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Another Week of GW News, March 11, 2007
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- Top Stories, EU agreements, WGII draft leak, Particulates, Cosmic ray hypothesis
- Hurricanes, GHG Stats, The Temperature Record, Glaciers, Sea Levels, el Niño, Satellites
- Impacts, Tropical Rainforests, Floods & Droughts, Biofuel & Food
- Mitigation, Sequestration, Geoengineering, Adaptation
- Journals, Misc. Science, PFC
- Kyoto, Kyoto-2, Carbon Tax, Carbon Trade,
- Politics, American, British, European, Australian, Asian, Canadian
- Ecological Economics, Media, Books, Video, Courts
- Energy, Business, Carbon Lobby The C4 Swindle
- The Usual, Useful Links
- Shameless Self Promotion
- 2007/03/09: EUO: EU sticks out neck in global climate change battle
- 2007/03/09: PhysOrg: Progress toward Artificial Photosynthesis?
- 2007/03/09: TruthOut: EU Drafts Plan to Battle Global Warming, Sets Binding Targets for Switch to Green Energy
- 2007/03/09: ABC(Au): EU summit adopts energy-climate strategy
- 2007/03/10: ABC(Au): Environmentalists welcome EU climate deal
- 2007/03/10: NewScientist: Europe's '2020 vision' to lead climate change battle
- 2007/03/09: PhysOrg: EU Leaders Agree to Cut Greenhouse Gases
- 2007/03/09: TCE: EU Agrees to Bold New Emissions Deal
- 2007/03/10: Reuters: EU can be green model for US, India, China :[German Chancellor, Angela] Merkel
- 2007/03/10: WaPo: E.U. Raises Bar in Fight Against Global Warming
- 2007/03/10: News(Au): Australia urged to join EU's 2020 climate vision
- 2007/03/09: Yahoo: EU leaders clinch climate change deal
- 2007/03/09: CBC: EU challenges industrial world to match its green plan - Ambitious deal in Brussels aims to boost renewable energy use to 20%
- 2007/03/09: DerSpiegel: EU Summit Breakthrough - Europe Takes the Lead in Fighting Climate Change
- 2007/03/10: Guardian(UK): Europe sets benchmark for tackling climate change
- 2007/03/09: BBC: European Union leaders have agreed to adopt a binding target on the use of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, officials say
- 2007/03/09: AFP: EU leaders clinch climate deal, but hard work yet to come
- 2007/03/07: TerraDaily: EU Summit Seeks Unity On Tackling Global Warming
- 2007/03/08: CNN: EU meets to forge new green policy
- 2007/03/09: PlanetArk: Czechs Will Not Veto Strict EU Green Energy Targets
- 2007/03/09: PlanetArk: EU Wants Top Spot in Tackling Climate Change
- 2007/03/08: BBC: EU leaders have agreed in principle to make targets for renewable energy binding, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has announced
- 2007/03/08: BBC: EU leaders face climate challenge
- 2007/03/07: DeSmogBlog: Another EU leader [Merkel] joins bid to lead struggle against global warming
- 2007/03/08: PlanetArk: Key Issues at the EU Summit on Climate and Energy
- 2007/03/07: BBC: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Europe to take the lead in tackling global warming
- 2007/03/06: PlanetArk: Industries Urge EU to Reconsider Renewables Policy
- 2007/03/06: DerSpiegel: Can Europe Curb Climate Change?
- 2007/03/06: DeutscheWelle: EU Squarely Divided on Renewable Energy Targets - Everyone's for renewables, but the devil's in the details
European foreign ministers on Monday could not agree on binding targets for the use of renewable energy. European leaders will hash out the issue at an upcoming EU summit later this week.
- 2007/03/05: IHT: EU Commission president [Jose Manuel Barroso] warns that CO2 cuts will add costs to economy
- 2007/03/05: DerSpiegel: Merkel Wants Radical Plan on CO2 Cuts at EU Summit
- 2007/03/06: PlanetArk: EU Still Stuck on Green Fuels Target
- 2007/03/06: PlanetArk: EU Seeks to Narrow Differences on Climate Plan
- 2007/03/05: Yahoo: Germany wants 60-percent cut in CO2 by 2050
The IPCC WGII draft has been leaked:
- 2007/03/11: SunTimes: Climate report: Mass starvation, drought possible
- 2007/03/11: AP: Warming Report to Warn of Coming Drought
- 2007/03/10: PhysOrg: Climate Report [IPCC WGII] Warns of Drought, Disease
- 2007/03/07: GristMill: IPCC WGII preview
- 2007/03/07: People's Daily: UN report says global warming effects more severe than expected
A report on particulates & rainfall patterns has echoed widely:
- 2007/03/08: NSU: Pollution decreases rainfall - Mountains in haze get less rain
- 2007/03/09: TerraDaily: Pollution Shown Cutting Rainfall In Hilly Areas
- 2007/03/08: NewScientist: Smog is changing the face of Earth's water cycle
- 2007/03/08: Eureka: Pollution shown cutting rainfall in hilly areas
- 2007/03/06: Guardian(UK): Asia smog fuelling Pacific storms 'will melt Arctic ice'
- 2007/03/06: PhysOrg: Pollution From China And India Affecting World’s Weather
- 2007/03/06: SF Gate: Pollution tied to big rainstorms
- 2007/03/06: SciDaily: Pollution From China And India Affecting World's Weather
- 2007/03/05: PhysOrg: Asian Pollution Affects Pacific Storms
- 2007/03/05: NASA: NASA Detects Trends in Rainfall Traits from Drizzles to Downpours
The cosmic ray hypothesis has garnered a lot of coverage:
- 2007/03/09: RealClimate: "Cosmoclimatology" - tired old arguments in new clothes
- 2007/03/09: ClimateP: Cosmic Rays Cause Global Warming?Not!
- 2007/03/09: Stoat: The use of Damon and Laut
- 2007/02/21: N3xus6: It's curtains for cosmic rays
- 2007/03/04: ERabett: A cloudy day [Svensmark, et al.'s cosmic ray obsession]
And in the hurricane wars:
- 2007/03/11: PhysOrg: Northwest Australia braced for second cyclone [Jacob]
- 2007/03/09: PhysOrg: Australian cyclone [George] kills two, devastates coast
- 2007/03/09: CCM: Here Comes Jacob
- 2007/03/09: CCM: How Strong Was Cyclone George?
- 2007/03/08: CCM: George: The Worst Kind of Hurricane
- 2007/03/07: CCM: Cyclone George Takes a Wrong Turn
- 2007/03/07: CCM: Sea Surface Temperature Outlook for the Atlantic in 2007
- 2007/03/06: CCM: Another Grim Pre-Season Hurricane Forecast for the Atlantic
- 2007/03/07: Wunderground: Atlantic hurricane season preview: what are SSTs doing?
- 2007/03/08: SciDaily: How Will Climate Change Affect India's Monsoon Season?
- 2007/03/08: Eureka: Scientists investigate impact of climate change on India's monsoon season
Changes to India's annual monsoon are expected to result in severe droughts and intense flooding in parts of India. Scientists predict that by the end of the century the country will experience a 3 to 5C temperature increase and a 20% rise in all summer monsoon rainfall.
- 2007/03/01: RSMAS: RAINEX Findings - Hurricane can form new eyewall and change intensity rapidly
- 2007/03/05: PlanetArk: Active Hurricane Season Risk Grows - Meteorologists
Meanwhile GHGs are still going up:
- 2007/03/05: Guardian(UK): Official report says US CO2 to rise by 20% [over 2000 levels by 2020] - Publication delayed for more than a year
- 2007/03/06: CDreams: Reflections on China's Growing CO2 Emissions
- 2007/03/05: DeSmogBlog: Long-awaited report shows continued rise in carbon emissions in U.S.
- 2007/03/05: SF Gate: China about to pass U.S. as world's top generator of greenhouse gases
- 2007/03/05: OilChange: US Carbon Emissions to Rise by 20%
- 2007/03/05: CDreams: SF Chronicle: China About to Pass US as World's Top Generator of Greenhouse Gases
- 2007/03/05: Guardian(UK): Official report says US CO2 to rise by 20%
Publication delayed for more than a year - Authors argue president's efforts 'are working'
- 2007/03/09: TCE: In Case You Forgot it Was Hot Last Year...
Consider transportation & GHG production:
- 2007/03/07: GristMill: Ships? Planes? Who's counting the carbon?
- 2007/03/05: PlanetArk: U.S. Proposes Rules to Cut Train, Ship [diesel particulate] Emissions
While on the el Niño front:
- 2007/03/08: JFleck: Some El Nino That Turned Out to Be
- 2007/03/08: TerraDaily: Pacific Shows Signs of Morphing From Warm El Nino To Cool La Nina
Glaciers are melting:
- 2007/03/07: SciDaily: Heatwave On The Top Of The World
- 2007/03/05: PhysOrg: Global warming reaches Mount Everest
Sea levels are rising:
- 2007/03/10: ERabett: More sea level rise toys
Meanwhile in near earth orbit:
- 2007/03/07: NASA: NASA and USGS Produce Most Detailed Satellite Views of Antarctica [LIMA: Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica]
- 2007/03/06: NASA: NASA's Advanced Technology Peers Deep Inside Hurricanes
- 2007/03/05: NASA: Antarctic Ice Sheet's Hidden Lakes Speed Ice Flow Into Ocean
More GW impacts are being seen:
- 2007/03/11: NDTV: Crusader fights to save climate change [desertification of vast stretches of Western Orissa predicted]
- 2007/03/11: SciDaily: Regardless Of Global Warming, Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Threaten Marine Life
- 2007/03/08: ABC(US): Polar Bear Population Shrinks: Symptom of Global Warming? Polar Bears May Get Added to the Threatened Species List
- 2007/03/07: CCM: Vancouver, Stanley Park, and the Politics of Global Warming
- 2007/03/10: SciNews: Not-So-Perma Frost - Warming climate is taking its toll on subterranean ice
- 2007/03/10: Olympian: Study says warming will cost Alaska billions
- 2007/03/09: Yahoo: Climate change pushes "African" diseases north: expert
- 2007/03/08: CSM: Climate change brews ocean trouble
Scientists tie global warming to increased upwelling of deep ocean water, which can create crippling aquatic dead zones.
- 2007/03/08: PhysOrg: Regardless of global warming, rising CO2 levels threaten marine life
- 2007/03/08: Australian: Climate change bad for health
- 2007/03/06: Stoat: What level CO2 is "dangerous"?
- 2007/03/06: EnvEcon: Global Warming Externalities
- 2007/03/05: BBC: Swiss resorts tackle snow decline - Some of Switzerland's most famous ski resorts have compiled a report on how to cope with climate change
Yes we have no wacky weather, except:
- 2007/03/05: Wunderground: An early and vicious tornado season
And speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2007/03/10: ABC(Au): Melbourne's main water supply, the Thomson Dam, has reached a record low of 20 per cent capacity
- 2007/03/09: ABC(Au): Water storages hit quarter capacity The Victorian Government's latest report into the drought says pasture in parts of the state is turning to powder
- 2007/03/08: PlanetArk: Australia's Longest River [Darling] is Drying Up
- 2007/03/06: Reuters: Bolivia suffers worst floods for 25 years
- 2007/03/05: TerraDaily: High Temperatures Leave Five Million Chinese Short Of Water
- 2007/03/04: Yahoo: High temperatures leave five million Chinese short of water
The conflict between biofuel and food persists:
- 2007/03/09: Yahoo: Demand for corn driving up meat prices
- 2007/03/10: PhysOrg: Biofuels Boom Raises Tough Questions
- 2007/03/09: CattleNetwork: Industry Testifies Before Congress In Food Vs. Fuel Debate
- 2007/03/08: AllAfrica: CapeArgus: South Africa: Gore Urged to Put Brake on Biofuel Production
- 2007/03/08: PlanetArk: As Biofuels Boom, Will More Go Hungry?
Elsewhere on the mitigation front:
- 2007/03/07: DeSmogBlog: Cowboy capitalists promote slime in your gas tank to curb carbon emissions
- 2007/03/06: GristMill: The moral aspects of mitigation vs. adaptation
While on the carbon sequestration front:
- 2007/03/07: BBJ: EU's [Energy Commissioner, Andris] Piebalgs wants 12 carbon-capture power plants by 2015
- 2007/03/05: PlanetArk: EU Summit Set to Agree Carbon Capture Projects
- 2007/03/05: PlanetArk: Norway Says to Form State CO2 Storage Company
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2007/03/08: CPD: Surface thermal perturbations of the recent past at low latitudes - inferences based on borehole temperature data from Eastern Brazil by V. M. Hamza et al.
- 2007/03/08: CPD: Thermal signal propagation in soils in Romania: conductive and non-conductive processes by C. Demetrescu et al.
- 2007/03/05: CPD: New constraints on the gas age-ice age difference along the EPICA ice cores, 0 - 50 kyr by L. Loulergue et al.
- 2007/03/06: PNAS: Delayed upwelling alters nearshore coastal ocean ecosystems in the northern California current by John A. Barth et al.
- 2007/03/06: PNAS: Solar influence on climate during the past millennium: Results from transient simulations with the NCAR Climate System Model by Caspar M. Ammann et al.
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2007/03/09: SciDaily: Ocean Acidification From Carbon Dioxide
- 2007/03/10: SciDaily: Climate Change: Could It Be Random?
Severe climate changes during the last ice-age could have been caused by random chaotic variations on Earth and not governed by external periodic influences from the Sun.
- 2007/03/09: Eureka: Climate shifts -- probability of randomness
- 2007/03/02: DerSpiegel: Antarctic Ice Study - Refrigeration System for the Earth's Oceans Threatens to Break Down
- 2007/03/08: SciDaily: Greenhouse Gas Threat From Tropical Peatland Under Investigation
- 2007/03/08: Eureka: Regardless of global warming, rising CO2 levels threaten marine life
- 2007/03/08: Eureka: Leicester researcher to lead global team tackling carbon 'time-bomb' [the CARBOPEAT project]
- 2007/03/08: Eureka: Scientists uncover link between ocean's chemical processes and microscopic floating plants [phytoplankton]
- 2007/03/07: NewScientist: Spiky glaciers are slower to melt
- 2007/03/07: ABC(Au): (transcript) Scientists to measure strength of [Antarctic Circumpolar] ocean current
- 2007/03/08: PlanetArk: Baltic Sea Region to Warm Sharply in 21st Century
- 2007/03/07: SciDaily: Tundra Disappearing At Rapid Rate
- 2007/02/28: RSMAS: Carbon Dioxide and the Ocean - A new scientific paper quantifies over a half-century of environmental research
- 2007/03/05: NewScientist: Plugging the ozone hole cut global warming too
- 2007/03/05: PhysOrg: Tundra disappearing at rapid rate
- 2007/03/05: SciDaily: Ocean Upwelling Delay Gives Scientists Sneak Preview Of What Future May Hold
- 2007/03/05: Eureka: Tundra disappearing at rapid rate
Forests of spruce trees and shrubs in parts of northern Canada are taking over what were once tundra landscapes--forcing out the species that lived there. This shift can happen at a much faster speed than scientists originally thought, according to a new University of Alberta study that adds to the growing body of evidence on the effects of climate change.
- 2007/03/05: Eureka: Miniature lab ice spikes may hold clues to warming impacts on glaciers
- 2007/03/05: Eureka: How can desertification control and development be reconciled?
The Pielkes fan club is tickled pink:
- 2007/03/09: ERabett: More Pink Helicopters...
- 2007/03/08: ERabett: Pink Helicopters, the Equilateral Commission and Auris Dei
...all this pales compared to the gross unfairness of labeling a bunny a stalker. What are you, a carrot?
- 2007/03/05: FuturePundit: CFC Phaseout More Powerful Than Kyoto Accord
That would be UN conference is still tentative:
- 2007/03/09: DeSmogBlog: UK pushes climate change for UN debate; US and China skeptical
- 2007/03/08: Guardian(UK): British push on CO2 at security council - Diplomats seek to put climate change on agenda
- 2007/03/05: DeSmogBlog: Global warming is an issue of "particular urgency" says UN chief
And on the emissions trading front:
- 2007/03/09: ABC(Au): World Bank report shows size of carbon market
- 2007/03/06: MWatch: Greenhouse gas credit-trading beckons investors - Even with U.S. outside Kyoto Protocol, money flows into funds, say experts
The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:
- 2007/03/08: Globe&Mail: Carbon tax would ease pollution: TD Bank -- It's now 'too cheap to pollute, and too expensive not to'
- 2007/03/05: BSD: Good news/bad news on a carbon tax
The controversy over the optimal strategy [carbon trading, carbon offsets and/or a carbon tax] to use in dealing with GHGs is getting louder:
- 2007/03/09: TreeHugger: My Views on Carbon Offsets
- 2007/03/08: Tom Paine: Indulging In Carbon
- 2007/03/09: BtP: Bad Logic On Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- 2007/03/08: TruthOut: The Carbon Folly [emissions trading]
- 2007/03/09: GristMill: Would Adam Smith buy green power? [carbon offsets, Gore, etc]
- 2007/03/09: GristMill: The problem with carbon offsets
- 2007/03/08: C411: Carbon Offsets Count
- 2007/03/08: WTimes: Offsets and off-putting
What is a carbon offset, and why does Mr. Gore think it inoculates him against charges of hypocrisy?
- 2007/03/06: GristMill: American Consumer Institute favors carbon tax over emission trading
- 2007/03/04: FramingScience: When Big Business Gets Behind Cap and Trade, The Wall Street Journal Suddenly Re-Frames Its Position Around Standing Up for the Little Guy
- 2007/03/05: EnvEcon: Carbon offsets
And on the American political front:
- 2007/03/08: TruthOut: Taking Climate Legislation to the Hill: Four Major Bills Battle for Congress' Support
- 2007/03/09: GristMill: Membership of the new House committee on global warming
- 2007/03/09: GristMill: Texas: The Climate Anti-Canary
- 2007/03/09: ClimateP: Climate Change on Ice in Alaska
- 2007/03/08: Yahoo: New House panel to study global warming
- 2007/03/09: ThinkP: House Conservatives Appoint Chief Climate Skeptic [Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)] To Lead New Global Warming Panel
- 2007/03/08: AP: New House Panel to Study Global Warming
- 2007/03/09: PlanetArk: Climate is Big Issue for US Hunters, Anglers
- 2007/03/06: TruthOut: Declare Polar Bears Threatened? Alaska Wary - Concerned about its impact on energy, governor questions US proposal
- 2007/03/06: GristMill: Jonah Goldberg is scared [conservative let's do nothingism]
- 2007/03/06: TreeHugger: Illinois Man Fined Thousands And Threatened With Felony Prosecution For Using Untaxed Biodiesel
- 2007/03/06: SeattlePI: Global Warming: Don't talk, do [USCAR]
- 2007/03/06: Forbes: Industries Urge No Polar Bear Protection
- 2007/03/05: TruthOut: Will the National Science Teachers Convention Welcome the Native Forest Council Amongst Climate Change Deniers?
- 2007/03/05: GristMill: Global warming splits conservatives
- 2007/03/05: PlanetArk: US Companies Feel Heat of Global Warming Awareness
Evangelicals are still in conflict:
- 2007/03/06: GristMill: The civil war among evangelicals
- 2007/03/06: HuffPo: Dr. Dobson, Let's Have a Real Debate
- 2007/03/05: HuffPo: Dobson Gets Personal on Global Warming [evangelical denial]
The Bush administration is showing its propensity to censor, again:
- 2007/03/08: TruthOut: Memos Tell [F&WS] Officials How to Discuss Climate
- 2007/03/10: PhysOrg: Don't ask U.S. [F&WS] workers about warming
- 2007/03/09: ERabett: When asked, don't tell [F&WS]
- 2007/03/08: CCM: More Bush Admin Heavy-Handedness on Global Warming and Scientist Communication
- 2007/03/09: Yahoo: "Don't discuss polar bears": memo to scientists
- 2007/03/09: SF Gate: U.S. accused of silencing experts on polar bears, climate change - Scientists told not to speak officially at conferences
- 2007/03/08: DeSmogBlog: U.S. stifles officials from responding to global warming questions
- 2007/03/08: NYT: Memos Tell [Federal Fish and Wildlife Service] Officials How to Discuss Climate
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2007/03/07: GristMill: An opportunity for reflection
- 2007/03/08: OilChange: Gore Urges EU to take Lead on Climate
- 2007/03/08: PlanetArk: Gore Says EU Leadership on Climate Change Vital
- 2007/03/06: SF Gate: Do as I say, not as I spew
While in the UK:
- 2007/03/11: Telegraph(UK): Cameron considers tax hikes on air travel
- 2007/03/11: BBC: [UK] Conservatives are planning a series of new environmental taxes on flights aimed at combating climate change
- 2007/03/09: OilDrum: UK Government: "energy security and climate change"
- 2007/03/09: BBC: The government's target of generating 10% of Britain's electricity from renewable sources by 2010 is unlikely to be met, a report has concluded
- 2007/03/07: Guardian(UK): Government departments fail to meet basic green targets, says watchdog
- 2007/03/07: OilChange: UK Watchdog: Blair the Climate Hypocrite
- 2007/03/07: BBC: Whitehall 'fails on eco-targets'
Government departments failed to meet targets on cutting carbon emissions, waste and water use last year, a watchdog's annual report says. The assessment of 19 departments by the Sustainable Development Commission found "patchy data and poor performance across most areas" - as it did in 2005. Most ministries were "using energy less efficiently" although recycling had increased by 8% over the year. The government said steps were being taken to ensure the targets were met.
- 2007/03/05: Guardian(UK): Just a lot of hot air
Tony Blair talks the talk on climate change. But a new investigation reveals that the government's strategies for cutting carbon dioxide emissions are little more than a sham.
- 2007/03/05: Guardian(UK): Target practice
In order to deliver a sufficient reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, we need to start making cuts on an annual basis now.
- 2007/03/05: Guardian(UK): UK plans to cut CO2 doomed to fail - scientists
- 2007/03/05: CDreams: Guardian(UK): UK Plans to Cut CO2 Doomed to Fail - Scientists
And in Europe:
- 2007/03/09: PlanetArk: Norway Plans Carbon Trade System "Tougher" Than EU
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2007/03/09: WSWS: The NSW state elections and the climate change debate
- 2007/03/08: ABC(Au): Australians will accept nuclear power: [ANSTO Head, Ziggy] Switkowski
- 2007/03/08: ABC(Au): [Head of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Ziggy] Switkowski says rushed green efforts pointless
- 2007/03/06: ABC(Au): [South Australian Premier, Mike] Rann wants state referendum on nuclear power
- 2007/03/07: ABC(Au): Power firm looks to build Hunter plant with lower greenhouse output [by unspecified method]
- 2007/03/06: ClimateArk: Australia: Voters want more spent on climate threat
- 2007/03/05: TheAge: Emissions trading deadline at risk as report battle rages
- 2007/03/05: PerthNow: Aussies embrace nuclear power: poll
A Newspoll published in today's The Australian newspaper reveals support for nuclear power has surged 10 percentage points to 45 per cent in four months, outstripping opposition, which has plummeted 10 points to 40 per cent. But a vast majority - 66 per cent - are against having a nuclear power station in their local area.
- 2007/02/23: ABC(Au): The Flannery Verdict
The NSW Minerals Council took a website to court:
- 2007/03/05: RisingTide: NSW Minerals Council attempts to silence critics
- 2007/03/05: IMC: Coal lobby censors climate change website
- 2007/03/05: ClimateArk: Australia: Industry closes anti-coal website
And in New Zealand:
- 2007/03/05: NBR(NZ): Renewables don't need help to compete, energy users say
While in China:
- 2007/03/05: Guardian(UK): Chinese premier calls for fairer, greener economy
And in Canada, minority neocon PM Harper, is prepping for an election:
- 2007/03/08: TStar: TD urges taxation to fight pollution, global warming
- 2007/03/08: DeSmogBlog: Canadian bank report plugs pollution taxes in climate-change fight
- 2007/03/05: PlanetArk: Canadian Oil Sands Nuclear Plant Seen for 2016
- 2007/02/27: CBC: B.C. energy plan pushes conservation, new technology - Traditional critic agrees it's one of 'best energy plans in the world'
The tricky question of the oil sands looms:
- 2007/03/10: CanWest: Oilpatch besieged by climate drive - Rules, costs mount
- 2007/03/09: ENN: Canada, Alberta to Study Greenhouse Gas Capture
- 2007/03/06: TCE: [Canadian] Tories Told to Scrap Tax Breaks for Oil
- 2007/03/08: EnergyBulletin: The peak oil crisis: our 4 storms [peak oil production, peak oil exports, climate change, and economic decline]
- 2007/03/07: ClimateArk: A cost of climate change that can't be counted in dollars - survival
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2007/03/09: FramingScience: When Climate Change Hits the Sports Beat
- 2007/03/09: CCM: How Can the Scientific Community Reorganize to Improve Communication?
- 2007/03/06: CCM: Our Massive Communication Failure on Climate Change
It's always worthwhile to check out Bob Park's acerbic perspective:
- 2007/03/09: BobPark: What's New
1. Global Climate: Are those white ursine carnivores endangered?
2. Christian Climate: "Evangelical climate initiative" opposed.
4. Energy: You should worry about what Bush is doing in Brazil.
- 2007/03/11: Times(UK): To the end of the earth [Book Review] _Six Degrees_ by Mark Lynas
This is our future - famous cities are submerged, a third of the world is desert, the rest struggling for food and fresh water...the reality behind the science of climate change
- 2007/03/04: ClimateP: Excerpt from Hell and High Water's Conclusion: The End of Politics
And for your film & video enjoyment:
- 2007/03/09: GristMill: Gore on the small screen [AIT on Showtime]
Meanwhile in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:
- 2007/03/07: MSNBC: Automakers seek to dismiss warming suit - California action seeks damages for effects of climate change
- 2007/03/06: FCJ: Automakers ask judge to dismiss global warming lawsuit
Six leading American and Japanese automakers asked a federal judge in San Francisco today to dismiss a public nuisance lawsuit filed against them by the state of California over global warming. The car manufacturers' lawyer, Theodore Boutrous, argued to U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins that the case doesn't belong in court because global warming is a policy issue. "Global warming is fraught with economic, political and social issues of global significance," Boutrous said. "This is a classic case where this is a political issue," he said.
- 2007/03/10: GristMill: Renewable energy, Texas style
- 2007/03/10: TEB: DOE Selects 13 Projects for Solar Technology Development
- 2007/03/06: Oikos: Green ethanol - from coal?!
- 2007/03/10: Times(UK): Europe agrees to embrace nuclear option in battle to save the planet
- 2007/03/08: TruthOut: Brazil's Ethanol Push Could Eat Away at Amazon
- 2007/03/09: Guardian(UK): Brazil's ethanol slaves: 200,000 migrant sugar cutters who prop up renewable energy boom
- 2007/03/08: ABC(Au): BP to invest [millions] in biofuel research
- 2007/03/06: PhysOrg: Solar energy conversion offers a solution to help mitigate global warming
- 2007/03/03: SLTrib: In search of a moral solution to our energy problem
- 2007/03/05: TechRev: Cheap Nano Solar Cells - Carbon nanotubes could help make nanoparticle-based solar cells more efficient and practical
- 2007/03/05: DeSmogBlog: U.S., Brazil looking to expand ethanol-use in Latin America, Caribbean
- 2007/03/06: ArgonneNL: Solar energy conversion offers a solution to help mitigate global warming
- 2007/03/05: PlanetArk: Top Polluters Aim to Build Global Biofuel Market [IBF]
- 2007/03/04: NEN: New Energy: The Numbers
- 2007/03/05: OilChange: The Big Green Fuel Lie
- 2007/03/05: CDreams: Independent(UK): The Big Green Fuel Lie
George Bush says that ethanol will save the world. But there is evidence that biofuels may bring new problems for the planet
- 2007/03/10: JFleck: The Nuclear Power Dilemma
- 2007/03/09: Guardian(UK): Split on nuclear power threatens agreement on global warming
- 2007/03/07: GristMill: Is nuclear power green?
- 2007/03/09: PlanetArk: Chirac - EU Renewables Goal Must Include Nuclear
The arithmetic of coal carbon is striking home:
- 2007/03/10: GristMill: A simple choice [coal]
- 2007/03/10: WaPo: Midwest Has 'Coal Rush,' Seeing No Alternative - Energy Demand Causes Boom in Plant Construction
- 2007/03/10: NZHerald: Coal debate creates a hot climate - A battle is on for the hearts, minds and votes of Australia's miners and their families
- 2007/03/09: Grist: Let's Call the Coal Thing Off - Coal-bashing is hot new trend in Congress, science circles, and business world
- 2007/03/10: MSNBC: Coal rush' pits utilities against Congress - Growing energy demand collides with desire to cut pollution levels
- 2007/03/09: BBC: US-Brazil deal to boost bio-fuels
- 2007/03/08: SeattlePI: Energy Department: Standard inertia
- 2007/03/07: TruthOut: Case Against TVA's Coal-Plant Emissions Heats Up
- 2007/03/06: GristMill: Coal-fired ethanol plants
- 2007/03/05: GristMill: Coal-to-liquid fuels: Not 'clean coal', not economically viable, and just not cool
- 2007/03/05: BostonGlobe: Dethroning King Coal
Some late commentary on the TXU deal:
- 2007/03/07: Understory: The Gritty Nitty [TXU deal]
- 2007/03/07: GristMill: TXU bleg
Follow the money!
- 2007/03/09: DeSmogBlog: Oink! US Carbon Subsidies Exceed $37 Billion in 2007
- 2007/03/08: OilChange: Climate Coalition Calls on G8 to End Oil Aid
- 2007/03/08: GristMill: Subsidies: The good, bad, and the ugly
- 2007/03/05: OilChange: Euro NGOs Demand World Bank End Oil Aid
And then there is the matter of efficiency & conservation:
- 2007/03/09: PhysOrg: Study: Extending Daylight Saving Time is an unlikely energy saver
- 2007/03/05: ClimateP: DoE Drops the Efficiency Ball 34 Times!
Promoting CFLs is taking off around the world:
- 2007/03/11: Scotsman: Two years to change EU light bulbs
- 2007/03/10: Telegraph(UK): Brussels pulls plug on old light bulbs
Traditional light bulbs have only two years of life left after a Brussels summit declared yesterday that they will be phased out in the battle against climate change
- 2007/03/09: CBC: EU to switch off incandescent bulbs - Follows lead of Australia and other pioneers to save energy, cut emissions
- 2007/03/08: WorldChanging: World Governments Adopting A Bright Idea [CFLs]
- 2007/03/06: C411: Why Switch to Compact Fluorescents?
Automakers, lawyers and activists argue over the future of the car:
- 2007/03/10: WaPo: [House] Democrats Plan to Press Automakers on Fuel Efficiency
- 2007/03/07: ClimateP: The Car of the Future: Plug-in Hybrids
- 2007/03/05: PhysOrg: Scientists design 'green' automobile
Meanwhile in the "every problem is an opportunity in disguise" crowd:
- 2007/03/06: Australian: Cleaning up in green stocks - Clean, green companies are the flavour of the times, as we wrestle with drought and global warming
- 2007/03/06: ClimateArk: Venture Capitalists Move From Web to Algae [a natural photosynthetic process to produce biofuel]
Insurance and re-insurance companies are feeling the heat:
- 2007/03/08: BBC: Climate change will lead to heftier insurance claims in the long term, insurer Swiss Re has warned
- 2007/03/09: PlanetArk: US Insurers Seen as Lagging on Global Warming
- 2007/03/09: PlanetArk: Swiss Re Says Global Warming to Cause Heavy Claims
- 2007/03/07: ABC(Au): Insurer [Lloyds of London] sounds warning bell on climate change
Brian raises an interesting prospect:
- 2007/03/07: BSD: Did Exxon stop its denialism because of liability concerns?
I attended the symposium on climate change and liability held at Stanford several weeks ago. Possibly the most interesting statement was in the second panel, where a speaker associated with insurance companies said that directors' liability insurance for corporate boards would start containing climate-change exclusions. This means that unless the corporations undertake certain actions to reduce the insurer's exposure, the directors theoretically could be individually liable for harm caused by the company.
- 2007/03/09: BSD: Responding to the "no big deal" denialists
- 2007/03/09: Stoat: World Climate Report telling porkies?
- 2007/03/09: DeSmogBlog: Solomon Defames Another "Denier"
- 2007/03/10: Stoat: Scientific Errors With the IPCC Statement for Policymakers!?!
- 2007/03/10: Stoat: CO2 and T, again
- 2007/03/10: N3xus6: Ray Evans' 'Nine facts about climate change' debunked. Pt. 2.
- 2007/03/07: N3xus6: Ray Evans' 'Nine facts about climate change' debunked. Pt. 1.
- 2007/03/08: OilChange: Climate Sceptic Alert
- 2007/03/06: JQuiggin: Delusions deluxe
- 2007/03/05: DeSmogBlog: Tim Ball: Ad hominems ad nauseum
- 2007/03/05: Stoat: The inherent contradictions of greenyness
- 2007/03/05: ePolitix: Climate change threat played down [Lawson - Goldsworthy debate]
C4's Great Global Warming Swindle raised a ruckus:
- 2007/03/11: Guardian(UK): Climate scientist [Carl Wunsch] 'duped to deny global warming'
A Leading US climate scientist is considering legal action after he says he was duped into appearing in a Channel 4 documentary that claimed man-made global warming is a myth. Carl Wunsch, professor of physical oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the film, The Great Global Warming Swindle, was 'grossly distorted' and 'as close to pure propaganda as anything since World War Two'.
- 2007/03/09: RealClimate: Swindled!
- 2007/03/11: ClimateArk: United Kingdom: Climate change: An inconvenient truth... for C4
This expert in oceanography [Professor Carl Wunsch] quoted in last week's debunking of the Gore green theory says he was 'seriously misrepresented'
- 2007/03/11: BadScience: Insert "swindle" joke here
- 2007/03/10: ERabett: Carl Wunch is an unhappy camper
- 2007/03/09: InTheGreen: Deconstructing Channel 4's Great Global Warming Swindle
- 2007/03/08: BadScience: Against Nature - Channel 4 tonight
- 2007/03/09: ClimateDenial: The Great Channel Four Swindle
- 2007/03/09: DeSmogBlog: The Great Global Warming Swindle
- 2007/03/08: Stoat: The great global warming swindle!
- 2007/03/06: DeSmogBlog: Channel 4 Now Ashamed of its Experts
- 2007/03/04: Stoat: The great global warming swindle?
- 2007/03/05: C4: The Great Global Warming Swindle
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2007/03/10: GWWatch: Who's winning the global warming war?
- 2007/03/09: GristMill: A systems approach to the impacts of climate change
- 2007/03/08: GristMill: The unity of the virtues
- 2007/03/10: DeSmogBlog: Green Sheets: We're Not All Doom and Gloom
- 2007/03/10: FramingScience: Citizens...and Scientists Who "Go Without Data"
- 2007/03/09: C411: Arctic Villages Haiku
- 2007/03/08: WorldChanging: How to Think Differently About Climate
- 2007/03/06: SportsIll: Going, Going Green
As global warming changes the planet, it is changing the sports world. To counter the looming environmental crisis, surprising and innovative ideas are already helping sports adapt
- 2007/03/08: USAToday: Los Angeles on pace for driest rain year ever
- 2007/03/07: DeSmogBlog: Asia's pollution hits global climate harder than previously realized, study finds
- 2007/03/07: C411: Part 1 of 4: How Warm is Too Warm?
- 2007/03/07: CDreams: SeattlePI: Protect The Planet, and Hurry
- 2007/03/06: Xinhuanet: Most Europeans concerned about climate change [poll]
- 2007/03/05: Guardian(UK): Chinese inertia stalls green revolution
Despite new rhetoric on climate change, China is unlikely to see any real progress in environmental policies until its political system is overhauled
- 2007/03/05: C411: Inuits Blame U.S. for Global Warming
- 2007/03/05: TerraDaily: A Roadmap For Climate Change
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- Understory: Rainforest Action Network Blog
- USGS:LIMA: Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica
- GPC: Greenhouse Policy Coalition (New Zealand)
- Evangelical Climate Initiative
- Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
- World Radiation Centre
- NGDC.NOAA: Solar Irradiance Data
- Exxpose Exxon
- SciAmP: SciAm Perspectives
- IPCC: National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme
- UNFCCC: Greenhouse Gas Inventory Database
The big story of the week has to be the EU renewable energy & climate change mitigation agreements:Click here to read more
As are the temperatures:
Meanwhile on the Kyoto front:
Here is something for your library:
Wrestling over a new energy infrastructure continues unabated:
The nuclear energy controversy continues:
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
Announcing the book launch of my forthcoming novel _Water_.
Date: Thursday, May 17th
Place: McNally Robinson, Grant Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba
You can find a short introduction to _Water_ here.
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here
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