Courtesy of H.E.Taylor, here is this week's GW news roundup(skip to bottom)
- Top Stories, Chuckles, WGII Previews, Melting Antarctic & Arctic, Stern, UNEP report, EA&M
- Hurricanes, GHG Stats, Temperatures, Glaciers, ENSO, Satellites
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- Mitigation, Sequestration, Geoengineering, Adaptation
- Journals, Misc. Science, Pielkes fan club
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- Politics, American, British, European,
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- Energy, Coal, Biofuel, Nukes, Peak Everything, Efficiency, Cars, Business, Carbon Lobby
- The Usual, Useful Links
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Here's a chuckle for ya:
- 2007/03/31: uComics: (cartoon - Rall) New GW Urban Legends
- 2007/03/26: uComics: (cartoon - Toles) Survivor - Global Warming
Previews of the upcoming WGII report are popping up:
- 2007/04/01: Reuters: Reports by the U.N. climate panel
- 2007/03/31: BostonGlobe: Climate draft charts extinctions
- 2007/03/31: FTimes: Damage from global warming 'to worsen'
- 2007/03/31: UPI: Report: Global warming to hit poor
- 2007/03/31: CanWest: Climate change chaos 'closer' - Higher taxes, droughts, floods and extreme weather predicted for B.C.
- 2007/04/01: Times(UK): Climate change "could create 200m refugees"
- 2007/04/01: ClimateArk: Wars of the world: how global warming puts 60 nations at risk
- 2007/04/01: IHT: Scientists, diplomats to finalize report on impact of climate change
- 2007/04/01: CNN: Draft of climate report maps out 'highway to extinction'
- 2007/03/30: Yahoo: Europe faces global warming double whammy, but can cope: UN experts
Global warming will hit Europe hard but unevenly this century, causing drought, reduced harvests and deadly heatwaves in the south but inflicting more floods and severe winter storms farther north, UN experts say in a report to be unveiled next week. In Alpine regions, reduced snow cover imperils a multi-billion-dollar ski industry while rising temperatures could wipe out up to 60 percent of plant and animal species, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns.
- 2007/03/30: ABC(Au): UN climate change report not exaggerated: ACF [Australian Conservation Foundation]
- 2007/03/30: ENN: Previewing a U.N. Climate Report: Species Are Going To Be Lost
- 2007/03/30: DailyTelegraph(Au): Australia faces climate disaster
Australia faces extreme weather, including fires, floods and drought and temperatures could rise dramatically, a new report has warned
- 2007/03/30: CanWest: Climate change may cause health woes worldwide, UN panel says [WGII]
- 2007/03/30: France24: Australia faces extreme weather rise, says leaked UN report
- 2007/03/29: CSM: Global warming threatens more than just poles and tropics
- 2007/03/28: P&P: Global warming study warns of vanishing climates
- 2007/03/27: ABC(Au): Scientists say local climates at risk from global warming
- 2007/03/27: PhysOrg: Global warming forecasts creation, loss of climate zones
The rising sea level aspect of the IPCC reports received particular attention:
- 2007/03/29: TruthOut: Coastal Mega-Cities In for a Bumpy Ride
- 2007/03/30: GristMill: Inundated with information on sea level rise
- 2007/03/30: ChinaDaily: Heed global warning on sinking Shanghai
- 2007/03/28: ClimateP: Inundated with Information on Sea Level Rise
- 2007/03/28: PhysOrg: Cities at Risk of Rising Sea Levels
- 2007/03/28: DeSmogBlog: Large coastal cities in perilous path of climate-change juggernaut
- 2007/03/28: Yahoo: Japanese at great risk from rising sea levels: report
- 2007/03/28: SciDaily: Climate Change: Study Maps Those At Greatest Risk From Cyclones And Rising Seas
- 2007/03/28: CDreams: IPS: Climate Change: Coastal Mega-Cities in for a Bumpy Ride
- 2007/03/27: RealClimate: The IPCC sea level numbers
Several reports on Antarctica are raising questions:
- 2007/04/01: ABC(Au): Scientists track split in Antarctic [Amery] ice shelf
- 2007/03/30: ERabett: Fergus Brown asks a sensible question...
- 2007/03/30: PlanetArk: Scientists Say Antarctic Ice Sheet is Thinning
- 2007/03/29: SciDaily: Thinning Antarctic Ice Needs Improved Monitoring To Reduce Uncertainty Over Sea-level Rise
- 2007/03/29: Yahoo: Scientists say Antarctic ice sheet is thinning
- 2007/03/28: UTexas: Statement: Thinning of West Antarctic Ice Sheet Demands Improved Monitoring to Reduce Uncertainty over Potential Sea-Level Rise
And Arctic sea ice is declining:
- 2007/03/29: SciDaily: Aircraft Document Decline Of Arctic Ice Cover
- 2007/03/29: SciDaily: Measuring Changes In Arctic Sea Ice
- 2007/03/29: Eureka: Warm winter also in the Arctic - Research aircrafts observe further decline of ice cover
- 2007/03/28: MSNBC: Making Sense Of Melting Ice -- How long will the poles stay frozen?
- 2007/03/28: SciDaily: Gravity Measurements Help Melt Ice Mysteries
- 2007/03/27: DeSmogBlog: Global warming heats up in the Arctic
- 2007/03/26: PhysOrg: Gravity Measurements Help Melt Ice Mysteries [GRACE]
Nicholas Stern has been gadding about:
- 2007/03/30: BizWire: International and Corporate Leaders Discuss Climate Change, Profitability of Reducing Carbon Emissions
The Climate Group, Sir Nicholas Stern, McKinsey Global Institute and Prominent Business Leaders Meet to Address the Economics of Global Warming
- 2007/03/30: Reuters: Expert [Stern] sees China, India global warming change [becoming more sensitive to the problem of global warming]
UNEP has released a report on fighting GW via architecture:
- 2007/03/31: TreeHugger: "Wow, Architects Are Cooler than Al Gore!"
- 2007/03/30: PlanetArk: "Greener" Buildings Could Slow Global Warming - UNEP
- 2007/03/29: Yahoo: "Greener" buildings could slow global warming: UNEP
Regarding the E, A & M hypothesis:
- 2007/03/25: RealClimate: Does a Global Temperature Exist?
And in the hurricane wars:
- 2007/03/31: CCM: Cyclone Jaya Rapidly Intensifies
- 2007/03/28: CCM: A Scientific Question (Er, Kinda) About Our Hurricane Records
- 2007/03/28: NASA: Did Dust Bust the 2006 Hurricane Season Forecasts?
- 2007/03/28: Eureka: Scientists derive bottom-up air-sea momentum transfer under major hurricane
- 2007/03/28: Eureka: Did dust bust the 2006 hurricane season forecasts?
- 2007/03/27: Yahoo: Strong hurricanes to hit U.S. Gulf in 07: AccuWeather
- 2007/03/27: CCM: Becky Visits Vanuatu
- 2007/03/28: ABC(Au): Cyclone Kara downgraded [to Cat 1] as it crosses Pilbara coast
Meanwhile GHGs are still going up:
- 2007/03/29: Guardian(UK): Coal comeback pushes up UK emissions
- 2007/03/30: ClimateArk: Anger as UK's carbon dioxide emissions reach 10-year high
- 2007/03/30: PlanetArk: UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up in 2006
- 2007/03/29: StarBulletin: Uptick in carbon dioxide is recorded at Mauna Loa
- 2007/03/29: BBC: The UK's carbon emissions rose by 1.25% last year, according to provisional government data...
- 2007/03/28: BBC: Carbon dioxide emissions from Britain's power stations have grown markedly [nearly 30% between 1999 and 2006] in recent years, a report has concluded
- 2007/03/28: NSU: On the track of carbon dioxide - Maps provide friendly - but rough - view of global emissions
- 2007/03/26: EnvEcon: NOAA's Carbon Tracker
As are the temperatures:
- 2007/03/31: SciDaily: Climate Data Shows California Has Been Heating Up
- 2007/03/30: TerraDaily: Warm Winter Also In The Arctic
- 2007/03/28: PhysOrg: Golden State Heating Up, Study Finds
While on the el Niño/la Niña [ENSO] front:
- 2007/03/30: PhysOrg: Disruptive La Nina weather phenomenon looming: WMO
Glaciers are melting:
- 2007/03/29: OilChange: Retreating Himalayan Glaciers Spell Disaster for Bangladesh
- 2007/03/29: CDreams: Independent(UK): Retreating Himalayan Icefields Threatening Drought in Bangladesh
- 2007/03/28: SciDaily: Himalayan Glacier Melting Observed From Space
- 2007/03/27: PhysOrg: Himalayan glacier melting observed from space
- 2007/03/27: Eureka: Himalayan glacier melting observed from space
Meanwhile in near earth orbit:
- 2007/03/30: ESA: ESA satellite images can help IPY expeditions in the Arctic Ocean
More GW impacts are being seen:
- 2007/03/29: GristMill: Say what? [impacts]
- 2007/03/30: ABC(Au): Climate-induced fires tough to adapt to
- 2007/03/30: Globe&Mail: Report warns Australia of severe climate impacts
- 2007/03/28: PhysOrg: Drought, heat kill Arizona 'sky islands'
- 2007/03/27: TruthOut: Heat Invades Cool Heights Over Arizona Desert
- 2007/03/27: ABC(Au): Eyre Peninsula cockatoos near extinction [because of drought conditions]
- 2007/03/27: SciDaily: Whatever The Warming, Ocean Acidifies From Carbon-dioxide Buildup
- 2007/03/27: OilChange: Climate Change Moves the Maple Tree
- 2007/03/26: ABC(Au): Global warming may threaten rock lobster industry
- 2007/03/26: NewScientist: Global climates face threat of fearsome changes
And then there are the tropical rainforests:
- 2007/03/28: PhysOrg: Will climate change kill the Amazon?
- 2007/03/27: TruthOut: Greens Hail Landmark Victory in Fight to Save Amazon Rainforests
Yes we have no wacky weather, except:
- 2007/03/30: Wunderground: More tornadoes for the Plains
- 2007/03/29: Wunderground:  Tornadoes and huge hail pound the Plains [Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado & Nebraska]
- 2007/03/28: Wunderground: Major tornado outbreak in the Plains
- 2007/03/30: Yahoo: Tornado swarm kills four in three states
- 2007/03/29: NYT: Deadly Tornados in Colorado and Oklahoma [65 tornados through 6 states]
And speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2007/03/31: JFleck: The Perfect Drought
- 2007/03/30: ABC(Au): Record lows into Murray-Darling cause early irrigation shutdown [two months earlier than normal]
- 2007/03/28: IHT: A pattern of normal drought [Colorado River Compact of 1922]
- 2007/03/26: TerraDaily: 10 Million Face China Water Shortage
- 2007/03/26: Telegraph(UK): Australian farmers told to leave dry south
The conflict between biofuel and food persists:
- 2007/03/28: CSM: In corn belt, ethanol boom a bust for ranchers
The alternative energy source has turned around dying towns, but the high price of corn makes it hard to raise livestock.
- 2007/03/21: EPI: Massive Diversion of U.S. Grain To Fuel Cars Is Raising World Food Prices
- 2007/03/28: SciDaily: Ethanol, Corn To Weigh Heavily On Future Of Livestock Industry
- 2007/03/27: WaPo: Economist [David Sunding]: Biofuel May Raise Food Prices
And the troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:
- 2007/03/29: BBC: The limits of a Green Revolution? the state of food production across the globe
- 2007/03/28: BBC: Tiny island with a global warning [the state of food production and consumption across the globe]
Elsewhere on the mitigation front:
- 2007/03/29: EnvEcon: The costs of climate change mitigation
And on the carbon sequestration front:
- 2007/03/30: PlanetArk: US Sees Ample Room to Bury CO2 But Costs Unknown
- 2007/03/26: FPB: Why don't you sequester some carbon today?
While on the adaptation front:
- 2007/03/28: PhysOrg: Healthy coastal wetlands would adapt to rising oceans
- 2007/03/28: Eureka: Healthy coastal wetlands would adapt to rising oceans
- 2007/03/28: BBC: The UK government should conserve peat bogs as a way of curbing climate change, the National Trust is urging
Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:
- 2007/03/31: EnvEcon: Should We Use Science to Manipulate the Climate?
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2007/01/19: Science:PIK: A Semi-Empirical Approach to Projecting Future Sea-Level Rise by Stefan Rahmstorf
- 2007/03/26: CPD: The origin of the 1500-year climate cycles in Holocene North-Atlantic records by M. Debret et al.
- 2007/03/16: Science: Perspectives on the Arctic's Shrinking Sea-Ice Cover by Mark C. Serreze et al.
- 2007/03/20: Arxiv: Scientific reticence and sea level rise by J. E. Hansen
- 2007/03/27: PNAS: Model-based assessment of the role of human-induced climate change in the 2005 Caribbean coral bleaching event by Simon D. Donner et al.
- 2007/03/27: PNAS: Intensification of Pacific storm track linked to Asian pollution by Renyi Zhang et al.
- 2007/03/27: PNAS: Coral reef bleaching and global climate change: Can corals survive the next century? by Michael P. Lesser
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2007/03/29: NSU: Corals can survive acidic waters - Mediterranean corals could strip, but not die, in response to climate change
- 2007/03/31: SciDaily: Climate Change: Scientists Work To Refine Global Climate Models
- 2007/03/30: SciDaily: Dry Winters In North Mediterranean Stoke Hot European Summers
- 2007/03/30: Eureka: Case Western researcher, international team call for better global warming forecasting
- 2007/03/29: Eureka: Models play important role in understanding extreme weather
- 2007/03/28: Stoat: More boring
- 2007/03/28: Eureka: Greenhouse gas effect consistent over 420 million years
- 2007/03/27: NewScientist: Patagonian dust clouds settle on the Antarctic
- 2007/03/27: Eureka: New modeling study forecasts disappearance of existing climate zones - Tropics and subtropics may develop new climates
- 2007/03/27: Guardian(UK): Global warming study warns of vanishing climates
The Pielkes fan club is doing just tickity-boo:
- 2007/03/30: ERabett: Ask not for whom the Tol shills
- 2007/03/29: BSD: Murray and RP Jr. getting overbroad in their critiques
- 2007/03/30: ERabett: Worry....(and why you should RTFR)
- 2007/03/30: CCM: "The Bottom Line is That Climate Change is a Partisan Issue"
- 2007/03/25: BSD: R.P. Jr. and who controls the agenda
Meanwhile on the Kyoto front:
- 2007/03/28: TStar: Canada's approach on Kyoto criticized [by Tim Flannery]
In the international relations department:
- 2007/03/26: TruthOut: Is This a Crash Program? Inconvenient Thoughts About Rich-World Climate Strategy
- 2007/03/27: DeSmogBlog: Climate change and poverty go hand in hand, expert says
- 2007/03/26: IHT: China, Norway and U.N. sign agreement on climate change - to develop programs to combat the effects of climate change in China's rural areas
And on the emissions trading front:
- 2007/03/31: TreeHugger: No-Tillage Farmers Look to Earn Carbon Credits
- 2007/03/30: LRB: The Political Economy of Carbon Trading
- 2007/03/30: PlanetArk: California Eyes Joining EU Emissions Trading Scheme
- 2007/03/28: Australian: Fast-track carbon trading, says Goldman
If Goldman Sachs JBWere chairman Terry Campbell had his way, Australia would already be pursuing carbon trading as a way to cut greenhouse gas 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:
- 2007/04/01: LA Times: Carbon trading won't work
- 2007/03/30: GristMill: Dave Morris summary on problems with carbon trading
- 2007/03/28: TheAge: Carbon tax or trade? It's all academic
- 2007/03/28: ENN: Understanding and Evaluating Carbon Offset Programs
- 2007/03/25: GristMill: Carbon trading vs. carbon taxes on Science Friday
And on the American political front:
- 2007/03/30: OilChange: What else has the government not told us about climate change?
- 2007/03/29: ClimateP: The Conservative Crusade Against the Climate - "Romm has it right"
- 2007/03/29: CSW: NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Phil Cooney
- 2007/03/29: C411: The Hill: This Year versus Last
- 2007/03/28: CSM: Less carbon, more community building - America's polluting push for 'more' has left us with less of what really matters
- 2007/03/28: HuffPo: Be Careful What You E-Mail (Or, More Proof of Bush Admin Meddling with Climate Science)
2007/03/27: ENN: Top EU Energy Official Talks Global Warming in Washington
- 2007/03/26: ClimateP: Climate Legislation Guides
- 2007/03/25: MYglesias: Politics of Resentment: Climate Change Edition
House & Senate Committees are raising ire:
- 2007/03/30: CSW: House Science Committee takes a step toward protecting honest climate science communication
- 2007/03/28: DeSmogBlog: Science Committee Slams Industry-funded climate science attack
- 2007/03/28: Nation: Markey's Big Chance [Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming agenda]
- 2007/03/28: ClimateP: Climate Science Muzzling Meets the House [Science and Technology Committee]
- 2007/03/28: CCM: Global Warming Hearing Report, Part I
- 2007/03/27: CSW: House Science Committee hearing March 28 on media strategies to distort climate science
The Government Accountability Project has issued a report on Bush administration
manipulation of climate science:
- 2007/03/27: Blotter: Report Charges Broad White House Efforts to Stifle Climate Research
- 2007/03/27: TruthOut: Report Charges Broad White House Efforts to Stifle Climate Research
- 2007/03/27: CSW: GAP issues in-depth report on political interference at climate science research agencies
- 2007/03/27: CSW: ABC(US): "Exclusive: Report Charges Broad White House Efforts to Stifle Climate Research"
- 2007/03/28: DeSmogBlog: Hot off the Press: new report on White House war on climate science released
- 2007/03/27: ThinkP: [GAP] Report shows broad efforts to block climate research
If you think the American climate change debate has been twisted until now,
wait until the spooks get into it:
- 2007/03/29: FAS:SN: Bill Seeks Intelligence Estimate on Climate Change
- 2007/03/29: DeSmogBlog: U.S. Senators eye spies for new phase in climate-change battle
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2007/03/30: DeSmogBlog: Gore says global-warming evidence as solid as gravity
- 2007/03/30: HuffPo: Big Al Gore -- at Long Last Alpha
- 2007/03/27: TCE: Gore's Return to Washington
- 2007/03/27: CPunch: Will Al Gore Deliver Us to Solartopia? [King CONG (coal, oil, nukes and gas)?]
- 2007/03/25: CDreams: Nation: Al Gore, Global Statesman
- 2007/03/25: EnergyBulletin: Al Gore and the wedges game
While in the UK:
- 2007/04/01: Guardian(UK): Firms fail to adapt to climate change
- 2007/03/30: GristMill: And the Miliband Played On - Despite talk of cuts, U.K. carbon emissions on the rise
- 2007/03/29: DeSmogBlog: UK carbon emissions rise; official calls for stronger action
- 2007/03/27: BBC: Climate focus 'brings security'
Dealing with climate change would not only help the environment but bring a "peace dividend", Environment Secretary David Miliband has said.
- 2007/03/26: IHT: Gore's 'Climate Project' comes to Britain - training sessions to educate British volunteers
And in Europe:
- 2007/03/28: EUO: Global talks on new climate deal must start now, commissioner says [EU environment minister Stavros Dimas]
- 2007/03/28: EUO: EU to use green tax in fight against climate change
- 2007/03/28: Guardian(UK): European Union's climate change goals will cost 1 trillion euros [over 15 years]
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2007/04/01: ABC(Au): Group calls for greenhouse gas emissions target for ACT
- 2007/04/01: ABC(Au): Australians want action on climate change: Rudd
- 2007/04/01: ABC(Au): Labor's climate change approach fanatical: [federal Environment Minister, Malcolm] Turnbull
- 2007/04/01: Forbes: Australian PM puts climate change on APEC agenda
- 2007/03/31: ABC(Au): Climate change too big for partisan politics, Rudd says
- 2007/03/31: ABC(Au): [Labor leader Kevin] Rudd calls for Australian Stern report
- 2007/03/31: ABC(Au): The Victorian Government wants the Commonwealth to start working on the details of a national carbon emissions trading scheme
- 2007/03/31: ABC(Au): [Labor leader Kevin] Rudd accused of climate hypocrisy [by PM John Howard]
- 2007/03/30: Crikey: Australia becoming a barely habitable hell hole. But you knew that
- 2007/03/29: ABC(Au): [Federal] Govt wants plane emissions cut
- 2007/03/29: ABC(Au): Climate change report predicts grim future for Australia
- 2007/03/30: ABC(Au): 'Nothing new' in UN climate change report [says Federal Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull]
- 2007/03/30: ABC(Au): UN climate warning 'overlooks Govt's efforts'
- 2007/03/31: ABC(Au): [Federal] Opposition to hold climate change summit
- 2007/03/28: ABC(Au): PM refuses to risk coal jobs to combat global warming
- 2007/03/26: ABC(Au): Premiers to join [federal Labor leader, Kevin] Rudd for Labor's climate change summit
Sydney staged an Earth Hour black out for global warming:
- 2007/04/01: GWWatch: Earth Hour got a bit... well... earthy
- 2007/04/01: PhysOrg: Sydney Blacks Out for Global Warming
- 2007/03/30: Oikos: Why I'll be turning my lights off for Earth Hour tomorrow night
- 2007/03/31: HuffPo: Sydney Blacks Out for Global Warming
- 2007/03/31: ABC(Au): Sydneysiders plunged into darkness for 'Earth Hour'
- 2007/03/31: BBC: Lights have been turned off across Australia's largest city, Sydney, in a hour-long event aimed at raising awareness of global warming
- 2007/03/31: CBC: Australia's largest city [Sydney] dims lights to fight global warming
Aussie PM Howard put forward a plan to preserve tropical forests:
- 2007/03/29: ABC(Au): Deforestation plan better than Kyoto: PM [Howard]
- 2007/03/29: BBC: Australia fund to protect forests
Australia is setting up a A$200m ($160m, £80m) fund to protect the world's forests, in a bid to tackle illegal logging and global warming. The fund's main aims are to reduce deforestation and plant new forests.
PM John Howard said the idea would make more difference than signing the
Kyoto protocol on greenhouse gas emissions. Critics said Mr Howard,
who has refused to sign the protocol, was trying to bolster his environmental
credentials ahead of elections later this year. The Australian government
said its Global Initiative on Forests and Climate would work with developed
and developing countries.
- 2007/03/29: Australian: PM's plan to rescue the world's forests
Australia will form a global fund to fight illegal logging and forest destruction worldwide with the aim of halving the rate of deforestation and achieving greenhouse gas emission reductions 10 times greater than under the Kyoto Protocol.
- 2007/03/29: ABC(Au): Govt announces $200m to stop deforestation in Asia
Howard & Stern got into a slanging match:
- 2007/03/28: Australian: Stern warnings on climate consensus
- 2007/03/28: IHT: Australia urged to ratify Kyoto pact
Australia needs to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and slash its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 60 percent by 2050 to help fight global warming, the British economist Nicholas Stern said Wednesday.
- 2007/03/28: BBerg: Australia Must Cut Greenhouse Gas by 50%, Stern Says
- 2007/03/28: ABC(Au): Stern's blueprint 'devastating' for economy: Howard
- 2007/03/28: Yahoo: Australian PM sceptical of [Nicolas Stern] climate guru's warnings
- 2007/03/28: ABC(Au): Stern to deliver climate change warning in Australia
While in New Zealand:
- 2007/03/27: OilChange: NZ Greens Unveil New Climate Policy
While in China:
- 2007/03/30: PlanetArk: China to Unveil Climate Plan Next Month
- 2007/03/26: Guardian(UK): Fighting for air: frontline of war on global warming - Progress comes at a high price for China and India, but there are grounds for hope
In Canada, an opposition dominated committee has returned a rewritten Clean Air Act
the minority Conservatives don't like:
- 2007/03/30: TCE: Tories Steamed Over Beefed Up Clean Air Act
- 2007/03/31: BCLSB: Will The Tories Ditch Clean Air Act? Not fall over it, not pass it, but let it die on the order paper?
- 2007/03/29: GristMill: Because you can't get enough Canadian politics [CAAct]
- 2007/03/30: PlanetArk: Canada Govt Says Key Environment Bill in Trouble
Canada's minority Conservative government is unhappy that opposition parliamentarians have totally rewritten its draft clean air legislation and will now consider what to do with the bill, Environment Minister John Baird said on Thursday.
- 2007/03/30: CBC: Revamped clean air bill heads to Parliament
Harp seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are being impacted:
- 2007/03/28: TruthOut: Global Warming Disaster as Thousands of Harp Seal Pups Perish: Experts Call for Annual Seal Hunt to Be Cancelled
- 2007/03/28: NewScientist: Lack of sea ice devastates [Gulf of St. Lawrence] seal populations
Then the tricky question of the oil sands looms:
- 2007/03/30: UPI: Analysis: Nuclear-powered oil sands [Alta]
- 2007/03/27: CanWest: Tory green plan will kill oilsands
- 2007/03/27: TreeHugger: Canadian Tar Sands: a Hydrocarbon Hurricane
Meanwhile the WGII report has a message for Canada too:
- 2007/03/29: CBC: Adapt to warming planet, UN report warns
Canada must plan for worsening heat waves, water shortages in the Prairies and flooding in coastal cities like Charlottetown, according to an environmental scientist who has seen the latest UN climate report.
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2007/03/30: EESD: Newsweek Covers: October 16, 2006 [US media]
- 2007/03/30: FramingScience: Even on College Campuses, a "Two Americas" of Global Warming Perceptions Persists
Here is something for your library:
- 2007/04/01: BostonGlobe: Zero growth [Book Review] _Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future_ by Bill McKibben
- 2007/03/26: Wunderground: Hurricane Katrina revisited: a book review of The Storm [_The Storm: What went wrong and why during Hurricane Katrina -- the inside story from one Louisiana scientist_ by Dr. Ivor van Heerden]
And for your film & video enjoyment:
- 2007/03/27: GristMill: Watching ahead of the curve [video]
Meanwhile in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:
- 2007/03/31: BrandonSun: [A U.S. federal] Judge advances suit claiming U.S.-backed projects contribute to global warming
Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of
the current generation:
- 2007/03/31: GristMill: Algae-based biofuels: ready or not?
- 2007/03/31: EnergyBulletin: What are our alternatives, if fossil fuels are a problem?
- 2007/03/31: Q&Q: (mp3, ogg) Power, Sweet Power [an electricity-producing fuel cell that runs on sugar]
- 2007/03/30: TEB: Solar Installations up 33% in US in 2006, 41% in World, Solar Capacity only Utilized 62%
- 2007/03/29: TEB: Super-Fermenting Fungus Genome Sequenced
- 2007/03/28: GristMill: Fossil fuels can't compete in a fair market [tar sands]
- 2007/03/28: SciDaily: Artificial Photosynthesis: Inspired By Nature, Scientists Explore Pathways To Clean, Renewable Solar Fuel
- 2007/03/27: GristMill: H2CAR follow-up
- 2007/03/27: Eureka: New developments in 'artificial photosynthesis' -- Inspired by nature, scientists explore pathways to clean, renewable solar fuel
- 2007/03/27: OilDrum: H2CAR: Another blind alley
- 2007/03/26: Eureka: New 'biofuel cell' produces electricity from hydrogen in plain air
The arithmetic of coal carbon is striking home:
- 2007/03/30: E&C: The Dirt on Coal [Peak coal]
- 2007/03/26: GristMill: A new target [mega coal conglomerate]
- 2007/03/26: GristMill: Coal is the enemy of the human race
- 2007/03/26: CourierMail: Clean coal is all hot air
Biofuel bickering continues:
- 2007/03/30: CBC: Ethanol-blend auto emissions no greener than gasoline: study
- 2007/03/21: IANRNews: Ethanol Fuels Jumps in Nebraska Agricultural Land Values
- 2007/03/28: Reuters: Corn is not the future of U.S. ethanol: DOE
- 2007/03/29: GristMill: Corn-based ethanol: the biggest greenwash ever?
- 2007/03/29: SCTimes: Ethanol won't yield independence
- 2007/03/29: SlashDot: Dept. of Energy Rejects Corn Fuel Future
- 2007/03/31: NYT: Farmers to Plant Largest Amount of Corn Since ’44
- 2007/03/30: Turkish Press: US to plant biggest corn crop since 1944 as ethanol demand surges
- 2007/03/27: ClimateP: The Debut of Deforestation Diesel
- 2007/03/27: PhysOrg: With cellulosic ethanol, there is no food vs. fuel debate according to MSU scientist
- 2007/03/27: TreeHugger: The Dangers of Biofuel
- 2007/03/27: Guardian(UK): If we want to save the planet, we need a five-year freeze on biofuels
Whoever thought they'd see the day when
the Heritage Foundation & Fidel Castro agreed on anything?
- 2007/03/28: HeritageFoundation: The Ethanol Mandate Should Not Be Expanded
- 2007/03/30: Guardian(UK): Castro warns poor will starve for greener fuel
- 2007/03/29: MSNBC: Castro writes scathing article against U.S. plans - Ailing Cuban leader claims 3 billion people will die due to biofuel projects
- 2007/03/29: EnvEcon: Quote of the Day [Castro]
- 2007/03/29: BBC: Cuban President Fidel Castro has strongly criticised the use of biofuels by the US, in his first article since undergoing surgery last year
Nuclear energy continues to split the crowd:
- 2007/03/28: Asia Times: Australia, the Saudi Arabia of uranium
- 2007/03/26: EnergyBulletin: Secure energy? Civil nuclear power, security & global warming [Oxford Research Group]
- 2007/03/26: PhysOrg: Nuclear energy 'not the solution to global warming'
Environment ministers from Austria, Iceland, Ireland and Norway said Monday that nuclear power was not the solution to global warming. In a joint statement following a meeting in Dublin, the four ministers from the non-nuclear countries said the "inherent risks and problems associated with the nuclear energy option remain and it can not therefore claim to be a clean alternative to fossil fuel use."
- 2007/03/26: Reuters: Report queries nuclear role in beating global warming
The surge in political popularity of nuclear power as a quick-fix, zero-carbon solution to global warming is misguided and potentially highly dangerous, a group of academics and scientists said on Monday. In its report "Secure energy, civil nuclear power, security and global warming", the Oxford Research Group said there was not enough uranium available and nuclear nations would therefore tend to opt for reprocessing spent fuel to obtain plutonium.
"A multiplication of reprocessing and the resulting international trade in
weapons-useable materials would create more opportunities for states, criminal
organisations or terrorists to acquire weapons-useable materials," it said.
- 2007/03/26: FramingScience: Doubts About Nuclear Energy as a "Middle Way" in the Global Warming Debate
Hey what is this? Limits to Growth?
We have peaks coming out the ying-yang:
- 2007/03/30: TruthOut: End of Oil Heralds Climate Pain
- 2007/03/30: OilDrum: Peak Coal - Coming Soon?
- 2007/03/29: BBC: End of oil heralds climate pain
Many people think that running out of oil, or "peak oil", would be good for the climate.
And then there is the matter of efficiency & conservation:
- 2007/03/27: ABC(Au): Campaign sheds light on energy-efficient bulbs [85,000 CFLs installed]
Concerns have been raised about those CFLs:
- 2007/03/28: ENN: Mercury in Energy-Saving Bulbs [CFLs] Worries Scientists
Automakers & lawyers, engineers & activists argue over the future of the car:
- 2007/03/30: GristMill: Bob Lutz [CEO of GM North America] needs a vacation
- 2007/03/29: MSNBC: The dirty secret about clean cars - Automakers push flex-fuel vehicles, get around efficiency standards
- 2007/03/28: GristMill: Cause and effect [US auto industry]
- 2007/03/27: GristMill: Saying 'no' to secrecy [automakers in court]
- 2007/03/26: Yahoo: Bush, automakers to talk flex-fuel cars
- 2007/03/26: EnvEcon: Quote of the Day
"There's nothing that can be done that can reduce the curb of growth of imported oil, and actually turn it down, like using E85." -General Motors Corp. chairman and chief executive Rick Wagoner
- 2007/03/26: HuffPo: GM Shifts Gears on Climate Change
The new tact is admitting the need for action and regulation, but conditioning the possibility of such action and regulation in ways that will make it -- or any change at all -- impossible.
Lloyds was lucky last year:
- 2007/03/29: IHT: Fair weather brings strong profit for Lloyds of London [in 2006]
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2007/04/01: N3xus6: Silent Bob [Carter]
- 2007/03/29: N3xus6: IPCC wrong!!
- 2007/03/29: BCLSB: Michael Crichton Has Got The Answer!
- 2007/03/28: BSD: Glenn Beck is a global warming weaselist who wastes my time
- 2007/03/28: DeSmogBlog: Curmudgeon Inhofe throws himself in path of upcoming Live Earth concert
- 2007/03/27: TruthOut: Why the Right Goes Nuclear Over Global Warming
- 2007/03/27: HuffPo: Global Warming? Phooey!
- 2007/03/26: CBS: The GOP Vs. Global Warming -- The New Republic: Why Are Republicans More Skeptical, Even As Evidence Grows?
- 2007/03/26: GristMill: Conservatives and global warming
- 2007/03/25: Deltoid: Why Republicans reject climate science
- 2007/03/26: HuffPo: Why Republicans Distrust Mainstream Climate Science
Once again, James Inhofe comes in for particular opprobrium:
- 2007/03/29: GristMill: More Inhofian troglodyticism
- 2007/03/28: TruthOut: Inhofe Vows to Put Brakes on Gore's "Live Earth" Concert at the Capitol
- 2007/03/28: GristMill: Inhofe hates the rock music
- 2007/03/29: TheHill: Inhofe vows to put brakes on Gore's "Live Earth" concert at the Capitol
- 2007/03/27: DeSmogBlog: James Inhofe: The Senator for Suspect Science
- 2007/03/27: RoanokeTimes: That whacky Inhofe; what fun
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2007/04/01: Guardian(UK): Is Britain warming? Just look around you
- 2007/03/29: OpenDem: A politics of global warming: the social-science resource
What kind of politics does climate change need? New understandings of the real drivers of human social behaviour can help provide an answer...
- 2007/03/30: ClimateP: America Needs a Clean Energy Revolution - And Your Stories
- 2007/03/30: PhysOrg: Abrupt climate change more common than believed
- 2007/03/28: JFleck: Global Warming to Speed Earth's Rotation [by moving mass around]
- 2007/03/30: C411: Drought Haiku
- 2007/03/30: ClimateArk: Warming debate over; let the solutions begin
- 2007/03/30: EnvEcon: More on Environmental versus Ecological Economics
- 2007/03/28: GPM: I'm Going to Go and Eat Some Worms
- 2007/03/26: Yahoo: Norway's Lutheran Church calls for climate change efforts
- 2007/03/28: OLJ: Perspectives on our changing climate -- Part 1: Weather versus climate
- 2007/03/28: C411: Part 4 of 4: Green Technologies
- 2007/03/28: TCE: Wal-Mart and the Green Critics
- 2007/03/28: OilChange: Now the Sceptics Have Lost its Time for Real Action
- 2007/03/28: EnvEcon: NYTimes Leonhardt on climate change policy
- 2007/03/27: PRInside: Laurie David & Sheryl Crow Hit the Road on 'Stop Global Warming College Tour'
- 2007/03/27: GristMill: Tim Flannery talks in Toronto
- 2007/03/27: JEB: More NudeScientist oddness [IPCC critique]
- 2007/03/26: GristMill: This is what I'm talking about [sya]
- 2007/03/26: GristMill: Political warfare /= scientific warfare
- 2007/02/02: DerSpiegel: Photo Gallery: Graphic Evidence of Global Warming [WGI]
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- EESD: Environmental Economics & Sustainable Development
- NUEXCO Exchange Value (Monthly Uranium Spot) [1968 - 2007]
- NOAA: Carbon Tracker
- CO2 Quota
- NEESPI: The Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative
- Spotlite Archive
- IODP: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
- AGU Press Releases
- 2005/02/: NASA:GISS: Trial of the Century: Co-Conspirators Convicted
- Earth Times
- The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change
- NASA:GISS: Surface Temperature Analysis
- New Scientist on Climate Change
- SaGG: Science a GoGo
- GRL: Published This Year in Geophysical Research Letters
- PCCRC: Purdue Climate Change Research Center
- NOAA News mag
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
"We're running the planet like a company in liquidation." -Al Gore