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 08, 2006

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Another week of GW news - October 8

The big story of the week has to be the melting Arctic:

Here are several takes on atmosphereic CO2:

In the hurricane wars, the Atlantic has been quiet, but the Pacific got whalloped:

And one of those gee whiz stories:

More bullets in the ongoing discussion of ocean currents:

Glaciers are melting:

Meanwhile in near earth orbit:

El Niño has put in a reappearance:

The ozone hole is apparently record size:

Southeast Asians slash and burn the tropical rainforest:

The impacts of GW are becoming clearer:

Whatever the reason, this kind of thing makes me nervous:

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

And speaking of floods & droughts:

Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

And on the carbon sequestration front:

The influence of the web [and generically any new medium] on the peer review system has come up for discussion:

Not to mention publishing priorities:

Meanwhile in the journals:

Meetings, we have meetings:

Meanwhile on the Kyoto front:

Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:

And on the American political front:

A study on the US Northeast gives rise to some dire predictions:

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:

And on the UK political front:

While in New Zealand:

Meanwhile in Australia:

And in Japan:

In Canada, the climate debate is warming up as it becomes clear how regressive the Conservatives are:

Minority neocon PM Harper is doing his best to weasel out of Kyoto, while the opposition passes a bill to force his hand:

The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:

Apocalypso anyone?:

As for how the media handles the science of climatology:

Here is something for your library:

Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of the current generation:

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:

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:

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


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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