Courtesy of H.E.Taylor, here is this week's GW news roundup(skip to bottom)
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- Sequestration, Geoengineering
- Journals, Misc. Science
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- Australian, Asian, Canadian
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- The Usual, Useful Links
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Why is most GW humour black humour?
- 2007/04/04: uComics: (cartoon - Toles) Bush EPA
- 2007/04/04: SeattlePI: (cartoon - Horsey) Mr. President, the Supreme Court is Trying to Force Us to Regulate...
- 2007/04/03: uComics: (cartoon - Luckovich) Sir, The Supreme Court Ruled...
- 2007/04/02: uComics: (cartoon - Danziger) Senator Inhofe Says Global Warming Is A Fraud
There were a couple of major stories this week -- the SCOTUS ruling on
Massuchussets vs. EPA and the IPCC WGII report. Starting with the IPCC:
- 2007/04/06: IPCC: (pdf - 570k) Climate Change 2007: Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability - Summary for Policymakers
- 2007/04/08: GristMill: [Dessler] A unique insight into the IPCC process
- 2007/04/08: SciDaily: Experts Weigh In On New Climate Change Report
- 2007/04/08: SciDaily: Climate Change: United Nations Urges States To Act Decisively To Mitigate Worst Effects
- 2007/04/06: CBC: Climate change report warns of increased hunger, species extinction
- 2007/04/06: MetOffice(UK): IPCC - Working Group II Reports
- 2007/04/05: LCV: Climate Panel Confident Warming Is Underway
- 2007/04/07: PhysOrg: Bleakest Climate Report Approved
- 2007/04/07: NET: Rising Impact of Global Warming by Degree
- 2007/04/07: ClimateArk: Near-apocalyptic vision painted - New global warming report predicts floods, famine, drought
- 2007/04/07: Telegraph(UK): World finally agrees that global warming threatens everyone
- 2007/04/07: Times(UK): More hunger, drought, and hurricanes on the way as the world warms
- 2007/04/07: TEB: Climate Change Report: Human Generated Warming Already Having Impacts
- 2007/04/07: LA Times: Earth faces a grim future if global warming isn't slowed, U.N. report says
- 2007/04/07: ArabNews: Climate Challenges - The starkest warning yet...
- 2007/04/07: Guardian(UK): Q&A: IPCC report on impact of climate change
- 2007/04/07: Guardian(UK): A moral obligation
Today's report confirms that those contributing the least to climate change are the ones set to suffer most. Rich states must act, and act now.
- 2007/04/07: Guardian(UK): Scientists' stark warning on reality of warmer world
Hundreds of millions may be put at risk, says report - Complaints of political interference with findings
- 2007/04/06: NSU: Effects of climate change tallied up - Increased drought, flood and disease 'will hit poorest hardest'
- 2007/04/05: ClimateP: IPCC: "High Confidence" Warming is Already Changing the Climate
- 2007/04/05: TruthOut: UN Draft Cites Humans in Recent Climate Shifts
- 2007/04/06: ABC(Au): UN experts warn warming will damage society, nature
- 2007/04/06: NewScientist: Climate change is here now, says major report
- 2007/04/06: PhysOrg: Global Warming Threatens Natural Wonders
- 2007/04/06: PhysOrg: Panel: Global Warming a Threat to Earth
- 2007/04/06: PhysOrg: Climate change to hit poorest hardest
- 2007/04/06: PhysOrg: Climate predictions grim, but no surprise
Climate change will wipe out 20 to 30 per cent of all life forms and flood hundreds of millions of people from their homes, according to early reports from a new study by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
- 2007/04/05: GristMill: Latest IPCC report notes grim effects of climate change on ecosystems
- 2007/04/06: GWWatch: IPCC's clarion call
- 2007/04/06: Wunderground: The Climate Change Storm [WGII]
- 2007/04/06: CSW: New IPCC report identifies observed and future impacts of global climate change
- 2007/04/06: WaPo: Climate Report: Poor Will Suffer Most
- 2007/04/06: TreeHugger: The Final Report Is Out - And It's Not Pretty
- 2007/04/06: DeSmogBlog: IPCC Warning Bleak Despite Political Interference
- 2007/04/06: Australian: Climate: the peril we face
Nearly a third of the world's plants and animals face extinction, billions of people will be affected by water shortages, and countries across Asia and Africa will be racked by disease and starvation under alarming global warming forecasts made last night by the world's leading climate experts.
- 2007/04/06: ClimateArk: Window closing on planet's chances
- 2007/04/06: ENN: UN Panel Issues Bleakest Warning on Climate
- 2007/04/06: ENN: Acidic Oceans Threatening Sea Life, UN Panel Says
- 2007/04/06: Eureka: Latest IPCC report highlights need for integrated climate/human behavior models
- 2007/04/06: CBS: Global Warming To Hit World's Poor: Report
Climate Change Summary Says Asia And Africa Will See Danger, Death, And Extinction Of Species Unless Countries Adapt
- 2007/04/06: IHT: International report details impact of global warming
- 2007/04/06: CST: Panel: Global Warming a Threat to Earth
- 2007/04/06: Reuters: UN panel issues stark climate change warning
- 2007/04/06: DerSpiegel: UN Global Warming Report - The Age of the Climate Refugees?
- 2007/04/06: DerSpiegel: Merkel on UN Climate Study - "Report Confirms Climate Change Is a Fact"
- 2007/04/06: BBerg: UN Talks on Global Warming Report End With `Very Good Document'
- 2007/04/06: Yahoo: Panel: Global warming a threat to Earth
An international global warming conference approved a report Friday warning of dire threats to the Earth and to mankind -- from increased hunger to the extinction of species -- unless the world adapts to climate change and halts its progress.
Agreement came after an all-night session during which key sections were deleted from the draft and scientists angrily confronted government negotiators who they feared were watering down their findings.
"It has been a complex exercise," said Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Several scientists objected to the editing of the final draft by government
negotiators but in the end agreed to compromises. However, some scientists
vowed never to take part in the process again.
The climax of five days of negotiations was reached when the delegates removed
parts of a key chart highlighting devastating effects of climate change that
kick in with every rise of 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and in a tussle over
the level of scientific reliability attached to key statements.
There was little doubt about the science, which was based on 29,000 sets of data,
much of it collected in the last five years.
"For the first time we are not just arm-waving with models," Martin Perry, who conducted the grueling negotiations, told reporters.
The United States, China and Saudi Arabia raised the many of the objections to the phrasing, often seeking to tone down the certainty of some of the more dire projections.
- 2007/04/06: EnvEcon: IPCC's second of four reports
- 2007/04/06: CSM: Warming's biggest wallop aimed at wildlife, not people
Some of Earth's coldest areas will lose the climate zones that support today's plants and animals, says a UN panel's latest report.
- 2007/04/06: BBC: Billions of people face shortages of food and water and increased risk of flooding, experts at a major climate change conference have warned
- 2007/04/06: CBC: Climate change report warns of increased hunger, species extinction
- 2007/04/06: AFP: Global warming to hit world's poor, threaten major species extinction
- 2007/04/06: NYT: Climate Report Warns of Faster and Wider Damage
- 2007/04/06: AP: Panel: Global Warming a Threat to Earth
- 2007/04/05: CSM: Surviving a warmer world: Global forecast is 'mostly dry'
- 2007/04/04: CSW: NY Times reports on leaked IPCC assessment of climate change impacts
- 2007/04/05: TCE: Global Warming's "Highway to Extinction"
- 2007/04/05: TreeHugger: Roasted World: The IPCC Second Course Is Served
- 2007/04/05: WaPo: Climate Panel Confident Warming Is Underway - Report to Detail the Role of Humans
- 2007/04/05: CSM: Coping with water scarcity - Climate change will require human adaptation. Water harvesting can mitigate predicted water scarcity.
- 2007/04/05: CSM: Man the dikes for climate change - A new report on adaptation should push rich nations to help the most vulnerable nations
- 2007/04/05: ClimateArk: UN Draft Cites Humans in Current Effects of Climate Shift
- 2007/04/05: OilChange: IPCC Cites Humans in Climate Impacts
- 2007/04/05: BBC: Warming 'already changing world' - Climate change is already having major impacts on the natural world, a UN report is set to announce.
- 2007/04/04: NewScientist: Key report to say global warming already happening
- 2007/04/04: CanWest: Climate change could eliminate 30 per cent of all species: [WGII] report - disastrous future for humanity
- 2007/04/03: ClimateP: Highway to Hell [WGII]
- 2007/04/02: TerraDaily: Bleak Warning Expected As UN Climate Scientists Meet
- 2007/04/02: ABC(US): Global Warming Expert Fears 'Refugee Crisis' - The Second of Four Major Reports on Climate Change Says It's a Different World Already
- 2007/04/02: Guardian(UK): Tide of suffering - The rich world created the climate change threat. It must help the rest deal with the consequences
- 2007/04/01: TruthOut: Poor Nations to Bear Brunt as World Warms
- 2007/04/02: ABC(Au): UN to issue bleak global warming report
- 2007/04/01: DeSmogBlog: IPCC - WGII: Climate Change Will Devastate World's Poor
- 2007/04/02: PlanetArk: Report Warns Australia of Severe Climate Impacts
- 2007/04/02: PlanetArk: Reports by the UN Climate Panel [list]
- 2007/04/02: OilChange: The Cruel Inequality of Climate Change
- 2007/04/01: EnvEcon: Climate change inequity
- 2007/04/01: TLC: At What Cost? [WGII considerations]
One major theme arising from Brussels was the conflict
between scientists & politicians over watering down the Summary:
- 2007/04/07: CSW: The IPCC scientists "Final Draft" on climate change impacts before government editing negotiations
- 2007/04/08: Xinhuanet: Report: Scientists see UN climate report too soft
- 2007/04/07: Yahoo: Scientists get last say in climate study
A comparison of the original document, written by scientists, and the finished paper showed major reductions in forecasts for hunger and flooding victims. Instead of "hundreds of millions" of potential flood victims, the report said "many millions." A key mention of up to 120 million people at risk of hunger because of global warming was eliminated.
Yet, scientists have their fallback: a second summary that consists of 79 densely written, heavily footnoted pages.
The "technical summary," which will eventually be released to the public but was obtained by The Associated Press, will not be edited by diplomats. The technical summary, Rosenzweig said, contains "the real facts."
Some of its highlights, not included in the 23-page already-released summary:
- "More than one sixth of the world population live in glacier- or snowmelt-fed river basins and will be affected by decrease of water volume." And depending on how much fossil fuels are burned in the future, "262-983 million people are likely to move into the water stressed-category" by 2050.
- Global warming could increase the number of hungry in the world in 2080 by anywhere between 140 million and 1 billion,depending on how much greenhouse gas is emitted into the air over the next few decades.
- "Overall a 2 to 3 fold increase of population to be flooded is expected by 2080."
- Malaria, diarrhea diseases, dengue fever, tick-borne diseases, heat-related deaths will all rise with global warming. But in the United Kingdom, the drop in cold-related deaths will be bigger than the increase in heatstroke related deaths.
- In eastern North America, depending on fossil fuel emissions, smog will increase and there would be a 4.5 percent increase in smog-related deaths.
- Because global warming will hurt the poor more, there will be more "social equity" concerns and pressure for governments to do more.
- 2007/04/08: CDreams: LA Times: Dire Warming Report too Soft, Scientists Say
- 2007/04/07: Mercury: Bleak U.N. report on global warming derided as too soft
A new global warming report issued Friday by the United Nations paints a near-apocalyptic vision of Earth's future: more than a billion people in need of water, extreme food shortages in Africa, a planetary landscape ravaged by floods and millions of species sentenced to extinction. But despite the harshness of its vision, the report was quickly criticized by scientists who said its findings were watered down at the last minute by government bureaucrats seeking to deflect calls for action. "The science got hijacked by the political bureaucrats at the late stage of the game," said John Walsh, a climate expert at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, who helped write a chapter on the polar regions. Even in its softened form, the report outlined a range of devastating effects that will strike all regions of the world and all levels of society. Those without resources to adapt to the changes will suffer the greatest impact, according to the study from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
- 2007/04/07: WaPo: U.S., China Got Climate Warnings Toned Down
- 2007/04/06: SciAm: Bleakest warning issued on climate
Scientists said China, Russia and Saudi Arabia had raised most objections overnight seeking to tone down some findings. Other participants also said the United States, which pulled out of Kyoto in 2001 as too costly, had toned down some passages.
U.S. delegates rejected suggested wording that parts of North America may suffer "severe economic damage" from warming.
- 2007/04/06: TruthOut: Fear Over Diluted Climate Warnings
- 2007/04/06: Time: Fear Over Diluted Climate Warnings
An authoritative international global warming conference, already past its deadline for finishing a comprehensive report, lapsed into an unprecedented showdown between scientists and diplomats over authors' concerns that governments were watering down their warnings. Last-minute negotiations over language continued behind closed doors Friday, less than two hours before the scheduled release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in Brussels. A dramatic dispute between the scientific authors of the report and its diplomatic editors erupted over a paragraph in the 21-page summary regarding how much confidence the scientists have in their findings. The report concerns the effects global warming is already having and will have on life on Earth. The disputed paragraph centers on what has already happened. The paragraph originally said scientists had "very high confidence" -- which means more than 90 percent chance of accuracy -- in the statement that many natural systems around the globe "are being affected by regional climate changes, particularly temperature increases." After days of intensive small group negotiations over this section, delegates from China and Saudi Arabia on Friday insisted that the confidence be reduced to "high confidence" which means more than 80 percent accuracy. Three top scientists-authors formally objected to the change by the diplomats...
- 2007/04/06: Reuters: Scientists, governments clash over warming report
- 2007/04/06: USATodayBlog: Did politics trump science in global warming report?
From USA TODAY's Patrick O'Driscoll: "Patricia Romero Lankao, a sociologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., confirmed that delegates from the United States, China and Saudi Arabia forced the writers of the report summary to "downplay" the level of certainly about the damage to the environment and species by human-caused warming. "That was a really hard discussion," Romero Lankao told O'Driscoll in a telephone conference call from Brussels.
- 2007/04/06: ClimateArk: Scientists in war of words over global warming report
- 2007/04/06: USAToday: Scientists, governments clash as report reveals dangers of climate change
After a marathon session that saw angry exchanges between diplomats and scientists, an international global warming conference approved a major report on climate change Friday. "We have an approved accord. It has been a complex exercise," conference chairman Rajendra Pachauri told reporters after an all-night meeting. Several scientists objected to the editing of the final draft by government negotiators, the Associated Press reported, but in the end agreed to compromises. However, some scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change vowed never to take part in the process again...
- 2007/04/06: CDreams: Independent(UK): Scientists in War of Words Over Global Warming Report
- 2007/04/05: Turkish Press: Scientists tussle over wording of key climate change report
- 2007/04/06: EnvEcon: Are you 'pregnant' or 'very pregnant'? [WGII language haggling]
- 2007/04/05: IHT: Global warming report weakens warning about extinctions [WGII negotiations]
The SCOTUS ruling on Massuchussets vs. EPA came down against the GWB administration:
And immediately the acronym NIMTO was born. [NIMTO: Not In My Term of Office]
- 2007/04/07: BSD: Greenhouse gas regulation is like groundwater management
- 2007/04/08: SacBee: Ruling on emissions critical in global warming fight
- 2007/04/02: EarthJustice: High Court Rules Clean Air Act Gives EPA Authority to Fight Global Warming
- 2007/04/07: TimesUnion: Lawless Bush continues unchecked
A great gust of common sense has blown away the rhetoric that obscures the President's soft-on-polluters policy with slogans such as "Clear Skies." The Supreme Court decision demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency take steps to regulate emissions that are linked to global warming is a victory for Mother Earth. And much, much more.
- 2007/04/03: Guardian(UK): US supreme court overrules Bush's refusal to restrict C02
- 2007/04/04: TruthOut: Bush Adds a Few Caveats to Court's EPA Ruling
- 2007/04/04: TruthOut: EPA Revives California's Request to Set Tough Emission Standards
- 2007/04/06: WarmingLaw: First post-Mass v. EPA warming trial to start April 10
- 2007/04/03: FramingScience: Bush: Climate Action Means Unfair Economic Burden on Americans
- 2007/04/06: APP: Bush now thumbing nose at Supreme Court on EPA ruling
- 2007/04/04: BSD: Last comments on the Mass v. EPA case
- 2007/04/05: CSM: White House expected to feel the heat from Supreme Court's ruling on global warming
- 2007/04/05: France24: US climate ruling opens long road to change: lawyers
- 2007/04/05: PlanetArk: US CO2 Action to Take Years Despite Court Ruling
- 2007/04/05: PlanetArk: US Automakers Could See National CO2 Standard
- 2007/04/03: NYT: Ruling Undermines Lawsuits Opposing Emissions Controls
- 2007/04/04: ClimateP: More on the Supremes
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: Automaker suit against Calif. greenhouse-gas regulations may be dismissed as early as tomorrow afternoon
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: I do not think it means what you think it means [GWB & SCOTUS]
- 2007/04/04: DeSmogBlog: Bush to Supreme Court: "Thanks, but no thanks!"
- 2007/04/04: DeSmogBlog: Bush Ignores Supreme Court, continues legacy of carbon denial and confusion
- 2007/04/04: CCTimes: Bush adds a few caveats to court's EPA ruling - President says no regulation can be allowed to limit economic growth
- 2007/04/03: Yahoo: Bush holds line on global warming despite ruling
- 2007/04/04: OilChange: Bush: I Have Done Enough on Climate
- 2007/04/03: Register: Supreme Court rules on EPA's bad case of gas - Massachusetts to become Waterworld
- 2007/04/03: GWWatch: Bush forced to regulate carbon dioxide from cars
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: What does the Massachusetts [vs. EPA] case mean?
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: Bush administration vs. everyone else
- 2007/04/02: GristMill: White House responds to SCOTUS case
- 2007/04/02: BSD: Some interesting excerpts from the Supreme Court global warming opinion
- 2007/04/03: TerraDaily: Government Must Deal With Greenhouse Gases Says US Supreme Court
- 2007/04/03: SF Gate: Ruling helps California battle global warming
- 2007/04/03: PhillyInquirer: Supreme Court on Global Warming - Stop delays, get serious
- 2007/04/03: AzStarNet: Supreme Court reminds EPA of its mission
- 2007/04/02: TCE: Global Warming Win at the Supreme Court
- 2007/04/03: PlanetArk: Bush Holds Line on Global Warming Despite Ruling
President Bush said Tuesday he planned no new action to impose caps on greenhouse gases blamed for global warming despite the Supreme Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate US emissions.
- 2007/04/02: Eureka: UA scientists part of Supreme Court case on carbon dioxide emissions
- 2007/04/03: OilChange: Historic Supreme Court Ruling Over EPA and Emissions
- 2007/04/02: BBC: US 'must regulate car pollution'
The highest court in the US has ruled that the government was wrong to say it did not have the power to regulate exhaust gases from new cars and trucks. Twelve states and 13 campaign groups brought the landmark case against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The US Supreme Court said the EPA had offered "no reasoned explanation" for refusing to regulate carbon dioxide and other harmful gas emissions from cars.
- 2007/04/03: Guardian(UK): US supreme court overrules Bush's refusal to restrict C02
- 2007/04/02: ClimateP: Bush Administration vs. Everyone Else
- 2007/04/02: TruthOut: Court Rebukes Administration in Global Warming Case
- 2007/04/02: NewScientist: US Supreme Court forces EPA emissions rethink
- 2007/04/02: GristMill: Supreme Court rules against Bush admin. in global warming case
- 2007/04/02: BSD: Supreme Court rules against Bush Admin on global warming
- 2007/04/02: CSW: Supreme Court rules Clean Air Act gives EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases
- 2007/04/02: DeSmogBlog: Supreme Court decision: we oppose, but support emissions cuts?!
- 2007/04/02: DeSmogBlog: Supreme Court to Bush: "Oh Yes You Can!"
- 2007/04/02: Stoat: Court Rebukes Administration in Global Warming Case
- 2007/04/02: C411: Two Supreme Court Victories
- 2007/04/02: EnvEcon: Surpise: a 5-4 Supreme Court decision - In case you missed it, CO2 and etc is pollution
- 2007/04/02: CDreams: Reuters: Supreme Court Rules Against Bush in Global Warming Case
- 2007/04/02: ThinkP: Supreme Court Sides Against Bush In Monumental Global Warming Case
- 2007/04/02: Turkish Press: Government must deal with greenhouse gases: US Supreme Court
2007/04/02: BBC: US 'has to act' on climate report
European environment leaders have said the US and Australia must alter their stance on climate change, as talks opened in Brussels on a major report. EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said a change of the US "negative attitude" to international climate treaties was "absolutely necessary". The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will detail projections of climate impacts. It is expected to forecast problems with supplies of food and water.
- 2007/04/02: SCOTUSBlog: EPA must consider global warming again [Massachusetts v. EPA]
Now here's a pitch that's hard to gainsay:
- 2007/04/07: NEN: Do It For The Kids
- 2007/04/06: ABC(Au): Children to bear brunt of global warming: report
- 2007/04/03: CDreams: How Will Our Grandchildren See Us?
Arctic sea ice is low again this year:
- 2007/04/05: MSNBC: Winter Arctic sea ice near record low - U.S. climate scientists say drop is a sign of greenhouse warming
- 2007/04/05: TSun: [Arctic sea] Ice melting faster than expected?
- 2007/04/05: ClimateArk: Arctic sea ice is shrinking in 'downward spiral'
- 2007/04/03: CBC: Arctic sea ice vanishing: NASA
- 2007/04/03: NASA: NASA Finds Arctic Replenished Very Little Thick Sea Ice in 2005
- 2007/04/04: PhysOrg: Arctic sea ice narrowly missed record low in winter 2007, says University of Colorado team
- 2007/04/04: TerraDaily: NASA Finds Arctic Replenished Very Little Thick Sea Ice in 2005
- 2007/04/04: Eureka: Arctic sea ice narrowly missed record low in winter 2007, says University of Colorado team
- 2007/04/03: Yahoo: Arctic lost part of its perennial sea ice in 2005: NASA
- 2007/04/03: PhysOrg: Arctic Replenished Very Little Thick Sea Ice in 2005
- 2007/04/03: SciDaily: NASA Finds Arctic Replenished Very Little Thick Sea Ice In 2005
A report on Mars' climate has the GW deniers in a tizzy:
- 2007/04/04: NSU: Mars hots up - Dust storms and dark rocks are making the red planet hotter
- 2007/04/05: ABC(Au): Mars heating up: NASA
- 2007/04/05: AFTIC: Hot times in the Solar System
- 2007/04/05: Stoat: Hot times in the Solar System
- 2007/04/05: Australian: Mars in global warming debate
And in the hurricane wars:
- 2007/04/04: FramingScience: Proximity as Bias in Coverage of the World's Hurricane Problem
- 2007/04/05: Wunderground: National Hurricane Conference news
- 2007/04/05: ABC(Au): Woman killed in Fiji cyclone [Cliff]
- 2007/04/03: UN: With sixth cyclone on way, UN readies aid for hundreds of thousands in Madagascar
- 2007/04/04: UN: More than a million lives threatened as cyclones, heavy rains pummel southern Africa
- 2007/04/04: CCM: Media Ignoring Madagascan Cyclone Disasters
- 2007/04/03: TerraDaily: Very Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Looms
- 2007/04/03: BBC: Experts are again predicting a busy Atlantic hurricane season, with up to 17 named tropical storms forming - nine of which could become hurricanes
- 2007/04/03: PhysOrg: Study ties hurricanes to Sahara
- 2007/04/03: Wunderground: Hurricane forecasters call for very active Atlantic season
- 2007/04/03: PlanetArk: Forecasters Predict 9 Atlantic Hurricanes in '07
- 2007/04/03: USAToday: Forecaster [Phil Klotzbach and William Gray] predicts 'very active' Atlantic hurricane season
- 2007/04/03: HuffPo: Another Bad Hurricane Year Forecast
- 2007/04/03: Yahoo: 'Very active' hurricane season predicted
- 2007/04/02: Wunderground: Another Madagascar cyclone [Jaya]; first typhoon [Kong-rey] of the season
- 2007/04/01: CCM: How Strong Did Cyclone Jaya Get?
- 2007/04/02: PlanetArk: Madagascar Seeks US$242 Mln After Cyclone [Indlala] Kills 80
While on the el Niño front:
- 2007/04/05: NOAA: El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Discussion
- 2007/04/03: UN: El Niño at an end and reverse La Niña weather pattern possible - UN agency
Meanwhile in near earth orbit:
- 2007/04/05: ESA: Snowmelt monitored in the Baltic Sea watershed region in near real time
More GW impacts are being seen:
- 2007/04/06: Yahoo: Climate refugees -- the growing army without a name
- 2007/04/05: NSU: Mushrooms popping up year-round - UK fungi season now longer in autumn, with an extra fruiting in spring
- 2007/04/06: PhysOrg: [Great Barrier] Reef 'at risk in climate change'
- 2007/04/06: PhysOrg: Warmer water leaves sea birds hungry
U.S. researchers say warmer currents from the Gulf of Alaska may not be producing enough plankton to support West Coast seabirds.
- 2007/04/06: PhysOrg: Study: Lake Superior Warming Quickly
- 2007/04/06: C411: Climate Dangers You May Not Know About -- Part 1 of 5: More Acidic Oceans
- 2007/04/06: PS: Global climate change may kill off Korean forests: SKorea government
- 2007/04/05: BBC: Climate change fruitful for fungi
A remarkable father-and-son research project has revealed how rising temperatures are affecting fungi in southern England. Fungus enthusiast Edward Gange amassed 52,000 sightings of mushroom and toadstools during walks around Salisbury over a 50-year period. Analysis by his son Alan, published in the journal Science, shows some fungi have started to fruit twice a year. It is among the first studies to show a biological impact of warming in autumn.
- 2007/04/05: IHT: As dunes encroach, desert nation [Mauritania] struggles to keep its head above the sand
- 2007/04/05: PlanetArk: Global Warming Driving Australian Fish South - Report
- 2007/04/03: SF Gate: Struggling seabirds - Dead murres, auklets washing ashore with little in their stomachs
West Coast seabirds are dying, apparently from a lack of food -- and some researchers think the phenomenon may be linked to global climate change. This is the third year that scientists have found unusually large numbers of marine birds...
- 2007/04/04: GristMill: Hot planet, poison fish [via poisonous algae in the food chain]
- 2007/04/04: ABC(Au): Warming sea to hit commercial fisheries: CSIRO
- 2007/04/02: TerraDaily: Climate Change Set To Worsen Health Burden
- 2007/04/03: Eureka: Snowy [Goose] invaders point to Arctic thaw
- 2007/04/02: TerraDaily: Americas Targeted By Global Warming From North To South
- 2007/04/01: TerraDaily: Wine Industry Faces Major Challenge From Global Warming
- 2007/04/01: TerraDaily: Climate Change Could Carry Huge Hidden Costs
- 2007/04/02: WaPo: Russia Sees Ill Effects of 'General Winter's' Retreat [hantaviruses]
- 2007/04/02: PlanetArk: Impacts of Climate Change
And then there are the tropical rainforests:
- 2007/04/03: SciDaily: Will Climate Change Kill The Amazon?
Speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2007/04/07: JFleck: Dust Bowl
- 2007/04/06: ABC(Au): Drought hitting Hydro Tasmania's dams, with storage levels still dropping
- 2007/04/07: ABC(Au): Droughts to worsen as Earth heats up, report warns
- 2007/04/04: Nation: Denial in the Desert
- 2007/04/04: NYT: An Arid West No Longer Waits for Rain
- 2007/04/02: Ocala: Drought, El Nino leave [Florida] state tinder-box dry
- 2007/04/02: PhysOrg: Los Angeles suffers longest dry spell in 130 years
- 2007/04/01: CBC: Deadly floods hit Afghanistan, Pakistan [50 dead]
- 2007/04/02: PlanetArk: Deadly Floods, Avalanches Hit Afghanistan, Pakistan
- 2007/04/02: TerraDaily: Unnatural Warming And Drying To Be Investigated In Australian West
An article projecting long term drought in the American southwest raised a lot of comment:
- 2007/04/05: Science: Model Projections of an Imminent Transition to a More Arid Climate in Southwestern North America by Richard Seager et al.
- 2007/04/05: NSU: Return of the dust bowl? Climate change set to make the arid southwest even drier
- 2007/04/06: TruthOut: Southwest May Get Even Hotter, Drier
- 2007/04/05: TruthOut: An Arid West No Longer Waits for Rain
- 2007/04/06: ABC(Au): Americans warned of global warming 'dust bowl'
- 2007/04/05: NewScientist: Serious drought may strike western US
- 2007/04/06: PhysOrg: US may relive 30s 'dust bowl' as Earth warms: study
- 2007/04/06: CNN: Study: Climate change could bring new U.S. Dust Bowl - Bottom line: "Better start planning" for parched Southwest, says researcher
- 2007/04/06: USAToday: Study forecasts new 'Dust Bowl'
- 2007/04/05: JFleck: The Coming Dust Bowl
The conflict between biofuel and food persists:
- 2007/04/03: CBC: Fertilizer shortage will hit farmers this spring [due to the large number of farmers planting corn for the ethanol market]
- 2007/04/04: FA: How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor
- 2007/04/04: Tyee: Corny Energy 'Solution' - Recipe for hunger: food into fuel - Last stage of denial: ethanol will save us!
And the troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:
- 2007/03/: Acres USA: The Future of Agriculture - Why Peak Oil & Pollution Mandate a New Farming Paradigm [Richard Heinberg Interview]
- 2007/04/: FAO: Crop Prospects and Food Situation [periodic report]
- 2007/04/03: CBC:TheCurrent: (mp3, ogg) Climate Change Part 2, Food Security & Part 3, Human Migration
- 2007/04/02: CanWest: Climate change, rising oil prices imperil B.C. food supply: [B.C.'s Food Self-Reliance] report
'Re-ruralization' of suburbs mulled as one response to our vulnerability
And on the carbon sequestration front:
- 2007/04/07: DeutscheWelle: Carbon-Capture Test Begins at German Pilot Plant
The plant uses a technology called oxyfuel combustion which burns lignite in pure oxygen rather than air. This produces only carbon dioxide and water vapour so that emissions can easily be liquified and pumped underground. It is said to be the most cost-effective method of capturing carbon dioxide.
- 2007/04/02: NEN: Norwegian Carbon Capture
Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:
- 2007/04/05: C411: Can We Engineer Our Way Out?
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2007/04/05: Science: Model Projections of an Imminent Transition to a More Arid Climate in Southwestern North America by Richard Seager et al.
- 2007/04/03: PNAS: 20th-Century doubling in dust archived in an Antarctic Peninsula ice core parallels climate change and desertification in South America by Joseph R. McConnell et al.
- 2007/04/03: PNAS: Projected distributions of novel and disappearing climates by 2100 AD by John W. Williams et al.
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2007/04/07: JEB: Data analysis: Frequently Bayesian
- 2007/04/05: TerraDaily: Global Carbon Budgeting Requires Proper Accounting Of Inland Waters
- 2007/04/04: PhysOrg: The global carbon budget -- proper accounting means paying attention to inland waters
- 2007/04/03: Eureka: The global carbon budget -- proper accounting means paying attention to inland waters
- 2007/04/04: SciDaily: Global Warming: Research Shows Need For Protected Areas
- 2007/04/03: MTobis: It's 3 C - The global sensitivity to CO2 doubling appears to be pretty close to 3 C
- 2007/04/02: PhysOrg: Antarctic ice yields student research discovery [embayments, large bodies of water surrounded by ice on three sides, tend to occur every three years in the Cosmonaut Sea]
- 2007/04/02: Stoat: Climate sensitivity constrained by CO2 concentrations over the past 420 million years
- 2007/04/02: Eureka: A changing climate for protected areas - Research shows need to adjust protected areas for global warming
- 2007/04/02: UAF: IARC scientist to lead [Beaufort] sea ice expedition
Hope springs eternal?
- 2007/04/03: ABC(Au): Drought may reduce global warming, researcher says [via dust stimulating Southern Ocean phytoplankton growth]
Meanwhile on the Kyoto front:
- 2007/04/05: Turkish Press: Environmental Expert Rejects "Financial Burden" As Reason For Avoiding Kyoto Protocol
And on the Kyoto-2 front:
- 2007/04/07: Scotsman: China to take part in post-Kyoto talks: report
- 2007/04/07: Yomiuri: China to share burden of CO2 emission cuts Beijing to join post-Kyoto emission talks
Britain has put climate change on the UNSC agenda:
- 2007/04/06: GristMill: Climate in the UN Security Council
- 2007/04/05: PlanetArk: UN Security Council to Debate Climate Change
The UN Security Council will debate climate change for the first time on April 17, the result of a British campaign to force it onto the agenda of a body that deals with matters of war and peace.
And on the emissions trading front:
- 2007/04/03: Guardian(UK): Smoke alarm: EU shows carbon trading is not cutting emissions
- 2007/04/02: UN: UN-backed carbon trading plan to reduce greenhouse emissions on track for completion
- 2007/04/03: PlanetArk: EU 2006 Carbon Data Show Emission Targets Too Lax
Europe's carbon market is supposed to curb emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) by handing heavy industry too few emissions permits, forcing them either to clean up or buy extra allowances. But in 2005, the first year of the trading scheme, countries gave their companies too many permits, and Monday's data suggested the same for 2006...
- 2007/04/03: OilChange: Europe's ETS Scheme Branded A Failure
- 2007/04/03: CDreams: Independent(UK): EU Carbon Trading Scheme Failing to Curb Emissions from Big Polluters
The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:
- 2007/04/05: EnvEcon: An Inconvenient Tax from the Carbon Tax Center
- 2007/04/05: BBC: Time to tax the carbon dodgers - How taxes and incentives on trade could be used to make Kyoto naysayers pay for their emissions
- 2007/04/04: AdelaideNow: Carbon tax 'would cut emissions' [says Aussie Productivity Commission]
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: Carbon tax catching on?
- 2007/04/02: CanWest: Majority favour a new green tax - nearly 60 per cent of the population would favour a new green tax
- 2007/04/01: TheAge: Carbon tax better than calamity [Aus pol]
- 2007/04/01: WaPo: Tax on Carbon Emissions Gains Support - Industry and Experts Promote It as Alternative to Help Curb Greenhouse Gases
The controversy over the optimal strategy [carbon trading, carbon offsets
and/or a carbon tax] to use in dealing with GHGs is getting louder:
- 2007/04/06: EnvEcon: CO2 tax vs Cap-and-Trade from RFF's Weathervane
- 2007/04/06: EnvEcon: In support of the Carbon Tax Center's single-minded pursuit of a carbon tax over cap-and-trade
- 2007/04/04: ABC(Au): Emissions tax has advantages, Productivity Commission says
The commission's chair, Gary Banks, says an emissions tax has some merit.
"In an interim situation, before an international agreement occurs, a tax has some advantages because it's so much simpler to introduce," he said.
"It doesn't have all the kind of complexities of gaming and positioning that we've observed in Europe and other places where they've introduced quotas and tradeable emissions."
- 2007/04/01: CDreams: LA Times: Carbon Trading Won't Work
Experiments with the Market Scheme Favored By Schwarzenegger Shows Trading Favors Big Polluters Without Curbing Global Warming Gases.
- 2007/04/01: BtP: Stopping Global Warming: Emissions Permits vs. Carbon Taxes
And on the American political front:
- 2007/04/08: TreeHugger: April 14th: Americans Demand Action on Climate Change [stepitup]
- 2007/04/08: IHT: Hot and cold [US pol]
- 2007/04/08: SacBee: As climate changes, water policies must as well - You don't need a weather man to know which way that hot, dry wind's blowing
- 2007/04/07: HuffPo: If Only Gay Sex Caused Global Warming
- 2007/04/08: LJWorld: Alaska in no rush to protect polar bear
- 2007/04/04: InTheseTimes: Resisting the War on Science - The Union of Concerned Scientists' "A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science"
- 2007/04/06: ClimateP: The Time to Act is Now
- 2007/04/04: FramingScience: Conflict Hungry Media Feeds on (and Reinforces) the Two Americas Of Global Warming Perceptions
- 2007/04/03: FramingScience: The NY Times Makes the Agenda Pitch on Global Warming
- 2007/04/03: FramingScience: Your Stance on Global Warming Has Come to Define Your Identity as Either a Democrat or a Republican
- 2007/04/05: TheHill: Kerry, Gingrich announce climate showdown
- 2007/04/04: SF Gate: Clean Air Is For Liberals
- 2007/04/04: TheHill: Republicans demand investigation of U.N. climate-change agency
- 2007/04/04: ClimateArk: Bush Splits With Congress and States on Emissions
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: Congress stepping up on climate and security [spooks]
- 2007/04/03: ThinkP: Americans least concerned about global warming
- 2007/04/02: SF Gate: Legislature flooded with bills about climate crisis - Poll-driven politicians see need to tackle global warming
Looks like they're still at it:
- 2007/04/03: PEER: Climate and Ocean Scientists Put Under New Speech Restraints - Any Scientific Statements "of Official Interest" Must be Pre-Approved
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2007/04/07: AP: Forecaster [William Gray] Blasts Gore on Global Warming
- 2007/04/05: BtP: Trains: If Only Al Gore Had the Courage to Address Global Warming
- 2007/04/04: ClimateArk: Gore issues climate-change challenge to engineers [help find a solution to global warming & inspire a new generation]
While in the UK:
- 2007/04/07: Guardian(UK): Hot summer on the way, predicts Met - The last 'average' British summer was 2000
- 2007/04/02: OilChange: UK: No Change Over Climate Change
- 2007/04/02: Reuters: UK [Air Quality Expert Group] report calls for wider climate change fight
2007/04/02: BBC: Britons 'ignoring' climate fears
Two-fifths of Britons are doing nothing to cut energy use, although 80% believe climate change is affecting the UK, a report has suggested.
And in Europe:
- 2007/04/05: PlanetArk: EU Pins Hopes on US States to Act on Climate Change
- 2007/04/05: PlanetArk: EU to Re-Check Austria Emissions Data - Barroso
- 2007/04/05: DeutscheWelle: German Politicians Propose Climate Fee on Flight Tickets
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2007/04/08: ABC(Au): Govt has 'fobbed off' climate change report [says Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)]
- 2007/04/07: ABC(Au): Australia 'poorly placed' to deal with climate change
Labor says the latest global report on climate change has destroyed any credibility the Government may have had on global warming.
- 2007/04/07: ABC(Au): US-Aust to work on climate change [deforestation] initiative
- 2007/04/07: Australian: [Environment and Water Resources Minister, Malcolm] Turnbull plays down UN climate report
- 2007/04/05: ABC(Au): Farmers count weather costs
Tasmanian farmers and processing companies have put the cost of adverse weather conditions over the past year at $56 million.
- 2007/04/06: ABC(Au): CSIRO records warming in sea off Tas
- 2007/04/06: ABC(Au): Australia to 'suffer extensively' from climate change
- 2007/04/06: GWWatch: IPCC Report specifics for Australia
- 2007/04/06: TheAge: Barrier Reef 'could be dead in 20 years'
- 2007/04/06: ClimateArk: Australia: Government inaction is pure betrayal
- 2007/04/03: Crikey: Hey, it's the economy and climate change, stupid!
- 2007/04/06: Australian: Snow drying, Barrier Reef dying
Snow cover at Australia's major ski resorts will be slashed and the fruit fly and cattle ticks will head south and play havoc with food supplies.
- 2007/04/05: CSM: 'Water police' crack down in an ever-drier Australia
Profligate shower-takers may find their water supply cut to a trickle as country endures a long drought made worse by global warming.
- 2007/04/05: CourierMail: Australia 'can't defend' Antarctic oil
Australia claims almost half of Antarctica but has negligible capacity to fend off an interloper intent on seizing territory or pirating resources. A paper released today by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) said Antarctica was effectively demilitarised, peaceful and with a ban on mineral resource exploration until 2048. But attitudes could change quickly, especially as the world runs short of oil.
- 2007/04/03: TheAge: Whacked with the environment stick [Australian Stock Exchange corporate governance council]
- 2007/04/03: ABC(Au): War-like plan needed to tackle climate change, summit told [by American Meteorological Society spokesman Tony Socci]
- 2007/04/04: ABC(Au): The Business Council of Australia (BCA) wants a target set for the reduction of carbon emissions
Europe & Australia got into a slanging match:
- 2007/04/03: EUO: EU and Australia trade insults over climate change
- 2007/04/03: TruthOut: EU Slams United States, Australia on Climate Change
- 2007/04/03: ABC(Au): Howard slaps down EU climate criticism
- 2007/04/03: ABC(Au): Howard 'missing the point' on EU Kyoto criticism [says Labor MP Peter Garrett]
- 2007/04/02: TerraDaily: US And Australia In EU Firing Line As Grim Report On Climate Looms
- 2007/04/03: PlanetArk: Australia Tells EU to Do More on Emissions
- 2007/04/02: ABC(Au): EU condemns Australia's climate attitude [a negative attitude on international negotiations about climate change]
And in Canada, minority neocon PM Harper, continues
to do as little as possible:
- 2007/04/07: CanWest: Stop 'twiddling thumbs' on climate change: critics - Dire predictions in UN report spur calls for Canada to act now
- 2007/04/06: Yahoo: Ottawa set to announce 'mandatory' pollution cuts
- 2007/04/06: CanWest: Canada one of the fortunate countries, according to damning climate change report
- 2007/04/05: CBC: Sask. gets $44M from Ottawa for CO2-cutting projects
- 2007/04/03: CBC: Is Ottawa warming to emissions trading?
- 2007/04/02: NatGeo: Controversial Seal Hunt Delayed 2nd Year Due to Ice Breakup
As for how the media handles science:
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: Nuclear shillery and the reporters who buy it
Mooney & Nisbet wrote an article on 'framing' that triggered much comment:
- 2007/04/08: CCM: Framing Science: My Response to PZ
- 2007/04/07: ERabett: Newt Gingrich, triangulation, the DLC and Framing Climate Change
[how human forcing of climate should be framed to create effective policy]
- 2007/04/07: ERabett: Framing - Matthew Nisbet and Chris Mooney have an article...
- 2007/04/07: CCM: Framing Science: Many More Posts, a Few Replies
- 2007/04/06: FramingScience: Bloggers weigh in on commentary at the journal Science
- 2007/04/05: FramingScience: At the journal Science, a Nisbet/Mooney focus on framing
- 2007/04/06: CCM: Of Intertia, Ostriches, and Science Duds--Randy Olson's Take on "Framing Science"
- 2007/04/06: CCM: Framing Science: Additional Resources to Back Up the Argument
Here is something for your library:
- 2007/04/05: Times(UK): The world's problem [Book Reviews]
_An Inconvenient Truth_ by Al Gore
_Climate Change and Biodiversity_ by Thomas E. Lovejoy and Lee Hannah, editors
_The Economics of Climate Change_ by Nicholas Stern
_Heat: How to stop the planet burning_ by George Monbiot
_Solar Revolution_ by Travis Bradford
_Children of the Sun_ by Alfred W. Crosby
_Green to Gold_ by Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston
And for your film & video enjoyment:
- 2007/04/02: CBS: The Age Of Warming, 60 Minutes Goes To The Bottom Of The World And To The Top of A Glacier To See The Fastest Warming Place On Earth
Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of
the current generation:
- 2007/04/06: Ez2c: Total primary energy supply: Land area requirements
- 2007/04/06: TreeHugger: How Much Land to Power The Whole World with Solar?
- 2007/04/05: AlterNet: How to Live a Low-Energy Lifestyle
- 2007/04/04: TreeHugger: Incredible Growth for Solar Power Industry
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: 'Electranet' slowly moving into media bloodstream
- 2007/04/03: SciDaily: New Technology For Manufacturing Flexible [CIGS] Solar Cells
- 2007/04/03: TEB: 11 MW Solar Tower Plant Dedicated in Spain [Seville]
- 2007/04/03: Guardian(UK): Power tower reflects well on sunny Spain
- 2007/04/02: GristMill: Solar going mainstream -- for the realz this time
- 2007/04/02: BizUpdate: Climate change: first commercial concentrating solar power plant [Seville]
- 2007/04/02: BizUpdated: Photovoltaic solar energy: new map and interactive information
The arithmetic of coal carbon is striking home:
- 2007/04/05: CSM: Faced with a lack of energy options, Thailand looks to coal
- 2007/04/02: MSNBC: Future of coal likely to remain burning issue
Biofuel bickering continues:
- 2007/04/05: PhysOrg: Biofuels: More than just ethanol
- 2007/04/06: EESD: Green shoots of growth [biofuel]
- 2007/04/06: EESD: US biofuels: A field in ferment
- 2007/04/05: Eureka: Biofuels: More than just ethanol
- 2007/04/05: PlanetArk: US Corn, Wheat Surge as Weather Threatens Crops
- 2007/04/04: MongaBay: Eco-friendly palm oil could help alleviate poverty in Indonesia - Palm oil is not a failure as a biofuel
- 2007/04/02: Discovery: Palm Oil Failing as Biofuel
- 2007/04/04: OilChange: Palm Oil: A Disaster Biofuel
- 2007/04/04: Guardian(UK): Palm oil: the biofuel of the future driving an ecological disaster now
- 2007/04/02: Eureka: Biodiesel study targets cleaner air, cleaner engines
- 2007/04/02: CDM: Palm oil deemed biofuel failure
- 2007/04/02: PlanetArk: US Farmers Aim for Record Corn Crop, Ethanol Riches
2007/04/02: BBC: EU biofuel push 'to ruin forests' -
Oil firms have warned that European Union plans on biofuels
could wreck the world's rainforests
Last week we had the Heritage Foundation & Fidel Castro; this week
they were joined by the Economist, Lulu and Hugo Chavez:
- 2007/04/08: GristMill: Chavez on food vs. fuel
- 2007/04/08: CPunch: Where Have All the Bees Gone? And Other Reflections on the Internationalization of Genocide by Fidel Castro
- 2007/04/07: MarxMail: Economist(mag): Castro was right - Ethanol
- 2007/04/07: Guardian(UK): Cuba and Venezuela turn against ethanol
Castro and Chávez attack US backing for biofuels - Leaders say diverting crops for fuel starves poor
- 2007/04/05: ENN: Brazil Rejects Fidel Castro's Rap of Ethanol Plan
- 2007/04/04: BBC: Castro in new US biofuel attack
Cuban leader Fidel Castro has written a second newspaper article within a week, again criticising US biofuels policy.
- 2007/04/01: CCurrents: Biofuels And Global Hunger by Fidel Castro
So what is the EROEI of nuclear energy?
- 2007/04/06: FuturePundit: Study See Range Of Possible Nuclear Power Costs
- 2007/04/03: PhysOrg: Weighing the financial risks of nuclear power
- 2007/04/03: Eureka: Weighing the financial risks of nuclear power plants - New study of historical costs of nuclear power shows potential for high costs in future technologies
Here a peak, there a peak, everywhere a peak peak:
- 2007/04/06: E&C: No Time to Lose [peak everything]
- 2007/04/05: EnergyBulletin: Peak coal by 2025 say researchers
- 2007/04/05: OilDrum: Peak Coal - Coming Soon?
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: What if coal is running out too?
Now about Daylight Savings:
- 2007/04/03: ArsTechnica: The Daylight Saving change: no savings, no point
- 2007/04/02: Reuters: Early U.S. Daylight Savings a bust in power savings
Promoting CFLs is big in spite of the mercury:
- 2007/04/06: TEB: CFL's Exchanged with Incandescents in California School Project
Automakers & lawyers, engineers & activists argue over the future of the car:
- 2007/04/08: TreeHugger: Battery Electric Vehicles of Bristol
- 2007/04/07: CDreams: Independent(UK): Big Oil's Vendetta Against the Electric Car
- 2007/04/07: ClimateArk: Detroit Decides to Help Shape, Not Resist, Regulation of Emissions
- 2007/04/04: TruthOut: We Must Imagine a Future Without Cars
- 2007/04/06: GristMill: The pro-enviro solution that dare not speak its name
- 2007/04/04: DeSmogBlog: Honda hybrid a no-brainer
- 2007/04/03: DeSmogBlog: Fuel efficient Toyota sales up 11.7% in U.S. - auto industry fights emissions standards
Meanwhile the X-Prize folks have set up a contest:
- 2007/04/: XPrize: Automotive X Prize Overview
- 2007/04/05: WorldChanging: X Prize to Inspire Super-Efficient Vehicles
- 2007/04/02: NSU: Race for a green car - Multi-million-dollar X Prize set for automotive innovation
- 2007/04/02: CBC: X Prize revs up quest for super-efficient car
The X Prize Foundation, which spurred innovation by offering $10 million US for the first privately-built spacecraft, plans to offer millions for the first practical car that increases mileage five-fold. The California-based non-profit organization, whose mission is to encourage radical scientific and technological innovations that benefit humanity, released draft guidelines for the Automotive X Prize on Monday. The contest will require vehicles to meet tough emission requirements and get 100 miles per U.S. gallon (about 42 kilometres a litre). The current average fuel economy of U.S. vehicles is about 20 miles per gallon (nine km/l).
The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:
- 2007/04/07: CDreams: The Big Circus Tent: Industry Hucksters Get in on Global Warming
Insurance and re-insurance companies are feeling the heat:
- 2007/04/04: SPTimes: Experts paint grim future with warming
- 2007/04/04: SusieMadrak: Coming Attractions [Florida, hurricanes & insurance]
- 2007/04/04: ThinkP: Insurance losses to skyrocket with global warming
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2007/04/07: BCLSB: Check Out Rabett Run
- 2007/04/07: BoomanTrib: Global Warming: Political Correctness Gone Mad (Says Expert) [Ebell, SCOTUS]
- 2007/04/06: Deltoid: Pinata whacking not outsourced (denial)
- 2007/04/06: DeSmogBlog: Climate Change Denial: Delusion or Malevolence?
- 2007/04/06: DeSmogBlog: "Sound Science" Debate Dismissed As So Much Smoke
- 2007/04/06: DeSmogBlog: Tim Ball Does Science: Believe It When You See It
- 2007/04/05: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute and puzzling "genius" throw down Gore debate gaunlet
- 2007/04/05: TCR: What's a climate-change denier to do?
- 2007/04/05: ThinkP: Is Gore more dangerous than global warming?
- 2007/04/04: Coeruleus: Global warming concern trolls
- 2007/04/04: ERabett: Consensus science attitude
- 2007/04/04: ERabett: Richard Lindzen hates Al Gore, really
- 2007/04/04: MTobis: Outside the echo chamber
- 2007/04/03: Deltoid: Crackpot index [Bob Carter]
- 2007/04/02: TheLoom: Global Warming: Cretaceous Quote-Mining [denial]
- 2007/04/02: HuffPo: Dr. Singer, Meet Mr. Michaels
Here's a nice snark:
- 2007/04/03: Wonkette: And They Were All Eaten By Polar Bears, The End
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2007/04/08: ABC(Au): Global warming could be good for Tasmania, demographer says
- 2007/04/07: MTobis: Overton Window
- 2007/04/07: CBC: Ice climbers give eyewitness accounts of global warming
- 2007/04/07: PhysOrg: Mountain Climbers Witness Global Warming
- 2007/04/07: MTobis: What about the other 11%?
- 2007/04/07: JFleck: On the Plus Side?
- 2007/04/07: SciDaily: Buildings Can Play A Key Role In Combating Climate Change [UNEP]
- 2007/04/06: BobPark: What's New
2) Environmental Protection: The Court Soars into the Atmosphere.
3) Climate Change: Bleak IPCC Report Released Today in Brussels.
- 2007/04/04: TruthOut: US Army Studies Geo-Strategic Repercussions of Climate Change
- 2007/04/05: TruthOut: Is Earth Near Its "Tipping Points" From Global Warming?
- 2007/04/06: CDreams: Climate Change: A Window of Opportunity
- 2007/04/05: RealClimate: Ozone Hole Leaks and Other Tales
- 2007/04/05: TreeHugger: The 2007 Earth Day Climate: Something Has Changed
- 2007/04/04: TomPaine: Overwhelmed By Climate
- 2007/04/02: StraightGoods: Charging towards the Big Melt - Over consumption heats up the environment
- 2007/04/03: USAToday: Is Earth near its 'tipping points' from global warming?
- 2007/04/04: PhysOrg: Want to monitor climate change? P-p-p-pick up a penguin!
- 2007/04/04: GristMill: [Dessler] In climate science, small changes matter
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: Highway to hell
- 2007/04/04: Yahoo: Global warming happens: but is it "catastrophic?"
- 2007/04/04: EnvEcon: Who are the biggest polluters?
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: 'Climate change': too big and too little
- 2007/03/30: CIP: Cap Answers it All - Cap tries to explain greenhouse warming
- 2007/04/03: C411: What's Global Dimming?
- 2007/04/02: TCE: Costa Rica to Be World's 1st Carbon Neutral Nation
- 2007/04/03: GristMill: CO2's lowest hanging fruit? [UNEP report]
- 2007/04/03: CDreams: BangorDailyNews: Climate Science and The Politics of Economic Growth
- 2007/04/03: HuffPo: 'Climate change': Too Big and Too Little
- 2007/04/02: GWWatch: Was Earth Hour a candle in the wind?
- 2007/04/02: GristMill: The second time as farce
- 2007/04/02: GristMill: Time's survival guide to global warming
- 2007/03/30: MTobis: Why truth is losing ground
- 2007/04/02: PlanetArk: Vancouver Port Ties Fees to Ship Emission Levels
- 2007/04/02: Xinhuanet: Researchers call for better forecasting of global warming
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- LCV: League of Conservation Voters - News
- EarthJustice: Environmental Law
- NET: National Environmental Trust
- USGCRP: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Online Resources
- TheScream Blog
- WL: Warming Law - Changing the Climate in the Courts
- ENN: Environmental News Network
- MTobis: Only In It For The Gold
- CCD: Climate Change Denial
- Solar Electricity Action SOLAREC
- PVGIS: Geographical Assessment of Solar Energy Resource and Photovoltaic Technology
- James Annan's Work Page (with list of publications)
- 2005/06/: AIP: The Discovery of Global Warming - A hypertext history
- 2005/06/: AIP: Basic Radiation Calculations
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
"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." -Albert Einstein