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Another week of GW news - November 12, 2006
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Two big stories headline this week: Nairobi and the Greenland/Antarctic linkage:
- 2006/11/09: Nature: [Letter] One-to-one coupling of glacial climate variability in Greenland and Antarctica
- 2006/11/08: NSU: Climate warming 'seesaws' between the poles - Antarctic ice-drilling reveals linked cycle of warming and cooling.
- 2006/11/09: Eureka: Climate changes are linked between Greenland and the Antarctic
- 2006/11/10: Guardian(UK): Ice study reveals climate change 'seesaw'
- 2006/11/10: SciDaily: Climate Changes Are Linked Between Greenland And The Antarctic
- 2006/11/08: TreeHugger: Greenland and Antarctica Ice Caps Linked By Ocean Current
- 2006/11/08: PhysOrg: Ocean current links northern and southern hemisphere during Ice Age
The UNFCCC COP/MOP 2 and COP 12 meetings are underway Nairobi:
- 2006/11/: UNFCCC: United Nations Climate Change Conference - Nairobi 2006
- IGHIH - Nairobi 2006
- 2006/11/12: ClimateArk: Quick action demanded from climate change meet in Kenya
- 2006/11/11: CBS: U.N. climate talks on emissions caps falling behind, critics say; many watch U.S.
- 2006/11/11: UN: UN climate change negotiations progressing - UN official
- 2006/11/09: Reuters: Nairobi climate talks split on CDM carbon burial
- 2006/11/07: Yahoo: [Nairobi] Experts: Global warming threatens ruins
- 2006/11/10: ABC(Au): Australia criticised for comments at climate meeting
- 2006/11/10: PhysOrg: Peatlands disappearance of concern
A report released Friday at a U.N. conference in Kenya indicates clearing peat lands threatens the world's ability to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
- 2006/11/10: PhysOrg: Critics Say U.N. Climate Talks Lagging
- 2006/11/10: TerraDaily: Australia, Saudi Take Early Lead For Gaffes At UN Climate Parley
- 2006/11/10: NewsOne: Critics say U.N. climate talks lagging
- 2006/11/09: UN: With clock ticking on climate change, Annan calls for preventive and adaptive steps now
- 2006/11/09: WorldChanging: Climate Change COPS - A Report From Nairobi
- 2006/11/09: ClimateArk: US pressurised on protocol
Delegates to the Climate Conference in Nairobi yesterday moved into informal group discussions, with pressure mounting on the US to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
- 2006/11/09: BBC: Global climate efforts 'woeful'
Efforts to help developing nations adapt to the impacts of climate change have been called "woefully inadequate" by a UN-commissioned report.
- 2006/11/06: Guardian(UK): Africa needs help to avert climate change catastrophe, warns UN
- 2006/11/07: TerraDaily: UN Meet Debates Global Warming Strategies Amid Gloomy Warnings
- 2006/11/08: PlanetArk: Africa's Global Warming Hotspots Hit Poorest - Report
- 2006/11/08: PlanetArk: UN Talks Split on Date for Climate Fight Rules
A UN conference working to fix long-term rules to fight global warming beyond 2012 "as soon as possible" was split on Tuesday over whether that meant an accord should be struck in 2008, 2009 or even 2010.
- 2006/11/07: ClimateProgress: Kenya -- Dig It!
- 2006/11/07: TruthOut: Africans Are Already Facing Climate Change
- 2006/11/07: TerraDaily: ESA [European Space Agency] Joins UN Climate Talks In Kenya
- 2006/11/07: CanWest: U.S. reaffirms emissions cap opposition at UN conference on global warming
- 2006/11/07: STimes: Frozen climate talks [How best to proceed has frozen industrialized and developing nations]
- 2006/11/07: ENN: U.S. Reaffirms Emissions Cap Opposition
- 2006/11/07: Canoe: [Nairobi] U.S. claims results outside Kyoto
- 2006/11/07: CDreams: IPS: Billions Needed to Climate-Proof Africa
- 2006/11/06: CBC: Climate conference convenes in Kenya
- 2006/11/04: Yahoo: Scientific news grim for UN talks on global warming
- 2006/11/06: PhysOrg: Japan: China must commit on global warming
- 2006/11/03: TerraDaily: UN To Solve Emissions Crisis
- 2006/11/05: TerraDaily: African Countries Must Adapt To Climate Change Or Face Destruction
- 2006/11/07: PlanetArk: [Nairobi] Global Warming Threatens Poverty Reduction - Kenya
- 2006/11/06: ENS: [Nairobi] Climate Heating Most Serious Threat Facing Humanity
- 2006/11/06: MalaysiaSun: [Nairobi] Japan says China must commit on global warming
- 2006/11/06: OpenDem: [Nairobi] Climate change: new game, new rules, new outcome
- 2006/11/06: ClimateArk: [Nairobi] U.S. defends stance on emissions caps
- 2006/11/06: CDreams: AFP: UN Summit Seeks Ways to Stave off Climate Disaster
There is still some chatter about the Stern report:
- 2006/11/05: Guardian(UK): Stern measures and green hopes
- 2006/11/08: BBC: Stern vision 'needs new targets'
The Stern Review's recommendations on curbing climate change need a fresh set of global emissions targets, according to a leading environmental economist. Professor Michael Grubb said carbon trading would only be effective globally if a new deal were in place.
- 2006/11/02: Economist: It may be hot in Washington too
A big British report on global warming is really directed at the United States
- 2006/11/07: ClimateArk: United Kingdom: Ryanair boss [Michael O'Leary] labels flight critics 'econuts, idiots and headbangers'
The head of the no-frills airline Ryanair has launched a vitriolic attack on the Stern report on climate change, claiming that shooting the world's cow population would do more to combat global warming than banning low-cost air travel.
- 2006/11/05: Stoat: A bit more gnawing on the Stern bone
Another worrisome report from the UK, this time from the IPPR:
- 2006/11/09: Guardian(UK): Only a decade left to avoid climate change, says thinktank
- 2006/11/10: Guardian(UK): Only a decade left to avoid climate change, says thinktank
- 2006/11/09: DeSmogBlog: Disaster deadline shortened for emission-cutbacks in new [UK IPPR] study
Recent GHG statistics are not encouraging:
- 2006/11/12: TreeHugger: "Global Carbon Project" Reports Accelerating Carbon Dioxide Emissions
- 2006/11/12: ClimateArk: China Conference Warns Of Huge Increase In Carbon Emission Rates [3.2% between 2000 and 2005]
- 2006/11/11: ClimateArk: Global growth in carbon emissions is 'out of control'
The growth in global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels over the past five years was four times greater than for the preceding 10 years, according to a study that exposes critical flaws in the attempts to avert damaging climate change. Data on carbon dioxide emissions shows that the global growth rate was 3.2 per cent in the five years to 2005 compared with 0.8 per cent from 1990 to 1999, despite efforts to reduce carbon pollution through the Kyoto agreement.
- GCP: Global Carbon Project
- 2006/11/10: NewScientist: Carbon emissions rising faster than ever
- 2006/11/10: PhysOrg: New global analysis shows 400 percent increase in carbon dioxide emissions growth
The global growth in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels was 4 times greater in the period between 2000 to 2005 than in the preceding 10 years, say scientists gathering in Beijing today for an international conference on global environmental change.
- 2006/11/10: NSU: Carbon tally shows growing global problem - World summary of emissions reveals continuing gains
- 2006/11/08: Independent(UK): China to pass US greenhouse gas levels by 2010
- 2006/11/07: PhysOrg: China to surpass U.S. emissions levels [by 2009]
- 2006/11/07: ClimateArk: China: Nation to lead world in emissions by '09
- 2006/11/06: RealClimate: How much CO2 emission is too much?
- 2006/11/03: TerraDaily: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Reach Record Levels In 2005
And you can throw in a dash of abrupt climate change:
- 2006/11/12: ClimateArk: Melting ice turns up the heat - Latest research shows the Earth's climate could change quickly, and violently
- 2006/11/08: RealClimate: Revealed: Secrets of Abrupt Climate Shifts
That El Nino is going to stick around:
- 2006/11/09: PhysOrg: El Nino Expected to Continue Into 2007
- 2006/11/09: NOAA: El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Discussion
- 2006/11/10: JFleck: ENSO Update
- 2006/11/10: PlanetArk: El Nino Likely to Last into Early 2007, US Government [USCPC] Says
Meanwhile in the hurricane wars:
- 2006/11/12: Wunderground: Typhoon Chebi less destructive than feared
- 2006/11/12: BBC: Typhoon Chebi heads for Vietnam - A typhoon which has caused major flooding in the northern Philippines is heading towards central Vietnam.
- 2006/11/10: PhysOrg: Scientists to Study Hurricane Forecasts [at new Northern Gulf Institute]
- 2006/11/08: PhysOrg: Mild hurricane season considered over
- 2006/11/08: USAToday: ‘We dodged a bullet' in this hurricane season
Glaciers are melting:
- 2006/11/10: ENN: Climate Change Melting Fabled African Glaciers
- 2006/11/08: TreeHugger: Shrinking Swedish Glaciers Suggest Global Warming
Meanwhile in near earth orbit:
More GW impacts are being seen:
- 2006/11/12: BruneiTimes: Kenyan reef hurt by climate change
- 2006/11/12: Guardian(UK): African nomads to be first people wiped out by climate change
Kenya's herdsmen are facing extinction as global warming destroys their lands
- 2006/11/11: BBC: Warm winters 'ruin' currant crop
A Herefordshire farmer is warning of a shortage of blackcurrant squash and jam claiming global warming has affected his crop.
- 2006/11/09: Yahoo: Expert says oceans are turning acidic
- 2006/11/08: TruthOut: Climate Change Threatens Heritage Sites
- 2006/11/09: PhysOrg: Expert Says Oceans Are Turning Acidic
- 2006/11/09: TerraDaily: Impoverished Africa Shudders Under Global Warming Threat
- 2006/11/10: MSNBC: Carbon turning oceans acidic, experts warn - Climate conference told of 'major threat to marine organisms'
- 2006/11/10: ClimateArk: Oceans turning acidic, threatening food chain
- 2006/11/07: PhysOrg: Experts: Global Warming Threatens Ruins
- 2006/11/06: CSM: Africans are already facing climate change
- 2006/11/07: ClimateArk: Australia - Bushfire risk will double if emissions continue to rise
And then there are the tropical rainforests:
- 2006/11/11: IGHIH: US Stalling while Amazon Forest is Falling
- 2006/11/09: ENN: Environmental Group Says Record Rain Forest Destruction under Brazil's Silva
- 2006/11/07: PlanetArk: Brazil Proposes Fund to Protect Amazon
The prospect of rising sea levels has some preparing (or not):
- 2006/11/09: ABC(Au): Tas [Tasmanian] planners must prepare for rising seas: scientist
- 2006/11/07: Tyee: Denial as Projections Place BC Cities Under Water - Dyke plans, property values don't reflect sea rise predictions
- 2006/11/10: PlanetArk: Scientists Say Millions Could Flee Rising Seas
- 2006/11/09: CoralCoE: Reef warns of sea level rise
- 2006/11/09: CSM: How to keep New York afloat - With sea levels rising, once-a-century floods may become once-in-20-years events. One solution: huge storm-surge barriers.
- 2006/11/09: SciDaily: Reef Warns Of Sea Level Rise
The troubling issue of falling food production is not going away:
- 2006/11/09: Yahoo: Climate change threatens agricultural crisis: UN
- 2006/11/09: ENN: Climate Change Threatens Agricultural Crisis, UN Says
- 2006/11/09: PlanetArk: Climate Change Threatens Agricultural Crisis - UN
- 2006/11/03: EPI: Exploding U.S. Grain Demand for Automotive Fuel Threatens World Food Security and Political Stability
Falling water levels in the Australian Murray-Darling river system is triggering hard decisions:
- 2006/11/12: ABC(Au): Pumping halt prompts fears for Murray River system - Conservationists fear a signficant wetland system on Victoria's Murray River will die if an emergency water supply is abandoned
And speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2006/11/10: ABC(Au): 2.4 million suffer water shortage in south China
- 2006/11/08: PlanetArk: Water Flow in China's Yellow River Hits Record Low
- 2006/11/08: Guardian(UK): Australia suffers worst drought in 1,000 years - Depleted reservoirs, failed crops and arid farmland spark global warming tussle
- 2006/11/06: Yahoo: "Frightening" study predicts hotter, drier Australia
- 2006/11/06: ClimateProgress: A U.S.-China [drought] Race with No Winners
Elsewhere on the mitigation front:
- 2006/11/12: TreeHugger: Liquid Chimney Could Reduce Global Warming
- 2006/11/09: PD: One billion trees
- 2006/11/09: Guardian(UK): Nobel laureate urges world to plant a billion trees
- 2006/11/09: PlanetArk: Africa's Nobel Laureate Says Plant a Billion Trees
- 2006/11/09: Guardian(UK): Nobel laureate urges world to plant a billion trees
- 2006/11/08: PhysOrg: Nobel laureate [Wangari Maathai] has 1 billion tree plan
- 2006/11/05: CanWest: Idea that forests are 'carbon sinks' going down drain
And on the carbon sequestration front:
- 2006/11/08: TerraDaily: New [CO2 sequestration] Technology Could Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:
- 2006/11/06: PhysOrg: Honey, I cooled the planet: Odd ideas in global warming crisis
Efforts to tackle global warming through politics are falling so pitifully short of what is needed that ideas dismissed just a few years ago as weird science are now getting a serious hearing.
- 2006/11/06: TerraDaily: Space Sunshade Might Be Feasible In Global Warming Emergency
A Scot has come up with an interesting device [Edinburgh Duck]:
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2006/11/08: CPD: Differences between repeated borehole temperature logs in the southern Canadian Prairies-validating borehole climatology by J. Majorowicz et al.
- 2006/11/07: CPD: Climate of the last glacial maximum: sensitivity studies and model-data comparison with the LOVECLIM coupled model by D. M. Roche et al.
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2006/11/08: TerraDaily: Ocean Organisms May be Linked to Cloud Formation
- 2006/11/08: TerraDaily: Many Weather Factors Needed for Accurate Climate Change Predictions
- 2006/11/08: SciDaily: Land Surface Evaporation Increased During The Second Half Of The 20th Century
- 2006/11/07: NSU: Drillers get into Antarctic seabed - Project [ANDRILL] aims for 7 million years of climate records
- 2006/11/07: PhysOrg: Ocean Creatures Linked to Cloud Cover Increases
- 2006/11/09: SciDaily: Researchers Link Ocean Organisms With Increased Cloud Cover And Potential Climate Change
- 2006/11/07: ClimateArk: In Ancient Fossils, Seeds of a New Debate on Warming
- 2006/11/07: SciDaily: Many Weather Factors Needed For Accurate Climate Change Predictions
- 2006/11/07: SciDaily: Surface Temperatures In China To Rise Despite Falling Solar Radiation Reaching The Surface
- 2006/11/06: TerraDaily: Waves In The Atmosphere May Strengthen Tornadoes
- 2006/11/06: TerraDaily: Ancestor of Modern Trees Preserves Record Of Ancient [350 mya] Climate Change
- 2006/11/06: Purdue: Many weather factors needed for accurate climate change predictions
Give them Ethics and next they'll want peace and prosperity!:
- 2006/11/10: SI: The Moral Climate
- 2006/11/09: CSM: Ethical questions add new twist to climate-change debate - Report seeks stronger focus on ethical issues in negotiations on greenhouse gases.
- 2006/11/08: Eureka: New report cites ethics and justice as critical in world's approach to climate change
Kofi Annan has written an editorial on GW:
- 2006/11/12: ArabNews: As Climate Changes, Can We? [by Kofi Annan]
- 2006/11/09: TruthOut: As Climate Changes, Can We? by Kofi Annan
- 2006/11/08: WaPo: As Climate Changes, Can We? by Kofi Annan
- 2006/11/08: DeSmogBlog: Kofi Annan: "There is still time for all our societies to change course..."
Here is somebody else with a Plan:
- 2006/11/06: Guardian(UK): Synchronised thinking
Plenty of people are calling for a global effort to reduce carbon emissions, but only one group has offered a viable way of doing it
- 2006/11/06: EnergyBulletin: Synchronised thinking [ISPO]
- The Simultaneous Policy
A peaceful political strategy to democratically drive all the world's nations to apply global solutions to global problems, including combatting global warming and environmental destruction, regulating economic globalization for the good of all, and delivering social justice, peace and security, and sustainable prosperity.
And why isn't anything happening?:
Meanwhile on the Kyoto front:
- 2006/11/10: GristMill: Arguing about the Kyoto Protocol
- 2006/11/11: EastStandard: Division over review of the Kyoto Protocol
- 2006/11/10: CNN: U.N.: Canada not pulling out of Kyoto pact
- 2006/11/09: PlanetArk: Indigenous People See Harm from Kyoto Warming Pact [with hydropower projects or plantations of fast-growing trees]
Meanwhile on the Kyoto-2 front:
And on the emissions trading front:
- 2006/11/10: Yahoo: Despite their problems, carbon markets are here to stay, say experts
- 2006/11/09: PhysOrg: EU set for purchase of more carbon units
- 2006/11/09: TerraDaily: EU Risks Undermining Emissions Trading System
- 2006/11/10: ENN: EU Environment Chief Urges Member States Not to Undermine Emissions Trading Plan
- 2006/11/10: [Viewpoint] 'Obscenity' of carbon trading
If we want to curb climate change, carbon trading won't do, argues Kevin Smith in the Green Room this week. From the Stern Review to Europe's Emissions Trading Scheme, he argues, the aim of reducing emissions has been perverted by neo-liberal dogma and corporate self-interest.
- 2006/11/04: GreenLeft: 'Market solutions' won't stop climate catastrophe
- 2006/11/09: PlanetArk: Investors Wary of Kyoto Carbon Market Controls
- 2006/11/07: PlanetArk: Global Climate Market Framework Seen 2010 - UN
- 2006/11/07: PlanetArk: Japan to Meet Kyoto Goals but Opposes Penalties
Australia has suddenly come out in favour of carbon trading. Can an election be far behind?:
- 2006/11/12: RadioNZ: Australia keen to join global carbon trading scheme
- 2006/11/11: ABC(Au): [Federal Treasurer, Peter] Costello pushes for carbon trading
This story got little US coverage:
On the American political front, the big news after the midterm election is the Democratic congress:
- 2006/11/10: EnergyBulletin: Boxer pledges shift on global warming
- 2006/11/10: PhysOrg: [US Senator Barbara] Boxer (D-Cal) Pledges Shift on Global Warming
- 2006/11/10: GristMill: No more Inhofe to kick around?
- 2006/11/09: NewsPress: Boxer pledges shift on global warming policy with new Senate role
- 2006/11/08: ClimateProgress: The New Congress needs to Do MORE than just Debate Climate Change and Hold Hearings
- 2006/11/09: Deltoid: Barton and Inhofe [will no longer chair their Committees]
While in other US political news:
- 2006/11/10: DailyStar: US environmental policy, or how to wear swimsuits to work
- 2006/11/09: CSM: New sermon from the evangelical pulpit: global warming
- 2006/11/06: GristMill: [Seattle Mayor] Greg Nickels and global warming
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
While on the UK political front:
- 2006/11/12: Guardian(UK): Britain 'at war' on climate change [says Michael Meacher]
- 2006/11/11: Guardian(UK): UK presses for climate change fund for Africa
- 2006/11/09: PlanetArk: Between Britons' Green Rhetoric and Reality
Meanwhile in Europe:
- 2006/11/10: PlanetArk: EU's [Stavros] Dimas Challenges States on Emissions Plans
- 2006/11/10: PlanetArk: EU's [Stavros] Dimas Says CO2 Emission Decisions Due Nov 29
The European Commission will issue its decisions to accept or reject some member states' carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allocations plans on Nov. 29, the EU's environment commissioner said on Thursday.
- 2006/11/09: PlanetArk: Merkel Vows to Forge EU Deal on Post-Kyoto Regime
- 2006/11/08: PlanetArk: EU to Move up Tougher Car Emissions Standards
- 2006/11/07: ENN: Italy Swings Its Support Back to Kyoto and Beyond
- 2006/11/05: TerraDaily: European Carmakers Oppose New EU CO2 Emissions Laws
- 2006/11/07: PlanetArk: In Europe, Coats are Old Hat as Global Warming Grips
- 2006/11/07: PlanetArk: Spain Says CO2 Emissions Falling for First Time
The big news in Australia was the summit on the Murray-Darling rivers drying up:
- 2006/11/07: ABC(Au): Australia experiencing worst drought in 1,000 years, summit told
- 2006/11/07: ClimateArk: Australia: Summit's plan for one-in-1000-year drought
The Commonwealth and four states today promised tough measures to protect inland towns from going dry after experts said the drought could be the worst in 1000 years.
- 2006/11/06: ABC(Au): [Victorian Premier, Steve] Bracks to tackle PM on climate change, interest rates [at water summit]
- 2006/11/07: ABC(Au): Academic warns of climate change impact
- 2006/11/06: TerraDaily: Australia Warned Of 'Frightening' Climate Change
- 2006/11/07: PlanetArk: "Frightening" Study Predicts Hotter, Drier Australia
- 2006/11/06: ABC(Au): (transcript) Leaders face tough decisions on Murray-Darling
Otherwise in Australia:
- 2006/11/12: ABC(Au): Costello wrong on carbon scheme timing: Opposition
- 2006/11/12: TheAge: Global warming on front burner
- 2006/11/12: ClimateArk: Australia: Climate change tests Howard's stomach for rational reform
- 2006/11/12: ClimateArk: Australia: PM's windy rhetoric denounced as a scare tactic
- 2006/11/12: CarbonSink: Windmills from South Head to Malabar [Aus pol]
- 2006/11/09: ABC(Au): Councils urged to consider global warming issues
- 2006/11/10: ABC(Au): [Australian] Greens are angry at the rejection of a proposed Senate inquiry into the future impact of climate change on rural communities
- 2006/11/10: ABC(Au): [Australian] Greens hit out at Senate inquiry rejection
- 2006/11/08: Grist: Heart of a Howard - Australia plagued by historic drought, not-so-responsive leadership
- 2006/11/07: JFleck: It Gets Worse [Australia's once-in-thousand-year drought]
- 2006/11/07: CosmosMag: Australia: six degrees hotter by 2070
- 2006/11/07: ABC(Au): [Brisbane City] Council waits for [Lord Mayor Campbell] Newman over Kyoto decision
- 2006/11/07: AdelaideNow: Worst drought in a millennium
- 2006/11/07: PhysOrg: Expert [River Murray Water GM, David Dreverman] says Australian drought is 'worst in 1,000 years'
- 2006/11/06: ABC(Au): Rainfall to drop 40 per cent by 2070: [CSIRO] study
- 2006/11/06: ClimateArk: Australia: At last, the economy meets the environment
And in Kiwiland:
- 2006/11/12: NZHerald: Global warming a concern for most NZers - Nearly 60 per cent of New Zealanders are concerned or very concerned about the effects of global warming, a new mini poll reveals.
In Canada, minority neocon PM Harper continues his inaction:
- 2006/11/09: CBC: Harper 'twiddling his thumbs' on climate change: Graham
- 2006/11/07: Grist: Deceivin' Stephen - Canadians clamor for climate action while their leader ducks the issue
- 2006/11/08: DeSmogBlog: Legal Opinion Finds Canada in Violation of Kyoto
- 2006/11/07: Globe&Mail: EU skeptical on cancelled climate talks - Officials challenge Prime Minister's story, call for Ottawa to meet Kyoto obligations
- 2006/11/06: DeSmogBlog: Globe Comparison Humiliates Harper GHG Plan
- 2006/11/07: PlanetArk: Canada Raises Kyoto Eyebrows by Killing EU Summit
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ruffled some European feathers by putting off a bilateral summit with the European Union that was just weeks away.
While in the tricky issue of Canadian federal/provincial politics:
Not to mention the international Law of the Sea:
- 2006/11/06: Grist: Thou Shalt Not Passage - Canada, U.S. debate shipping rights in legendary Northwest Passage
- 2006/11/05: WaPo: Melting Arctic Makes Way for Man - Researchers Aboard Icebreaker Say Shipping Could Add to Risks for Ecosystem
And in other Canadian news:
- 2006/11/08: CBC: Environment a priority for more Canadians, poll suggests
- 2006/11/08: DeSmogBlog: Imagine if They Called a Global Climate Crisis and Canada Didn't Show Up
- 2006/11/09: CBC: Canadians' reliance on cars, trucks driving up greenhouse gases: StatsCan
The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:
- 2006/11/10: TruthOut: City Residents Vote to Tax Selves for Carbon Use - Boulder surcharge on coal aims to reduce emissions tied to global warming
- 2006/11/09: ABC(Au): [Australian] Government rules out carbon tax
- 2006/11/07: CanWest: Public surprisingly ready to accept a 'carbon tax'
Regarding the difficult question of aviation & GHG production:
- 2006/11/10: PlanetArk: EU Commission Wants Aviation in Main Carbon Scheme
- 2006/11/09: PlanetArk: EU Rebuffs US Opposition to Aviation in CO2 Plan
- 2006/11/06: INQ7: Doomsday warning
- 2006/11/06: Eureka: Accelerating loss of ocean species threatens human well-being
Yes we have no wacky weather, except:
It will be intersting to watch if the change in attitude percolates through his media empire:
- 2006/11/06: TerraDaily: Rupert Murdoch Changes Mind On Global Warming
- 2006/11/06: THP: Dear Leader Rupert
- 2006/11/06: ABC(Au): [Media mogul, Rupert] Murdoch says US death toll in Iraq 'minute'
Mr Murdoch also says he has had a change of heart on climate change and now believes global action is needed - although not in the form of the US-opposed Kyoto Protocol.
Here is something for your library:
- 2006/11/12: Guardian(UK): Who will save the Earth? [5 Book Reviews]
_Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning_ by George Monbiot
_Global Warning: The Last Chance for Change_ by Paul Brown
_Funny Weather by Kate Evans
_Planet Earth: The Future_ by Fergus Beeley
_The Rough Guide to Climate Change_ by Robert Henson
- 2006/11/10: EnergyBulletin: [Book Review] _Heat: How To Stop The Planet Burning_ by George Monbiot
And for your film & video enjoyment:
- 2006/11/11: FramingScience: You Live, You Learn: New Documentary "The Great Warming" Pushes the Morality Frame on Climate Change; Backed by Coalition of Enviros, Evangelicals, and Alanis Morissette
- 2006/11/09: CSW: "Science Fiction" -- PBS "America's Investigative Reports" program on science reporter Paul Thacker
Wrestling over a new energy infrastructure continues unabated:
- 2006/11/09: FuturePundit: Energy Research Seen Necessary For Emissions Reductions
- 2006/11/11: ClimateArk: United Kingdom: Coal revival a backward step
- 2006/11/09: ENN: International Energy Agency Warns of Effects of Rise in Coal Consumption
- 2006/11/09: OilDrum: The North American Red Queen: Our Natural Gas Treadmill
- 2006/11/09: TEB: Build More Nuclear Plants [says IEA]
- 2006/11/09: TEB: SunPower Predicts Rosey, but Slow, Picture for PV Solar
- 2006/11/08: ABC(Au): Power provider looks to expand remote solar power
The Northern Territory's electricity provider [The Power and Water Corporation] is planning to expand its use of solar power in remote communities now that it is cheaper to run than diesel generators.
- 2006/11/08: NewScientist: Geothermal power plants could also consume CO2
- 2006/11/07: TerraDaily: IEA Sees Nuclear Power As Part Of Future Energy Solution
- 2006/11/07: TerraDaily: IEA Warns Current Energy System Doomed To Failure
- 2006/11/08: TreeHugger: EEStor Ultra Capacitors: The Science Explained
- 2006/11/07: NewScientist: World faces 'dirty, insecure' energy future
- 2006/11/06: TerraDaily: China's Coal Addiction Causing Environmental Disaster
- 2006/11/07: TreeHugger: Solar Tower Project Pipped at the Post
- 2006/11/07: ClimateArk: [Texas] Committed to Coal, and in a Hurry, Too
- 2006/11/07: Reuters: IEA backs nuclear power in climate change battle
- 2006/11/07: BBC: World risks 'dirty' energy future
The world could be dependent on "dirty, insecure and expensive" energy by 2030, an influential report has warned. Current trends showed that demand for power was set to grow by 53% by 2030, the International Energy Agency said.
- 2006/11/07: TStar: Ontario to harvest solar power - Three farms coming in three years - North America's largest solar project
- 2006/11/: HarvardMag: The Ethanol Illusion - Can we move beyond an energy policy running on hype and hot air?
- 2006/11/05: VBeat: Why cellulosic ethanol will not save us?
- 2006/11/01: FTimes: World urged to build more N-plants [by IEA]
- 2006/11/06: TruthOut: Alternative Energy Lighting It Up
- 2006/11/06: PeakEnergy: A Tidal Wave Of Power?
And then there is the matter of efficiency:
- 2006/11/11: EnergyBulletin: EU directive on energy-using products could force monumental changes [via efficiency documentation]
The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:
- 2006/11/09: PlanetArk: Climate Change Seen as Opportunity for UK Business
- 2006/11/08: PlanetArk: Britain to Start National Carbon Cut Consultations [for local businesses]
- 2006/11/06: Guardian(UK): Climate change produces little shift in corporate attitudes
- 2006/11/06: ClimateArk: Australia: Survey reveals corporate attitude to climate change
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2006/11/12: Deltoid: Even Monckton's inadequate correction is wrong
- 2006/11/11: Deltoid: Bolt lost in stratosphere
- 2006/11/10: RealClimate: English vineyards again?
- 2006/11/11: ABC(US): Experts Confront 'Forces of Darkness' on Warming
Scientists Strategize on Countering What They Say Is a Persistent Disinformation Campaign on Global Warming
- 2006/11/10: ERabett: Dan Johnson wins...or virtue rewarded...
- 2006/11/09: ERabett: Stratospheric cooling rears its ugly head...
- 2006/11/09: ERabett: Singing a different tune...[Monckton, Huang etc]
- 2006/11/11: JQuiggin: More amateur climatology from Andrew Bolt
- 2006/11/10: DeSmogBlog: Another Zinger from Singer: Can The Movie Be Far Behind?
- 2006/11/10: DeSmogBlog: PR Guy Tim Ball in Love with Publicity? We Think Not
- 2006/11/10: DeSmogBlog: Jimmy Inhofe: Don't Let the Slamming Door Hit You on Your Way Out
- 2006/11/09: DeSmogBlog: Judge CEI "Experts" by the Company They Keep
- 2006/11/09: Deltoid: More Monckton
- 2006/11/09: RealClimate: Broadly Misleading
- 2006/11/09: RealClimate: Cuckoo Science
- 2006/11/09: DeSmogBlog: AEI Seeks Scientists for Sale: $10,000 to First Taker
- 2006/11/08: DeSmogBlog: Climate spin turns to hyper-mode with Dem wins
- 2006/11/07: DeSmogBlog: Wall Street Journal's Op-ed Editors Get Bjorn-Again!
- 2006/11/07: DeSmogBlog: [NRESP] Now Really Secret Payments
- 2006/11/07: CSW: Anticipating the denialist attack on authors of the IPCC climate change assessment
- 2006/11/05: Telegraph(UK): Climate chaos? Don't believe it [Christopher Monckton]
- 2006/11/06: JQuiggin: Parallel universe quiz [fun with deniers]
- 2006/11/06: DeSmogBlog: Are the Estonians funding the NRSP?
- 2006/11/06: DeSmogBlog: Suzuki (the Car Company): Idiocy on Wheels
- 2006/11/05: Deltoid: Chinese navy [in 1421] disproves global warming
Coby Beck is continuing to post his excellent "How to Talk to a Global Warming Sceptic" series on GristMill:
- 2006/11/09: GristMill: Antarctic sea ice is increasing
- 2006/11/10: GristMill: Sea level in the Arctic is falling
- 2006/11/08: GristMill: But the glaciers are not melting
- 2006/11/07: GristMill: Global warming stopped in 1998
- 2006/11/05: GristMill: What about mid-century cooling?
- 2006/11/06: GristMill: Antarctic ice is growing
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2006/11/11: GristMill: Observations show climate sensitivity is not very high
- 2006/11/10: ClimateArk: Japan: Climate change to test our adaptability
- 2006/11/10: PlanetArk: Extreme Weather Costs China Billions Each Year
- 2006/11/09: MSNBC: The Worst of Both Worlds?
Scare stories about global warming may end up justifying policies that hurt the economy without much curbing of greenhouse gases.
- 2006/11/09: PlanetArk: Illinois Mulls Building Greenhouse Gas Pipeline
- 2006/11/06: Guardian(UK): Climate protest draws 20,000 people [London]
- 2006/11/08: JEB: Is (climate) change bad?
- 2006/11/08: DeSmogBlog: Extereme weather study hammers another nail into the coffin of climate-change skepticism
- 2006/11/07: IMC: Environmental Scientists Battle Despair and Depression Over End Times
- 2006/11/07: EnergyBulletin: Letters to the editor: global warming
- 2006/11/08: ArabNews: Needed: A Faster Response to Climate Change
- 2006/11/06: GristMill: Something Fishy: Climate survival guide
- 2006/11/07: Guardian(UK): Global warning isn't working
- 2006/11/06: BtP: The Developing Countries and Global Warming
- 2006/11/06: ClimateProgress: The Ship of Things to Come
- 2006/11/05: GristMill: Possible futures and uncovered pasts
- 2006/11/06: GristMill: Tipping points
- 2006/11/06: GristMill: Aha! moments
- 2006/11/06: GristMill: Scary movies [reaction to GW news]
- 2006/11/06: JFleck: Climate Change, Variability, and Darfur
- 2006/11/06: SciDaily: Study Questions Squeaky-clean Reputation Of Service Industries In Climate Change
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- IGHIH: It's Getting Hot In Here
- GCP: Global Carbon Project
- CACC: Campaign against Climate Change
- EPICA: European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica
- CRU: STARDEX - Statistical and Regional dynamical Downscaling of Extremes for European regions
- DeSmogBlog - Clearing the air on climate change
- Rising Tide (UK) - Taking Action on the Root Causes of Climate Change
- CCI: Mass Balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet using precision GPS measurements
- UTexas: AGASEA: Airborne geophysical survey of the Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica
- Climate Change Action
- Climate Justice Now!
- Climate IMC
- CRU: Climatic Research Unit - Information Sheets
- Bryan's Blog [Bryan Lawrence]
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here.
"We are living in the midst of an ecological catastrophe every bit as tragic as that of the slaughter of the buffalo and the passenger pigeon. Wherever one looks there are governmental policies that are equally blind, economic rationales equally compelling. All memory is convulsed in an upheaval of violence. There is a fire burning over the Earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame and reinventing the poetry of diversity is the most important challenge of our time."
-Wade Davis in The Cloud Leopard
Global Warming: http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/enviro/globalwarming.html
GW News Archive: http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/enviro/gwna.html
H.E. Taylor http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/