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.

Monday, November 13, 2006

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Another week of GW news - November 12, 2006

(Courtesy of H.E.Taylor, here is this week's GW news roundup
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Two big stories headline this week: Nairobi and the Greenland/Antarctic linkage:

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The UNFCCC COP/MOP 2 and COP 12 meetings are underway Nairobi:

There is still some chatter about the Stern report:

Another worrisome report from the UK, this time from the IPPR:

Recent GHG statistics are not encouraging:

And you can throw in a dash of abrupt climate change:

That El Nino is going to stick around:

Meanwhile in the hurricane wars:

Glaciers are melting:

Meanwhile in near earth orbit:

More GW impacts are being seen:

And then there are the tropical rainforests:

The prospect of rising sea levels has some preparing (or not):

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

Falling water levels in the Australian Murray-Darling river system is triggering hard decisions:

And speaking of floods & droughts:

Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

And on the carbon sequestration front:

Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:

A Scot has come up with an interesting device [Edinburgh Duck]:

Meanwhile in the journals:

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

Give them Ethics and next they'll want peace and prosperity!:

Kofi Annan has written an editorial on GW:

Here is somebody else with a Plan:

And why isn't anything happening?:

Meanwhile on the Kyoto front:

Meanwhile on the Kyoto-2 front:

And on the emissions trading front:

Australia has suddenly come out in favour of carbon trading. Can an election be far behind?:

This story got little US coverage:

On the American political front, the big news after the midterm election is the Democratic congress:

While in other US political news:

The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:

While on the UK political front:

Meanwhile in Europe:

The big news in Australia was the summit on the Murray-Darling rivers drying up:

Otherwise in Australia:

And in Kiwiland:

In Canada, minority neocon PM Harper continues his inaction:

While in the tricky issue of Canadian federal/provincial politics:

Not to mention the international Law of the Sea:

And in other Canadian news:

The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:

Regarding the difficult question of aviation & GHG production:

Apocalypso anyone?:

Yes we have no wacky weather, except:

It will be intersting to watch if the change in attitude percolates through his media empire:

Here is something for your library:

And for your film & video enjoyment:

Wrestling over a new energy infrastructure continues unabated:

And then there is the matter of efficiency:

The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:

The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

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

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.


"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: 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/




  • At November 16, 2006 6:52 PM, Blogger jo_bobtwc said…

    I don't get it...are these links supposed to confirm AGW? It is stated "The Atlantic circulation is an important issue in the global warming debate..." but no side is taken as to how this will affect the conclusions of the AGW theory. It seems to me this new data could easily benefit the skeptics as well as the fanatical believers in AGW.

  • At November 16, 2006 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is not whether the data "benefits" skeptics or fanatical AGW believers, it is whether it is good data.

    At least this article just reports the data; instead of immediately torquing it to fit the prevailing orthodoxy.

    - Paul G.

  • At November 16, 2006 10:49 PM, Blogger coby said…

    are these links supposed to confirm AGW?

    No, they are just wht is new this week in climate science and politics, no agenda...

  • At November 17, 2006 5:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You should look at this and see if you can answer it!


    I doubt you'll be able to do!

  • At November 17, 2006 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All that data and still no natural cause of AGW?

    I'm disappointed. The shills are really slipping.

  • At November 17, 2006 10:37 PM, Blogger coby said…

    Try http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2006/11/cuckoo-science/ for a response to that. I may do an article later, but it is something I would need to think about harder than I usually have to...

  • At November 18, 2006 2:37 AM, Blogger Big Gav said…

    Coby - thats one amazing set of links.

    Your global warming denial trolls make me laugh - I thought those guys had died out a year or two ago.

    Whenever I see these (usually anonymouse) people still spouting dated conspiracy theories Frank Luntz always comes to mind...


  • At December 13, 2006 9:58 PM, Blogger Freudian Slip said…

    Wow. There is a lot and I mean a lot of stuff to go through here! Thank you for gathering it, I'm diving in!

  • At December 16, 2006 4:47 PM, Blogger Mike Nutworth said…

    Good God! What a lot of info! I saw the Al gore film "An Inconveniant Truth" recently and this stuff is Sooo much more interesting and useful than that well-intentioned but ultimately rather boring film. Many Thanks from your fan Mike Nutsworth!

  • At December 16, 2006 4:52 PM, Blogger coby said…

    Thanks for the feedback Mike!

  • At December 16, 2006 11:30 PM, Blogger Suryabhan Yadav said…

    There is very good business scope in internet technology i found to come with google adsense.


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