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Another week of GW news - December 3, 2006
The big story of the week is in the US Supreme Court, Massachussetts vs EPA:
- 2006/11/29: SCOTUS: (pdf) (transcript) Oral arguments in Mass. v. EPA
- Wiki: Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency
- 2006/11/30: NSU: US Supreme Court hears climate case - States and the Environmental Protection Agency argue over regulation of emissions.
- 2006/12/02: TruthOut: Bush v. Gore's Movie [Mass. vs EPA]
- 2006/12/02: BSD: Supreme Court transcript excerpts related to science
- 2006/12/02: TreeHugger: Paul Kedrosky on The Economics and Emotion of Global Warming [Mass vs EPA]
- 2006/12/02: BostonGlobe: [Mass vs EPA] A duck hunt for global warming
- 2006/12/01: HuffPo: What Cataclysm? [Mass. vs EPA]
- 2006/11/30: TruthOut: Justices' First Brush With Global Warming
- 2006/11/30: GristMill: Supreme Court giggles over CO2
- 2006/11/30: CSW: Documents in Supreme Court case on greenhouse emissions regulation
- 2006/11/30: TruthOut: Global Warming Urgent Say Unions for 10,000 EPA Workers
- 2006/11/30: DeSmogBlog: Supreme Court scientific circus act
- 2006/12/01: CSM: EPA staffers go to Hill over global warming
Dissatisfied with the agency's greenhouse-gas emissions program, labor leaders are pleading for congressional intervention.
- 2006/12/01: HuffPo: On a Knife's Edge [Mass. vs EPA]
- 2006/11/29: RealClimate: Supreme Court Amicus Curiae from scientists
- 2006/11/30: OilChange: Questioning the Judges' Judgement
- 2006/11/30: CDreams: SF Chronicle: High Court Divided on Warming - Justices Comment on Arguments in Case against EPA
- 2006/11/30: TP: Administration Lawyer Claims Link Between CO2 and Warming "Cannot Unequivocally Be Established"
- 2006/11/30: WaPo: Court Hears Global Warming Case - Justices to Decide Challenge on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- 2006/11/29: EnergyBulletin: EPA scientists file mass petition for action on global warming
- 2006/11/29: BBC: US court considers CO2 limit case
- 2006/11/29: FTimes: Supreme Court clashes over climate change
- 2006/11/29: CliProg: The Climate is now in our Court
- 2006/11/29: ScotusBlog: Analysis: Kennedy key to global warming challenge
- 2006/11/29: GristMill: EPA employees issue petition re: CO2
- 2006/11/29: GristMill: Oral argument in Mass v. EPA
- 2006/11/29: BSD: Volokh Correction #16 [Critiquing a critique of the NYT on Mass vs EPA]
- 2006/11/29: DeSmogBlog: Justice Scalia, No Scientist, Turns to Comedy Instead!
- 2006/11/29: DeSmogBlog: Reps for 10,000 EPA Scientists and Staff File Mass Petition to Address Warming -- And Censorship
- 2006/11/29: OilChange: Bush's Day in Court Over Climate
- 2006/11/29: Guardian(UK): Court may force Bush's hand on environment - States challenge policy on global warming - Victory would pave way for CO2 emission controls
- 2006/11/28: ClimateArk: Global Warming Goes to Court
- 2006/11/27: PhysOrg: High Court to Weigh Climate Change Case
- 2006/11/27: GristMill: Why the Supreme Court case is not a really big deal [Dessler]
- 2006/11/27: GristMill: Do the split [Mass vs. EPA]
- 2006/11/26: USAToday: High court to hear global warming case
The rate of CO2 emission is accelerating:Click here to read more
- 2006/11/29: USAToday: Australian report: Carbon dioxide emission rates have doubled since 1990s
- 2006/12/02: WRI: How U.S. State GHG Emissions Compare Internationally
- 2006/11/27: CSIRO: Increase in carbon dioxide emissions accelerating
"From 2000 to 2005, the growth rate of carbon dioxide emissions was more than 2.5 per cent per year, whereas in the 1990s it was less than one per cent per year," Dr [Mike] Raupach says.
- 2006/11/29: TerraDaily: Increase In Carbon Dioxide Emissions Accelerating
- 2006/11/28: CDreams: BBC: Carbon Emissions Show Sharp Rise
- 2006/11/28: PhysOrg: Report Says CO2 Emissions Have Doubled
- 2006/11/28: Stoat: Carbon emissions show sharp rise?
- 2006/11/28: Australian: Carbon emission rises shock experts
- 2006/11/28: ABC(Au): CO2 emissions accelerating, scientists warn
- 2006/11/27: BBC: Carbon emissions show sharp rise
The rise in humanity's emissions of carbon dioxide has accelerated sharply, according to a new analysis. The Global Carbon Project says that emissions were rising by less than 1% annually up to the year 2000, but are now rising at 2.5% per year.
- 2006/11/27: ITWire: Carbon dioxide emissions growth accelerating, reduction efforts fail
We'll hear a lot about this, but see few new vegetarians:
Meanwhile in the hurricane wars:
- 2006/11/30: NSU: The calm instead of the storm - Surprise El Niño soothed this year's hurricane season
- 2006/12/01: NSU: Vietnam on typhoon alert - Meteorologists unsure how hard the storm will re-strike
- 2006/12/03: BBC: Victims of recent mudslides in the Philippines are being buried in a mass grave to prevent the spread of disease.
- 2006/12/02: Wunderground: Typhoon Durian death toll likely 600 or higher
- 2006/12/02: Independent(UK): Hundreds dead as typhoon pounds the Philippines
- 2006/12/01: Wunderground: Typhoon Durian kills at least 388 in Philippines
- 2006/11/30: Wunderground: Hurricane season is over--but not typhoon season!
- 2006/12/02: Guardian(UK): Philippine typhoon toll rises
- 2006/12/01: PlanetArk: Typhoon Durian Slams Into Northern Philippines
- 2006/12/01: AP: Typhoon Durian Kills 198 in Philippines
- 2006/11/30: BBC: Typhoon kills 146 in Philippines
At least 146 people have been killed in the Philippines by a mudslide triggered by a typhoon, the Red Cross says. Rains caused by Typhoon Durian brought mud and rocks down hillsides, burying two villages in the foothills of the Mayon volcano, south-east of Manila.
- 2006/11/30: ArabNews: Northern Philippines Braces for Supertyphoon [Reming]
- 2006/11/29: PhysOrg: Hurricane Season Ends Quietly
- 2006/11/27: PhysOrg: Looking at the Impact of  Hurricane Ivan on Florida Coasts
The subcontinent's monsoons are intensifying:
- 2006/11/30: NSU: Extreme monsoons on the rise in India - Rainfall events and floods are getting more intense
- 2006/12/01: DailyIndia: Pune meteorologists warn of increasingly extreme monsoons in Central India
- 2006/12/01: PhysOrg: Monsoon rainfall amount stable for decades
- 2006/12/01: ClimateArk: Global warming 'behind India's heavier rainfall'
- 2006/12/01: PlanetArk: India Monsoons Worsen as Climate Changes - Study
It's always handy to blame El Nino:
- 2006/12/01: PhysOrg: El Nino To Affect Weather In Colorado And Western U.S.
- 2006/12/01: PlanetArk: Thank El Nino For Mild Atlantic Hurricane Season
The Little Ice Age may be tied to a burble in the Gulf Stream:
- 2006/11/30: RealClimate: A Linkage Between the LIA and Gulf Stream?
- 2006/11/30: Stoat: Climate change sceptics lose vital argument
- 2006/11/29: NSU: Gulf Stream weakened in 'Little Ice Age' - Freezing medieval weather linked to diminished ocean current
- 2006/11/29: NewScientist: Climate change sceptics lose vital argument
- 2006/11/29: PhysOrg: Weakening of Gulf Stream linked to Europe's 'Little Ice Age'
- 2006/11/29: Reuters: Gulf Stream slowed 10 pct in [1200-1850] Little Ice Age-study
Here's one of those stories to starch your shorts:
- 2006/11/29: Stuff(NZ): Scientists fear results of collapsed ice shelf
The Ross Ice Shelf, a raft of ice the size of France, could collapse quickly, triggering a dramatic rise in sea levels, scientists warn. A New Zealand-led drilling team in Antarctica has recovered three million years of climate history, but the news is not good for the future. Initial analysis of sea-floor cores near Scott Base suggest the Ross Ice Shelf had collapsed in the past and had probably done so suddenly. The team's co-chief scientist, Tim Naish, said the sediment record was important because it provided crucial evidence about how the Ross Ice Shelf would react to climate change, with potential to dramatically increase sea levels. "If the past is any indication of the future, then the ice shelf will collapse," he said. "If the ice shelf goes, then what about the West Antarctic Ice Sheet? What we've learnt from the Antarctic Peninsula is when once buttressing ice sheets go, the glaciers feeding them move faster and that's the thing that isn't so cheery." Antarctica stores 90 per cent of the world's water, with the the West Antarctic Ice Sheet holding an estimated 30 million cubic kilometres.
- 2006/12/01: CDreams: NZ Herald: Massive Ice Shelf 'May Collapse without Warning'
- 2006/11/29: TruthOut: Scientists Fear Results of Collapsed Ice Shelf
- 2006/11/29: NZHerald: Massive ice shelf 'may collapse without warning'
The Ross Ice Shelf, a massive piece of ice the size of France, could break off without warning causing a dramatic rise in sea levels, warn New Zealand scientists working in Antarctica.
- 2006/11/29: Scenta: Antarctic ice shelf might "break off"
Meanwhile in near earth orbit:
- 2006/11/28: PhysicsWeb: Thinning thermosphere gives satellites a boost
- 2006/11/26: RealClimate: The sky IS falling
More GW impacts are being seen:
- 2006/12/03: DenverPost: Lessons to be learned from West's beetle infestations
- 2006/11/29: NewScientist: Can flu viruses survive winter in frozen lakes?
- 2006/12/02: Times(UK): Ski resorts left hot and bothered by lack of snow
- 2006/12/02: Guardian(UK): Nepal's farmers on the front line of global climate change - Himalayan communities face catastrophic floods as weather patterns alter
- 2006/12/01: Eureka: Seagrass ecosystems at a 'global crisis' - Bioscience article calls for 'global conservation effort' to preserve critical coastal habitat
- 2006/11/29: BBC: Climate 'altering UK marine life'
- 2006/11/29: Grist: Seas the Day - New reports from the U.K. say climate change is altering oceans
- 2006/11/29: Scotsman: Sea change as plankton head north
- 2006/11/29: ClimateArk: Climate change already affecting UK's marine life
- 2006/11/29: Guardian(UK): Warmer oceans storing climate change dangers
- 2006/11/29: OilChange: The Climate Change Time-Bomb
- 2006/11/28: PhysOrg: Stormy days ahead for coral reefs
- 2006/11/27: SciDaily: Predicting Impact Of Climate Change On Organisms: Latitude's Not Enough
- 2006/11/27: MSNBC: And For the Rest of the Century's Weather... A new study predicts some wet and wild climate changes in the decades ahead
- 2006/11/29: ABC(Au): OECD warns of drought's impact on Australia's growth
- 2006/11/27: Guardian(UK): Wildlife warning as autumn temperatures hit new high
- 2006/11/27: PhysOrg: Could Global Warming Be Crushing Blow to Crocodiles?
- 2006/11/27: PhysOrg: Rising Sea Greater Danger to Louisiana than Sinking Land
- 2006/11/27: JFleck: Climate Catastrophe [Euro Alpine skiing]
- 2006/11/27: SciDaily: Impact Of Climate Change In Africa
- 2006/11/26: SciDaily: Coral Reefs Are Increasingly Vulnerable To Angry Oceans
- 2006/11/27: PlanetArk: Two-Thirds Of China Cities Face Water Shortages
More evidence on the extinction of Australian mega-fauna 40kya:
- 2006/12/01: PlanetArk: Climate Change Killed Australia Pre-Historic Animals
- 2006/11/28: ABC(Au): Droughts wiped out megafauna, palaeontologist says
- 2006/11/29: SciDaily: Lessons Learned From Drought Deaths 40,000 Years Ago
- 2006/11/27: PhysOrg: Lessons learned from [Australian] drought deaths 40,000 years ago
And then there are the tropical rainforests:
The troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:
- 2006/11/28: OilDrum: Sustainability, Energy Independence and Agricultural Policy: What Me Worry?
- 2006/11/24: Mentatt: Oil, Food, the U.S. Dollar, and the "Global" Drought
- 2006/11/28: P&P: Habitable earth is shrinking
Elsewhere on the mitigation front:
- 2006/11/30: NSU: Forests keep active in old age - Established forests may continue to increase soil carbon stores.
- 2006/12/01: RMN: Carbon rise found in old forest soil
- 2006/11/28: TreeHugger: Saving the Forest For the Climate...and Other Reasons
- 2006/11/27: PIRG: Rising to the Challenge: Six Steps to Cut Global Warming Pollution in the United States
And on the carbon sequestration front:
Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:
Eli pointed to the EPICA Challenge:
- 2006/12/02: ERabett: Real Climate Audit II...
- 2005/09/27: PAGES: EPICA challenge 2 predicting CO2 over 800,000 years
- 2006/12/02: ERabett: Real Climate Audits...
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2006/11/28: CliPast: Comparing transient, accelerated, and equilibrium simulations of the last 30 000 years with the GENIE-1 model by D. J. Lunt et al.
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2006/12/01: ABC(Au): Scientists focus on shellfish to help research climate change [proxy for salinity & temp]
- 2006/12/01: SciDaily: Excess Water Vapor Near Cirrus Clouds Puzzles Scientists
- 2006/11/30: SciDaily: Melting The Snowball Earth [750 mya]
- 2006/11/30: Eureka: Scientists want to solve puzzle of excess water vapor near cirrus clouds
- 2006/11/28: PhysOrg: Scientists study 'Snowball Earth' [750 mya]
- 2006/11/27: NewScientist: Did snowball Earth's melting let oxygen fuel life? [2.3 bya]
- 2006/11/27: CDreams: AP: Scientists: Climate Change Clues in Sky
- 2006/11/27: CBC: Arctic clouds could reveal clues about global warming
Some are calling a sea change:
- 2006/12/02: GreenBiz: Climate Change: End of the First Act?
The one seeming certainty in environmental policy these days is that climate change is the most serious issue facing the world. The major policy mechanism for addressing it is also established: reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by reducing fossil fuel use. That this is an unlikely path for the world as a whole has only increased expressions of concern, even hysteria. Climate change has become the existential challenge of the environmental era.
Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:
- 2006/12/03: ClimateArk: [EU] Permit glut forces carbon values down
- 2006/11/29: EUO: EU toughens up on CO2 emissions curbs
- 2006/12/01: Edie: New round of carbon trading seeks to introduce scarcity to market
- 2006/12/01: PlanetArk: Banks Buy Over 200 Million Euro Chinese Carbon Credits
- 2006/12/01: PlanetArk: EU to Propose New Binding Emissions Cuts - Barroso
- 2006/11/29: NewScientist: Europe sets tough caps on carbon dioxide emissions
- 2006/11/29: PlanetArk: Chicago "Climate" Trades May Be Buoyed by Election
- 2006/11/29: PlanetArk: EU Seen Making 9 Pct Cut in CO2 Emissions Permit
- 2006/11/29: PlanetArk: EU Hones CO2 Market But it's Still a Work in Progress
- 2006/11/29: PlanetArk: What is the European Emissions Trading Scheme? [ETS]
- 2006/11/27: LA Times: Emission credit market heats up
- 2006/11/27: PlanetArk: Spain To Cut 16 Percent Of CO2 Rights In New Plan
- 2006/11/27: PlanetArk: Industry Chief Backs "Realistic" EU Emissions Goal
- 2006/11/27: OilChange: EU ETS Scheme Faces Renewal
The EU is planning to slap carbon quotas on airlines:
Which has the Bush administration up in arms:
- 2006/12/01: ENN: U.S. Opposes European Global Warming Cuts Scheme for Airliners
- 2006/12/01: OilChange: US Opposes EU's Emission Trading Scheme
- 2006/12/01: Yahoo: Bush against airline emissions cuts
The White House opposes plans by European nations to require airlines to curb greenhouse gases, saying it would unfairly disadvantage U.S. carriers. "We are strongly opposed to the imposition of a tax. We think this will violate trade rules," James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, told a group of international reporters Thursday.
- 2006/11/30: Guardian(UK): US threatens legal action over carbon emissions proposals
Plans, we have plans:
On the American political front:
- 2006/12/02: BBC: US Democrats mull climate change
The issue of climate change and global warming hardly registered on the political radar in the United States during the recent Congressional elections. On 7 November however, the Democratic Party secured both houses of Congress and that political shift is likely to mean a change of emphasis over key environmental issues.
- 2006/12/02: MHerald: Americans drive on despite gas prices
Record high gasoline prices haven't made a serious dent in America's demand for fuel, a new University of California-Davis study suggests.
- 2006/12/02: BangorDaily: State [Maine] considers cap, trade plan solution to CO2
- 2006/11/30: CSW: California's Changing Climate: The Politics of Climate Change
- 2006/12/01: BaltimoreSun: Let market fight global warming [RGGI]
- 2006/11/29: PhysOrg: Report: Global Warming Big Issue in N.Y.
- 2006/11/29: SciDaily: Prominent Researchers Advocate Creation Of National Climate Service
- 2006/11/28: Grist: The Hunter is a Lonely Heart - Christian Coalition leader-to-be [Rev. Joel C. Hunter] resigns over climate change, poverty stance
- 2006/11/27: ERabett: Whom the government would destroy they first defund...[NASA]
- 2006/11/28: DeSmogBlog: Arnie to Inhofe: 'You're Stone Age'
- 2006/11/28: Eureka: Prominent researchers advocate creation of national climate service
- 2006/11/27: CentreDaily: States push renewable energy, federal government lags
Four western states have struck a Joint Action plan [JAFCC]:
- 2006/12/02: SF Gate: Western states team up to fight global warming - California, 3 neighbors share strategies, urge federal action
- 2006/12/02: Yahoo: Four U.S. West states adopt greenhouse gas accord [JAFCC: Joint Action Framework on Climate Change]
Energy regulators from four U.S. Western states, saying they cannot wait for the Bush administration to act on climate change, signed an agreement on Friday to cooperate to promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The move by the public utilities commissions of California, Oregon, Washington and New Mexico is likely to draw in other states in the West, officials said. A meeting of the four state commissions in San Francisco to adopt a "Joint Action Framework on Climate Change," drew regulatory and legislative representatives from Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada and even a group from Australia.
Students are being propagandized:
- 2006/11/28: DeSmogBlog: No thanks Al, we'll stick with the tiger
- 2006/11/28: Deltoid: Exxon approved science teaching
- 2006/11/27: CDreams: Would the World's Largest Science Teacher's Organization Ignore Climate Change Education?
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
While on the UK political front:
- 2006/12/03: Guardian(UK): It's hot - but climate research is being cut
As Britain heads for its hottest year for two centuries, the Met Office global warming centre is having its budget slashed
- 2006/12/01: ePolitix: Blair seeks climate change 'ingenuity'
- 2006/12/01: BBC: Cameron climate policy 'too soft'
- 2006/11/28: ClimateArk: United Kingdom: Conservative carbon tax plan fails to win backing of business
And in Europe:
- 2006/11/30: EUO: Berlin clashes with Brussels over emissions plan
- 2006/11/30: PlanetArk: Brussels' Emissions Demands Anger Some Governments
- 2006/11/30: PlanetArk: France Withdraws CO2 Plan, to Resubmit in Weeks
- 2006/11/30: PlanetArk: Climate Overshadows Franco-British Energy Talks
- 2006/11/30: PlanetArk: EU Tries to Combat Climate Change with Tough CO2 Cut
- 2006/11/29: PlanetArk: EU Sees Adding Cars to Emissions Trading as Tricky
- 2006/11/29: PlanetArk: EU to Rule on 2nd Batch of CO2 Plans Early 2007
- 2006/11/29: BBC: The European Union is to establish carbon limits for the second phase of the carbon trading scheme, a key way to cut greenhouse gas emissions
- 2006/11/28: PlanetArk: EU Frowns on German CO2 Plans for New Factories
- 2006/11/28: PlanetArk: Norway To Join EU CO2 Scheme In 2008 - EU Source
- 2006/11/28: PlanetArk: EU Set To Get Tough On States' CO2 Emissions Plans
- 2006/11/26: Guardian(UK): [EC President, Jose Manuel] Barroso to tackle climate change
Some Europeans are focussing on China:
- 2006/12/01: Reuters: China sees tackling climate change as urgent-Stern
- 2006/12/01: Reuters: China sees tackling climate change as urgent-Stern
- 2006/11/29: PlanetArk: France to Boost China Aid to Fight Climate Change
- 2006/11/29: PlanetArk: UK Minister [Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alistair Darling] Calls on China to Act on Climate Change
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2006/12/03: Australian: Gas emission cuts will hurt
Australia's farm sector and multibillion-dollar metals processing industry risk decimation if deep cuts in domestic greenhouse gas emissions are put in place by 2050. The grave warning is the result of modelling by the CSIRO and ABARE to be released this week.
- 2006/12/02: ABC(Au): Water recycling dominates climate change forum discussions
- 2006/11/29: Australian: Green pricing 'will hurt the poor'
- 2006/11/28: ABC(Au): Law changes won't solve climate change: [Federal Environment Minister Senator Ian] Campbell
- 2006/11/27: ABC(Au): Climate change requires 'global solution'
- 2006/11/27: ABC(Au): Local councils urged to address climate change
Also in Australia, an environmental review stopped a mine:
- 2006/12/01: NewScientist: Australian coal mine blocked over climate impact
- 2006/11/29: ABC(Au): Resources council rejects mine assessment based on greenhouse gas
- 2006/11/28: ClimateArk: Australia: Landmark climate change ruling puts heat on industry
- 2006/11/27: ABC(Au): Court finds climate change relevant to coal mine approval
- 2006/11/28: ABC(Au): Govt ponders impact of mining, climate change court ruling
And in Canada, minority neocon PM Harper is continuing his mischief:
- 2006/11/29: DeSmogBlog: Public Service Canada "outraged" at government climate change cuts
- 2006/11/30: ZMag: Canada's Commitment to Failure - How Washington-style politics and a deal with Big Oil condemned Canada's pledge to fight climate change
- 2006/11/29: PIPSC: Government Cuts to Science Programs Show Lack of Vision
While the Liberal party has chosen a 'green' leader:
- 2006/12/03: TStar: Canada Liberal party elect green leader - Dion seizes Liberal crown
- 2006/12/02: TreeHugger: Green Turtle [Stephane Dion] Beats Hares In Canadian Liberal Party Race
Does anybody know if they passed this policy?:
- 2006/11/27: CanWest: Liberals propose sweeping 'green' changes
A Liberal policy committee is proposing a sweeping environmental program which they say would make their party greener than the Green Party if adopted intact. The policy -- to be released today in Montreal -- calls on the party to adopt a more radical greenhouse gas emission standard than the Kyoto accord currently foresees, national speed limits on commercial vehicles, a ban within one year of toxins such as asbestos, an end to ocean-bottom trawling and the scrapping of fossil-fuel tax breaks for Alberta oilsands projects.
The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:
- 2006/11/29: EnergyBulletin: You can't conduct an orchestra with an invisible hand: The problem with carbon taxes
- 2006/11/29: GristMill: You can't conduct an orchestra with an invisible hand - The problem with carbon taxes
- 2006/11/28: WorldChanging: Taxing Carbon in Boulder, CO
- 2006/11/27: BBC: Tories plan business carbon tax - The Conservatives are planning a carbon tax on British businesses, shadow chancellor George Osborne has said
The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:
- 2006/11/30: WorldChanging: Overstating the obvious? [Lovelock]
- 2006/11/29: ABC(Au): Gaia scientist Lovelock predicts planetary wipe-out
- 2006/11/28: DeSmogBlog: Lovelock to Earth: "We're Toast!"
- 2006/11/29: CDreams: Reuters: Gaia Scientist Lovelock Predicts Planetary Wipeout
- 2006/11/28: Reuters: Gaia scientist Lovelock predicts planetary wipeout
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2006/12/01: BBC: 'Maverick' risk to science debate
Scientists have been urged to become more involved in public debates about their research or risk it being dominated by minority "maverick" views. The warning comes from Lord Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society. He said debates on issues such as climate change and stem cells needed to be based on sound scientific research.
- 2006/11/27: FramingScience: Communicating Global Warming: AMS Seminar Reviews Research on Public Perceptions of Global Warming, Framing as a Tool for Engaging the Public
Here is something for your library:
- 2006/12/01: OLJ: The planet is taking a hit from unsustainable industrial agriculture [Book Review] _Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture_ by Dale Allen Pfeiffer
- 2006/11/20: CCM: Announcing Storm World; Crossing the Finish Line
Meanwhile in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:
- 2006/12/03: KOLD: Environmental groups sue Bush administration over climate report
- 2006/11/30: PlanetArk: US Climate Change Lawsuit Part of Wider Trend
[list of lawsuits, petitions and other actions] An environmental case to be heard by the US Supreme Court on Wednesday is the latest in a growing number of legal disputes linked to climate change around the world.
- 2006/11/29: CDreams: Independent(UK): Bush Faces Legal Action over Global Warming
- 2006/11/28: PerthNow: Climate lawsuits may surge
A 2007 UN report with stronger evidence that humans are causing global warming is likely to spur more lawsuits around the world such as a case to be heard by the US Supreme Court tomorrow, a legal expert said.
Wrestling over a new energy infrastructure continues unabated:
- 2006/12/03: ABC(US): Environmentalists protest plans for new coal-burning plant [Topeka Kansas]
- 2006/12/01: TEB: ACORE Conference Forecasts 25% of Nations Electricity from Renewables Possible by 2025
- 2006/12/02: TEB: APS, Greenfuel win Award for Emissions Energy Project of the Year
- 2006/12/02: TEB: Teacher Saves Two-Thirds of his Electricity
- 2006/12/03: REA: Forecast: U.S. Renewable Energy to Hit 700 GW
Leading experts predict that policy goal of 25% renewable production capacity by 2025 could potentially double.
- 2006/12/01: EnvEcon: Climate change and the Kentucky coal economy
- 2006/12/01: CNN: Energy industry: Give us something solid
Utility execs see carbon restrictions as inevitable, want regulations 'soon rather than later;' seek stability in oil markets; questions linger over nuclear power.
- 2006/12/01: ClimateArk: Australia: King coal under siege
- 2006/11/30: CSM: In Britain, wind turbines offer homespun electricity
- 2006/11/28: DailyKos: Global Warming and Energy Policy on Collision Course
- 2006/11/29: Guardian(UK): How mirrors can light up the world - Scientists say the global energy crisis can be solved by using the desert sun
- 2006/11/29: GristMill: Concentrating solar thermal
- 2006/11/29: IndiDaily: Russia plans to build 42 new nuclear reactors by 2030 as part of an ambitious programme to revive its atomic power industry
- 2006/11/28: ABC(Au): Study considers green energy boost for outback town [geothermal]
- 2006/11/24: Reason: Brother, Can You Spare 22 Terawatts?
And then there is the matter of efficiency:
- 2006/11/30: CSM: Surprise: Not-so-glamorous conservation works best - Efficient appliances and flourescent bulbs are easy upgrades that make a big difference, experts say.
- 2006/11/29: CliProg: Start Smart on Climate with Energy Efficiency
- 2006/11/29: WorldChanging: Can Energy Efficiency Be as Sexy as Solar?
- 2006/11/29: ClimateArk: Energy Use Can Be Cut By Efficiency, Survey Says
- 2006/11/27: TEB: Lighting the Key to Energy Saving
And how are we going to create useful & efficient personal transportation?:
- 2006/12/03: VDM: Viridian Note 00480: The Algae Hummer
- 2006/11/28: SF Gate: California - Carmakers say state's greenhouse rules would endanger SUVs
The greenness of hydro electricity is being challenged:
- 2006/12/03: Guardian(UK): Water power puts climate in peril
- 2006/12/01: SciDevNet: Hydropower: a greenhouse gas culprit?
- 2006/11/30: Stoat: Methane from Dams
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2006/12/01: BBC: Sceptics: Cards on the table please!
- 2006/12/02: Deltoid: Not getting it
- 2006/12/01: DeSmogBlog: National Post Lionizing Deniers: DeSmogBlog Shocked; SHOCKED!
- 2006/11/30: Stoat: More Monckton
- 2006/11/29: DeSmogBlog: Inhofe's last stand
- 2006/11/26: GristMill: Climate-change deniers irrelevant
- 2006/11/27: DeSmogBlog: A Cato-tonic Response
- 2006/11/27: TP: Drudge Blows It: Latest Attack On Gore's Global Warming Stance Falls Flat
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2006/11/: MoJo: The Thirteenth Tipping Point - News: 12 global disasters and 1 powerful antidote
- 2006/11/28: CarbonSink: David Attenborough: To waste energy is a sin
- 2006/12/01: TruthOut: Calculating and Compensating for One's Own CO2 Production
- 2006/12/02: GristMill: Global warming: worry, don't panic
- 2006/11/16: SCN: Deadly Ocean Burp
- 2006/11/29: OregonLive: Black carbon major suspect in warming trend
- 2006/11/29: EnergyBulletin: Dr James Hansen: Can We Still Avoid Dangerous Human-Made Climate Change?
- 2006/11/27: CliProg: You can Run (or Fly or Ski) from Global Warming, But you just can't Hide from it
- 2006/11/26: CliProg: The Glaciers ARE Melting and We ARE the Cause
- 2006/11/26: ER: The Stern Review; Critical Notes on its Abatement Optimism
- 2006/11/23: FTimes: Ask the experts: Averting climate change
- 2006/11/26: CSW: Four noteworthy articles on climate change in the Washington Post
- 2006/11/27: RealClimate: Historical climatology in Greenland
- 2006/11/27: AngryBear:Global Warming
- 2006/11/28: Stoat: Science: False Alarm: Atlantic Conveyor Belt Hasn't Slowed Down After All
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- PAGES: Past Global Changes
- Wiki: Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency
- NOAA:GFDL: Tom Knutson's Home Page
- 2006/01/: NOAA:GFDL: Global Warming and Hurricanes
- California Climate Change Portal
- GPM: Global Precipitation Measurement
- 2006/04/: EGU: European Geosciences Union
- OCCC: Swiss Advisory Body on Climate Change
- GWTimes: Global Warming Times
- P&P: People & Planet
- Scientist On Ice
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here -- "On a finite planet, at human carrying capacity, a society driven mainly by selfish individualism has all the potential for sustainability of a collection of angry scorpions in a bottle." -Wackernagel & Rees (Our Ecological Footprint) 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/
"On a finite planet, at human carrying capacity, a society driven mainly by selfish individualism has all the potential for sustainability of a collection of angry scorpions in a bottle."
-Wackernagel & Rees (Our Ecological Footprint)
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/