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Another week of GW news - February 4, 2007
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Most of the IPCC material is in a separate posting:
- 2007/02/02: IPCC: (pdf 2.3 megs) 2007 Summary for Policymakers
- 2007/02/02: UCAR:IPCC: (pdf 2.3 megs) 2007 Summary for Policymakers
- 2007/02/02: IPCC: IPCC adopts major assessment of climate change science
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- 2007/02/02: MSNBC: (cartoon - Sherffius) Exxon vs Earth
- 2007/02/04: SeattlePI: (cartoon - Horsey) Our Only Hope
- 2007/02/01: uComics: (cartoon - Toles) And after Global Warming has happened...
In the hurricane wars:
- 2007/02/03: CCM: Dora, Cat 4, First of 2007
- 2007/02/04: OrlandoSentinel: As Earth warms, coastal housing sales must cool
- 2007/02/03: BSD: "More likely than not" is plain English enough, I think
- 2007/02/02: Wunderground: Groundhogs, tornadoes, hurricanes, and the new IPCC report
- 2007/02/02: GristMill: Why do hurricanes matter?
- 2007/02/02: CCM: The IPCC, Hurricanes, and Global Warming, Part II
- 2007/02/02: CCM: Cyclone Dora, Now a Strong Cat 3
- 2007/02/01: CCM: IPCC on Hurricanes and Global Warming?
- 2007/02/01: PhysOrg: Warming Linked to Stronger Hurricanes
- 2007/02/01: GristMill: [Dessler] Hurricanes: A new and improved hockey stick
- 2007/02/01: Yahoo: Warming linked to stronger hurricanes
Global warming has made stronger hurricanes, including those in the Atlantic such as Katrina, an authoritative panel on climate change has concluded for the first time, participants in the deliberations said Thursday. During marathon meetings in Paris, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change approved language that said an increase in hurricane and tropical cyclone strength since 1970 "more likely than not" can be attributed to man-made global warming, according to Leonard Fields of Barbados and Cedric Nelom of Surinam. In its last report in 2001, the same panel had said there was not enough evidence to make such a conclusion.
- 2007/01/16: EUE: The Economics of Hurricanes
The Stern Review is still getting kicked around:
- 2007/02/02: EnvEcon: The green think tank looks at the Stern Review
- 2007/01/29: BSD: The Stern Review and the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court opinion
- 2007/01/29: RealClimate: Stern Science
Yes we have some temperature records:
- 2007/02/01: TerraDaily: Switzerland And Moscow Record Mildest Ever January Temperatures
- 2007/02/01: OilChange: January Was Second Hottest on Record
- 2007/01/31: Guardian(UK): January set to be second hottest on record
Glaciers are melting:
- 2007/02/02: PlanetArk: China Warns of Disasters from Warming Tibet Plateau
- 2007/02/01: Xinhuanet: Roof of World climate shift sends signs of warning
- 2007/01/30: NewScientist: Melting of mountain glaciers is accelerating
- 2007/01/29: ENS: Shrinking Glaciers Thawed Faster in 2005
- 2007/01/30: OilChange: Glacial Melting Accelerating
- 2007/01/29: TerraDaily: Melting Glaciers Show Climate Change Speeding Up
- 2007/01/29: TWM: The Death of Glaciers...
- 2007/01/29: ABC(Au): Glaciers melting at increasing speed: UN
- 2007/01/29: PhysOrg: Melting glaciers show climate change speeding up: UN, scientists
- 2007/01/29: Yahoo: Melting glaciers show climate change speeding up, say UN, scientists
- 2007/01/29: BBC: Glaciers melt, climate talks open - Mountain glaciers are shrinking three times faster than they were in the 1980s, scientists have announced.
Sea levels are rising:
- 2007/02/02: CSIRO: Sea level on the rise -- in real and virtual worlds
- 2007/02/01: PhysOrg: Sea level on the rise -- in real and virtual worlds
- 2007/01/29: CliProg: A Rise in the Rise of Sea Levels
- 2007/01/29: Yahoo: Indonesia could lose 2,000 islands with rise in sea level, finds study
- 2007/01/29: HuffPo: The uncertain risk of catastrophic sea-level rise
Meanwhile in near earth orbit:
- 2007/02/02: TerraDaily: Satellite Data Vital To UN Climate Findings
- 2007/02/01: SciDaily: NASA Space Sleuth Hunts The Trail Of Earth's Water [Aura sat]
More GW impacts are being seen:
- 2007/02/03: JFleck: Skiing in Bolivia
- 2007/02/01: BBC: How climate change hits India's poor
- 2007/01/31: Telegraph(UK): Great Barrier Reef 'will be bleached-out wasteland in 25 years'
- 2007/01/31: JQuiggin: Melting the Arctic ice
- 2007/01/30: SciDaily: Come Spring, Expect Fewer Blooms, Due To Mild Early Winter
- 2007/02/02: DailyMail: Global warming sees polar bears stranded on melting ice
Climate refugees popped up here and there:
- 2007/02/02: al Jazeera: The Pacific's climate refugees
- 2007/02/02: GWW: Another trick of the dark: The Tuvalu canard
- 2007/02/02: TerraDaily: Global Warming Could Lead To Millions Of Climate Refugees
- 2007/02/01: Yahoo: Global warming means millions of climate refugees: experts
A decade or so ago, greens coined the term "climate refugees" to describe the future victims of global warming. Today, experts say such refugees may already number in the millions and could reach 200 million by century's end, stoking tensions and potential for conflict.
- 2007/01/30: DeSmogBlog: Cops [RCMP] Contemplate Climate Catastrophe
- 2007/01/30: CanWest: Future flood of 'climate refugees' ahead?
RCMP: Police report warns of a potentially overwhelming influx of people if global warming forces millions to flee Bangladesh and other countries
And then there are the tropical rainforests:
- 2007/02/02: FuturePundit: Palm Oil For Biomass Energy Wrecking Rainforests
- 2007/02/03: BBC: Peru's Amazon oil deals denounced
Environmental and human rights group in Peru have denounced the government's campaign to auction off large swathes of the Amazon to oil and gas companies. They say the amount of Peruvian Amazon territory open to exploration has risen from 13% to 70% in two years.
- 2007/01/31: PlanetArk: Indonesia Wants Countries Paid to Keep Forests
- 2007/01/30: C4: 'Pay us to keep rainforest' - Indonesia has called on rich countries to pay developing nations to preserve their rainforests.
Yes we have no wacky weather, except:
- 2007/02/03: BBC: President George W Bush has declared four Florida counties disaster areas, after storms and a tornado killed at least 20 people in the US state.
- 2007/02/03: Xinhuanet: California requests Bush's "major disaster" declaration [due to recent record setting low temperatures]
- 2007/02/03: AFP: 20 dead as tornado carves deadly path across central Florida
- 2007/02/03: Guardian(UK): Tornado and storms kill 14 in Florida
It's about time to remember what Frank said about yellow snow:
- 2007/02/03: Guardian(UK): Orange snow causes concern in Siberia
- 2007/02/02: MosNews: Orange Snow Falls in Russia’s Siberia
- 2007/02/01: PhysOrg: Yellow-orange snow falls in Siberian province
And speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2007/02/04: HeraldSun: Dry, and getting dryer
Southern Australia will continue drying out in the next 100 years as climate change takes hold, according to a lead author of a recently released major UN report.
- 2007/02/04: BBC: At least 20 people have been killed and 340,000 made homeless by massive floods that have swept through the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
- 2007/02/03: JFleck: IPCC Precipitation Map
- 2007/02/03: DailyIndia: Five dead, 100,000 displaced by floods in Jakarta
- 2007/01/31: WSWS: Tens of thousands affected by Sri Lankan floods and landslides
- 2007/01/31: JFleck: No One Drought?
- 2007/01/29: JFleck: drinkin' pee
- 2007/01/28: JFleck: Drought in South Dakota
- 2007/01/28: JFleck: Famine Response [in Ethiopia]
The conflict between biofuel and food persists:
- 2007/02/03: Times(UK): Tortilla crisis hits the poor as clean fuel drives up corn price
- 2007/02/02: BWeek: Food vs. Fuel -- As energy demands devour crops once meant for sustenance, the economics of agriculture are being rewritten
- 2007/01/27: TPS: Expanded Biofuel Production Expected to Drive Up Food Prices
Elsewhere on the mitigation front:
- 2007/02/01: Oikos: Parking fees -- fighting climate change?
- 2007/02/02: SciDaily: Nanoengineered Concrete Could Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions
- 2007/01/30: RPTT: Nanoengineered concrete to fight global warming
- 2007/01/29: PhysOrg: Nanoengineered concrete could cut CO2 emissions
- 2007/01/30: PlanetArk: EU Could Cut CO2 with More Net, Telecom Use - Report
And on the carbon sequestration front:
Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:
- 2007/01/31: ClimateArk: Apocalypse never? Science could yet save the day
Giant mirrors in space that deflect the sun's heat, carbon 'scrubbers' that clean up the atmosphere - where governments have failed to tackle global warming, science could yet save the day
- 2007/01/30: TruthOut: US Urges Scientists to Block Out Sun
- 2007/01/29: Balkin: A New Idea from the Bush Administration: Blot out the Sun
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2006/11/29: SSPP: Growing interest in carbon capture and storage (CCS) for climate change mitigation by Jennie C. Stephens
- 2007/02/01: CP: The modern and glacial overturning circulation in the Atlantic ocean in PMIP coupled model simulations by S. L. Weber et al.
- 2007/02/02: CPD: Two modes of glacial climate during the late stage 5 identified in Greenland ice core records by M.-L. Siggaard-Andersen et al.
- 2007/01/31: CPD: On the verification of climate reconstructions by G. Bürger
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2007/02/02: PhysOrg: Researchers build lasers for NASA climate studies [to study two important, but poorly understood, pieces in the global-warming puzzle: aerosols and water vapor in the atmosphere]
- 2007/01/31: TerraDaily: Deepest Antarctica A Testbed For Global Warming
- 2007/01/30: SciDaily: Enhanced, Drought-tolerant Maize To Give African Farmers Options, Even With Global Warming
- 2007/01/29: NWO: Storage of greenhouse gasses in Siberian peat moor
- 2007/01/30: Eureka: NASA probes the sources of the world's tiny pollutants [aerosols]
- 2007/01/29: PhysOrg: Storage of greenhouse gasses in Siberian peat moor
- 2007/01/29: SciDaily: Airborne Dust Causes Ripple Effect On Climate Far Away
- 2007/01/29: Eureka: Airborne dust causes ripple effect on climate far away
- 2007/02/01: TerraDaily: Storage Of Greenhouse Gasses In Siberian Peat Moor
The Pielkes fan club is hale & hearty:
In the wake of the IPCC report, Jacques Chirac proposed the formation of a new UN body to oversee the status and enforcement of environmental regulations:
- 2007/02/04: ClimateArk: Chirac leads calls for new UN body to save the environment
- 2007/02/04: PhysOrg: 46 Nations Back Body to Protect Planet
- 2007/02/02: NewScientist: Key climate report sparks global call to action
- 2007/02/03: KOMO: 46 nations back new environmental body; U.S. out
Forty-five nations answered France's call Saturday for a new environmental body to slow inevitable global warming and protect the planet, perhaps with policing powers to punish violators. Absent were the world's heavyweight polluter, the United States, and booming nations on the same path as the U.S. - China and India.
- 2007/02/03: ClimateArk: Nations urge tougher UN environment role
- 2007/02/02: CanWest: Chirac calls for 'revolution' to deal with climate change
- 2007/02/02: Reuters: Chirac issues call for new UN environment body
- 2007/02/03: SwissInfo: Swiss support idea of new environment body
- 2007/02/03: Xinhuanet: World environmental summit delegates call for new world environmental agency
Representatives attending the environmental conference held in Paris on Saturday called for a stronger and more genuine international environmental organization to better deal with the climate challenges. "We hope to establish a new world environmental organization which goes along the lines with the World Health Organization. It should be more powerful and recognized by the whole world," said the "Paris Appeal" released by the "Citizen of the Earth" summit.
Is there a special global warming summit upcoming?:
- 2007/01/31: PlanetArk: UN Pushes for Special Global Warming Summit
- 2007/01/30: CDreams: Reuters: UN Agency Pressures [Secretary-General] Ban [Ki-moon] on Climate Crisis Summit
- 2007/01/30: Yahoo: U.N. agency pressures Ban on climate crisis summit
- 2007/01/29: FTimes: UN chief seeks climate change summit
Plans for an emergency summit of world leaders to break the international impasse on cutting greenhouse gases are being discussed by Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general. At the summit, mooted for September, heads of state would discuss the possibility of a successor to the Kyoto protocol on climate change, the main provisions of which expire in 2012.
The Davos conference received some late comment:
- 2007/01/29: Australian: Clouds lift on climate change [Davos]
The 2007 World Economic Forum will go down as the year when the global business community accepted the reality that carbon emissions were changing the climate. Nothing underlined this more dramatically than when Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of the world's largest oil company Exxon, confirmed that after spending more than $US1 billion ($1.28 billion) researching the matter over several years, he could confirm the reality of global warming. But then he added a chilling current reality. The world's present carbon energy consumption (including coal) was equivalent to about 230 million barrels of oil a year. Given the global growth projections, it would rise 50 per cent by 2030. He offered no solution to the problem.
- 2007/01/28: BBerg: Terrorism Drops Off Davos Agenda as Focus Turns to Climate
Meanwhile on the Kyoto-2 front:
- 2007/02/02: BBC: Climate change: Time to get serious
As the most authoritative report to date on climate change is published, it is time for the world to get serious about curbing greenhouse gas emissions, argues Oliver Tickell. He calls on all nations to embrace a "Kyoto 2" framework, full of "bold measures" to prevent "severe and adverse consequences".
While on the emissions trading front:
- 2007/02/03: GristMill: Offsets: threat or menace?
- 2007/01/30: GristMill: A defense of carbon offsets from Adam Stein of TerraPass
- 2007/01/30: CSM: On global warming, what US can learn from Europe ["cap and trade" system]
- 2007/01/29: GristMill: Carbon [offset] plantations are the enemy of...
And on the American political front:
- 2007/02/04: LA Times: Can Washington get smart about science?
- 2007/01/31: FramingScience: "Open Mike" Day for Senate Dems on Global Warming
- 2007/02/03: GristMill: Dingell meets Gore
- 2007/02/03: CalChronicle: [Assemblywoman Lois] Wolk (D-Davis) pushes state to consider climate change in water plans
- 2007/02/03: BBerg: Bush Administration Says Human Climate Role Now Clear
The human role in climate change is no longer debatable, U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said today, while he defended the president's policy of addressing the issue without mandatory greenhouse gas limits.
- 2007/01/31: LA Times: Climate is changing, politically
New attention from presidential hopefuls and others shows that global warming is not just the Democrats' issue anymore.
- 2007/02/02: CSW: Reporters: Will senior administration officials embrace the IPCC report's key conclusions?
- 2007/02/02: CCM: The White House: No Longer in Denial?
- 2007/02/02: PlanetArk: Calif Seeks to Resolve Carmaker Pollution Lawsuit
- 2007/02/02: CSM: Global cooling the hot way - A race to pass a climate-change law must not be done with the usual tilt toward campaign donors
- 2007/02/02: TP: Laura Bush Defends President On Global Warming: "I Don't Think That's Fair Criticism"
- 2007/02/02: LA Times: President Sunbeam -- Bush recognizing global warming is a welcome if overdue step. But space mirrors?
- 2007/02/02: TheAge: Bush has to tackle global warming, now
- 2007/01/31: TimesArgus: California mulls ban on incandescent light bulbs
- 2007/01/29: TomPaine: A Few Degrees Warmer
Now here is an interesting poll. I wonder what the precise question was?:
- 2007/01/30: PlanetArk: 13 Pct of Americans not Heard of Global Warming - Report
- 2007/01/29: CDreams: Reuters: 13% of Americans Have Not Heard of Global Warming: Report
Henry Waxman held a committee meeting which documented administration misdeeds:
- 2007/01/30: US House: (links to pdfs of testimony) Committee Holds Hearing on Political Influence on Government Climate Change Scientists
- 2007/02/01: C&L: Interference in Science "Stunning"
- 2007/01/31: BostonGlobe: [U.S. Rep. Peter] Welch: Interference in science "stunning"
- 2007/01/31: TruthOut: Senators Face Off on Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
- 2007/01/31: TruthOut: Bush Administration Accused of Doctoring Scientists' Reports on Climate Change
- 2007/02/01: StarTrib: Bush's blatant abuse of climate scientists -- Union of Concerned Scientists documents sordid practices
- 2007/01/31: Guardian(UK): Bush administration accused of doctoring scientists' reports on climate change
- 2007/01/31: NewScientist: US climate scientists pressured on climate change
- 2007/01/31: TerraDaily: US Lawmakers Call For Long-Overdue Action On Global Warming
- 2007/01/31: Australian: Call for end to US apathy on climate
US politicians called today for an end to American complacency over global warming as the new Democratic-controlled Congress weighed measures to reduce greenhouse gases.
- 2007/01/31: PlanetArk: Scientists Charge White House Pressure on Warming
- 2007/01/31: PlanetArk: US Senators Face off on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- 2007/01/31: OilChange: Meanwhile, on the Hill?
- 2007/01/31: OilChange: Bush Administration Accused of Doctoring Climate Reports
- 2007/01/30: TP: Bush Administration Has Pressured Half Of Gov't Scientists To Downplay Global Warming
- 2007/01/30: Reuters: Senators face off on greenhouse gas emissions
- 2007/01/31: CSM: Has the White House interfered on global warming reports? A new report claims that the Bush administration has suppressed scientists' climate-change work.
- 2007/01/31: Guardian(UK): Bush administration accused of doctoring scientists' reports on climate change
Inconvenient conclusions censored, hearing told - Researchers warned not to talk about global warming
- 2007/01/30: PhysOrg: Groups [UCS & GAP] Allege Pressure on Global Warming
- 2007/01/30: CCM: Report from the Waxman Hearing
- 2007/01/30: GristMill: The Waxman hearings
- 2007/01/30: GristMill: House committee hearings on politicization of climate science: guess who the Republicans invited?
- 2007/01/30: CSW: Climate Science Watch testimony at House Oversight Hearing
- 2007/01/30: CSW: Investigation Documents Political Interference with Climate Science Communication
- 2007/01/29: CSW: CSW Director Rick Piltz will testify at House Oversight Committee hearing January 30
- 2007/01/30: GAP: Investigation Documents Political Interference with Climate Science Communication
- 2007/01/30: JFleck: Government Interference in Climate Science
- 2007/01/30: MSNBC: Bush administration in hot seat over warming - Lawmakers get survey of scientists, half of whom report political pressure
- 2007/01/30: DeSmogBlog: Bush Pressure on Scientists Far Wider Than Previously Thought
- 2007/01/30: Reuters: Scientists charge White House pressure on warming
U.S. scientists were pressured to tailor their writings on global warming to fit the Bush administration's skepticism, in some cases at the behest of a former oil-industry lobbyist, a congressional committee heard on Tuesday.
- 2007/01/30: RealClimate: [US] House and Senate committee hearings
- 2007/01/30: IHT: Senior Democratic lawmaker accuses Bush administration of misleading public on global warming
- 2007/01/30: TP: White House Stonewalling Release Of Climate Change Documents
- 2007/01/30: TP: Rep. Cooper: White House Barred Negroponte From Saying "Global" And "Warming" In Same Sentence
- 2007/01/30: Yahoo: Waxman seeks climate inquiry evidence
The Democratic chairman of a House panel examining the government's response to climate change said Tuesday there is evidence that senior Bush administration officials sought repeatedly "to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming."
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said he and the top Republican on his oversight committee, Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, have sought documents from the administration on climate policy, but repeatedly been rebuffed.
"The committee isn't trying to obtain state secrets or documents that could affect our immediate national security," said Waxman, opening the hearing. "We are simply seeking answers to whether the White House's political staff is inappropriately censoring impartial government scientists."
"We know that the White House possesses documents that contain evidence of an attempt by senior administration officials to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming and minimize the potential danger," Waxman said.
Administration officials were not scheduled to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In the past the White House has said it has only sought to inject balance into reports on climate change. Present Bush has acknowledged concerns about global warming, but strongly opposes mandatory caps of greenhouse gas emissions, arguing that approach would be too costly.
- 2007/01/30: MoJo:BlueMarble: Waxman's Attack on Bush Global Warming Distortions
- 2007/01/30: CDreams: Reuters: US Climate Scientists Allege White House Pressure
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2007/02/04: SunTimes: Gore's image warms from dull pol to Oscar, Nobel hopeful
- 2007/02/03: HuffPo: It Takes a Hero [Gore]
- 2007/02/03: CCTimes: Gore sounds warning at Silicon Valley event - Former vice president trumpets region's unique position as leader in effort to seek clean energy
- 2007/02/02: TP: Congress to hear the inconvenient truth
- 2007/02/03: HuffPo: Dingell Meets Gore
- 2007/02/02: Politico: Gore to Testify on Climate Change
- 2007/02/02: PlanetArk: Norwegian MPs Nominate Gore for Nobel Peace Prize
- 2007/02/02: CPunch: Some Inconvenient Truths About the Politics of Environmental Crisis - Listen Gore
- 2007/02/02: CBC: Every British teen to see Gore's An Inconvenient Truth
- 2007/02/01: GristMill: Almost as good as an Oscar
- 2007/02/01: ABC(US): Al Gore Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Climate Campaign
- 2007/02/01: Mercury: Gore's secrecy baffles some
Gore has banned TV and radio coverage of his keynote address at the ``State of the Valley'' Conference, at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The secrecy, which has baffled organizers, is part of a pattern. Over the past two years, Gore has repeatedly prohibited news coverage of his speeches, often requiring universities and other hosts to sign contracts barring reporters.
- 2007/02/01: Yahoo: Al Gore nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Oh yes, and there was a brief spark (no action) on the APPCDC front:
While on the UK political front:
Also in the UK:
- 2007/02/02: PlanetArk: [British] Travellers Pay New "Green" Airline Tax
- 2007/02/01: PlanetArk: UK Says its CO2 Emissions Flat in 2005
- 2007/02/01: BBC: Current UK green tax plans are unlikely to curb the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from travel, a study says
And in Europe:
- 2007/02/04: DeutscheWelle: EU Urges Germany to Lead in Fight Against Global Warming
The EU's Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas has urged Germany to take the lead in curbing global warming, saying Berlin must be aware of its responsibility as a role model.
- 2007/02/03: Reuters: EU must listen to climate change science - [EU Environment Commissioner, Stavros] Dimas
- 2007/02/02: PlanetArk: CO2 Cloud Hangs Over European Carmakers
- 2007/02/01: DeutscheWelle: German Car Lobby Appears to Bend Will of EU Regulators
- 2007/02/01: PlanetArk: EU Pressures Oil Companies to Fight Climate Change
- 2007/02/01: PlanetArk: EU too Confident on Carbon Capture, Germans Say
- 2007/01/31: TreeHugger: EU and Car Makers At Odds Over CO2 Emissions
- 2007/01/31: PlanetArk: Germany Resists EU Plans for Blanket CO2 Cap on Cars
- 2007/01/31: PlanetArk: EU Tackles Oil Companies over Climate Change: Draft
- 2007/01/31: BBC: The European Commission has announced plans to force energy companies to produce greener fuels
It will be interesting to see if Europe gets around to applying this carbon tax:
- 2007/02/01: NYT: France Tells U.S. to Sign Climate Pacts or Face Tax
- 2007/02/01: UPI: Chirac warns U.S. of import carbon tax
French President Jacques Chirac said Europe will impose a carbon tax on U.S. imports if the United States doesn't sign on to the Kyoto environmental protocol. "A carbon tax is inevitable," Chirac told The New York Times. "If it is European, and I believe it will be European, then it will all the same have a certain influence because it means that all the countries that do not accept the minimum obligations will be obliged to pay."
- 2007/02/01: DeSmogBlog: Chirac's Patience Taxed by US Climate Intransigence
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2007/02/04: ABC(Au): PM [John Howard] says carbon trading part of climate change solution
- 2007/02/02: ABC(Au): Northern Territory 'needs to act' to curb carbon emissions
- 2007/02/03: ABC(Au): Govt's reaction to global warming report criticised
- 2007/02/03: ABC(Au): Climate change report proves Aust should go nuclear: [Aus PM, John] Howard
- 2007/02/03: ABC(Au): Expert [oceanographer, John Hunter] warns of global warming threat to Tas communities [via sea level rise]
- 2007/02/04: TheAge: Change irreversible, so adapt or suffer: UN author [Mike Coughlan]
- 2007/02/02: GWW: Planet to Earth. SOS.
- 2007/01/31: ABC(Au): [Tasmanian Conservation] Trust flags emission targets
- 2007/01/31: ABC(Au): [Federal Resources] Minister [Ian Macfarlane] rejects Australia-only carbon trading scheme
- 2007/01/31: ABC(Au): Sydney given 'doomsday' climate change warning
The CSIRO has issued Sydney with a dire warning about the impact of climate change on its future. A report commissioned by the New South Wales Government predicts large temperature rises and a decrease in rainfall of up to 40 per cent over the next 70 years. The study forecasts the city's average temperature will rise by up to 1.6 degrees by 2030 and 4.8 degrees by 2070.
- 2007/01/31: ABC(Au): Major parties must address climate change causes: [Australian Green leader, Bob] Brown
- 2007/01/31: BBC: A [CSIRO] report on the effects of climate change in Australia paints an alarming picture of life in the city of Sydney
- 2007/01/30: FPB: Every four days, another Australian farmer commits suicide
- 2007/01/29: TheAge: Reef 'facing extinction'
The Great Barrier Reef will become "functionally extinct" within decades at the current rate of global warming, while wilder weather is set to affect property values and drive up insurance bills in many Australian coastal communities.
Also in Australia, the Energy Supply Association released a report:
- 2007/02/01: Australian: The future of Australia's energy supply will be decided by an emissions trading scheme, not technical reports trying to forecast the future, according to the [ESA] renewable energy industry
- 2007/01/31: ABC(Au): Greenhouse gas cuts will cost $40b: [Energy Supply Association] report
- 2007/01/31: ABC(Au): Greens criticise 'self-serving' climate change report [commissioned by the Energy Supply Association]
Meanwhile in China:
- 2007/02/01: DerSpiegel: China's Poison for the Planet - Can the environment withstand China's growing economic might?
- 2007/01/29: TheAge: Environmentally, China fails its own pledge
In Canada, parliament is back in session, the Tories released attack ads on Dion and the Liberals released some old denial material of Harper's:
- 2007/02/01: PlanetArk: Canada's PM Blasted over Old Anti-Kyoto Comments
- 2007/01/31: TreeHugger: Canada PM Harper's Green Facade Crumbling?
- 2007/01/30: CBC: Harper's  letter dismisses Kyoto as 'socialist scheme'
- 2007/01/30: BCLSB: Jack Wins Day One
And for some reason, some NAFTA environmental assessments are not being released:
- 2007/01/29: SLDF: Canada hiding NAFTA environmental investigations - Public kept in dark about findings against Canada
- 2007/01/29: ENS: Canada Alleged to Be Hiding Adverse Environmental Reports
Another odd kafuffle, involved the firing of the Environment Commissioner by the Auditor General:
- 2007/02/01: PlanetArk: Canada's Environment Official Says She was Fired
- 2007/01/30: TCE: Environment Commissioner Fired, Key Reports Shelved
- 2007/01/31: PlanetArk: Canada's Environment Watchdog Replaced
Canada's environment commissioner was replaced on Tuesday amid reports that she had irritated her boss by making outspoken calls for action on climate change. Johanne Gelinas worked for the office of the auditor-general, which reports to Parliament rather than the government of the day.
I notice Royal Canadian Air Farce just loves Baird's overblown theatrics:
- 2007/02/02: BCLSB: John Baird, Minister Of Roid Rage
- 2007/02/02: CBC: Planet's future is at stake,' Baird says - Climate-change report predicts major consequences for Canadian Arctic
- 2007/02/01: CBC: Baird to be sent to Paris for climate change conference
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is sending Environment Minister John Baird to Paris where dozens of scientists have gathered to release an international report on global warming.
Otherwise the usual parliamentary theatrics ruled:
- 2007/02/03: CanWest: Heightened climate concerns spark Green party windfall
- 2007/02/03: Reuters: Canada does not see greenhouse gas cuts soon
- 2007/02/02: CBC: No quick fix for 'enormous' problem of climate change: PM
'The science is clear that these charges are occurring,' Harper says in wake of major report
- 2007/02/01: BCLSB: Climate Change Upside: A Longer Growing Season. Climate Change Downside: Russians, Lots And Lots Of Russians
- 2007/02/02: Tyee: Will Voters Turn Politicians Green? Global warming tops polls, but how much heat do officials really feel?
- 2007/02/01: CBC: Dion calls on Tories to recommit to Kyoto
- 2007/01/29: PlanetArk: Canada Aims to Set Emissions Targets in Early 2007
The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:
- 2007/01/27: CTC: Carbon Taxes vs. Cap-and-Trade
- 2007/01/31: EnvEcon: New carbon tax website
- 2007/01/31: GristMill: Common ground in the carbon wars [carbon trading vs carbon taxes]
The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2007/02/02: AFTIC: Why do they have to do that?
- 2007/01/30: FramingScience: IPCC Report Unlikely to Shift Media/Public Agenda
- 2007/01/30: HuffPo: Fox Takes Fair And Balanced Look At Weather "War"...With One Side
- 2007/01/30: HuffPo: The UN Predicts A Global Disaster -- And Right Soon [US media]
- 2007/01/28: DeSmogBlog: Dear Globe and Mail
Here is something for your library:
- 2007/02/03: CliProg: Chapter Seven Excerpt [Hell and High Water]: The Electrifying Solution
- 2007/01/30: CliProg: Chapter Five Excerpt [Hell and High Water]: How Climate Rhetoric Trumps Climate Reality
- 2007/01/29: JFleck: Cool New Climate Book [_Rough Guide to Climate Change_ by Bob Henson]
While in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:
Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of the current generation:
- 2007/02/03: LJW: Moratorium on coal-burning plants rejected
- 2007/02/03: TheAge: PM [John Howard] uses climate warning to push nuclear
- 2007/02/02: UDel: Researchers find substantial wind resource off Mid-Atlantic coast
- 2007/02/01: TEB: ASES Has Answer to Global Warming [clean energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies]
- 2007/02/01: EnvEcon: Climate change takes a hit -- German plan to close coal mines
- 2007/02/01: PINR: U.S. Energy Policy Begins to Shift
- 2007/02/01: TruthOut: Coal Plans Prompt Warning
- 2007/01/31: PlanetArk: Scrap Curbs on Solar Panels, MPs Urge
Planning restrictions on rooftop wind turbines and solar panels should be removed and incentives streamlined, and the electricity distribution firms must pay a proper market rate for any surplus produced by such microgeneration systems, it said.
- 2007/01/30: Spectrum: Loser: Corn-o-copia - Extravagant subsidies and low coal prices have made for some strange ethanol projects
- 2007/01/30: GristMill: Oh, Canada! [funny-sad interview with Canada's leading ethanol manufacturer]
- 2007/01/30: OilChange: US Wind Power Capacity Jumps [27% in 2006]
- 2007/01/29: GristMill: Renewable energy: show me the money
- 2007/01/29: GristMill: Krugman gets to the heart of the (ethanol) matter
- 2007/01/29: PlanetArk: Clean Energy Seen 50 Pct of Supply by 2050 - Report [by European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) & Greenpeace]
The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:
- 2007/02/01: TerraDaily: Top Multinationals Pledge To Cut Carbon Pollution
- 2007/02/02: Guardian(UK): Wal-Mart boss says he will press suppliers in race to go green
- 2007/01/31: TerraDaily: UBS Stresses Climate Change As Investment Criteria
- 2007/02/01: WWF:  Companies commit to saving climate
- 2007/02/01: IHT: How to combat climate change? Swedish CEO thinks he has solution
As world leaders search for ways to curb the emission of greenhouse gases, Lars G. Josefsson says he has already found the solution. The chief executive of Swedish energy company Vattenfall AB has launched what many see as the most ambitious plan yet for how industries can succeed in curbing climate change -- a detailed program for a global carbon market aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. Josefsson's plan, Combat Climate Change, or 3C, has quickly been endorsed by leading politicians, climate researchers and -- somewhat surprisingly -- some of the world's largest companies.
- 2007/01/31: FTimes: US companies lag on climate issues
Insurance and re-insurance companies are feeling the heat:
- 2007/02/03: BBerg: Insurers See Profit in Less Pollution as UN Warns of Warming
- 2007/01/26: TerraDaily: Munich Re Says Insurers Face Up To 7-Billion-Euro Bill From Winter Storm
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2007/02/04: GWWatch: Get your greenhouse confusion here [denial list]
- 2007/02/04: GWWatch: Stern view of global warming deniers after IPCC report
- 2007/02/02: CanWest: The real deal? Against the grain: Some scientists deny global warming exists
- 2007/02/02: DeSmogBlog: AEI Linked to Fraser Institute
- 2007/02/03: Deltoid: No clue about AR4
- 2007/02/03: Stoat: Monckton's curious take on the SPM
- 2007/02/03: TP: Limbaugh: Stranded Polar Bears Are "Just Playing Around - Like Your Cat Goes To Its Litter Box"
- 2007/01/31: BCLSB: Another Species Of Denial
- 2007/02/02: EnvEcon: Let the rent seeking begin -- Duke CEO pushes CO2 cap (for everyone else)
- 2007/02/01: GristMill: Preview: How the petrolobby will respond to the IPCC
- 2007/02/01: DeSmogBlog: CEI argues IPCC science without any scientists
- 2007/02/01: DO: Delaware global warming skeptic [Legates] stands pat - State climatologist on opposite side of governor in court case
- 2007/01/31: Grist: And Now, a Word From Our Detractor - GOP strategist Frank Luntz argues enviros are failing -- and they're mean to boot
- 2007/01/31: DeSmogBlog: DeSmog Leaks Advance Copy of Think Tank's IPCC Attack - Fraser Institute 'Analysis' of IPCC Report Out of Date, Oil-Soaked and Incorrect
- 2007/01/31: Stoat: DeSmog Leaks Advance Copy of Think Tank's IPCC Attack
- 2007/01/30: DeSmogBlog: Exxon-backed Fraser Institute readies attack on IPCC
- 2007/01/29: Deltoid: Pathological Denial
The AEI [American Enterprise Institute] were caught out:
- 2007/02/03: TP: AEI Letter Offers $10,000 Payments Only For Views Critical Of The IPCC Report
- 2007/02/02: CNN: Exxon linked to climate change pay out
Think tank offers scientists $10,000 to criticize UN study confirming global warming and placing blame on humans.
- 2007//: TAMU: (417k pdf) Scan of the AEI letter trolling for $10K denial
- 2007/02/03: JQuiggin: AEI and low-value reputations
- 2007/02/03: OilChange: Sceptics Offer Cash To Undermine IPCC
- 2007/02/02: PR Watch: Deny Climate Change, Make a Cool $10,000
- 2007/02/02: TerraDaily: US Thinktank [AEI] Offering Cash Payments To Dispute Climate Panel
- 2007/02/02: Wonkette: A Climate Change Is Gonna Come
- 2007/02/02: Guardian(UK): Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study
Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.
Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.
Why's everybody always picking on poor little Exxon?:
- 2007/02/02: ABC(Au): Exxon Mobil defends climate change record
- 2007/02/02: DeSmogBlog: UN blames global warming on fossil fuels; Exxon posts $40 billion US profit
- 2007/02/03: OilDrum: Exxon Mobil conference calls
- 2007/02/02: HuffPo: Exxon Shouldn't Be Able To Use Its $40 Billion Profit to Bury Evidence It's Killing Our World
- 2007/02/02: Guardian(UK): Profits up a fifth but Shell emits more CO2 than most countries
- 2007/02/01: AFP: ExxonMobil draws more fire after record 39.5 billion dollar profit
- 2007/02/01: RawStory: Exxon Mobil profit hits new record high of $39.5 billion
- 2007/01/31: AlterNet: ExxonMobil's War on Science
- 2007/01/30: ERabett: As the last doors in the Exxon AR4 Advent Calendar open...
- 2007/01/29: DeSmogBlog: Kennedy slams Exxon's greenwash
- 2007/01/29: HuffPo: Exposing ExxonMobil
A minor spin-dizzy erupted over the WhiteHouse search engine:
- 2007/02/01: JEB: Global warming abolished! [White House search engine]
- 2007/02/01: Stoat: Censorship fun! [White House search engine]
- 2007/02/01: AFTIC: Are you really surprised?
- 2007/02/01: GristMill: Whitehouse.gov search engine has blinders on
The Global Cool campaign is getting some traction:
- Global Cool
- 2007/01/31: PlanetArk: "Global Cool" Asks 1 Billion People to Save Planet
- 2007/01/31: OilChange: Global Cool's Ten Year Fight to Save the Planet
- 2007/01/31: FPB: The Global Cool kids
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2007/02/01: FramingScience: GlobalCool: Breaking Through on Global Warming
- 2007/02/03: TreeHugger: The Top 10 Surprising Results of Global Warming
- 2007/02/02: PlanetArk: Cool Water Surges Could Affect Fish Stocks - Report
- 2007/02/02: PlanetArk: French Switch-off has Little Impact on Power Grid
- 2007/02/02: IGBP: Climate Change only one Symptom of a Stressed Planet Earth
- 2007/02/01: TruthOut: Sundance: A Q&A With Ross Gelbspan
- 2007/01/31: TruthOut: Two of the Biggest Changes in Climate News
- 2007/02/01: EENews: Princeton profs drive 'wedges' into policy debate
- 2007/02/01: GristMill: Climate stabilization wedges 101
- 2007/02/01: WaPo: The Long Consensus On Climate Change by Naomi Oreskes
- 2007/02/01: GristMill: Oreskes: The climate consensus is no young whippersnapper
- 2007/02/01: AlterNet: The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Stop Global Warming
The goal of the action, Step It Up 2007, is to demand that Congress enact immediate cuts in carbon emissions and pledge an 80 percent reduction by 2050.
- 2007/02/01: UNH: Researchers Predict Future Of Federal Climate Change Policy
- 2007/02/01: CBC: Global Warming 101 expedition geared up for Arctic trail
A 1,900-kilometre dogsled expedition across Baffin Island is aimed at drawing attention to climate change when it begins Feb. 14, its leaders say.
- 2007/01/30: Guardian(UK): Morrison climate warning strikes global note
- 2007/01/31: PhysOrg: Some Cool to Hot Term, 'Carbon Neutral'
- 2007/01/31: GristMill: Kerry Emanuel and the inelegant art of false equivalence
- 2007/01/31: WorldChanging: The Week in Carbon
- 2007/01/31: HuffPo: Kerry Emanuel and the inelegant art of false equivalence
- 2007/01/30: HuffPo: You Don't Need a Weatherman to Tell Which Way the Wind is Blowing
- 2007/01/30: Yahoo: Trees take on greenhouse gases at Super Bowl
- 2007/01/26: GreenLeft: Change the system - not the climate!
- 2007/01/29: Globe&Mail: Are scientists evolving into climate crusaders? Warnings of warming dangers have become increasingly dramatic
- 2007/01/30: EnergyBulletin: Q&A with Ross Gelbspan
- 2007/01/29: TruthOut: Climate Change Front and Center at World Economic Forum
- 2007/01/30: GristMill: Sundance: A Q&A with Ross Gelbspan
- 2007/01/30: ZMag: Confronting the Climate Change Crisis
- 2007/01/31: CCurrents: Hell, High Water, And Corporate Profit
- 2007/01/29: ACNielsen: Global Warming: A Self-Inflicted, Very Serious Problem, According to More Than Half the World's Online Population
- 2007/01/30: Guardian(UK): Don't be fooled by Bush's defection: his cures are another form of denial
The president's avowed conversion on climate change is illusory. He is just drumming up new business for his chums
- 2007/01/29: Guardian(UK): US must win the war on climate change, says [UK Prince] Charles
- 2007/01/29: PhysOrg: Wisconsin Loses Almost 5 Percent of Cropland
- 2007/01/30: TerraDaily: African Leaders Urge Rich Nations To Do More To Curb Global Warming
- 2007/01/30: CrTimber: Melting the Arctic ice
- 2007/01/29: ERabett: The fox, the hedgehog and the spherical elephant...
- 2007/01/25: TerraDaily: Climate Change Public Concern Is Rising Fast
- 2007/01/29: TreeHugger: Calderdale Climate Challenge: Thinking Global, Acting Local
- 2007/01/29: CDreams: Independent(UK): Global Warming is Not Some Conspiratorial Hoax
- 2007/01/28: TPM: So how serious is the Bush Administration about its newfound commitment to addressing global climate change?
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- SSPP: Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy
- IGBP: International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
- CSIRO: Climate Change
- SEJ: Climate change: A guide to the information and disinformation
- CTC: Carbon Tax Center - Getting real about stopping climate change
- Global Cool
- EUE: Environmental and Urban Economics
- StephenSchneider: Climate Change
- European Environment Agency on Climate Change
- CDIAC CO2 Info Analysis Centre
- Real Climate
- Wikipedia: Global warming
- WGMS: World Glacier Monitoring Service
- BAS: The British Antarctic Survey
- IRI: Net Assessment Forecasts (global - precip/temp)
- Wiki: Climate change and agriculture
- Coeruleus: She Flies With Her Own Wings
- CAG: The North Atlantic Oscillation Thematic Web Site
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here
"We basically have three choices: mitigation, adaptation and suffering. We’re going to do some of each. The question is what the mix is going to be. The more mitigation we do, the less adaptation will be required and the less suffering there will be."
- John Holdren, AAAS president
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