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Another week of GW news - November 19, 2006
The Nairobi conference is covered in a seperate posting. See "Another week of GW news - Nairobi"
The Stern Review is still causing ripples:
- 2006/11/19: JQuiggin: The Stern Review and the long tail
- 2006/11/15: SF Gate: The cost of climate change
- 2006/11/15: JQuiggin: Stern on the cost of climate stabilisation
- 2006/11/16: JQuiggin: Stern on discounting and risk
- 2006/11/17: JQuiggin: Stern on the costs of climate change, Part 1
- 2006/11/17: The Age: Stern seeks international united front - Sir Nicholas Stern politely urges John Howard to embrace Kyoto
- 2006/11/15: SameFacts: Stern report 3: sensitivities, sceptics, and Doomsday
- 2006/11/15: CDreams: MiamiHerald: Global Warming: Don't Ignore the Risks
- 2006/11/15: CDreams: SF Chronicle: The Cost of Climate Change
- 2006/11/15: ABC(Au): Financial groups warn of $1 trillion climate change cost
Fifteen of the world's largest financial institutions are warning that extreme weather linked to climate change could cost more than $1 trillion a year by the year 2040.
- 2006/11/13: Guardian(UK): Doomed to failure
The carbon reduction proposals in the Stern review are not enough to save the planet. We must recognise that there are limits to economic growth
- 2006/11/12: SameFacts: Stern report 2: the ABC
At the APEC conference:
- 2006/11/18: ABC(Au): Howard flags carbon trading scheme at APEC summit
- 2006/11/18: SundayTelegraph: Climate change topic at APEC summit
- 2006/11/14: TerraDaily: Australian PM To Embrace Carbon Trading At APEC
- 2006/11/13: ABC(US): U.N. climate fight seen more flexible after 2012
- 2006/11/13: SwissInfo: Leuenberger considers problems facing Africa
Environment Minister Moritz Leuenberger is visiting Kenya and Ethiopia this week to take part in the post-Kyoto climate talks and discuss Swiss-African cooperation.
As for recent GHG statistics:
- 2006/11/14: FuturePundit: CO2 Emissions Rate Of Increase Accelerating
- 2006/11/15: PlanetArk: US 2005 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise 0.6 Percent - Govt
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: Germany Vows Crackdown after Emissions Rise
This strikes me as a significant unknown:
- 2006/11/17: SciDaily: Striking Deep Current Reversal In The Tropical Pacific Ocean
- 2006/11/14: TerraDaily: The Striking Deep Current Reversal In The Tropical Pacific Ocean
- 2006/11/13: Eureka: The striking deep current reversal in the tropical Pacific Ocean
An El Nino is currently underway:
Not to mention the ozone hole:
- 2006/11/11: IPSNews: Ailments Surge as Ozone Hole Widens
- 2006/11/15: PlanetArk: Kyoto Deal on [ozone destroying refrigerant gas] HFC Funding Delayed to 2007 - UN
Remember the hurricane wars?:
- 2006/11/16: CBC: Hurricane [Sergio] gains strength off Mexico's Pacific coast [Cat 2]
- 2006/11/15: PlanetArk: Tropical Storm Sergio Forms off Mexican Pacific
There has been some pre-AR4 chatter:
- 2006/11/14: CAN: U.N. assesses climate change: Scientists offer 'much stronger' evidence of how man is changing the world's environment.
- 2006/11/13: CDreams: AP: [AR4] Report to Offer Climate Change Evidence
- 2006/11/13: CBC: UN climate report [AR4] 'bound to have major impact,' says scientist
Meanwhile glaciers are melting:
- 2006/11/19: Stuff(NZ): Global warming to hit [New Zealand's Southern] Alps hard
- 2006/11/18: ClimateArk: Global warming: Tibet's lofty glaciers melt away
Research by scientists shows that the ice fields on the roof of the world are disappearing faster than anyone thought.
- 2006/11/13: PlanetArk: Climate Change Melting Fabled African Glaciers
And the Arctic:
- 2006/11/16: PhysOrg: State of the Arctic -- Warming, Melting
- 2006/11/17: CDreams: AP: Signs of Warming Continue in the Arctic
- 2006/11/17: Yahoo: Signs of warming continue in the Arctic
- 2006/11/17: CBC: More signs of warming in Arctic
- 2006/11/17: ADN: Arctic resists warming - New patterns of cooling ocean currents, winds suggest region is struggling to keep its balance.
The AMS released a draft statement on Climate Change:
- 2006/11/: AMS: (pdf) Draft AMS Statement on Climate Change
- 2006/11/17: Stoat: Draft AMS statement on climate change
The impacts of GW are becoming clearer:
- 2006/11/18: DailyIndia: Climate change impacting migratory species: UN report
- 2006/11/16: UN: Migratory species face particular risk from climate change - UN report
- 2006/11/16: BBC: Some of the world's most spectacular migratory animals will be severely affected by climate change, according to a new United Nations report
- 2006/11/16: TruthOut: Polar Bear Survival Rate Falls as Climate Warms
- 2006/11/16: DeSmogBlog: New study: polar bear survival rate falling
- 2006/11/14: TerraDaily: Global Warming Triggers North Sea Temperature Rise
- 2006/11/18: ClimateArk: Siberian heatwave brings chilling warning
- 2006/11/17: PlanetArk: Polar Bear Survival Rate Falls as Climate Warms - Study
- 2006/11/17: PlanetArk: Migratory Animals Most at Risk from Warming - UN
- 2006/11/17: SciDaily: Climate Change Creates Dramatic Decline In Red-winged Black Bird Population
- 2006/11/16: ZMag: African nomads to be first people wiped out by climate change
- 2006/11/15: Reuters: Warm weather wrecks bears' winter slumber [in southwestern Siberia]
- 2006/11/15: SciDaily: Global Warming Increases Species Extinctions Worldwide
- 2006/11/15: SciDaily: Effects Of Global Environmental Change On Human Health
- 2006/11/14: TruthOut: Global Warming Could Wipe Out Most Birds: WWF
- 2006/11/14: TruthOut: Scientists: Climate Change Fueling Fires
- 2006/11/14: ABC(Au): Global warming could wipe out most birds: WWF
- 2006/11/14: PhysOrg: Scientists: Climate Change Fueling Fires
- 2006/11/14: PhysOrg: Diseases Appear on Rise With Temperature
- 2006/11/14: PhysOrg: Global warming triggers North Sea temperature rise: report
- 2006/11/14: PhysOrg: Study: Species extinctions are increasing
- 2006/11/14: Grist: Herd It Through the Decline - Climate change ravages land and livelihoods of Kenya's nomadic herders
- 2006/11/14: TheAge: Warming threat to Australian species
Nearly three-quarters of all bird species in north-east Australia and more than a third in Europe could become extinct unless efforts to stop global warming are stepped up, a report said today.
- 2006/11/13: Eureka: Some animals won't adapt to climate change
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: Global Warming Could Wipe out Most Birds -- WWF
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: Ice-Melt Isolates Remote Communities in Canada
- 2006/11/14: Eureka: Global warming increases species extinctions worldwide
- 2006/11/14: Yahoo: Global warming could wipe out most birds: WWF
- 2006/11/13: PlanetArk: Climate Change Affects Health too - Scientist
- 2006/11/13: Eureka: Climate change creates dramatic decline in red-winged black bird population
Then there are the tropical rainforests:
- 2006/11/18: SciDaily: End Of Deforestation In View? Experts Advance New Way To Size Up Global Forest Resources
- 2006/11/14: AllAfrica:PANOS: Uganda: 'Return Our Forest'
- 2006/11/14: BBC: Study hopeful for world's forests [deforestation rate: 13 million hectares per year]
Speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2006/11/18: BBC: At least 56 people have been killed in recent flash floods in western Afghanistan
- 2006/11/17: BBC: A dam in the eastern Kenya is close to bursting under the strain of waters swollen by torrential rains, United Nations staff have warned
- 2006/11/14: NSU: Climate change blamed for India's monsoon misery - Erratic rains and water mismanagement cause death and destruction
- 2006/11/13: VOA: Kenya Floods Take Lives as Climate Change Conference Continues
- 2006/11/13: BBC: At least 21 people have been killed and 60,000 have been made homeless in eastern Kenya after severe flooding, according to the Kenyan Red Cross.
The troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:
Yes we have no wacky weather, except:
- 2006/11/16: TerraDaily: At Least Seven Dead As Tornado Hits North Carolina
- 2006/11/16: CBC: Death toll climbs after severe storms in U.S. South
- 2006/11/16: CBC: 125,000 still without power after B.C. storm
Elsewhere on the mitigation front:
- 2006/11/14: Yahoo: No magic bullet for carbon pollution, says IEA chief
- 2006/11/16: CNN: Scientists: Pollution could combat global warming
And on the carbon sequestration front:
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2006/11/14: PNAS: Feasibility of cooling the Earth with a cloud of small spacecraft near the inner Lagrange point (L1) by Roger Angel
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2006/11/16: ABC(Au): Sea robots aid climate research
- 2006/11/17: TerraDaily: Polar Expedition To Siberian Lake Will Yield Details Of Past Climate
- 2006/11/13: TerraDaily: Phytoplankton Cloud Dance
- 2006/11/13: Eureka: Ice-breaker Polarstern to explore uncharted seafloor [under the Larsen B platform along the Antarctic Peninsula]
- 2006/11/12: Eureka: Scientists urge collaborative action to address effects of global environmental change
Here is a counterintuitive feedback:
- 2006/11/17: SciDaily: Forest Fires May Lead To Cooling Of Northern Climate
- 2006/11/16: Eureka: Fires in far northern forests to have cooling, not warming, effect
- 2006/11/16: Eureka: Forest fires may lead to cooling of northern climate - Brighter, snowy surface offsets impact of greenhouse gases, UCI study finds
The Pielke fanclub is in fine fettle:
Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:
- 2006/11/19: GreenLeft: No to carbon trading: make the polluters pay
- 2006/11/17: ABC(Au): New greenhouse gas scheme pays farmers for carbon rights
- 2006/11/17: Edie: Emissions trading could cover more than carbon
- 2006/11/17: PlanetArk: Carbon Offsetting: Does it Work?
- 2006/11/17: PlanetArk: Australia to Link its New Carbon Market Globally
- 2006/11/17: PlanetArk: World Bank Urges CO2 Markets to Invest in Africa
- 2006/11/14: HeraldSun: [Australian] Business welcomes carbon trading
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: EU Eyes New Gases, Trading Periods for CO2 Scheme
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: EU Says CO2 Price to Adjust to Value, Scarcity Key
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: EU Seeks to Expand, Strengthen CO2 Trading Scheme
- 2006/11/12: GristMill: Carbon trading problems
- 2006/11/13: PlanetArk: Russia Eyes Emission Trade Rule [by the] End 06 - UN Official
Lists, we have lists:
- 2006/11/13: PhysOrg: Sweden Tops Climate Change List
- 2006/11/14: WaPo: Sweden Tops Climate Change List
- 2006/11/14: WaPo: Climate Efforts Falling Short, Report Says
Sweden, Britain and Denmark are doing the most to protect against climate change, but their efforts are not nearly enough, according to a report released Monday by environmental groups. The United States -- the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases -- ranked 53rd, with only China, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia doing worse.
In the international arena:
- 2006/11/16: Guardian(UK): Miliband: US must sign up to new climate deal
- 2006/11/17: ABC(Au): Punitive tariffs on the table for non-Kyoto countries
- 2006/11/16: AlterNet: USA: Wanted for Crimes Against the Planet
- 2006/11/10: OpenDem: Climate change: the global test
How do you suppose the WTO would take to these tariffs?
- 2006/11/16: TruthOut: French Vow to Act Against Kyoto Evaders
- 2006/11/14: Grist: No More McDonald's For Them - French prime minister proposes an import tax on Kyoto-averse countries
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: French PM Proposes Taxing States that Shun Kyoto
Oh yeah, the US has an effective veto. Oh well:
And on the American political front:
- 2006/11/19: FTimes: Congress set to take a new view of global warming
- 2006/11/18: GristMill: Out-hofe?
- 2006/11/18: CSW: "Bush administration censorship key issue in next Congress"
- 2006/11/14: OilChange: Will the New Congress Act on Climate?
- 2006/11/14: PewClimate: Implications of the 2006 Elections for US Climate Policy
- 2006/11/15: Oikos: Political climate change in the United States
- 2006/11/18: Reuters: U.N. climate pact unlikely until after Bush: experts
- 2006/11/18: WaPo: Party Shift May Make Warming a Hill Priority
- 2006/11/17: JFleck: Warner and Inhofe Do Something
- 2006/11/17: Reuters: Washington rejects Senators' calls on climate caps
George W. Bush's administration on Friday rejected calls by top U.S. Democratic senators to cap greenhouse gas emissions, saying the president's policies were working better than those of many other industrialised nations.
- 2006/11/17: YorkDispatch: White House to monitor 'cap-and-trade' global-warming strategy [of California and other states and nations]
- 2006/11/15: Guardian(UK): The gas guzzlers muzzled [Inhofe out]
- 2006/11/15: CDreams: SL Trib: Mayors Urged to Link War, Climate
- 2006/11/14: McClatchy: Boxer plans Senate hearings on global warming
- 2006/11/14: GristMill: If this is what a "priority" looks like...
- 2006/11/13: GristMill: Prospects for climate action in Congress
- 2006/11/14: McClatchy: Boxer plans Senate hearings on global warming
While in the hope springs eternal department:
- 2006/11/18: PhysOrg: Analysis: U.S. Nearing Emissions Control
- 2006/11/18: IHT: Climate science, economics, politics push U.S., others towards emissions controls
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2006/11/19: TheAge: People to push for climate action: Gore
- 2006/11/17: ERabett: An inconvenient DVD
- 2006/11/17: ClimateArk: Three changes on the road to sustainability The climate evangelist is walking the talk on ethical investment
- 2006/11/15: ABC(Au): Nature of climate change debate changing: Gore
While on the UK political front:
- 2006/11/13: Independent(UK): Blair faces revolt over [lack of] C02 targets
- 2006/11/16: Guardian(UK): Independent body will monitor cuts but annual climate change targets ruled out
- 2006/11/15: Guardian(UK): Climate change bill to balance environmental and energy concerns
- 2006/11/15: Guardian(UK): 'Blair is fudging and stalling' - Reaction to the climate change bill announced today in the Queen's speech
- 2006/11/15: Guardian(UK): Labour aims high on CO2 reduction to avoid backbench revolt
- 2006/11/15: Guardian(UK): Miliband denies cabinet split over climate bill
- 2006/11/15: NSU: Britain aims to take lead on aggressive carbon cuts - Policy experts call for measures to go even further
- 2006/11/15: Stoat: Labour aims high on CO2 reduction to avoid backbench revolt?
- 2006/11/15: BBC: Climate bill sets carbon target
A climate change bill will make the UK government's long-term goal of a 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 a legally binding target. The bill, outlined in the Queen's Speech, will also establish a "Carbon Committee" to ensure the target is met.
But it makes no reference to annual CO2 reductions targets,
which opposition parties and environmentalists deem necessary
to tackle global warming.
- 2006/11/15: Guardian(UK): [British Environment Secretary, David] Miliband: binding carbon targets are 'silly'
- 2006/11/13: Guardian(UK): Poll delivers blow to government's climate change policy - Key energy report 'ineffectual' say experts
- 2006/11/13: Guardian(UK): MP attacks 'malign' lenders
Nick Raynsford, the former housing minister has accused the Council of Mortgage Lenders of being a "malign brake on reform" and against the fight to stop global warming.
Elsewhere in Britain:
- 2006/11/13: Grist: Getting in the Way - Direct-action protesters in the U.K. are focusing on climate change
- 2006/11/10: SchNews: Goin' Under - A drop of strewth in an ocean of bullshit
It seems British children have a grim perspective:
Meanwhile in Europe:
- 2006/11/17: Guardian(UK): New EU states flouting green spending rules
- 2006/11/15: ClimateArk: France's carbon war is a strike against Brussels
- 2006/11/13: PlanetArk: EU Says to Ready Itself for Climate Change Impacts
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2006/11/19: ABC(Au): Kyoto debate pointless: Campbell
Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell says the arguments for or against signing the Kyoto protocol are now purely academic.
- 2006/11/15: Oikos: Howard embraces carbon trading?
- 2006/11/13: Oikos: Costello on climate change: Back to the future?
- 2006/11/18: SundayTelegraph: IMF warns Australia on climate
Climate change could have a devastating effect on the Australian economy, if the projections of the Stern report on global warming were true, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned today. IMF managing director Rodrigo de Rato said the report on the economic impact of climate change, by former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern released in the UK recently, was alarming.
- 2006/11/17: ABC(Au): Campbell upsets China with greenhouse gas claim [that China is set to become the world's largest producer of GHGs]
- 2006/11/17: ClimateArk: Australia given cold shoulder on gases
- 2006/11/17: ClimateArk: Howard talks up breakaway climate group [APPCDC] at summit
- 2006/11/15: HeraldSun: Australia may introduce Kyoto measures
Australia will probably have to introduce new measures to meet its Kyoto target on greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Minister Ian Campbell has revealed.
- 2006/11/15: CAN: [Australian] Greens sceptical over greenhouse delays
- 2006/11/14: MSNBC: Bush's only big ally on warming shifts stand - Australian prime minister now willing to look at carbon trading
- 2006/11/14: PhysOrg: Aussie Shifts Position on Carbon Trading
- 2006/11/14: BBC: Howard in carbon trading shift
Australian Prime Minister John Howard says he is to propose a new strategy to tackle global warming at the Asia Pacific Economic Council (Apec) forum. In an apparent major change in policy, Mr Howard said he would propose a new international carbon trading scheme - an idea he has rejected in the past.
- 2006/11/13: ABC(Au): War of words erupts over carbon trading efforts
The Western Australian Government has accused the Commonwealth of dragging its feet over the issue of carbon trading.
- 2006/11/13: ABC(Au): Campbell rejects [claims the] Govt dragging its feet on carbon trading
- 2006/11/13: ABC(Au): PM announces carbon trading inquiry
And Al Gore is in Australia again to train his climate messengers:
- 2006/11/20: ABC(Au): Gore brings global warning to grassroots
- 2006/11/19: ABC(Au): Gore training Aussies to be 'climate messengers'
And in Canada, the oil sands are one hot political potato:
- 2006/11/13: Canoe: Oil sands global warming threat, report says
- 2006/11/13: Canoe: Oil sands global warming threat, report says - Group also claims industry severely diminishing Athabasca river
- 2006/11/13: CBC: Oilsands activity threatens water supply in Sask., NWT: study
While shrub won his richly deserved reward:
- 2006/11/17: PlanetArk: Canada Named Top "Fossil" at Kenya Climate Talks
- 2006/11/17: CAN: France chides `fossil' Canada on green policy
- 2006/11/13: CanWest: Ambrose earns "fossil of the day" award
- 2006/11/14: CAN: Canada wins 'fossil' award for second day
Otherwise in Canada:
- 2006/11/13: PlanetArk: Canada Faces UN Grilling over Kyoto Abandonment
- 2006/11/15: ClimateArk: Canada takes heat - Blamed for stalling international climate change talks
- 2006/11/18: CanWest: Ambrose shifts gears on Kyoto message
- 2006/11/16: Rabble: Canada's changing political climate
- 2006/11/17: DeSmogBlog: Europe attacks Canada's record on the environment; poll suggests Tories losing ground at home
- 2006/11/09: TerraDaily: Opposition To Usurp Canadian Position At Kyoto Talks
The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:
- 2006/11/13: EcoEcon: Nouriel Roubini Jumps on the Gas Tax Bandwagon
- 2006/11/18: TreeHugger: Boulder Colorado USA Enacts Carbon Tax
- 2006/11/15: SwissInfo: Swiss step up calls for global CO2 tax
- 2006/11/13: PlanetArk: Colorado Town Passes First US Carbon Tax
And the difficult question of aviation & GHG production is in the air:
- 2006/11/14: ClimateArk: Europe Seeks to Impose Airline Emission Controls
- 2006/11/17: AZStarNet: EU emissions fee may add to travel costs
- 2006/11/16: EUO: EU air emissions plan would hit US flights
- 2006/11/15: PlanetArk: EU Aims to Cap Airline Emissions from 2011
The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:
- 2006/11/18: CanWest: World will end in 2 to 3 generations, 72 per cent of British Columbians fear - Quick and drastic action needed to curb global warming, poll told
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2006/11/16: CSW: Press coverage and comment on the National Assessment lawsuit
- 2006/11/15: JFleck: Yulsman on Broad
One WaPo columnist came in for particular calumny:
- 2006/11/17: ClimateProgress: And one final thing, Robert Samuelson
- 2006/11/13: ClimateProgress: More on Robert Samuelson not Getting it
- 2006/11/13: GristMill: Samuelson's low opinion of his country
- 2006/11/12: ClimateProgress: Robert J. Samuelson still doesn't get it
Here is something for your library:
- 2006/11/18: CSW: "Undermining Science: Suppression and Distortion in the Bush Administration" [by Seth Shulman] published
- 2006/11/19: TTimes: Environmental fascism is Earth's only salvation [Book Review] _Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning_ by George Monbiot
- 2006/11/11: Globe&Mail: If you can't stand the heat...[Book Review] _Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning_ by George Monbiot
And for your film & video enjoyment:
- 2006/11/19: BaltimoreSun: Gore's 'Truth' is warming, indeed [DVD review]
- 2006/11/18: Deltoid: Fifth Estate on the Denial Machine
- 2006/11/15: CBC:FifthEstate: The Denial Machine
Meanwhile in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:
- 2006/11/15: SF Gate: White House sued for not doing report on warming - Federal law required scientific assessment be issued in 2004
- 2006/11/14: FOE: Bush Administration Suppressed Global Warming Report, Conservation Groups File Suit
- 2006/11/17: TPMM: McCain: Bush Admin Breaks Laws to Hide Global Warming Data
- 2006/11/17: TP: Bush admin breaking the law on global warming data
- 2006/11/14: Forbes: White House Sued Over Global Warming
- 2006/11/15: CDreams: SF Chronicle: White House Sued for Not Doing Report on Warming - Federal law required scientific assessment be issued in 2004
- 2006/11/14: GristMill: Making the government own up to its contribution to global warming [via the courts]
- 2006/11/14: CSW: Sen. Kerry statement in support of lawsuit on National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts
- 2006/11/14: CSW: Conservation groups file suit against Bush administration to compel second National Assessment
Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of the current generation:
- 2006/11/18: FuturePundit: Ethanol From Wood Chips As Cheap As Corn Ethanol?
- 2006/11/19: Deutsche Welle: Renewable Energy Not Catching on in Green Berlin
- 2006/11/17: TEB: Prism Solar Licenses Hitachi Bifacial PV Cells
- 2006/11/16: TEB: Net Metering: "Freeing the Grid"
- 2006/11/16: TEB: Ethanol Industry Growth to Slow, ISU Experts Say
- 2006/11/15: THP: Texas Needs Our Help to Ward Off a Coal Catastrophe
- 2006/11/14: NewScientist: Big boost to US renewable energy could cost nothing
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: Spain Makes Solar Panels a Must on New Buildings
- 2006/11/14: OilDrum: The Potential of Electrified Urban Rail and/or Electric Vehicles
- 2006/11/13: Rand: Rand study says renewable energy could play larger role in U.S. energy future under right conditions
- 2006/11/12: THP: A Giant Texas Utility Buys a $10 Billion Ticket on an Environmental Titanic
With global warming emission limits looking more inevitable every day, a huge Dallas-based utility company known as TXU Corporation has announced plans to spend $10 billion to build 11 new carbon-belching coal-fired power plants around its home state. Coal, of course, is one of the dirtiest energy sources there is. And each of these plants has an expected lifespan of 50 years or more. Which means TXU is committing to put millions of tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and betting it can get away with it.
- 2006/11/09: TechRev: Cheap, Superefficient Solar - Solar-power modules that concentrate the power of the sun are becoming more viable.
- 2006/11/03: CRN: Sharp bets US$30m on solar power [to expand its solar cell output by a factor of six]
- 2006/11/12: TheAge: The rise of solar: why the sun is shining on main street
And then there is the matter of efficiency:
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: US to Publish New Efficiency Rules for Appliances
- 2006/11/13: WorldChanging: Serving Up Energy Efficiency, Market-Style
The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:
Insurance and re-insurance companies are feeling the heat:
- 2006/11/14: PlanetArk: Climate Change Means Big Business for Reinsurers
- 2006/11/14: BBC: Climate insurance urged for poor
The UN wants insurance companies to help protect the world's poor against the impacts of climate change. Insurance-based schemes could make money available to affected communities much faster than traditional aid, its climate meeting in Nairobi was told. A pilot project in Ethiopia earlier this year insured 17 million subsistence farmers against drought.
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2006/11/18: TCR: James Inhofe is an even more dangerous idiot than I thought
- 2006/11/17: GristMill: The price of a climatologist's soul
- 2006/11/17: CSW: "The Denial Machine" airs on CBC-TV
- 2006/11/16: DeSmogBlog: Inhofe's last stand
- 2006/11/17: PlanetArk: US Senator Raps UN 'Brainwashing' on Climate
- 2006/11/17: TP: Inhofe: Don't Worry About Global Warming Because "God's Still Up There"
- 2006/11/15: DeSmogBlog: Former tobacco spin-doctor plays cruel climate change hoax
- 2006/11/15: DeSmogBlog: Another Instant Expert Challenges the Science
- 2006/11/15: DeSmogBlog: Copernicus Caught Up in Climate Calamity
- 2006/11/14: ERabett: What we have here is a meeting of minds...[Morano complaints]
- 2006/11/14: DeSmogBlog: Inhofe aide cries to the UN: "The Skeptics Are Being Demonized!"
- 2006/11/14: DeSmogBlog: Calgary Sun: Promoting Confusion and Irresponsibility
A contretemps between Monbiot and Monckton triggered much comment:
- 2006/11/19: Telegraph(UK): At stake is nothing less than the survival of human civilisation [Gore on Monckton]
- 2006/11/15: OilChange: Climate Sceptic Alert: "The Mad Monckton"
- 2006/11/18: ZMag: This is a dazzling debunking of climate change science. - It is also wildly wrong
- 2006/11/15: Stoat: Monckton and Monbiot in the Grauniad
- 2006/11/14: SlashDot: Global Warming Debunker Debunked
- 2006/11/15: Guardian(UK): This is a dazzling debunking of climate change science. It is also wildly wrong [Monckton]
Deniers are cock-a-hoop at an aristocrat's claims that global warming is a UN hoax. But the physics is bafflingly bad
- 2006/11/15: Guardian(UK): At least he spelled my name right
It's a shame George Monbiot didn't check his facts with me before describing my climate change articles as nonsense.
- 2006/11/14: DeSmogBlog: Deniers "cock a hoop" over latest junk science
Coby Beck is continuing to post his excellent "How to Talk to a Global Warming Sceptic" series on GristMill:
- 2006/11/18: GristMill: 'Models don't take clouds into account'
- 2006/11/17: GristMill: "Peiser refuted Oreskes"
- 2006/11/14: GristMill: 'There is no consensus'
- 2006/11/13: GristMill: 'Global warming is a hoax'
- 2006/11/12: GristMill: 'Some sites show cooling'
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2006/11/18: PeakEnergy: Blame Canada
- 2006/11/17: ERabett: An old dog learns the new dog's trick...
- 2006/11/16: CSW: IPCC Chair Pachauri on the forthcoming Fourth Assessment Report
- 2006/11/15: JQuiggin: The debate really is over now
- 2006/11/17: DeSmogBlog: Paying Our Way in the Climate Debate
- 2006/11/16: TerraDaily: Climate Change Survival Dependent On More Than Latitude
- 2006/11/16: PeakEnergy: Confessions Of A Gored Rodent
- 2006/11/15: Stoat: Has climate science converged (enough)?
- 2006/11/14: GristMill: The climate is a-changin', and protesters are finally acting up
- 2006/11/14: ERabett: The Climate Wars, prequel...
- 2006/11/14: SciDaily: Scientists Urge Collaborative Action To Address Effects Of Global Environmental Change
- 2006/11/14: PeakEnergy: Climate and Punishment
- 2006/11/13: PlanetArk: IEA's Mandil Says Post-Kyoto Now More Important
- 2006/11/13: PlanetArk: Trade Rules May Need Change to Curb Warming - Mandelson
- 2006/11/12: EnergyBulletin: Global Warming: More Inconvenient Truths [Simpol]
- 2006/11/13: SciDaily: Shift Toward Services Industries Won't End Global Warming
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- PewClimate: Global Warming in Depth
- PewClimate: Global Warming Basics
- Greenpeace International News
- THP on GW
- CAN: Nairobi ECOs
- CAN: Climate Action Network-COP 12 Nairobi
- SierraClub: Global Warming and Clean Energy
- GFDL: Mike Winton (homepage)
- GoS: Grains of Sand - Observations from a strange planet
- Columbia: Dr. James E. Hansen [web page]
- ESA: GLOBCARBON - Global Land Products for Carbon Model Assimilation
- CDP: The Carbon Disclosure Project
- Wiki: Carbon cycle
- EAB: Environmental Action Blog
- Carbon Trade Watch
- DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science
- SciAct: The Scientific Activist: Reporting from the Crossroads of Science and Politics
- Earth Future - Climate & Energy
- Evangelical Climate Initiative
- The Great Warming
- Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
- Climate Prediction Net
- BBC Climate Change Experiment
- Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here.
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GW News Archive: http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/enviro/gwna.html
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