A Few Things Ill Considered

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Monday, February 12, 2007

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Another week of GW news - February 11, 2007

Courtesy of H.E.Taylor, here is this week's GW news roundup
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Let's start with a chuckle:

Some late IPCC commentary:

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Norway has released the design of that doomsday seed vault in the Arctic:

Virgin Airline's Richard Branson announced a $25m reward to save Earth:

The Greenland melt sped up, and then slowed down to normal, confusing some:

I am glad CH4 levels are currently stable, but...:

In the hurricane wars:

It's getting warmer:

Meanwhile on the el Niño front:

More GW impacts are being seen:

And then there are the tropical/boreal forests:

Yes we have no wacky weather, except:

And speaking of floods & droughts:

The conflict between biofuel and food persists:

Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

And on the carbon sequestration front:

While on the adaptation front:

Meanwhile in the journals:

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

William had some fun with Svensmark:

The Pielke Fan Club is doing just tickity-boo:

Not much followup to Chirac's proposal for a new UN agency:

  • 2007/02/07: PlanetArk: French Climate Plan May be Distraction - UN Official
    Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, said a study last week by leading scientists blaming human activities for global warming should spur governments to curb greenhouse gas emissions. "The main priority is for political leaders to start coming to grips" with global warming, he told Reuters after a 46-nation appeal led by French President Jacques Chirac on Friday to create a new, powerful UN Environmental Organisation.

Yet another meeting is scheduled:

Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:

The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:

That EU carbon tax proposed to bring the US around is raising questions:

While on the American political front:

After the speeches, several people have taken a look at what is actually in the budget:

The WhiteHouse released an open letter on climate change:

Is there a prize for ignorance?

We have House & Senate Committees galore:

The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:

Meanwhile in the UK:

Meanwhile in Europe:

A tussle between EU car manufacturers and the Environment Commission regarding allowable emissions of CO2 played out this week:

Meanwhile in Australia:

An Australian carbon trading system is being debated:

Meanwhile in China:

A couple of the BRIC nations told the west to butt out:

It is significant that in the last 6 months in Canada, Great Britain,

and Australia, the political parties are falling all over themselves

trying to convince voters how green they are.

In Canada, the average lifetime of a minority government is 17 months or so, and as the Conservatives pass 13 months, the rumours of elections are hot and heavy with a bevy of green issues in the air:

While carbon trading, a carbon tax and a regulatory system battle for PR traction in the neocon perception of the public mind, the specific issue of the Alberta oil sands looms:

And minority neocon PM Harper continues his inaction:

How to choose between the various GHG reduction strategies:

As for how the media handles the science of climatology:

The power of the right-wing-media-machine is amply demonstrated:

The issue of how climate change is framed has arisen:

Here is something for your library:

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

The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:

The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

The AEI/AR4 imbroglio came in for some late commentary:

Exxon gets the attention it deserves:

Then there was the usual news and commentary:

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

--regards--

-het

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

--
"The scientific debate is over. It now becomes an economic and political debate over how to deal with the problem of global warming."
-Spencer Weart, director of AIP's Center for History of Physics

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/

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