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Another week of GW news - January 14, 2007
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Black humour is better than no humour?:
- 2007/01/14: uComics: (cartoon - Trudeau) Dr. Nathan Null
- 2007/01/08: uComics: (cartoon - Toles) Arctic Press Conference...
- 2007/01/08: C&L: (link to video) The Simpsons Tackle Global Warming
A moment of silence, please:
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- 2007/01/12: HuffPo: Scientists To Move World's "Doomsday Clock" Forward To Reflect "Worsening Nuclear, Climate Threats"...
The big story of the week has to be Europe's proposed new energy plan:
- Europa: All Energy package documents (some pdfs, some html)
- 2007/01/10: Europa: Commission proposes an integrated energy and climate change package to cut emissions for the 21st Century
- 2007/01/11: EuroTrib: Revisiting the EU Energy Plan - and its coverage
- 2007/01/11: VDM: Viridian Note 00486 Energy Policy for Europe
- 2007/01/13: OilDrum: Revisiting the EU Energy Plan - and its coverage
- 2007/01/12: OilDrum: A New Energy Policy for Europe
- 2007/01/11: DeSmogBlog: EU Vows Stiffest Cuts Ever -- 20% Below 1990 Levels by 2020
- 2007/01/10: TerraDaily: Climate Protection Tops EU Plan
- 2007/01/10: ConsciousEarth: EU Plans "Post-Industrial" Revolution
- 2007/01/12: EurActiv: Brussels biofuels push met with sceptism
Plans to increase biofuel contribution to 10% of EU transport fuel by 2020 have been criticised by environmental NGOs, who increasingly believe that the promotion of biofuels may actually cause more harm than good.
- 2007/01/10: ENS: EU Plans Steep Emissions Cuts to Avert Climate Disaster
- 2007/01/11: ABC(Au): European Commission urges major greenhouse gas cuts
- 2007/01/12: ClimateArk: EU to impose tougher carbon emission limits
- 2007/01/12: Telegraph(UK): 4x4s to be priced off the road
Gas-guzzling sports cars, 4x4s and people carriers could be priced off the road within five years after a crackdown on carbon emissions to be announced by the European Commission this month.
- 2007/01/12: OilChange: EU Targets Gas Guzzlers
- 2007/01/12: BBC: EU plans attack on car emissions - The cost of gas-guzzling cars could soar in five years' time under plans from the European Commission.
- 2007/01/10: Guardian(UK): Call for 20% EU cut in greenhouse gas emissions
- 2007/01/11: Guardian(UK): EU warns of global climate chaos - Report forecasts wars, famine and migration - Strategy aims for world's first low-carbon economy
- 2007/01/11: ABC(Au): European Commission launches new energy strategy
- 2007/01/10: NewScientist: European energy plan targets big carbon cuts
- 2007/01/10: DeSmogBlog: EU Shudders at Prospect of Future Warming
- 2007/01/10: DeutscheWelle: EU Study Warns of Catastrophe if Global Warming Not Curbed
- 2007/01/10: UPI: Analysis: Climate protection tops EU plan
- 2007/01/10: DerSpiegel: Brussels Bows to Global Warming
Arid deserts in Spain, winters with no snow and fewer tourists in the Mediterranean. All that will happen if the world doesn't act, the EU said on Wednesday. Its new energy strategy plans emission cuts of up to 20 percent. Europe is wondering where its energy will come from in the future. The climate change report issued by the European Commission on Wednesday is uncompromising. Should average temperatures in Europe climb more than 2 degrees Celsius, eco-systems will be devastated, the continent's agriculture will radically change, its wildlife will be destroyed and tens of thousands of people will die.
- 2007/01/10: Edie: Clean energy will take off 'too late' if trends continue
Carbon emissions cuts will come too late to avert 'runaway' climate change if current policy trends continue in Europe and across the world according to the EU's World Energy Technology Outlook, published this week.
- 2007/01/10: DeutscheWelle: EU Unveils Major New Energy Policy
The European Commission unveiled sweeping plans Wednesday to diversify EU energy sources, slash carbon emissions by 20 percent and enforce rules for fuel competition.
- 2007/01/10: OilChange: Climate Change Will Devastate EU
- 2007/01/10: AFP: EU unveils vast energy plan to diversify supplies, protect environment
- 2007/01/10: BBC: EU plans 'industrial revolution'
The European Commission has urged its members to sign up to an unprecedented common energy policy, unveiling a plan to diversify the bloc's energy sources. Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said it was time for a "post-industrial revolution" which would see Europe slash greenhouse gases by 20% by 2020. But political as well as environmental concerns should spur change, he noted. EU vulnerability as an oil importer was thrown into sharp relief this week when Russia's row with Belarus hit supplies.
- 2007/01/10: BBC: Inefficient and expensive energy firms will face legal action over their behaviour, the European Commission's competition office has warned.
- 2007/01/10: BBC: New EU path on climate and energy
The European Commission is due to unveil a wide-ranging set of proposals on energy and climate issues. It will include targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing use of renewables, and measures to free competition among energy providers. The Commission aims to set a global benchmark for reducing emissions when Kyoto Protocol targets expire in 2012. The package of measures will have to be approved by European governments before it can come into force.
- 2007/01/09: DeSmogBlog: EU plans bold cut in carbon emissions; UN urged to widen Kyoto
- 2007/01/09: PlanetArk: EU to Propose 20 Percent Emissions Cut by 2020 - Official
- 2007/01/09: PlanetArk: EU to Make New Climate Change Commitment with Cuts
- 2007/01/08: ManufacturingNet: Leaked EU Report Notes Push To Renewable Fuels
- 2007/01/08: FTimes: Washington faces challenge over climate [from European Commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso]
It's official. 2006 was the warmest year on record for USA, Scotland...:
- 2007/01/10: WaPo: Climate Experts Worry as 2006 Is Hottest Year on Record in U.S.
- 2007/01/10: SciDaily: NOAA Reports 2006 Warmest Year On Record For U.S.
- 2007/01/12: DeSmogBlog: 2006 Fifth Warmest Year on Record
- 2007/01/10: Wunderground: 2006: warmest year on record in the U.S.
- 2007/01/09: PhysOrg: Warm December Pushes 2006 to Record Year
- 2007/01/09: Reuters: 2006 warmest on record in United States: NOAA
- 2007/01/09: NOAA: NOAA reports 2006 warmest year on record for U.S.
- 2007/01/09: BBC: New weather record made in 2006 - Last year was the warmest on record in Scotland, the Met Office has confirmed.
While in the hurricane wars:
- 2007/01/12: Eureka: Environments resilient in the face of hurricanes, but questions remain, says journal special issue
- 2007/01/12: GristMill: Tom Wigley responds [re IPCC & hurricanes]
- 2007/01/09: HuffPo: Coastal Real Estate Prices and Global Warming
Meanwhile on the el Niño front:
- 2007/01/12: Wunderground: El Niño is fading
- 2007/01/11: NOAA: El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Discussion
- 2007/01/11: JFleck: ENSO Peaking
- 2007/01/12: PhysOrg: Warm temps, El Nino delay lakes' freezing
- 2007/01/09: UoR: Major shifts in the weather patterns over the Indian and Pacific Oceans disrupt El Nino
- Wiki: Madden-Julian oscillation
The Stern Review is still getting kicked around:
- 2007/01/09: AsymmetricalInformation: Discount rates, again -- So the Stern Report is back...
- 2007/01/11: EcoEcon: Stern Report Buzz
- 2007/01/11: JQuiggin: Yet more on Stern (quicklinks and brief summaries)
- 2007/01/: Treasury(UK): (pdf) Reply to Comments by Sir Nicholas Stern
- 2007/01/13: ERabett: Sir Nicholas Stern has placed a short reply to the comments on his report on the Treasury Independent Reports page.
- 2007/01/09: JEB: Baer on Stern
- 2007/01/08: JQuiggin: Discounting and impatience with overlapping generations
- 2007/01/08: Stoat: Help: 2200 Stern
- 2007/01/08: CrTimber: Discounting and impatience with overlapping generations
And that Revkin 'middle ground' article caught some afterthoughts:
- 2007/01/08: GristMill: A long rant about global warming and dirty hippies
- 2007/01/10: MObjectivist: Thought Dynamics
- 2007/01/09: HuffPo: A Very Long Rant About Global Warming and Dirty Hippies
- 2007/01/07: GristMill: Letters on Revkin's article
- 2007/01/07: FuturePundit: A Scientific Middle Emerges On Global Warming
More GW impacts are being seen:
- 2007/01/14: Guardian(UK): Melting glaciers will destroy Alpine resorts within 45 years, says report
- 2007/01/14: Guardian(UK): Drought will halt wildebeest trek
- 2007/01/11: Guardian(UK): Bears awake and flowers in bloom. Whatever happened to winter?
- 2007/01/11: Guardian(UK): EU warns of global climate chaos
- 2007/01/13: SwissInfo: Warm weather forces cancellation in Wengen [men's World Cup super-combination ski race]
- 2007/01/10: TruthOut: EU: Climate Change Will Transform the Face of the Continent
- 2007/01/12: ABC(Au): Canberrans blow-out water target to beat the heat
- 2007/01/12: PhysOrg: China's coasts devastated by pollution, rising sea levels
- 2007/01/12: CBC: Forzani blames warm weather for drop in holiday sales
- 2007/01/11: ABC(Au): Warm temperatures elevate fire danger [in Tasmania]
- 2007/01/11: Guardian(UK): Bears awake and flowers in bloom. Whatever happened to winter?
- 2007/01/10: ABC(Au): Snow may disappear from [New South Wales] Kosciuszko [National Park] by 2050: CSIRO
- 2007/01/10: PhysOrg: Warm Europe Winter Has Pollen Lingering
- 2007/01/10: BBC: Climate food threat to porpoises
Climate change is disturbing the food supply of the harbour porpoise, one of Britain's sea mammals, research shows. Scientists found that the number of sandeels available each spring for porpoises to eat has declined sharply, and more of the porpoises are starving.
- 2007/01/09: SciDaily: How Fish Species Suffer As A Result Of Warmer Waters
- 2007/01/09: CBC: Warm winter could cause coastal storms: [DFO] scientist
- 2007/01/08: WaPo: The Weather Outside Is Frightful -- Balmy Breezes Blow Ill Winds Through Ski Resorts, Suffering Their Worst Season in 25 Years
- 2007/01/07: TerraDaily: Record Temperatures Across Himalayans Spark Climate Change Fears
- 2007/01/07: Yahoo: Tibet's record temperatures spark climate change fears
The Washington State Department of Ecology released a study on the impacts of climate change:
- 2007/01/10: WSDE: State study shows economic challenges, opportunities from climate change
- 2007/01/10: WSDE: Impacts of Climate Change on Washington's Economy
- 2007/01/11: EnvEcon: On the costs of climate change in the Pacific NW
- 2007/01/11: GristMill: The cost of climate change [link to pdf on the economic impacts of climate change in Washington state]
- 2007/01/11: TerraDaily: Ice Chess Players Race Against Thaw In Moscow
- 2007/01/11: STimes: Warming climate may prove costly for [Washington] state, study warns
And then there are the tropical rainforests:
- 2007/01/12: PhysOrg: Large size crucial for Amazon forest reserves
- 2007/01/11: Eureka: Large size crucial for Amazon forest reserves
Yes we have no wacky weather, except:
- 2007/01/13: CDreams: A Storm of Denial
- 2007/01/12: HuffPo: A Storm of Denial [wacky weather]
- 2007/01/11: TruthOut: "Wacky Weather" Is Deadly Global Heating
- 2007/01/11: CanWest: Let this be a lesson to you: Climate change is here - Winterlude to use mild winter as education tool
- 2007/01/08: RealClimate: El Nino, Global Warming, and Anomalous U.S. Winter Warmth
- 2007/01/09: Guardian(UK): What's happened to winter?
- 2007/01/08: ERabett: The worm quickly turns....quickly [Real Climate comments on the very warm winter...]
- 2007/01/09: Canoe: Weather red alert for going green - The devastation in Stanley Park and the wacky weather across Canada is a wake-up call for Canadians...
- 2007/01/08: DemNow: Global Warming Heat Wave? January Temps Hit Record Highs Across Northeast
The Australian drought continues to be formidable:
- 2007/01/12: HeraldSun: Fires and global warming threaten river
Global warming and Eucalypt regrowth in the alpine region could drastically reduce mountain water supplies crucial to Australia's biggest river system, new research suggests. Studies from the Australian Greenhouse Office and the CSIRO already predict snow will no longer fall on the Snowy Mountains and bushfires will become more frequent and severe by 2050. The reduced snowmelt run-off will drastically reduce the amount of water flowing into Snowy-Hydro storages and the Murrumbidgee River, cutting flows in the Murray-Darling Basin and affecting water supplies as far as Adelaide. But scientists from the High Country Fuels and Ecosystem Functions (HCFEF) team say an equal, but less understood, threat to water supplies will be eucalypt regrowth after bushfires.
- 2007/01/12: ClimateArk: Australia: Drought and fire could ruin Murray's future
- 2007/01/12: HeraldSun: Bushfires' colossal effect
Victoria's monster bushfires have generated the power of more than 100 atomic bombs and pumped out millions of tonnes of pollution, greenhouse gas and toxic clouds, scientists say.
And speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2007/01/14: BBC: Floods force Malaysia evacuation - 90,000 people
- 2007/01/08: BBC: Heavy rains kill dozens in Brazil
Communities across southeastern Brazil have declared a state of emergency as torrential rain continues to cause extensive damage in the region. At least 50 people are reported to have died, more than half of them in the state of Rio de Janeiro, since the beginning of the year.
The conflict between biofuel and food persists:
- 2007/01/14: DelawareOnline: Biofuels boom pinches the world's poorest - Ethanol means money for farmers, but hunger for many poor people
- 2007/01/10: EnvEcon: An analysis of an increase in the demand for corn
- 2007/01/12: BBC: Mexico leader in tortilla pledge
Mexico's President Felipe Calderon has pledged to intervene to tackle the soaring price of tortillas, the flat corn bread which is a local staple. The price of tortillas, the main source of calories for many of Mexico's poor, rose by more than 10% last year.
Under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico used to get cheap corn imports from the US, but Mexico's Economy Minister Eduardo Sojo said that with more US corn being diverted into ethanol production, supply was dwindling.
And the troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:
- 2007/01/05: CattleNetwork: Era Of Cheap World Food Ending
- 2007/01/08: UCSD: Study: Crop Yields Down as Temp. Rises
Researchers say California harvests could decrease by up to 20 percent by mid-century because of global warming.
So how do we deal with this situation?:
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2007/01/10: CPD: Climatic changes in the Urals over the past millennium. An analysis of geothermal and meteorological data by D. Yu. Demezhko & I. V. Golovanova
- 2006/12/12: UCAR: (pdf - 189K) Future abrupt reductions in the summer Arctic sea ice by Marika M. Holland at al.
- 2007/01/09: PNAS: Contingent Pacific -- Atlantic Ocean influence on multicentury wildfire synchrony over western North America by Thomas Kitzberger et al.
- 2007/01/09: PNAS: Evidence for last interglacial chronology and environmental change from Southern Europe by Achim Brauer et al.
- 2007/01/09: PNAS: Contrasts between Antarctic and Arctic ozone depletion by Susan Solomon et al.
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2007/01/12: SciDaily: Supercomputer To Advance Studies Of Abrupt Climate Change
- 2007/01/12: RealClimate: Arctic Sea Ice decline in the 21st Century
- 2007/01/11: UIUC: Soil nutrients shape tropical forests, large-scale study indicates
- 2007/01/10: SciDaily: Plants Point The Way To Coping With Climate Change
- 2007/01/10: Eureka: Age is more than a number -- In barn owls, it reveals how susceptible one is to climate change
- 2007/01/09: PlanetArk: Warming Could Spur 'Evolution Explosion' - Study
- 2007/01/09: CBC: Fast-growing plants may weather climate change better: study
- 2007/01/08: PhysOrg: Annual plants may cope with global warming better than long-living species
- 2007/01/08: Grist: North Sea fish population declines as water warms, says new study
- 2007/01/08: NewScientist: Arctic melt soaks up carbon dioxide [because of increased water surface area]
- 2007/01/08: Eureka: Annual plants may cope with global warming better than long-living species
- 2007/01/07: Scotsman: Climate key to Sphinx's riddle - ancient Egyptians may have been earlier victims of climate change
The UNFCCC head has been trying to drum up some American cooperation:
- 2007/01/09: TruthOut: UN Official: Warming Leadership Needed
- 2007/01/09: TerraDaily: Climate Chief [UNFCCC head, Yvo de Boer] Seeks UN Summit To Invigorate Global Warming Action
- 2007/01/08: WaPo: U.N. Official: Warming Leadership Needed
- 2007/01/09: PlanetArk: UN Official [Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC)] Wants World Summit on Global Warming
Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:
- 2007/01/13: WSWS: Kyoto’s Clean Development Mechanism: global warming and its market fix
- 2007/01/12: Stoat: Carbon offsets
- 2007/01/10: CSM: Do carbon offsets live up to their promise? Consumers purchase them to relieve greenhouse-gas guilt, but there's no easy way to keep offset companies accountable
In the international forum:
- 2007/01/12: PlanetArk: Japan and EU Urge Big Polluters [United States, China & India] to Cut Emissions
- 2007/01/08: JFleck: Europe vs. America on Climate: a Hypothesis
And on the American political front:
- 2007/01/12: WaPo: Six [US] senators back mandatory greenhouse gas cuts
- 2007/01/13: CDreams: EugeneRegister-Guard: Temperatures Rising
- 2007/01/12: GristMill: The Obama/McCain/Lieberman climate bill
- 2007/01/13: WaPo: House Democrats Detail Energy Plan
- 2007/01/13: ClimateArk: Dingell touts climate laws
- 2007/01/12: NewScientist: US presidential race rivals [Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama] join forces on climate
- 2007/01/12: PhysOrg: Climate Bill Sets Stage for Debate
- 2007/01/10: CSW: House Oversight and Reform Committee may question individuals under oath during investigations
- 2007/01/09: CSW: Polar bear decision "a rare case of science actually triumphing over politics"
- 2007/01/12: PlanetSave: Climate bill sets stage for contentious debate in Congress
- 2007/01/12: EthicalCorp: Democrat bellwether [Stuart Eizenstat, US UNFCCC negotiator] says Kyoto agreement is "radioactive"
- 2007/01/12: ClimateArk: Bush failures include lack of an energy plan
- 2007/01/10: SeattlePI: Cities' vows to cut gas emissions questioned 'Many will miss goals by a wide margin,' report [by Institute for Local Self-Reliance] says
- 2007/01/08: CSW: Polar Bears, Pt 3: Interior Secretary [Dirk Kempthorne] misrepresented agency report deeming polar bears threatened
- 2007/01/07: CSW: Congress: Ask Condi Rice, Why has the U.S. Climate Action Report been held up for more than a year?
- 2007/01/08: CDreams: LA Times: Don't Wait to Save the Polar Bear
What happens when you put a creationist, An Inconvenient Truth, and a schoolboard together? Idiocy, outrage & laughter:
- 2007/01/13: DeSmogBlog: Inconvenient Truth stirs controversy in Seattle suburb
- 2007/01/11: SeattlePI: Federal Way schools restrict Gore film 'Inconvenient Truth' called too controversial
- 2007/01/12: ERabett: Beam me up Scotty, there's no intelligent life on this continent...
- 2007/01/12: BoomanTrib: This is Just a Disgusting Story about Al Gore
- 2007/01/11: ConsciousEarth: School Board Bows to Fundamentalist, Restricts Gore's Film
- 2007/01/12: TreeHugger: School District Battles Over "An Inconvenient Truth"
- 2007/01/11: HuffPo: Best Story of the Year So Far
- 2007/01/11: Wonkette: Schools Ban Al Gore's Movie, Suggest Teachers Maybe Do Some Teaching
Downing Street has leaked a climate about face to be announced by GWB in the upcoming State of the Union Address:
- 2007/01/14: GristMill: File under: believe it when I see it
- 2007/01/14: TWM: Global Warming....I don't know if this represents wishful thinking...
- 2007/01/14: HuffPo: File Under: Believe It When I See It
- 2007/01/14: Guardian(UK): Bush set for climate change U-turn
The Governator announced a low carbon standard
- 2007/01/11: REA: Low Carbon Standard to "Fuel" Renewable Energy Market
- 2007/01/12: CliProg: Nobody's Fuel -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to start getting Californians off petroleum
- 2007/01/11: CSM: California plans major carbon cut in its gasoline [25 percent cut in the state's greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020]
- 2007/01/10: SF Gate: Bold move on global warming - A World First: Governor to order new standard to reduce carbon content of motor fuels
- 2007/01/10: Grist: Flexing His OPECs - Schwarzenegger, E.U. unveil new carbon-cutting schemes
- 2007/01/10: DeSmogBlog: Schwarzenegger orders 10 per cent cut in carbon emissions
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2007/01/13: Globe&Mail: Two days in [Al Gore's] climate warrior boot camp
- 2007/01/11: GristMill: [Dessler] Climate change with Al Gore
- 2007/01/12: BSD: Asking the wrong question about Al Gore's lifestyle
- 2007/01/10: Stoat: Grumpy review of An Inconvenient Truth
- 2007/01/09: TruthOut: What Al Gore Hasn't Told You About Global Warming
- 2007/01/08: TruthOut: Gore Mobilizes Global Warming Activists
- 2007/01/08: Tennessean: Gore mobilizes global warming activists - Hundreds at Hilton hotel receive tools for training others
- 2007/01/07: HuffPo: Sign Up for Al Gore's Climate Project
NASA's Dr. James Hansen is maintaining a profile:
- 2007/01/11: PhysOrg: NASA Scientist Urges Action on Warming
- 2007/01/11: CCTimes: Fight to stop global warming must start now, scientist [James Hansen] says
And similar to the "if the feds won't act" theme:
- 2007/01/13: NJO: Colleges warming to climate-change commitments
University of Florida President Bernie Machen and nearly 30 other academic chiefs are pledging to reduce global warming by taking actions on their own campuses -- and they're trying to convince other schools to follow their lead.
It is a measure of how far America has to go that this is even considered news:
While on the UK political front:
- 2007/01/11: Independent(UK): Tories push for 80% carbon emissions cut
- 2007/01/11: EPolitix: [UK Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies] Campbell: Green taxes won't hit poor
- 2007/01/11: OilChange: UK Tories Push for 80% Carbon Cut [by 2050]
- 2007/01/10: Reuters: UK opposition chief rejects climate doom and gloom
British opposition leader David Cameron said on Wednesday he was trying to recapture the climate change issue from the "doom mongers" and said it was important to show people there were positive reasons for saving energy. Cameron has made the environment a priority since taking over the leadership of the Conservative Party in late 2005, helping the party build a lead over Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party in most opinion polls.
- 2007/01/08: EurActiv: UK minister [Pearson] flies into rage with airlines over CO2 emissions
Also in the UK, Blair is leading by example:
- 2007/01/11: Guardian(UK): Sins of emission
Prime minister [Blair], when will you accept that we need action as well as words, even on the difficult subjects, like flying?
- 2007/01/10: Guardian(UK): Blair, Monday: I'm not offsetting carbon. Blair, yesterday: Er, I've had a rethink
- 2007/01/09: Stoat: Blur on climate and leadership
- 2007/01/09: OilChange: Blair: The Climate Change Hypocrite
- 2007/01/09: CDreams: Guardian(UK): Carry on Flying, Says Blair - Science Will Save the Planet
- 2007/01/09: Sky: "I Won't Give Up Flights" - Tony Blair has told Sky News he will not give up long-haul holiday flights to help combat climate change.
So, how's your carbon footprint?:
- 2007/01/08: Guardian(UK): Britons fritter year's carbon allocation by February
- 2007/01/10: HuffPo: Convenient Truths: Reduce Your Workplace's Carbon Emissions
- 2007/01/08: Guardian(UK): Britons fritter year's carbon allocation by February
Meanwhile in China:
- 2007/01/10: BBC: China fails environment targets
China is failing to meet new targets on energy efficiency and pollution emissions, officials said. China set the targets in a bid to rein in the environmental costs of the country's rapid economic growth. But only Beijing and five other provinces or municipalities improved efficiency by 4% and cut emissions by 2% in the first six months of 2006. "Nationwide, it is certain that last year's [targets] could not be achieved," official Han Wenke said. Chinese officials did not say how much the targets had been missed by. The new targets are part of the 2006-10 Five Year Plan, and call for energy consumption per unit of GDP to be cut by 20%, while pollution emissions should fall 10%.
- 2007/01/09: Xinhuanet: Facing climate change
With a national strategy being developed, the country [China] has taken on the urgent need to map out systematic measures to cope with severe climate change
In Canada, minority neocon PM Harper, aka little bush, is having a hard time getting his environmental act together:
- 2007/01/08: Globe&Mail: Green plan limited, PM warns - Canada will be off Kyoto targets by 50% in 2012, Harper says
Emissions of greenhouse gases are on track to rise dramatically over the next five years, Prime Minister Stephen Harper predicted yesterday. The comment, coming just days after a cabinet shuffle saw the pugnacious John Baird take control of the key environment portfolio, left critics questioning the seriousness of a government pledge to do "a lot more" on the environment.
- 2007/01/12: CanWest: Dissent on climate change within Tory ranks
Canada's rookie environment minister says he will face a tough fight with some Tory colleagues on green issues, according to an NDP MP who met with John Baird this week.
- 2007/01/11: CanWest: Tory capitulation on climate change reeks of political damage-control
- 2007/01/09: CanWest: Canadians give Tories failing grade on environment
- 2007/01/09: TheRecord: Harper has failed to grasp significance of Kyoto pact
- 2007/01/09: ConsciousEarth: Voters Won't Buy McHarpers Green Plan
While the ostensibly green NDP is having its own problems:
- 2007/01/12: Globe&Mail: NDP plotting strategy to out-green its rivals - Layton says he'll expect robust action from the Conservatives on climate change
- 2007/01/12: BCLSB: Buzz Begs For An Audience
- 2007/01/12: PlanetArk: Canada Auto Union Alarmed by Tough Emissions Talk
Another one in the "I'll believe it when I see it" category:
- 2007/01/10: DeSmogBlog: Will Schwarzenegger's bold move prod B.C. on climate change?
- 2007/01/09: Tyee: Secret Energy Plan: Will [BC Premier, Gordon] Campbell Top Schwarzenegger?
The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:
- 2007/01/08: Tyee: Why Nature's a Loser -- Eco-priorities will lag until our system of government changes
- 2007/01/10: Globe&Mail: Make industry pay for emissions, climate-change activists argue [the polluter pays principle]
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2007/01/13: JFleck: The Press Release Problem
- 2007/01/09: CDreams: BostonGlobe: When the Weatherman Plays Dumb
- 2007/01/08: CliProg: Climate Confusion at the Washington Post
Here is something for your library:
- 2007/01/14: CliProg: "Hell and High Water" in the News
- 2007/01/11: CliProg: Chapter Two Excerpt [_Hell and High Water_]: Reap the Whirlwind
- 2007/01/07: CliProg: Chapter One Excerpt [_Hell and High Water_]: The Climate Beast
Wrestling over a new energy infrastructure continues unabated:
- 2007/01/13: RollingStone: Big Coal's Dirty Move
As the world heats up, the coal industry is racing to build more than 150 new power plants before Congress decides to crack down on global warming
- 2007/01/13: DeSmogBlog: One Lump in a Christmas Stocking Is Usually Sufficient
- 2007/01/14: News(Au): Bubble, bubble, oil means trouble - United States politics is dominated by oil: domestically and internationally
- 2007/01/13: BBerg: China to Spend $5.8 Billion to Triple Wind-Power Generation
- 2007/01/12: UPI: Analysis: Energy's cost for global warming
- 2007/01/09: CliProg: We Must STOP Building Traditional Coal Plants
- 2007/01/12: GristMill: 'MIT ethanol analysis confirms benefits of biofuels' [misleading subject, actually biofuel doubts]
- 2007/01/12: Globe&Mail: Critics pan solar power research facility
- 2007/01/12: BBC: Mild weather and a rise in stockpiles of heating oil and petrol pushed oil prices beneath the $52-a-barrel mark for the first time since May 2005
- 2007/01/05: TechRev: Part II: China's Coal Future
- 2007/01/06: Globe&Mail: The greening of the oil sands
- 2007/01/09: PlanetArk: Rising Carbon Emissions Set Energy Challenge
- 2007/01/09: PlanetArk: Coal to Gain Larger Share of Energy Mix
- 2007/01/09: PlanetArk: Renewable Energies to Rise on Global Warming Woes
- 2007/01/08: TruthOut: Global Warming Adds to Oil Volatility; Analysts Split
- 2007/01/08: DeSmogBlog: Coal plant foes in Texas see clear choice in gasification but officials slow to respond
Automakers, lawyers and activists argue over the future of the car:
- 2007/01/09: FuturePundit: Detroit Automakers Want Half Billion For Battery Research
- 2007/01/12: CSM: New race for automakers: build a better battery
- 2007/01/10: GristMill: The Big 3 vs. the dirty hippies
There was a big car show full of hybrid, hydrogen & electric cars in Detroit last week, then this Chrysler economist pipes up...:
- 2007/01/10: BBC: Chrysler questions climate change
Chrysler's chief economist Van Jolissaint has launched a fierce attack on "quasi-hysterical Europeans" and their "Chicken Little" attitudes to global warming. His attack is in sharp contrast to the green image that the US car companies have been trying to promote at this year's Detroit motor show. Mr Jolissaint was speaking at a private breakfast where the chief economists of the "Big Three" US car firms presented their forecasts for auto industry sales this year. Most of the audience - which was mainly made up of parts suppliers - seemed to nod in agreement with Mr Jolissaint. Neither Ford's chief economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, nor General Motors' chief economist Mustafa Mohatarem, who were on the panel with Mr Jolissaint, questioned his assertion.
- 2007/01/08: ENS: Electric, Hydrogen, Hybrid Cars Star at Detroit Auto Show
- 2007/01/11: OilChange: Chrysler Questions Climate Change
- 2007/01/10: DeSmogBlog: GM's chief economist reveals automakers greenwash
- 2007/01/10: DeSmogBlog: And Chrysler reacts
- 2007/01/10: TP: Chrysler attacks "quasi-hysterical Europeans" on climate change
The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:
- 2007/01/12: Guardian(UK): [The UK's biggest companies] Task force sets business agenda
- 2007/01/12: IHT: Investing: Making money from global warming
- 2007/01/12: Edie: Big business [Confederation of British Industry] looks to profit from climate change
- 2007/01/10: Reuters: EU business slams emissions, renewables targets
Insurance and re-insurance companies are feeling the heat:
- 2007/01/12: Yahoo: Lloyd's boss demands action on climate change
- 2007/01/13: TwinCities: Lloyd's warns of warming
The chairman of Lloyd's, the world's biggest insurance market, warned on Friday of $100-billion natural disasters in the United States and urged a "radical rethink" of public policy in response to global warming.
- 2007/01/11: InsuranceJournal: Swiss Re Global Risks 2007 Report Highlights Increasing Threats
- 2007/01/07: TerraDaily: Americans Covet Beach Homes But Insurers Fret Over Hurricane Risk
Meanwhile, as far as the betting meme goes:
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2007/01/10: ERabett: On the S. Fred front...
- 2007/01/10: ERabett: Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel...[Tim Ball saga]
- 2007/01/11: BCLSB: Natural Resources Stewardship Project Is The Friends Of Science Resurrected
- 2007/01/12: BCLSB: How Canada's Global Warming Deniers Plan To Help The Stephen Harper Tories
- 2007/01/11: Creekside: They call it science. We call it bullshit.
- 2007/01/10: BCLSB: Climate Change Deniers Get Political
- 2007/01/11: DeSmogBlog: It's the 21st Century Economy, Stupid [Corcoran]
- 2007/01/11: DeSmogBlog: NRSP Bashing Gets Gritty
- 2007/01/10: DeSmogBlog: It's not easy pretending to be green
- 2007/01/10: DeSmogBlog: S. Fred Award for Climate Disinformation
- 2007/01/12: Deltoid: Another dubious survey
- 2007/01/12: Deltoid: Tim Ball update
- 2007/01/10: DeSmogBlog: Tim Ball vs Dan Johnson Update
- 2007/01/10: Deltoid: Adam Smith spinning in his grave [deluxe denial]
- 2007/01/09: GristMill: Opening ourselves up to criticism [denier mindset]
- 2007/01/09: DeSmogBlog: Rightwing Site Now NRSP Central
- 2007/01/08: DeSmogBlog: A Skunk By Any Other Name...
Here is an answer to a little PR move you may have noticed:
Exxon comes in for a fair amount of scrutiny:
- 2007/01/13: StarTrib: How ExxonMobil manufactures dissent - $16 million spent to sow confusion on global warming
- 2007/01/09: OilDrum: The Union of Concerned Scientists Report on XOM [Exxon]: How Does It All Fit In?
- 2007/01/09: TP: Exxon's New Position On Global Warming, Same As Its Old Position On Global Warming
- 2007/01/08: DeSmogBlog: Exxon flak argues global warming good for us
- 2007/01/08: GWW: ExxonMobil's $16 millon FUD campaign
- 2007/01/08: TreeHugger: If ExxonMobil was a Country...
- 2007/01/08: Guardian(UK): Oil giant [Exxon] works on its PR
- 2007/01/05: PRWatch: Hot Times with Exxon
There is a report Exxon has changed tactics in its climate change war:
- 2007/01/12: OilChange: Exxon's 3D PR Strategy on Climate [Deny, Delay and Dominate]
There is a classic industry public relations tactic called the 3D technique -- Deny, Delay and Dominate. For years Exxon has pursued this strategy over climate change very aggressively.
The company has denied for years that climate change is a problem or even man-made, and by so doing it has delayed any action.
Well it now seems that Exxon is moving to the last "D" in the list as its strategy of delaying becomes increasingly untenable. Although the company still tries to highlight the uncertainties in climate science, it is stopping funding many of the influential right-wing think tanks that have led the climate change denial work, such as the Comeptitive Enterprise Institute. Instead it is increasingly turning its attention to trying to dominate what action will happen on climate and influence the regulation on any climate legislation.
- 2007/01/12: TruthOut: Exxon Cuts Ties to Global Warming Skeptics
- 2007/01/11: DeSmogBlog: Exxon Acknowledges Climate Change, cuts CEI's funding
- 2007/01/11: ConsciousEarth: Exxon Pulls Anti Science Funding
- 2007/01/12: TreeHugger: Exxon Turns Off Disinformation Tap
- 2007/01/12: PlanetArk: Exxon May be Warming to Greenhouse Gas Rules
Coby Beck is continuing to post his excellent "How to Talk to a Global Warming Sceptic" series on GristMill:
- 2007/01/10: GristMill: 'Kyoto is a big effort for almost nothing'
- 2007/01/09: GristMill: 'What's wrong with warmer weather?'
And proving that hope springs eternal:
- 2007/01/12: EconBrowser: [US pol] The Return of Knowledge-Based Policy-Making?
- 2007/01/10: GWW: Regime change in the US and Australia (a winning coalition needed)
Bill McKibben is starting a campaign:
- Step It Up 2007
- 2007/01/10: TomPaine: A Brilliant Heat Stroke
- 2007/01/08: Grist: Step It Up - Introducing a brand-new, mass-protest climate movement for 2007
- 2007/01/08: GristMill: Step It Up - Introducing a brand-new, mass-protest climate movement for 2007
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2007/01/12: PJ: Climate Change and the Coming Energy Crisis
- 2007/01/13: JFleck: U.S. Precipitation, Last 90 Days
- 2007/01/13: DeSmogBlog: China's blistering economic growth raises fears over pollution
- 2007/01/13: CanWest: No doubt now about global warming - Climate scientist [Dr. Gordon McBean]
- 2007/01/10: CliProg: Franken Calls for Crichton-Climate Progress Debate. We Accept.
- 2007/01/13: CCTimes: Don't be misled, global warming is settled
- 2007/01/13: ClimateArk: Connecting the Global Warming Dots
- 2007/01/12: TomPaine: Unified Green Field Theory
- 2007/01/12: TruthOut: Global Warming, Warring and Warning
- 2007/01/12: GristMill: URGE^2
- 2007/01/12: Stoat: What do I think? [by William M. Connolley]
- 2007/01/11: CDreams: SeattlePI: Global Warming, Warring and Warning
- 2007/01/10: Guardian(UK): Down to a fine art
The planet's 'environmental emergency' is providing inspiration for a growing movement of artists whose work focusing on habitats, social issues and survival aims to raise awareness.
- 2007/01/09: AlterNet: What Al Gore Hasn't Told You About Global Warming
- 2007/01/09: CDreams: PortlandPressHerald: Connecting Dots of Climate Change is Bleak Business
- 2007/01/08: JHKunstler: The Warming
- 2007/01/09: CDreams: Independent(UK): How Richest Fuel Global Warming - but Poorest Suffer Most from It
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- BCLSB: BigCityLib Strikes Back (some Canadian GW)
- Wiki: Madden-Julian oscillation
- Step It Up 2007
- CAN: Climate Action Network - Canada
- GCC06: Global Climate Campaign2006
- CaCC: Campaign against Climate Change
- CCA: Climate Change Action
- NOAA: Paleotempestology Resource Center
- GristMill: How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic
- 2006/02/19: AFTIC: How to Talk to a Global Warming Sceptic
- T&E: European Federation for Transport and Environment
- Walk Against Warming
- WMO:GAW: Global Atmosphere Watch
- IGHIH: It's Getting Hot In Here
- GCP: Global Carbon Project
- PewClimate: Global Warming in Depth
- PewClimate: Global Warming Basics
- Greenpeace International News
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here
"The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment."
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/