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, November 05, 2006

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Another week of GW news - November 5, 2006

(Courtesy of H.E.Taylor, here is this week's GW news roundup)
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As expected the Stern Review has been a major story.

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Some of the Stern reactions:

Recent GHG statistics are not encouraging:

If there is good news here, it is that there is no apparent evidence of feedbacks releasing large amounts of methane:

  • 2006/11/03: BBC: Greenhouse gases hit record high
    The steady rise in atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gases blamed for climate change shows no signs of abating, a UN agency has announced. The WMO said concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) were measured at 379.1 parts per million (ppm), up 0.53% from 377.1 ppm in 2004. Concentrations of nitrous oxide (N2O) reached 319.2 ppm in 2005, an annual increase of 0.2%. Levels of methane, another greenhouse gas, remained stable, it said.

And speaking of rising GHGs, a dissection of the idea of greenhouse gas intensity is in order:

Remember that dead zone along the Oregon coast?:

Here's a weird one on the hurricane front:

Also in the Pacific:

Glaciers are melting:

RealClimate weighs in with a good article on ocean currents:

As for that record ozone hole...:

The impacts of GW are becoming clearer:

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

And speaking of floods & droughts:

In Australia, a projection that the Murray-Darling rivers will be dry in six months has rattled the government:

Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

And on the carbon sequestration front:

Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:

And on the adaptation front:

Meanwhile in the journals:

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

A series of marches have been held around the world:

The UNFCCC sponsored COP/MOP 2 and COP 12 meetings are coming up in Nairobi, Kenya, from 6 to 17 November:

That SEJ conference picked up a couple of articles:

Meanwhile on the Kyoto-2 front:

There was some action on the APPCDC front:

Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:

And on the American political front:

Is there an election or something?:

I haven't looked at the precise wording of the poll, and these things can be exceedingly misleading, but there may be a change underway:

The NOAA & NASA Inspectors General are investigating alleged administration censorship:

The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:

It's always nice to come across these touches of humour:

While in the UK:

And in Australia:

As for Australia and Kyoto:

Interestingly, Australian cities, like their American counterparts, are picking up where the federal government falls short:

In Canada, the minority Conservatives are still in denial:

Meanwhile Shrub is on the run:

The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:

Apocalypso anyone?:

As for how the media handles the science of climatology:

While in the rosy fingered dawn department:

And for your film & video enjoyment:

Meanwhile in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:

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

And then there is the matter of efficiency:

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:

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

There are older stories still reverberating through the media echo chamber:

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.


"And politicians, you can't completely educate them. They’re like trying to educate a shark. They’re hardwired to money and votes..."
-David Helvarg

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 06, 2006 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Coby, your site used to be rather interesting. Now it's just a giant hammer clobbering anyone who ventures onto your site. I'm disappointed. (And Canada's C02 emissions continue rising.)

    - Paul G.

  • At November 07, 2006 2:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ....However, I forget to say thanks for adding the "skip to bottom link". Thanks!

    - Paul G.

  • At November 07, 2006 11:17 AM, Blogger coby said…

    Glad you found the link, sorry the news post still bugs you...I am going to try to make sure that it is not the only post for the week I make!


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