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Another week of GW news - February 18, 2007
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An AAAS conference in San Francisco gave rise to many articles:
- 2007/02/17: CSW: AAAS President John Holdren urges action on climate change, energy system, and sustainability
- 2007/02/13: TerraDaily: Scientists To Focus On Climate Change And Energy At AAAS Meeting
One AAAS report featured melting Peruvian glaciers:Click here to read more
- 2007/02/16: AAAS: Accelerating Glacial Retreat Threatens Communities, Fresh Drinking Water
- 2007/02/16: TruthOut: Great Andean Glacier "Will Melt to Nothing by 2012"
- 2007/02/17: ABC(Au): Major glaciers could vanish in five years, experts say
- 2007/02/17: SciDaily: Peruvian Glacier May Vanish In 5 Years
- 2007/02/16: PhysOrg: Vanishing glaciers offer clear evidence of climate change: scientists
- 2007/02/16: TerraDaily: Peruvian Glacier May Vanish In Five Years
- 2007/02/15: OSU: Peruvian Glacier May Vanish In Five Years
- 2007/02/16: Yahoo: Vanishing glaciers offer clear evidence of climate change: scientists
- 2007/02/16: BBC: Mountain glacier could 'vanish'
The disappearance of a glacier high in the Andes could provide the clearest evidence yet of global climate change, a senior academic has warned. The Peruvian Qori Kalis glacier could vanish in just five years, climatologist Lonnie Thompson predicts.
- 2007/02/12: PhysOrg: Warming Threatens Double-Trouble in Peru
Peru's "White Mountain Range" may soon have to change its name. The ice atop Cordillera Blanca, the largest glacier chain in the tropics, is melting fast because of rising temperatures, and peaks are turning brown.
Another AAAS report featured changes in ocean currents:
- 2007/02/18: ABC(Au): Current shifts 'devastating ocean life'
- 2007/02/17: PhysOrg: Altered ocean currents disturb ecosystem off Northern California and Oregon coast
- 2007/02/17: PhysOrg: Changes in west coast marine ecosystems significant
- 2007/02/16: Eureka: Changes in west coast marine ecosystems significant
- 2007/02/17: BBC: Wind shifts devastate ocean life - The delicate interplay between the oceans and atmosphere is changing with catastrophic consequences.
And GCM predictions of Antarctica came up:
- 2007/02/17: SciDaily: Antarctic Temperatures Disagree With Climate Model Predictions
- 2007/02/16: TerraDaily: Antarctic Temperatures Disagree With Climate Model Predictions
- 2007/02/15: MongaBay: Antarctic temperatures are not rising
- 2007/02/15: Eureka: Antarctic temperatures disagree with climate model predictions
NASA has reported an Antarctic anomaly:
- 2007/02/16: TerraDaily: NASA Satellites Unearth Antarctic Plumbing System Clues to Leaks
- 2007/02/16: TerraDaily: Study Finds Subglacial Water in West Antarctica Considerably More Active Than Previously Observed
- 2007/02/15: NASA: Joint NASA Study Reveals Leaks In Antarctic 'Plumbing System'
- 2007/02/15: Scripps: Study Finds Subglacial Water in West Antarctica Considerably More Active Than Previously Observed
- 2007/02/15: Eureka: West Antarctica's subglacial plumbing system mapped from space - Science study reveals extensive water system beneath fast-moving ice streams
- 2007/02/16: Guardian(UK): Water found under Antarctic ice to raise sea level forecasts
- 2007/02/16: Independent(UK): Scientists sound alarm over melting Antarctic ice sheets
- 2007/02/16: OilChange: Antarctic Ice Melting Rings Alarm Bells
- 2007/02/15: BBC: Antarctic water world uncovered - Giant "blisters" containing water that rapidly expand and contract have been mapped beneath the Antarctic ice sheet
Meanwhile the IPCC SPM is still gathering comment:
- 2007/02/18: JEB: SPM overload
- 2007/02/13: EcoEcon: IPCC and the Politization of Climate Science
- 2007/02/12: EcoWorld: IPCC Report - The Role of Deforestation?
- 2007/02/11: GristMill: [Dessler] A new round of attacks on the IPCC
- 2007/02/12: OilDrum: IPCC Summary and Fossil Fuel
And the Stern Review is still getting kicked around:
- 2007/02/14: EcoEcon: A 'Stern' Look at Uncertainty, Novelty, and Surprise
- 2007/02/12: GMankiw: Climate Change Commentary [Stern links]
- 2007/02/16: Reuters: New world body may help cut CO2 emissions, U.N. told
A new international body could help in the fight against global warming but the need for action is too urgent to wait for one to be created, two leading economists and climate change experts said on Friday. Britain's Nicholas Stern and American Jeffrey Sachs both advocate urgent global action to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that many scientists believe trap heat in the atmosphere with potentially catastrophic consequences.
- 2007/02/13: GPM: Stern Stern on Climate Change at Senate Hearing
Michael Klare published a useful essay about GW & energy:
- 2007/02/17: CCurrents: Global Warming: It's All About Energy
Global warming is an energy problem, and we cannot have both an increase in conventional fossil fuel use and a habitable planet. It's one or the other. We must devise a future energy path that will meet our basic (not profligate) energy needs and also rescue the climate while there's still time. The technology to do so is potentially available to us, but only if we make the decision to develop it swiftly and on a very large scale
- 2007/02/15: FPIF: Global Warming: It’s All About Energy
Real Climate did a good article on ice ages:
And one on paleoclimatology:
While the temperature keeps rising:
- 2007/02/16: TruthOut: January Weather Hottest by Far
- 2007/02/17: TheWest: World temperatures continue to climb
- 2007/02/15: AP: January Weather Hottest by Far
- 2007/02/13: OilDrum: HOT Hot hot
- 2007/02/08: NASA: 2006 Was Earth's Fifth Warmest Year
The five warmest years since the late 1880s, according to NASA scientists, are in descending order 2005, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2006
The CO2 concentration has hit 390 ppm:
- 2007/02/16: CDreams: Reuters: Greenhouse Gases Hit New High, Rise Accelerates
- 2007/02/16: Reuters: Greenhouse gases hit new high [CO2 at 390 ppm]
In the hurricane wars:
UNEP released a report on disaster statistics:
Glaciers are melting:
- 2007/02/13: BSD: The European Glacier Weight Loss Diet, in pictures
- 2007/02/13: TerraDaily: [Greenland] Glaciers Not On Simple Upward Trend Of Melting
- 2007/02/12: Eureka: Glaciers not on simple, upward trend of melting
Two of Greenland's largest glaciers shrank dramatically and dumped twice as much ice into the sea during a period of less than a year between 2004 and 2005. And then, less than two years later, they returned to near their previous rates of discharge.
The impacts of GW are becoming clearer:
- 2007/02/16: GristMill: Spread of insomniac bears [to Spain]
- 2007/02/16: DeSmogBlog: Apres Ski - Literally
- 2007/02/16: PlanetArk: Warming to Spread Disease, Hunger in South Asia - WHO
- 2007/02/15: OSU: Antarctic Warming To Reduce Animals At Base Of Ecosystem, Shift Some Penguin Populations Southward
- 2007/02/16: TP: Climate action too late to help Pacific islands [Kiribati]
- 2007/02/14: Guardian(UK): Climate change puts ski resorts on slippery slope
And then there are the tropical rainforests:
Yes we have no wacky weather, except:
- 2007/02/13: BBC: Reports from New York state say 10 days of heavy snowfall has left snowdrifts of up to 12ft (3.7m) deep - a record if confirmed by meteorologists
Speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2007/02/16: PhysOrg: US needs to plan for climate change-induced summer droughts
- 2007/02/15: JFleck: Mapping Soil Moisture Anomalies
- 2007/02/16: Eureka: Better freshwater forecasts to aid drought-plagued west
- 2007/02/16: Eureka: US needs to plan for climate change-induced summer droughts
- 2007/02/14: PlanetArk: Parched Australia Becomes a Nation of Water Misers
- 2007/02/13: TerraDaily: NASA Study Finds Warmer Future Could Bring Droughts
- 2007/02/12: NASA: NASA Study Finds Warmer Future Could Bring Droughts
- 2007/02/12: NASA: NASA Study Finds Warmer Future Could Bring Droughts
The conflict between biofuel and food persists:
- 2007/02/16: PlanetArk: British Millers Worried by Impact of Biofuel Subsidy
- 2007/02/13: TechRev: Ethanol Demand Threatens Food Prices
Rising corn prices are already affecting everything from the cost of tortillas in Mexico City to the cost of producing eggs in the United States.
- 2007/02/12: Agriculture: Ethanol's growth and implications for grain producers
And the troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:
- 2007/02/16: Eureka: AAAS Panel -- Sustainable aquaculture critical to feed the world - Research reveals economic and health benefits of growing more seafood
Eli spells out the realities of the game:
- 2007/02/14: ERabett: Rabett's Rules for Climate Change Policy Makers
- Adaptation responds to current losses.
- Mitigation responds to future losses
- Adaptation plus future costs is more expensive than mitigation,
- Adaptation without mitigation drives procrastination penalties to infinity.
Elsewhere on the mitigation front:
- 2007/02/13: TechRev: Cooling the Planet
If we can't adequately reduce or sequester carbon emissions, are more-radical alternatives like orbital mirrors a solution to climate change?
- 2007/02/16: FuturePundit: Cheap Climate Engineering Against Global Warming
- 2007/02/13: SciDaily: Trees Vs. Temperature
- 2007/02/12: TreeHugger: Amazon Carbon Trick [terra preta] Comes to Light
And on the carbon sequestration front:
- 2007/02/14: TruthOut: Green Light for Greenhouse Gas Burial at Sea - UN OKs CO2 injection into ocean floor; activists have concerns, however.
- 2007/02/16: NewScientist: Biggest carbon-burial test [at Otway Basin, on the coast of southern Australia] will hunt for leaks
- 2007/02/15: MongaBay: Giant carbon sequestration project begins in Australia
Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:
On the adaptation front:
- 2007/02/13: WorldChanging: A Call for Climate Adaptation
- 2007/02/13: CSM: Time to begin 'adapting' to climate change? The World Bank is hiring experts in 'adaptation' to a warming world
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2007/02/12: CP: Predicting Pleistocene climate from vegetation in North America by C. Loehle
- 2007/02/15: CPD: Synchronization of ice core records via atmospheric gases by T. Blunier et al.
- 2007/02/14: PLoS One: Mortality, Recruitment and Change of Desert Tree Populations in a Hyper-Arid Environment by Gidske L. Andersen & Knut Krzywinski
- 2007/02/: JClimate: Detection of Human Influence on a New, Validated 1500-Year Temperature Reconstruction by Gabriele C. Hegerl et al.
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2007/02/17: PhysOrg: The insides of clouds may be the key to climate change
- 2007/02/17: OSU: Comprehensive, Worldwide Research Network Needed To Really Understand What Is Changing In The Arctic, Researchers Say
- 2007/02/17: Eureka: The insides of clouds may be the key to climate change
- 2007/02/15: TerraDaily: Scientists Diagnose Ozone Layer Status
- 2007/02/15: IPY: IPY on IPCC
- 2007/02/14: TechRev: Measuring the Uncertainty of Climate Change
Better models are rapidly defining the uncertainties ahead, says leading climate scientist Ronald Prinn
- 2007/02/12: NSU: Carbon goes deep - Studies show CO2 has reached the bottom of the ocean
- 2007/02/13: PhysOrg: Researcher seeks 'missing piece' in climate change models [soil bacteria]
- 2007/02/12: NewScientist: CO2 being pushed deep into the oceans [deeper than previously thought]
- 2007/02/08: Oceanus: Why the West Wind Wobbles
- 2007/02/12: TerraDaily: Researchers Examine Effects Of Global Warming In Antarctica
Yet more fun with Svensmark:
- 2007/02/14: JQuiggin: Charlie Brown and the football
- 2007/02/13: ERabett: Sing a song to Svensmark...[Anonymuse]
- 2007/02/14: Stoat: Figure 4 time (the data strikes back) [Svensmark]
- 2007/02/14: CrTimber: Charlie Brown and the football
- 2007/02/13: ERabett: From another life...Department of there is nothing new under the sun
- 2007/02/12: RealClimate: Nigel Calder in the Times
- 2007/02/13: TheAge: Warming climate blamed on cosmic rays
The G8+5 conference went off this week in Washington:
- 2007/02/18: Guardian(UK): Global leaders reach climate change agreement
- 2007/02/16: ABC(Au): Poorer, richer nations urged to reduce carbon emissions
- 2007/02/16: NewScientist: Leading nations find agreement on climate change
- 2007/02/16: PhysOrg: Global Lawmakers Seek New Climate Accord
- 2007/02/14: TerraDaily: In Chilly Washington Global Warming Gets New Airing
- 2007/02/16: NSU: Leading nations sign climate deal - Leading politicians agree a new proposal to tackle climate change at US meeting
- 2007/02/16: PlanetArk: Senators Tell Global Forum US Must Lead on Warming
- 2007/02/16: Independent(UK): World leaders reach climate deal
- 2007/02/15: BBC: Leaders plot path to climate deal
- 2007/02/14: OilChange: Momentum Gathers on Climate Deal
- 2007/02/14: BBC: Hope for end of climate deadlock
Leading US politicians are meeting legislators from the EU, China, Japan and India to seek a breakthrough in the international climate deadlock. The meeting, organised by British-run parliamentarians' group Globe, is strongly supported by the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. On Thursday, it will publish recommendations for a new world deal on climate change at the G8 summit [in Germany this summer]
- 2007/02/13: TruthOut: Push for New Climate Treaty Intensifies; Hope Seen
Meanwhile on the Kyoto-2 front:
Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:
The difficult question of aviation & GHG production looms:
- 2007/02/14: SF Gate: Clearing the air - Emissions from commercial planes prompt concerns about regulating greenhouse gases
- 2007/02/14: PlanetArk: Easyjet Calls for Cuts in Greenhouse Emissions
The controversy over the optimal strategy [carbon trading, carbon offsets and/or a carbon tax] to use in dealing with GHGs is getting louder:
- 2007/02/13: Oikos: Carbon offsetting: neutral shmeutral?
- 2007/02/13: Oikos: The 'low carb economy'
- 2007/02/14: Oikos: Carbon offsets: good, bad or ugly?
- 2007/02/13: GristMill: Carbon taxes are harder to scam than emissions trading schemes
- 2007/02/13: GristMill: Don't trade carbon, tax it
- 2007/02/13: GristMill: AEI's Steve Hayward on carbon tax
- 2007/02/12: Cli411: What's "cap-and-trade?"
- 2007/02/09: Cli411: Global Warming Solutions that Work [Cap-and-trade vs. carbon tax]
- 2007/02/12: GristMill: Cap-and-trade: more effective than a carbon tax
While on the American political front:
- 2007/02/15: BBC: Climate of hope: US cities lead the way
- 2007/02/14: TruthOut: Industry CEOs Testify for Emissions Limits - They get a mixed reception on Boxer's Senate committee
- 2007/02/16: GristMill: Global warming: How it's playing in Cleveland
- 2007/02/16: Reuters: U.S. business braces for battle on climate laws
Corporate America is already girding for what could be a multibillion-dollar battle over the distribution of emissions cuts if the United States imposes greenhouse gas legislation. After years of resistance, many top U.S. companies are joining a growing chorus of groups calling for mandatory action on the heat-trapping gases following a Democratic sweep of congressional elections last year. But the devil is in the details of such proposals. Companies are preparing a lobbying frenzy to pin down how emission cuts would be spread across the economic sectors.
- 2007/02/16: Eureka: Americans believe global warming is real, want action, but not as a priority
- 2007/02/15: E&C: The Desperation of George W. Bush, Part II
- 2007/02/14: GristMill: Handicapping West Coast climate policies
- 2007/02/14: C411: The Kyoto Card Up George's Sleeve
- 2007/02/13: TruthOut: US Energy Secretary [Samuel Bodman] Opposes Caps, Profits From Emissions
- 2007/02/13: TruthOut: Climate Change Heats Up Washington
- 2007/02/12: LA Times: In Congress, a shift over fuel economy
Lawmakers who have opposed stricter emissions standards find themselves pressured to combat climate change.
- 2007/02/12: ChicagoTrib: California emissions law inspires Illinois
- 2007/02/12: WTimes: Alaska senator [Ted Stevens, R-Alaska] supports fuel economy rules
- 2007/02/12: ClimateArk: Bush's climate change
The White House is pulling an about-face on global warming -- but don't count on any actual policy changes. After six years of dodging the climate-change issue, the Bush administration is finally having to face it head-on. They aren't changing policy -- don't be silly! -- but they are changing rhetoric.
- 2007/02/12: TEB: Electric Utilities Back CO2 Caps
A trade group of electricity suppliers representing about one-third of US power generation, The Electric Power Supply Association, has joined a growing list of corporate groups calling for federal caps on greenhouse gas emissions.
Various House & Senate Committees are holding hearings:
- 2007/02/17: CSW: (link to mp3) Earthbeat radio: Climate science censorship and Congressional oversight
- 2007/02/16: CSW: House Committee Unanimously Approves Whistleblower Protections
- 2007/02/14: CSW: Senate Commerce climate science hearing follow-up: News reports
- 2007/02/14: CSW: Senate Commerce Feb. 7 climate science hearing follow-up: Witness testimony and archived Webcast
- 2007/02/12: CSW: House Oversight hearing follow-up: More news and editorial coverage
- 2007/02/14: EnergyBulletin: Stern Stern on climate change at Senate hearing
- 2007/02/14: SF Gate: Industry CEOs testify for emissions limits - They get a mixed reception on Boxer's Senate committee
- 2007/02/13: CSW: House Committee set to approve landmark whistleblower rights legislation
- 2007/02/12: CSW: Major First Amendment groups condemn government censorship of science about global warming
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2007/02/16: Guardian(UK): Stars line up for 'Live Earth' concerts
- 2007/02/17: ABC(Au): Gore rules out bid for White House
- 2007/02/17: Variety: The real Hollywood politics...D.C. vibe is bubbling up
Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," has become Paramount's single most profitable release. Suddenly Gore is a star again.
- 2007/02/15: GristMill: 7/7/07: Live Earth concerts official
- 2007/02/16: TreeHugger: Al Gore Announces Live Earth Concert
- 2007/02/16: WaPo: 'Live Earth' Concerts To Tackle Hot Topic - Al Gore's Musical Call to Action
- 2007/02/15: Yahoo: Gore announces climate-change concerts
- 2007/02/15: TP: Gore unveils Live Earth
- 2007/02/15: HuffPo: Gore Announces S.O.S. [Save Our Selves]
- 2007/02/13: GristMill: Seven concerts on seven continents on 7/7/07
While in the UK:
- 2007/02/13: Guardian(UK): Britain tries to block European targets [20% of their energy by 2020] for renewable energy
- 2007/02/13: BBC: Action call on disappearing coast - The National Trust has warned of flooding at 66 sites
Wales has been urged to take "urgent action" to prepare for the impact of coastal erosion and flooding. The National Trust says three-quarters of the Welsh coastline it owns could be badly affected over the next century.
- 2007/02/16: York: Over 50s have the highest carbon footprint in the UK - They fear climate change but willing to take action
- 2007/02/16: BBC: Over-50s 'worst carbon culprits' - People aged between 50 and 64 have the UK's largest "carbon footprints", according to research
- 2007/02/15: BBC: Nuclear review 'was misleading'
A High Court judge has ordered a rethink of the government's nuclear power plans, after a legal challenge by environmental campaigners Greenpeace. A judge ruled that the consultation process before the decision last year had been "misleading", "seriously flawed" and "procedurally unfair". Greenpeace said ministers should "go back to the drawing board". But Tony Blair said while the ruling would change the consultation process, "this won't affect the policy at all".
Tony continues his desperate machinations:
- 2007/02/14: Independent(UK): Prime Minister an unlikely architect of a 'Kyoto II'
- 2007/02/14: Guardian(UK): PM to focus final effort in power on climate change
- 2007/02/13: Guardian(UK): Blair heads to Berlin for talks on climate change
- 2007/02/14: GristMill: Blair to lose job, get busy
- 2007/02/14: DeSmogBlog: Blair Will Bypass Bush to Mobilize US in Climate Fight
- 2007/02/14: RadioNZ: Time running out for post-Kyoto climate deal - Blair
- 2007/02/13: BBC: Blair calls for post-Kyoto deal
The prime minister has said there is a "tremendous opportunity" for action on climate change, following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- 2007/02/12: Guardian(UK): Blair sees climate change breakthrough as his grand finale
- 2007/02/12: OilChange: Climate Will be Blair's Final Act
While in Europe:
- 2007/02/17: Yahoo: UNEP head [Achim Steiner] says Europe complacent on climate change
- 2007/02/16: DerSpiegel: EU Can't Agree on Warming Targets
- 2007/02/15: IHT: EU energy ministers can't agree on climate change target
In a sign that even the fight against global warming may not be enough to unify fragmented European energy policies, EU energy ministers backed away Thursday from agreeing on a binding target for using renewable energy. Ministers had shown "a worrying lack of resolve to combat climate change," said Frauke Thies of Greenpeace in Brussels. The divisions between governments were "the worst possible signal" for investors considering financing for clean energy technologies, she said.
- 2007/02/16: PlanetArk: German Govt Drafts Plan to Cut Power CO2 Emissions
- 2007/02/16: PlanetArk: EU States Divided over Energy Shake-up
- 2007/02/13: PlanetArk: Germany Air Industry Embraces CO2 Trading - Paper
- 2007/02/12: PlanetArk: EU Hails German CO2 Decision [not to challenge a tough EU cap on its CO2 emissions in 2008-2012], Coy on Permits
- 2007/02/13: PlanetArk: Germany's Air Industry Embraces CO2 Trading - Paper
- 2007/02/14: PlanetArk: Norway to Cut Greenhouse Gases, Meet Kyoto Goal - PM
- 2007/02/14: PlanetArk: Germany Says EU Backs 20 Pct CO2 Credits Purchase
And on the Arabian peninsula:
- 2007/02/16: ArabNews: Environmental Issues - The Kingdom has not had an easy press on its attitude to global warming.
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2007/02/12: ABC(Au): Govt focused on reducing savanna fire emissions
The Northern Territory Chief Minister [Clare Martin] says a national carbon trading scheme would help the Territory decrease its emissions from dry season savanna fires.
- 2007/02/13: ABC(Au): Export coal to fight climate change: [Coalition MP De-Anne] Kelly.
- 2007/02/13: ABC(Au): [Federal Resources Minister, Ian] Macfarlane unsure of carbon trading merit
- 2007/02/12: TheAge: Carbon caps an electoral minefield for Howard, Rudd
- 2007/02/12: CourierMail: Climate change bites power - Household electricity bills have doubled in a decade...
And in China:
- 2007/02/16: PhysOrg: Rising sea levels present China with 'unimaginable challenges'
- 2007/02/16: CCTV: China - Low water levels in Yangtze river cause alarm
In Canada, minority neocon PM Harper started the week by announcing the Eco-Trust and Clean Air Fund:
- 2007/02/12: BBC: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced C$1.5bn (US$1.3bn, £656m) in new funds to combat climate change
- 2007/02/12: CBC: Feds give provinces, territories $1.5B for climate change plans
The opposition parties united to pass [C-288] legislation enforcing Kyoto:
- CanParliament: Bill C-288 - An Act to ensure Canada meets its global climate change obligations under the Kyoto Protocol
- 2007/02/15: TCE: Tories Embarassed (Again) as Opposition Passes Pro Kyoto Bill
- 2007/02/15: ABC(Au): Canada approves legislation enforcing Kyoto
- 2007/02/16: Globe&Mail: Ontario on target to meet Kyoto goals, government says - Coal-plant emissions drop below 1990 levels
- 2007/02/16: ClimateArk: Canada: Harper says he'll respect Kyoto bill, but adds it's meaningless
- 2007/02/16: BCLSB: C-288, A Triumph For The Opposition
- 2007/02/16: PlanetArk: Canada Gov't Relents, Says Will Obey Pro-Kyoto Law
Canada's government backed away from a legal confrontation on Thursday by promising to obey a law obliging it to lay out how Ottawa will meet targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions dictated by the Kyoto protocol. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose Conservatives had earlier promised to ignore the measure, said the proposed law was so badly constructed that it would have no effect on his policies.
- 2007/02/15: BBC: Canada vote reignites Kyoto row
Politicians in Canada's parliament have voted, by 161 votes to 113, in favour of a motion that would force the government to meet its Kyoto targets. Canada remains a signatory to the landmark international agreement to reduce greenhouse gases. But the Conservatives have rejected most of the targets since forming a minority government in 2006. The bill gives the government 60 days to table a detailed plan for getting in line with the Kyoto targets. But the Conservative government has caused controversy by calling those targets unattainable and a threat to Canada's economy. The new law is binding but Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, has called the vote a stunt.
- 2007/02/14: PlanetArk: Canadian Parliament to Try to Force Kyoto Compliance
The British Columbia government introduced a green agenda:
- 2007/02/13: Tyee: Campbell 'Getting Away with Murder' on Global Warming - Tory pundit Spector lashes media for bias
- 2007/02/14: GristMill: Campbell's souped-up climate initiative
- 2007/02/14: Tyee: Premier's Shaky Global Warming Pitch - Throne speech slim on details - His targets are bold, but aim seems wobbly
- 2007/02/14: Globe&Mail: New [BC] rules threaten proposed coal projects
- 2007/02/14: CanWest: Green changes sweeping the province - Liberals vow to fight global warming
- 2007/02/14: PlanetArk: Canadian Province [BC] to Toughen Greenhouse Gas Rules
Otherwise things are about the same in the Great White North:
- 2007/02/14: CanWest: Federal environment minister [Baird] says he didn't misrepresent Al Gore
- 2007/02/13: DeSmogBlog: IPCC study notwithstanding, Canadian business leaders still cool on global warming
- 2007/02/11: DeSmogBlog: Canadian Policy Vacuum a National Embarrassment
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2007/02/14: FramingScience: The War, the Anna Nicole Media Frenzy, and the Brief Agenda Status for Global Warming
- 2007/02/16: Eureka: More communication of climate change science won't spur problem solving, says CU researcher
Here is something for your library:
- 2007/02/13: CliProg: Chapter Nine Excerpt [Hell and High Water]: The U.S.-China Suicide Pact on Climate
Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of the current generation:
- 2007/02/18: PhysOrg: Wild grass could hold key to clean fuels of the future
- 2007/02/16: EcoEcon: Time to Reconsider Nuclear Power?
- 2007/02/14: REA: U.S. DOE Headquarters to Get $30 M Solar PV System
- 2007/02/16: REA: Geothermal: An Undervalued U.S. Energy Source
- 2007/02/17: Asia Times: Future shock: Asia is running out of gas
- 2007/02/17: CliProg: One Climate Solution for Utilities
- 2007/02/17: ABC(Au): Wild grass [miscanthus] could hold key to clean fuels of the future
- 2007/02/16: PlanetArk: Big Oil Warns Biofuels Won't Meet US Energy Needs
- 2007/02/16: Eureka: Cellulosic ethanol: Fuel of the future?
- 2007/02/14: SF Gate: Oil CEO focuses on greenhouse gases - Chevron's O'Reilly wants national regulations
- 2007/02/14: Reuters: Chevron CEO calls for U.S. to triple ethanol use
- 2007/02/12: TruthOut: Environmentalists Rally to Stop New Coal-Fired Plants
- 2007/02/12: ENS: Global Wind Power Generated Record Year in 2006
- 2007/02/12: EcoWorld: Biofuel is NOT "Carbon-Neutral"
- 2007/02/11: REA: U.S. Energy Experts Announce Way to Freeze Global Warming [says ASES: American Solar Energy Society]
- 2007/02/12: WRIC: Environmentalists rally to stop  new coal plants [in Texas]
- 2007/02/12: SciDaily: MIT Experts Foresee Efficient Ethanol Production
- 2007/02/11: Yahoo: Significant cut in gasoline use is decades away: automakers
And then there is the matter of efficiency:
- 2007/02/17: WaPo: In Energy Conservation, Calif. Sees Light - Progressive Policy Makes It a Model in Global Warming Fight
The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:
- 2007/02/16: Australian: Cash in on climate, says [Visy Industries chairman, Richard] Pratt
Corporate Australia stands to create multi-billion-dollar opportunities if it can embrace the industrial revolution to address climate change, a leading businessman and philanthropist said yesterday.
CERES is trying to foster wise investment:
- 2007/02/14: CSM: Investors turn up heat over carbon emissions - One investor group has labeled 10 companies as 'laggards' in responding to climate change
- 2007/02/13: DeSmogBlog: Investor Group Blacklists Ten Corporations For Climate Inaction
- 2007/02/13: MSN:FTimes: US investor group unveils climate blacklist
Insurance and re-insurance companies are feeling the heat:
- 2007/02/15: USAToday: State Farm retreats in Gulf -- Won't offer new policies in Mississippi
State Farm's decision Wednesday to stop writing new home and commercial policies throughout Mississippi could prompt other insurers to retreat further from the Katrina-battered region, industry groups and legal experts say.
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2007/02/16: PRNW: Exxon in Sheep's Clothing - Oil Giant Lies, Evades in Full-Page Ads Across the Country, Group Says
- 2007/02/15: TruthOut: Debate Over Global Warming Is Shifting - Some skeptics resolute, others revisiting views
- 2007/02/15: GristMill: Yes, if only the denialists had a megaphone
- 2007/02/15: BSD: Denialist blogger hired on to Hunter presidential campaign
- 2007/02/15: DeSmogBlog: Press: The Skeptics Are In Retreat
- 2007/02/16: BCLSB: Tom Harris Questions The Concensus
- 2007/02/15: BCLSB: Still Waiting, Tom
- 2007/02/16: TP: [Fox News host Sean] Hannity Previews Hit Job On Al Gore
- 2007/02/15: BostonGlobe: Debate over global warming is shifting - Some skeptics resolute, others revisiting views
- 2007/02/14: HuffPo: Big Oil's Hot Air Show On Global Warming
- 2007/02/14: Grist: The $10,000 Question - How a conservative think tank's foray into climate policy stirred up a media hornet's nest
- 2007/02/14: GristMill: Drudge gets the irony, but not the facts
- 2007/02/14: GristMill: Climate skeptic Christopher Horner on The Daily Show [video]
- 2007/02/13: GristMill: Czech bait
- 2007/02/14: ERabett: Virgins need not apply...
- 2007/02/14: MyDD: Exxonmobil Is Tacky
- 2007/02/14: DeSmogBlog: Reports of ExMo's Reform Prove Premature
- 2007/02/14: DeSmogBlog: ExMo, Playing Hide-And-Seek, Now Supports Global Carbon Trading
- 2007/02/14: Deltoid: AEI Reaps the Whirlwind
- 2007/02/14: Stoat: President Vaclav Klaus speaks for the first time about the American radar base...
- 2007/02/14: OilChange: "T-Rex" Says Sensible Strategies Needed on Climate
- 2007/02/14: HuffPo: Somebody Call a Doctor, ExxonMobil Choking on Its Hypocrisy
- 2007/02/12: GristMill: Note to Coby: Please add 'dinosaur farts' to Skeptics Guide
- 2007/02/13: DeSmogBlog: National Post Ducks Correction; Repeats "Slander"
- 2007/02/13: Reuters: Exxon Mobil CEO: climate policy would be prudent
- 2007/02/13: TP: Exxon finally admits global warming is real
- 2007/02/12: GristMill: Link from Morano in 5...4...3...
- 2007/02/12: ERabett: You mean we don't play well together?...[the spectrum of denial]
- 2007/02/12: DeSmogBlog: Bush Says He's Even More Misunderstood than ExxonMobil
- 2007/02/12: DeSmogBlog: "Misunderstood" ExxonMobil Seems to Change Tune
- 2007/02/12: CDreams: Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune: Warming Report Changes the Game - Now the naysayers are aiming to create confusion about the consequences
- 2007/02/12: WTimes: Global-warming skeptics cite being 'treated like a pariah'
- 2007/02/12: OilDrum: Global Warming - a review and a Conference Conclusion [Singer/Avery disc]
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2007/02/17: HuffPo: Enter Exponology
- 2007/02/15: VDM: Viridian Note 00490: Peter Schwartz at Davos
- 2007/02/14: ABC(Au): Flannery calls for war on climate change
- 2007/02/17: CDreams: HuffPo: Food for Thought on Global Warming
- 2007/02/17: Yahoo: [Jeffrey] Sachs warns of global warming disaster
- 2007/02/16: GristMill: Fighting the new defeatism on climate change
- 2007/02/16: AFTIC: Putting pop-culture to good uses
- 2007/02/16: Wunderground: The pole star and Arctic climate change
- 2007/02/12: Wunderground: Arctic climate change: the past 100 years
- 2007/02/15: Eureka: US Climate Change Science Program provides key contributions to IPCC fourth assessment
- 2007/02/15: Eureka: Doctors should measure the carbon footprint of their conference activities
- 2007/02/15: Eureka: Argonne National Laboratory plays key role in new climate simulations
- 2007/02/16: HuffPo: Fighting the New Defeatism on Climate Change
- 2007/02/15: Tom Paine: Facts? Who Needs Facts?
- 2007/02/11: TLC: Waiting for the Ice Age (part one)
- 2007/02/14: TLC: Waiting for the Ice Age (part two)
- 2007/02/13: BaltimoreSun: Population growth plays a key role
- 2007/02/14: LGuy: Jokes about global warming and cold weather
- 2007/02/15: CJRDaily: For ABC, Weather Equals Climate Change
- 2007/02/13: Nation: The Daffodil Delusion: Sensationalizing Global Warming
- 2007/02/13: BSD: The wisdom of crowds, and why we shouldn't dismiss the validity of personal experience with climate
- 2007/02/14: CSW: Check out the Earth observation images newly added to this site
- 2007/02/14: TreeHugger: Author, Tim Flannery, at War with Climate Change
- 2007/02/12: TruthOut: $25 Million Offered in Climate Challenge
- 2007/02/12: GristMill: Quest for the Holy Grail? Look no further
- 2007/02/13: TreeHugger: The Climate's Changing at Business Schools
- 2007/02/14: Australian: Let the great debate on climate continue - Science must not become a slave to its own orthodoxies
- 2007/02/13: CliProg: James Hansen's speech "On Acceptance of WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal"
- 2007/02/12: HTimes: Experts question theory on global warming
- 2007/02/10: Tamino: Ice Ages in Detail
- 2007/02/12: Guardian(UK): Untangling the global warming paradox - A strong economy is bad for the climate but allows space to deal with the problem
- 2007/02/12: GristMill: "Today we have a planet that's smoking!"
- 2007/02/12: GristMill: [Dessler] A great resource on global warming
- 2007/02/12: Jurnalo: Climate change may be worse than predicted, expert [Stefan Rahmstorf] warns
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- EcologyComm: Greenhouse Gases, Global Climate Change, and Energy
- IPY: International Polar Year
- PLoS One
- Tamino: Open Mind
- WHOI: Oceanus
- Cli411: Climate 411 - Environmental Defense
- LDEO: Persistent drought in North America: a climate modeling and paleoclimate perspective
- CCM: Chris C. Mooney (new URL)
- Deltoid - Tim Lambert (new URL)
- UK RoyalSociety: Climate change documents
- Ross Gelbspan: The Heat is Online
- Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
- EESI: Climate Change News
- CMDL:NOAA: CCGG: Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases Group
- EESI: Environmental and Energy Study Institute
- EESI: Climate Change News
- SPARC: Science Policy Assessment and Research on Climate
- Global Warming Factsheets
- Global Climate Change
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here
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