A Few Things Ill Considered

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

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Another week of GW news - February 4, 2007

Courtesy of H.E.Taylor, here is this week's GW news roundup
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Most of the IPCC material is in a separate posting:

Laugh damnit:

In the hurricane wars:

The Stern Review is still getting kicked around:

Yes we have some temperature records:

Glaciers are melting:

Sea levels are rising:

Meanwhile in near earth orbit:

More GW impacts are being seen:

Climate refugees popped up here and there:

And then there are the tropical rainforests:

Yes we have no wacky weather, except:

It's about time to remember what Frank said about yellow snow:

And speaking of floods & droughts:

The conflict between biofuel and food persists:

Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

And on the carbon sequestration front:

Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:

Meanwhile in the journals:

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

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:

Is there a special global warming summit upcoming?:

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:

And on the American political front:

Now here is an interesting poll. I wonder what the precise question was?:

Henry Waxman held a committee meeting which documented administration misdeeds:

The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:

Oh yes, and there was a brief spark (no action) on the APPCDC front:

While on the UK political front:

Also in the UK:

And in Europe:

It will be interesting to see if Europe gets around to applying this carbon tax:

Meanwhile in Australia:

Also in Australia, the Energy Supply Association released a report:

Meanwhile in China:

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:

And for some reason, some NAFTA environmental assessments are not being released:

Another odd kafuffle, involved the firing of the Environment Commissioner by the Auditor General:

I notice Royal Canadian Air Farce just loves Baird's overblown theatrics:

Otherwise the usual parliamentary theatrics ruled:

The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:

The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:

Apocalypso anyone?:

As for how the media handles the science of climatology:

Here is something for your library:

While in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:

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

The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:

Insurance and re-insurance companies are feeling the heat:

The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

The AEI [American Enterprise Institute] were caught out:

Why's everybody always picking on poor little Exxon?:

A minor spin-dizzy erupted over the WhiteHouse search engine:

The Global Cool campaign is getting some traction:

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


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



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