindness
- 2006/10/06: ClimateArk: Doubled carbon emission may be price of growth in India, China
- 2006/10/05: ENN: Get Ready for Freak Weather, World's Polluters Told
- 2006/10/05: JQuiggin: Common sense on climate change
- 2006/10/05: Stoat: News from Outer Space
- 2006/10/04: DeSmogBlog: World Bank to W: There Is No Free Climate Lunch
- 2006/10/04: TheHindu: Scientists to study global warming process in Indian Ocean
- 2006/10/04: JEB: On the use of the LGM to constrain climate sensitivity
- 2006/10/03: Stoat: A challenge to JA
- 2006/10/03: ArabNews: Global Warming and Human Version of the Laws of Physics
- 2006/10/02: DeSmogBlog: A Strained Day in the Climate Changing News
- 2006/10/02: NorthernEcho: Global warming rewrites the record books - We haven't had a September like it for 277 years.
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- Down to Earth
- EESI: Environmental and Energy Study Institute Briefings
- WWF on Climate Change
- European Commission on the Environment
- Metis: Discussion and announcements on climate science policy
- The Climate Change Caucus in the US House of Representatives
- PEARL: Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory
- Stefan Rahmstorf - List of Publications
- JEB: James' Empty Blog
- Konrad Steffen Research Group, CIRES/University of Colorado
- NASA:GSFC: ICESat (Ice, Cloud,and land Elevation Satellite)
- Publications - Innsbruck Tropical Glaciology Group (many in .pdf)
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here.
"The global challenge can be simply stated: To reach sustainability, humanity must increase the consumption levels of the world's poor, while at the same time reducing humanity's total ecological footprint. There must be technological advance, and personal change, and longer planning horizons. There must be greater respect, caring, and sharing across political boundaries. This will take decades to achieve even under the best of circumstances. No modern political party has garnered broad support for such a program, certainly not among the the rich and powerful, who could make room for growth among the poor by reducing their own footprints. Meanwhile, the global footprint gets larger every day."
-Meadows et al., Limits to Growth, page xv
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