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, January 28, 2007

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Another week of GW news - January 28, 2007

Courtesy of H.E.Taylor, here is this week's GW news roundup
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It's always nice to start with a larf:

Speculation and leaks are still the order of the day with the upcoming [Feb 2nd] release of the 2007 IPCC report looming large:

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It will be interesting to see if this work is replicated:

The Stern Review is still getting kicked around:

In the hurricane wars:

Glaciers are melting:

More GW impacts are being seen:

Yes we have no wacky weather, except:

The conflict between biofuel and food persists:

And the troubling matter of falling food production:

Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:

Meanwhile in the journals:

[I don't have a link, but the February Scientific American has a good article by Keppler & Rockmann on the matter of plants producing methane.]

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

Meanwhile on the Kyoto-2 front:

A lot of noise has been generated by the Davos WEF:

There is another conference coming up in Washington this time:

Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:

  • 2007/01/26: BizEdge: Global warming concerns will drive emissions policies: report
    Global warming concerns are about to force North American governments to declare war on carbon emissions, according to a CIBC World Markets report. The report predicts all jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. will have carbon dioxide (CO2) regulations in place by the end of the decade. The report says every province and state will follow the lead of California and implement not only a CO2 emissions cap but also an emissions trading system that will allow larger polluters to buy emissions credits from other firms whose emissions are less than what is allowed under the cap.
  • 2007/01/22: PlanetArk: US Carbon Market Takes Step Closer to Reality
  • 2006/12/15: PM: The impressive Warwick McKibbin
    It takes me back to when we first met, in Tokyo when I was working as the ABC's correspondent. Warwick McKibbin phoned, said he was visiting and suggested that we have a bite to eat. Back then experts were either supporters or opponents of the Kyoto Protocol. I don't remember the detail what he said over soba noodles but I do remember the way in which he said it.
    It was obvious that both sides were wrong. Globally agreed targets to cut carbon emissions would never work, and nor should they. Why adopt a target when no-one knew what it was necessary to achieve? What you needed was a mechanism that would set up a framework for action and get people on board. He had come with a framework that would work and in time people would see that his was the right one.

And on the American political front:

The SOTUA garnered a lot of comment:

California electricity will be greener?:

Several contradictory polls have been taken recently:

This would be funny if it weren't so tragic:

The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:

Meanwhile in the UK, Blair is demonstrating he is delusional about more than Iraq:

And in Europe:

In Australia, things are not going well:

PM John Howard has had a pre-election change of heart:

  • 2007/01/27: ABC(Au): Climate change report a 'wake-up call' for Howard
  • 2007/01/26: Australian: Howard a climate convert
    A former climate change sceptic, John Howard has shifted his position on the subject, saying he now accepts global warming has contributed to Australia's long-running drought. Delivering his $10 billion national plan for water security yesterday, the Prime Minister said the current trajectory of water use and management was not sustainable. "In a protracted drought, and with the prospect of long-term climate change, we need radical and permanent change," Mr Howard told the National Press Club in Canberra.

Also down under, Tim Flannery has been named Australian of the Year:

And in China:

In Canada, environmental issues are conflictual:

They've been taking polls as well:

And minority neocon PM Harper is still greenwashing like mad:

There may be 'fine print' on this deal, but it looks good:

The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:

And the difficult question of aviation & GHG production is in the air:

A Tipping Point has been sighted:

Apocalypso anyone?:

As for how the media handles the science of climatology:

Here is something for your library:

And for your film & video enjoyment:

Wrestling over a new energy infrastructure continues unabated:

A major report out of MIT trumpets the future importance of geothermal:

Automakers, lawyers and activists argue over the future of the car:

The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:

The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

The Cullen storm still had some steam:

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

Then there was the usual news and commentary:

And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:



PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here

"This isn't a smoking gun; climate is a batallion of intergalactic smoking missiles."
-Andrew Weaver

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H.E. Taylor http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/



  • At January 29, 2007 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I'm noticing your attempts over at Prometheus to get Roger Pielke Jr. to say something that is logical and worth listening to. If you continue with this obsterperous behavior, you will more than likely be banned, much like Mr. Rabbet.

    He got the boot the same day that Little Roger made his debut on Fox Television and was obviously concerned that newly minted hordes of right-wing fans might be turned off by observing Roger getting ripped apart on his own blog.

    So be careful, let you also be cut off from acces to Mr. Media Star at Boulder.


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