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Another Week of GW News, June 24, 2007
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- Top Stories, Humour, Rolling Stone, Chinese CO2, Forests, Ocean Temperatures, Hansen & Independent
- Hurricanes, Temperatures, Sea Levels, Satellites
- Impacts, Rainforests, Darfur, Wacky Weather, Floods & Droughts, Biofuel & Food
- Mitigation, Transportation, Architecture, Sequestration, Adaptation, Planktos
- Journals, Misc. Science
- Kyoto, Kyoto-2, Carbon Tax, Carbon Trade, Optimal Strategy
- Politics, America, Britain, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, Asia, Canada
- Ecological Economics, Media, Books, Courts, Betting, Mob posts
- Energy, Biofuel, Coal, Nukes, Efficiency, Cars, Business, Carbon Lobby
- The Usual, Useful Links
- Shameless Self Promotion
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- 2007/06/21: ClimateP: (cartoon - Adams) PGDW#32 & 33: If Dogbert is Anti-Green?
- 2007/06/20: Onion: Addressing Climate Crisis, Bush Calls For Development Of National Air Conditioner
- 2007/06/21: GWWatch: (cartoon) White House censors global warming report
The verbal slip of the week award goes to....:
- 2007/06/21: Asia Times: The green market hustlers
On the opening panel of the Arctic Science Summit Week, the US State Department's deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs, Jeff Miotke announced, "Climate-change policy must be based on sound silence."
- 2007/06/18: StraightGoods: Imposters shock oil conference - "Yes Men" propose burning humanity as "vivoleum" fuel in case of climate calamity
- 2007/06/19: DeSmogBlog: Viva Vivoleum
Rolling Stone has a big spread on Climate Change:
- 2007/06/22: MTobis: [list of links] Rolling Stone Magazine on Climate Change
- 2007/06/20: RollingStone: The Secret Campaign of President Bush's Administration To Deny Global Warming
- 2007/06/19: GristMill: Rolling Stone on the climate crisis
- 2007/06/18: TreeHugger: Al Gore's Fight Against the Climate Crisis in Rolling Stone Magazine
The Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency reported China is now the top in CO2 emissions which of course China immediately denied:
- 2007/06/19: NEAA: China now no. 1 in CO2 emissions; USA in second position
- 2007/06/21: TerraDaily: China Hits Back On Climate Change After Being Tagged Top Culprit
- 2007/06/22: PlanetArk: China Says Exports Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions
China said on Thursday it was unfair for rich countries to buy its cheap goods and then condemn its greenhouse gas pollution, a day after one study suggested the nation was already the world's biggest carbon dioxide emitter
- 2007/06/22: People's Daily: Experts contest CO2 emmisions report
- 2007/06/20: NSU: China tops CO2 emissions - Developing nation overtakes America, and is set to rise
- 2007/06/20: GWWatch: It's concrete - China now top CO2 emitter
- 2007/06/20: TerraDaily: Dutch Data Shows China Surpassed The US In 2006 Carbon-Dioxide Emissions
- 2007/06/20: TreeHugger: On The Hit Parade Of C02 Emissions, China Cements Its Number One Position
- 2007/06/20: OilChange: China Overtakes US as World's Largest CO2 Emitter
- 2007/06/20: Telegraph(UK): China's carbon dioxide production soars
- 2007/06/20: Guardian(UK): China overtakes US as world's biggest CO2 emitter
Another report on various forest types relative CO2 absorption:
- 2007/06/22: SciBlog: Northern forests less effective than tropical forests in reducing global warming
- 2007/06/22: ABC(Au): Australian forests in front-line of emissions battle
- 2007/06/22: SciDaily: Scientists Close In On Missing Carbon Sink
- 2007/06/22: CanWest: Canada's trees not a fix for its pollution - Study disputes belief forests 'soak up' greenhouse gasses
- 2007/06/21: PhysOrg: Scientists close in on missing carbon sink
- 2007/06/21: Eureka: Northern forests less effective than tropical forests in reducing global warming - Scientists close in on missing carbon sink
- 2007/06/21: Eureka: Scientists close in on missing carbon sink
It seems that report of 2003 - 2005 ocean cooling may have been a result of instrumentation changes:
- 2007/06/19: PNAS: Simulated and observed variability in ocean temperature and heat content by K. M. AchutaRao et al.
- 2007/06/19: PhysOrg: Climate models consistent with ocean warming observations
- 2007/06/19: TerraDaily: Climate Models Consistent With Ocean Warming Observations
- 2007/06/19: SciDaily: Climate Models Consistent With Ocean Warming Observations
- 2007/06/18: MongaBay: Study: Global cooling of oceans did not occur from 2003-2005
- 2007/06/18: Eureka: Climate models consistent with ocean warming observations
The Independent(UK) picked up on J. Hansen's latest warning:
- 2007/06/20: TruthOut: The Earth Today Stands in Imminent Peril
- 2007/06/21: GWWatch: Global warming threatens civilization says top six scientists
- 2007/06/19: Stoat: The Earth today stands in imminent peril?
- 2007/06/21: OilChange: Climate Change Will Lead to World in Flames
- 2007/06/19: TCE: 10 Years to Save Civilization
- 2007/06/19: Independent(UK): The Earth today stands in imminent peril
and nothing short of a planetary rescue will save it from the environmental cataclysm of dangerous climate change. Those are not the words of eco-warriors but the considered opinion of a group of eminent scientists writing in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
- 2007/06/08: NASA:GISS: Climate change and trace gases by J. Hansen et al.
Meanwhile people are talking, but there have been no hurricanes:
- 2007/06/23: CBC:Q&Q: (mp3, ogg links) Storm World [Chris Mooney interview]
- 2007/06/22: Wunderground: Quiet tropics; update on Bill Proenza's doings
- 2007/06/21: CCM: Setting the Record Straight
- 2007/06/21: DailyIndia: Hurricane forecasters shift focus inland
- 2007/06/20: Wunderground: Less active Atlantic hurricane season foreseen by new model
- 2007/06/20: CCM: Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecasting Smackdown?
- 2007/06/20: SciDaily: Is Global Warming Causing An Increase In Hurricane Activity?
- 2007/06/19: PhysOrg: New tools to forecast hurricane rainfall inland
- 2007/06/19: PhysOrg: Professor says certain home shapes and roofs hold up best in hurricane
- 2007/06/19: Eureka: NJIT professor says certain home shapes and roofs hold up best in hurricane
- 2007/06/19: UFlorida: New tools to forecast hurricane rainfall inland
- 2007/06/18: ThinkP: Bush administration trying to "muzzle" hurricane director
- 2007/06/18: Wunderground: NHC director Bill Proenza under fire
Temperatures are high:
- 2007/06/22: TreeHugger: Europe's Warmest Winter in 700 Years
- 2007/06/22: Stoat: Was the 2003 European summer heat wave unusual in a global context?
- 2007/06/22: PlanetArk: Heatwave Kills 19 People in Southern Romania
- 2007/06/21: Yahoo: Paris sizzles, Mediterranean wilts from global warming
- 2007/06/20: NewScientist: Freak winter is Europe's warmest for 700 years
Sea levels are rising:
- 2007/06/23: NewScientist: Rising sea levels could divide and conquer Antarctic ice
Meanwhile in near earth orbit:
- 2007/06/20: TerraDaily: QuikSCAT Marks Eight Years On-Orbit Watching Planet Earth
- 2007/06/19: TerraDaily: [ESA] Contract Signed For Building Of GMES Sentinel-1 Satellite
- 2007/06/19: TerraDaily: NOAA Satellites Ready For Active Hurricane Season
- 2007/06/19: BBC: Contract signed on Earth observer
The European Space Agency (Esa) has ordered the first bespoke spacecraft in its new global monitoring programme. Sentinel 1 is the first Earth observation satellite to be built for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) project. Esa plans to launch five Sentinel spacecraft to track changes in the land, oceans, weather and climate.
- 2007/06/21: CSM: Global warming may uproot millions
- 2007/06/21: CSM: Climate turns up heat on sea turtles
- 2007/06/21: ABC(Au): Fish populations linked to climate change
- 2007/06/22: PhysOrg: Great Lakes slowly losing water
- 2007/06/22: TreeHugger: Global Warming Causing Plant, Bird and Insect Species to Appear Earlier than Expected
- 2007/06/21: PhysOrg: Study: Icebergs create ocean 'hot spots' - thriving communities of seabirds above and a web of phytoplankton, krill and fish below
- 2007/06/05: AllAfrica: IRIN: Shrinking Lakes and Denuded Forests
- 2007/06/21: PlanetArk: Out-Of-Control Colorado Wildfire Threatens Homes
- 2007/06/21: SciDaily: Winter Moth Proves Able To Adjust To Climate Change
- 2007/06/20: ENN: Indonesia Pledges To Halve Forest Fires This Year
- 2007/06/20: OilChange: The Shrinking Superior
- 2007/06/19: DN: Red flag fire alert issued in Los Angeles County
- 2007/06/19: Guardian(UK): Early springs bring problems for the creatures of the high Arctic
- 2007/06/19: MongaBay: Spring arrives 2 weeks earlier in Arctic due to climate change
- 2007/06/19: NewScientist: Arctic spring arriving weeks earlier
- 2007/06/19: TreeHugger: The Upside of Global Warming?
- 2007/06/19: SciDaily: Public Health In Developing Countries To Suffer Most From Climate Change
- 2007/06/19: SciDaily: Arctic Spring Comes Weeks Earlier Than A Decade Ago
- 2007/06/18: SciBlog: Public health in developing countries to suffer most from climate change
- 2007/06/18: TruthOut: Global Warming to Multiply World's Refugee Burden
- 2007/06/18: PhysOrg: Gannet population under threat from global warming
- 2007/06/18: PhysOrg: Arctic spring comes weeks earlier than a decade ago
- 2007/06/18: TCE: Global Warming Impacts from the Arctic to Darfur
- 2007/06/18: ENN: Global Warming To Multiply World's Refugee Burden
- 2007/06/18: Eureka: Arctic spring comes weeks earlier than a decade ago
- 2007/06/18: ULeeds: Gannet population under threat from global warming
- 2007/06/18: CDreams: Reuters: Global Warming to Multiply World's Refugee Burden
- 2007/06/18: BBC: Arctic spring's 'rapid advance'
Spring in the Arctic is arriving "weeks earlier" than a decade ago, a team of Danish researchers have reported. Ice in north-east Greenland is melting an average of 14.6 days earlier than in the mid-1990s, bringing forward the date plants flower and birds lay eggs. The team warned that the observed changes could disrupt the region's ecosystems and food chain, affecting the long-term survival of some species.
- 2007/06/17: DeSmogBlog: Carbon ranching pushes rainforest preservation in global-warming battle
Controversy over the role of climate change in the Darfur conflict continues:
- 2007/06/23: Guardian(UK): Darfur conflict heralds era of wars triggered by climate change, UN report warns
- 2007/06/22: KSJT: AP, The Guardian: Darfur an omen of resource wars in a warming world?
- 2007/06/22: PhysOrg: Experts: Darfur Faces Environment Crisis
- 2007/06/21: JFleck: Climate, Population, Darfur
- 2007/06/22: ENN: Darfur Conflict Worsening Environmental Damage
- 2007/06/22: BBC: Sudan 'must address climate ills'
There is little hope of peace in war-ravaged Sudan unless it addresses widespread environmental damage and climate change, a UN study has found. The conflict in Darfur is spreading deserts and deforestation, threatening to raise ethnic tensions, it found. But it says drought helped spark the Darfur conflict, as African farmers and Arab nomads fought over water and land.
- 2007/06/24: AFP: Thunderstorms, gales kill 228 in Karachi
- 2007/06/24: ArabNews: Heavy Rains Claim Over 50 Lives in India
- 2007/06/24: ArabNews: Rain Kills 40 in Karachi
- 2007/06/23: BBC: Karachi storms kill at least 36
- 2007/06/23: CBC: Tornadoes leave trail of destruction in Manitoba
- 2007/06/22: PlanetArk: Windstorm Kills Two in Austrian Capital
- 2007/06/21: ZMag: You Don't Need a Weatherman...
And speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2007/06/23: CVBT: Drought reaches state of emergency in part of Central Valley
- 2007/06/23: JFleck: Australian Drought News Map
- 2007/06/21: PhysOrg: Heavy rains flood parts of Britain
- 2007/06/19: JFleck: Georgia Drought
- 2007/06/20: ENN: Search for Water Gets Harder in U.S. Southwest
- 2007/06/18: JFleck: The Results of Overpumping [ground aquifers in China]
- 2007/06/19: ENN: Dreams of Europe in Drought-Stricken Morocco
- 2007/06/19: ENN: Parched Australia Plans Giant Desalination Plant
- 2007/06/19: ENN: Expanding Deserts in China Forcing Farmers from Fields, Sending Sandstorms across Pacific
- 2007/06/18: WDEF: Chattanooga, Others in Worst Drought Classification. Some Rain Coming
- 2007/06/18: ENN: China Plants Trees To Hold Back Desertification
- 2007/06/20: SciDaily: Severity Of Desertification On World Stage
The conflict between biofuel and food persists:
- 2007/06/23: EnergyBulletin: The fight for the world's food
- 2007/06/21: TaTT: Food execs to examine solutions to biofuel threat
- 2007/06/23: CCurrents: The Fight For The World's Food
- 2007/06/21: AlabamaLive: A looming food crisis
In trying to solve the nation's energy crisis, lawmakers and policymakers in Washington may be unintentionally creating a food crisis
- 2007/06/22: Haaretz: Why wheat shot up 30% in 3 weeks
- 2007/06/22: TreeHugger: Losing Soil
- 2007/06/22: DailyIndia: Drought hits Ukrainian grain harvest
- 2007/06/20: FijiTimes: The impacts of climate change on people and food
- 2007/06/18: Yahoo: Expanding deserts hurts farmers in China
- 2007/06/11: NewKerala: Reduction in agri production a crisis: [Tamil Nadu Governor Surjeet Singh] Barnala
- 2007/06/20: PlanetArk: China to Keep Grains Goals Despite Climate Change
- 2007/06/20: PlanetArk: China's Northeast Corn Area Hit By Drought - Xinhua
- 2007/06/19: BBC: Australia wheat crop 'to double'
Australia is set to see its winter wheat crop more than double, as heavy rains offset a record drought, according to official forecasts. The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics forecasts that wheat crops will hit 26 million tonnes in 2007, up from 10 million in 2006.
- 2007/06/20: NetworkWorld: FAA plan looks to clean up the skies [or at least, reduce GHGs]
- 2007/06/20: PlanetArk: Greenpeace Targets UK Airports in Heated CO2 Debate
- 2007/06/18: NEN: Easyjet Easing CO2
- 2007/06/18: OilChange: Air Transport is Being "Scapegoated" Over Climate [says biz groups BALPA, Flying Matters]
Bringing it all back to the (money) train:
- 2007/06/18: Yahoo: The Railroad Industry: Warren Buffett's Latest Big Bet
With the passing of "Peak Oil" and higher gas prices, railroads will increase in value as they are the most efficient method to move cargo across the country.
- 2007/06/18: TreeHugger: Better [architectural] Software = Better Green Buildings
On the carbon sequestration front:
- 2007/06/22: PhysOrg: Alstom to Develop CO2 Capture Plant [using Alstom's chilled ammonia-based technology]
- 2007/06/22: PlanetArk: World Needs Rules for Burying Greenhouse Gases - IEA
- 2007/06/19: TEB: Carbon Dioxide Air Capture Achieved by Columbia University's Lackner and Global Research Technologies
- 2007/06/19: TerraDaily: Researchers Examine Carbon Capture And Storage To Combat Global Warming
- 2007/06/18: GristMill: Why geosequestration is another distraction
- 2007/06/18: PlanetArk: Norway, UK Subsea CO2 Storage Plans Gain Momentum
And on the adaptation front:
- 2007/06/18: TechRev: Part I: Saving Holland - With much of its land below sea level, the Netherlands is charting a course around ominous climate-change trends
- 2007/06/19: TechRev: Part II: Saving Holland - The Netherlands deals with climate change
- 2007/06/19: ANL: Giant magnetocaloric materials [that change temperature in magnetic fields] could have large impact on the environment [by reducing refrigeration GHGs]
Planktos is keeping the iron hypothesis alive:
- 2007/06/22: NewScientist: Company [Planktos] plans 'eco' iron dump off Galapagos
- 2007/06/20: GristMill: Planktos iron dumping
- 2007/06/20: Telegraph(UK): Mass dump of iron filings 'to remove CO2' [Planktos]
- 2007/06/19: BCLSB: "Give me a half tanker of iron...
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2007/06/22: CliPast: Historical droughts in Mediterranean regions during the last 500 years: a data/model approach by S. Brewer et al.
- 2007/06/21: CliPast: Anomalous flow below 2700 m in the EPICA Dome C ice core detected using δ18 O of atmospheric oxygen measurements by G. B. Dreyfus et al.
- 2007/06/18: CliPast: How cold was Europe at the Last Glacial Maximum? A synthesis of the progress achieved since the first PMIP model-data comparison by G. Ramstein et al.
- 2007/06/18: CliPast: Synchronization of ice core records via atmospheric gases by T. Blunier et al.
- 2007/06/19: GRL: Exceptional European warmth of autumn 2006 and winter 2007: Historical context, the underlying dynamics, and its phenological impacts by J. Luterbacher et al.
- 2007/06/19: PNAS: Simulated and observed variability in ocean temperature and heat content by K. M. AchutaRao et al.
- 2007/06/19: PNAS: Reburn severity in managed and unmanaged vegetation in a large wildfire by Jonathan R. Thompson et al.
- 2007/06/19: PNAS: Divergent ecological effects of oceanographic anomalies on terrestrial ecosystems of the Mexican Pacific coast by Margarita Caso et al.
- 2007/06/16: GRL: Interdecadal variability of ENSO in 21 IPCC AR4 coupled GCMs by Jia-Lin Lin
- 2007/06/18: CurrentBiology: Rapid advancement of spring in the High Arctic by Toke T. H?ye et al.
- 2007/01/03: JQS: (pdf - 284k) Ice-borne prehistoric finds in the Swiss Alps reflect Holocene glacier fluctuations by Martin Grosjean et al.
ABSTRACT: During the hot summer of 2003, reduction of an ice field in the Swiss Alps (Schnidejoch) uncovered spectacular archaeological hunting gear, fur, leather and woollen clothing and tools from four distinct windows of time: Neolithic Age (4900 to 4450 cal. yr BP), early Bronze Age (4100 to 3650 cal. yr BP), Roman Age (1st to 3rd century AD), and Medieval times (8 to 9th century AD and 14 to 15th century AD). Transalpine routes connecting northern Italy with the northern Alps during these slots is consistent with late Holocene maximum glacier retreat. The age cohorts of the artefacts are separated which is indicative of glacier advances when the route was difficult and not used for transit. The preservation of Neolithic leather indicates permanent ice cover at that site from ca. 4900 cal. yr BP until AD 2003, implying that the ice cover was smaller in 2003 than at any time during the last 5000 years. Current glacier retreat is unprecedented since at least that time. This is highly significant regarding the interpretation of the recent warming and the rapid loss of ice in the Alps.
- 2007/06/20: PhysOrg: Arctic ocean history is deciphered by ocean-drilling research team [ACEX]
- 2007/06/20: Eureka: Arctic ocean history is deciphered by ocean-drilling research team [ACEX]
- 2007/06/18: ENN: Dropping Ice Age Scenario, Researchers Discard Gulf Stream Catastrophe Scenario
Meanwhile on the Kyoto front:
- 2007/06/21: PlanetArk: Kyoto Carbon Trade: Market Solution or Illusion?
- 2007/06/20: PlanetArk: Kyoto Carbon Projects Mostly Sound - UN Official [UNFCCC head, Yvo de Boer]
As for nd emissions trading:
- 2007/06/24: CanWest: Trading credits in carbon 'a new beast' - Some analysts fear messy July 1 start for new [Alberta] market
- 2007/06/23: NEN: Beware Carbon Cowboys [This industry needs standardization and regulation]
- 2007/06/18: Guardian(UK): Offsetting chief warns of carbon cowboys
- 2007/06/19: TerraDaily: US Agricultural Carbon Offset Program Will Capture And Destroy Methane From 200 Farms
- 2007/06/18: TreeHugger: Carbon Cowboys
- 2007/06/18: TreeHugger: American Electric Power Co. Inc. To Buy 4.6 Million Carbon Credits
- 2007/06/18: PlanetArk: Russia Plans to Start Trading Kyoto Quotas in 2008
- 2007/06/17: NEN: Australia, New Zealand in Cap-and-Trade Econ Experiment
The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:
- 2007/06/23: CanWest: It's hard to know which economists to disbelieve
- 2007/06/22: GristMill: Who is Daniel Sperling and why is he saying bad things about carbon taxes?
- 2007/06/21: GristMill: Has 'carbon tax' entered the world of the possible?
- 2007/06/20: TCE: No Danger in Implementing a Carbon Tax
- 2007/06/20: MongaBay: Most Americans back a $10 monthly global warming tax
The debate over the optimal strategy [carbon trading, carbon offsets and/or a carbon tax] to use in dealing with GHGs continues:
- 2007/06/18: RReich: The Best Way to Reduce Global Warming
- 2007/06/21: NEN: Cap-and-Trade: Who Wins, Who Loses
- 2007/06/19: Stoat: More offsetting woes
- 2007/06/18: EconView: Carbon Tax or Cap-and-Trade? None of the Above?
On the American political front:
- 2007/06/23: GristMill: GOP analyst: Democrats now must compromise on global warming
- 2007/06/23: ThinkP: Cheney Bypassed Environmentally "Clueless" Bush To Craft Administration's Climate Change Agenda
- 2007/06/22: GristMill: New Jersey gets ambitious
- 2007/06/23: TreeHugger: Voting For Coal
- 2007/06/22: GristMill: The trouble with RPS
- 2007/06/22: GristMill: James Connaughton: The Bush era personified
- 2007/06/22: GristMill: Reid isn't done yet
- 2007/06/21: JFleck: Bush on Greenhouse Gases [nuke plug]
- 2007/06/22: TreeHugger: N.J. Takes Lead on Global Warming War
New Jersey lawmakers launched one of nation's most aggressive attacks on global warming yesterday by approving a measure to cut the state's heat-trapping emissions to 15 to 25 percent below current levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050
- 2007/06/22: TheHill: Dem leaders embrace "Greening the Capitol" report
- 2007/06/21: ENN: In Climate Change Debate, U.S. Eyes Turn to California
- 2007/06/20: ClimateP: Politics of Fuel Economy Changes
- 2007/06/19: GristMill: Oil lobby resorts to open extortion
- 2007/06/20: Eureka: How do Americans want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
- 2007/06/20: TheHill: Greenpeace targets Dingell, Boucher
- 2007/06/17: CSM: Trade-off looms for arid US regions: water or power?
Water consumed by electric utilities could account for up to 60 percent of all nonfarm water used in the US by 2030.
- 2007/06/18: ConcordMonitor: 'Earth Mother getting angry' American Indians fight climate change
- 2007/06/19: ClimateP: Liquid Coal Goes Down In Flames In Senate
- 2007/06/19: TruthOut: Powerful Interest Groups [automakers, electric utilities & coal industry] Complicate Swift Action on Energy in Congress
- 2007/06/19: GristMill: Senate fights off liquid coal
- 2007/06/19: GristMill: Solar power goes to Congress
- 2007/06/19: WarmingLaw: Dingell/Boucher defanged
- 2007/06/19: CSW: GAO report questions policies on dissemination of federal scientists' research
- 2007/06/18: TreeHugger: Reversing U.S. Energy Tax Policies -- The Right Choice?
- 2007/06/18: TEB: Senate Nixes Clean Coal & Nuclear in RPS
- 2007/06/18: NYT: Democrats Press Plan to Channel Billions in Oil Subsidies to Renewable Fuels
The Senate has passed an energy bill, that now has to get through the House:
- 2007/06/22: BurnerTrouble: Auto Lobby 'Shocked' by Passage of New Fuel Efficiency Standards
- 2007/06/23: ClimateP: The Media Comments On the Energy Bill
- 2007/06/23: Guardian(UK): Senate votes for first rise in car fuel standard in 32 years
- 2007/06/22: ClimateP: Energy Bill Grade: B
- 2007/06/21: ClimateP: Senate Passes Fuel Economy Increase
- 2007/06/21: TruthOut: US Senate Struggles for Deal on Auto Fuel Standards
- 2007/06/21: GristMill: Senate: yes to CAFE boost, no to oil taxes
- 2007/06/22: TreeHugger: Energy Bill? What Energy Bill?
- 2007/06/22: DeSmogBlog: U.S. Senate raises mileage requirement for cars but leaves taxes on oil industry untouched
- 2007/06/22: NEN: Senate Energy Bill: RIP
- 2007/06/22: OilChange: Senate Passes Energy Bill
- 2007/06/22: EnvEcon: CAFE Standards and the new Energy Bill
- 2007/06/21: ThinkP: Senate votes to raise fuel standards
- 2007/06/22: WaPo: Senate Passes Energy Bill - Democrats Prevail - Mileage Standard Would Be Raised
- 2007/06/21: ClimateP: House Dems Should NOT punt on CAFE
- 2007/06/21: ENN: U.S. Senate Struggles for Deal on Auto Fuel Standards
- 2007/06/21: EnvFin: US Senate may fund renewables by cutting oil tax breaks
- 2007/06/21: EconView: A Low-Carbon Fuel Standard?
- 2007/06/18: GristMill: Dingell and Boucher back off worst elements of Energy Committee proposal
- 2007/06/18: GristMill: D.C. [energy bill]
- 2007/06/18: C411: That Senate Energy Bill
The grand historical paradigm has been invoked, again:
- 2007/06/22: CSpin: Apollo program for climate change?
- 2007/06/22: WaPo: An Apollo Program for Climate Change
- 2007/06/22: TruthOut: An Apollo Program for Climate Change
So when will the EPA refuse to enforce its regulations?
- 2007/06/22: WarmingLaw: EPA will make CA waiver decision this year
- 2007/06/21: DeSmogBlog: California continues to lead the charge against global warming
- 2007/06/09: CCTimes: EPA chief puts off emissions issue until 2008
In a sharp exchange with House Democrats, the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday he would not decide whether to issue regulations controlling greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles until late next year. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson also refused to tell the House special committee on global warming when he would decide whether to grant California the permission to enforce its own, more stringent tailpipe emissions standards.
- 2007/06/21: CFeedback: The presidential race 2008: where the candidates stand
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2007/06/22: Yahoo: Gore urges ad execs to help fight global warming
- 2007/06/21: Telegraph(UK): 'US has to join the world effort on climate' [says Al Gore]
- 2007/06/18: GristMill: TNR gives good Gore
- 2007/06/18: TCE: Gore Calls G8 Summit a "Disgrace"
- 2007/06/19: PlanetArk: Gore Says US Business Woken Up to Global Warming
While in the UK:
- DEFRA: Calculate your carbon footprint!
- 2007/06/20: Guardian(UK): Miliband launches carbon footprint calculator
- 2007/06/20: TreeHugger: UK Government Unveil Definitive Footprint Calulator
And in Europe:
- 2007/06/22: Yahoo: Norway presents 'world's most ambitious' climate change plan [10% reduction by 2012, 30% reduction by 2020 & "zero-emission" by 2050]
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2007/06/21: ABC(Au): Climate change report highlights uncertainty
- 2007/06/22: ABC(Au): Carbon scheme to relieve drought stricken farmers
- 2007/06/22: ABC(Au): Rio Tinto rejects coal mining quit calls
- 2007/06/19: TreeHugger: Australia to Build Huge Desalination Plant
While in China:
- 2007/06/22: OilDrum: Carbon emissions: China no longer has any excuse to wait
- 2007/06/22: TruthOut: China Says Exports Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- 2007/06/22: MongaBay: Industrialized countries outsource CO2 emissions to China
- 2007/06/21: GristMill: One more truth about China and climate change
- 2007/06/20: GristMill: Seven truths about China and climate change
- 2007/06/19: BBC: China building more power plants
China is now building about two power stations every week, the top climate change official at the UK Foreign Office, John Ashton, has said.
- 2007/06/20: Guardian(UK): Global Footprints: China, the USA & the Rest of the World
- 2007/06/20: Guardian(UK): As glaciers melt and rivers dry up, coal-fired power stations multiply
In Canada, parliament has prorogued. The Senate passed the Kyoto compliance law dumping a hot potato in Harper's lap:
- 2007/06/22: Impolitical: Terrible optics for Harper [sitting on the Kyoto compliance bill]
- 2007/06/22: CBC: Government can't comply with Kyoto law: PM
- 2007/06/22: TStar: Harper says Kyoto compliance law invalid
- 2007/06/22: DeSmogBlog: Canadian Senate passes Kyoto bill forcing PM Harper's hand
- 2007/06/21: Impolitical: Kyoto legislation "odd" says Van Loan
Ontario has proposed some worthwhile initiatives [Is there an election coming?]:
- 2007/06/21: ENN: Ontario Sets Plan for Home Refits, Solar Power
- 2007/06/21: CNet: Ontario: The new frontier for alternative energy - Government programs help make Ontario a hot spot for companies in the alternative energy industry
- 2007/06/20: PlanetArk: Ontario Sets Up C$650 Mln Fund to Boost Green Cars
- 2007/06/20: TStar: Much assumed in plan to close coal-fired plants [Ontario]
- 2007/06/19: PlanetArk: Ontario Aims to Cut Emissions, to Shut Coal Plants
- 2007/06/18: CBC: Ontario unveils greenhouse gas targets
The Ontario government plans to reduce the province's greenhouse gas emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels by 2014, Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty announced Monday.
- 2007/06/21: GristMill: Shocked, shocked to discover that politicians are sometimes dishonest!
Jaccard made the same mistake that too many people -- especially academics -- make when they advocate for public policy. Jaccard was gulled into believing that the government appreciated his ideas for their substance, not for the rhetorical cover they provided for preexisting objectives. There's no evidence to date that Canada's Conservatives take the climate crisis seriously, and plenty of evidence that the Harper government's main objective on climate change is to convince people it isn't really a problem.
- 2007/06/21: CanWest: Harper and his Tories must start acting like eco-conservatives
- 2007/06/20: CanWest: Climate expert [Mark Jaccard] worked for Liberals and now, Tories
- 2007/06/18: Rabble: G8 leaders: captains of no progress
The forced green conversions of Stephen Harper and George W. Bush were merely tactical political shifts. Their role is now to see that as little as possible is done.
- 2007/06/22: PeakEnergy: A Mechanised Mordor
Several people have stepped back to ask where are we going?
- 2007/06/18: HeatIsOnline: Two Paths for the Planet
- 2007/06/17: EcoEcon: What do we value?
- 2007/06/20: CasaubonsBook: We Simply May Not Have Time to Wait for the Technology Fairy
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2007/06/20: CCM: Scientists and Journalists, Redux
- 2007/06/19: CCM: Science Journalists are NOT the Problem
Joseph has continued his practice of commenting on specific articles:
- 2007/06/21: ClimateP: Dopey Survey by New Scientist
- 2007/06/19: ClimateP: The Post Gets Coal-Liquids Story Mostly Right
Here is something for your library:
- 2007/06/18: ClimateP: Treehugger Reviews "Hell and High Water" [by Joseph Romm]
- 2007/06/18: RealClimate: Storm World: A Review [Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming_ by Chris Mooney]
Meanwhile in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:
- 2007/06/19: BFP: Lawyers offer one last argument in [Vermont vs automakers] emissions case
- 2007/06/19: WarmingLaw: Last round of briefs in Vt cars case
The betting meme is back:
- 2007/06/21: TCB: Front Page Daily Pennsylvanian [Scott Armstrong challenges Al Gore]
- 2007/06/20: BSD: Worst-case scenarios and betting over climate change
- 2007/06/20: JEB: More on the "$20,000" bet
- 2007/06/19: JEB: The "$20,000" Climate forecast bet
Eli, Simon & Tamino have invented the 'mob post':
- 2007/06/20: Tamino: Latest Trends in CO2
- 2007/06/18: ERabett: Something new
- 2007/06/17: ERabett: Doc Martyn gets the boots (with box model)
- 2007/06/19: Maribo: Where does all the carbon go?
Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of the current generation:
- 2007/06/22: GristMill: Renewable energy: not flaccid
- 2007/06/22: TruthOut: Texas Oil Tycoon [B. Pickens] Plans Largest Wind Farm
- 2007/06/22: TerraDaily: Renewable Sources Contributed Nearly 10 Percent To US Electric Generation In 2006
- 2007/06/21: CPunch: Time to Choose -- Meltdowns or Solar Power?
- 2007/06/21: CDreams: Guardian(UK): Renewable Revolution Is Here, Says UN Report
- 2007/06/20: MongaBay: $100 billion invested in renewable energy in 2006
- 2007/06/20: Eureka: UN issues analysis of global investors' sustainable energy 'gold rush'
- 2007/06/19: GristMill: Time to put the notion of 'energy independence' to bed
- 2007/06/19: TerraDaily: Pending Tax Credit Will Make Commercial Solar Systems A Financial Reality In Oregon
- 2007/06/19: SciDaily: Clean Energy: Carbon Nanohorns For The Storage Of Hydrogen
- 2007/06/18: MercoPress: Argentine industry with no energy for fourth day running
- 2007/06/19: PlanetArk: Algeria Plans to Develop Solar Power for Export
- 2007/06/18: OilDrum: Lies, damned lies and BP statistics
- 2007/06/18: TEB: GM Moving Fuel Cells from Development Laboratories to Core Engineering
The arithmetic of coal carbon is striking home:
- 2007/06/22: People's Daily: World's first coal-to-oil mass converter due to start operation this year [in Erdos, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region]
- 2007/06/21: GristMill: What role coal? by Representative Ed Markey
- 2007/06/20: PlanetArk: Germans Reject CO2 Privilege for Brown Coal Plants
- 2007/06/18: GristMill: Washington Post v. liquid coal
- 2007/06/18: WaPo: Coal-to-Liquid Boondoggle - A risky solution to America's energy woes
The most troubling aspect of CTL is that producing it will roughly double climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. That's because liquefying coal releases huge amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
- 2007/06/23: FuturePundit: American Coal Reserves Not So Big
- 2007/06/21: PhysOrg: Study: Size of U.S. coal reserves in doubt
- 2007/06/21: GristMill: National Academy of Sciences on coal
- 2007/06/21: TerraDaily: Major Increase In Federal Research Needed To Determine Size Of US Coal Reserves
- 2007/06/20: Eureka: Major increase in federal research needed to determine size of US coal reserves
Biofuel bickering abounds:
- 2007/06/20: NSU: Biofuel repertoire expanded - New route turns crop sugars into a fuel that beats ethanol
- 2007/06/20: PlanetArk: Europe's Biofuel Makers Cry Foul Over US Tax Break
- 2007/06/19: GristMill: Thirty years to hone an argument [ethanol]
- 2007/06/17: Yahoo: Some facts on refineries and ethanol
- 2007/06/18: TEB: Biofuels from Sorghum does not Compromise Food Production, Saves Water
The nuclear energy controversy continues:
- 2007/06/23: TreeHugger: Thirsty Nukes Can't Take the Heat
- 2007/06/22: GristMill: UK nukes may go flaccid
- 2007/06/22: GristMill: French nukes may go flaccid
- 2007/06/22: PlanetArk: Bush Says US Could Build 30 New Nuclear Plants
- 2007/06/22: NEN: The Rise of Nuclear (again)
- 2007/06/19: GristMill: Nuclear power no climate cure-all
- 2007/06/18: ClimateP: Nuclear Power No Climate Cure-All
And then there is the matter of efficiency & conservation:
- 2007/06/22: TreeHugger: Never Ending Lightbulb [UK Company, Ceravision, have created a new bulb design that cannot burn out]
Automakers & lawyers, engineers & activists argue over the future of the car:
- 2007/06/23: GristMill: Study: No fuel economy and safety trade-off
- 2007/06/22: CanadianDriver: VW 1-Litre-Car - an ultra fuel-efficient car with a super stingy fuel consumption rating of just 1 litre per 100 kilometres (282 mpg)
- 2007/06/22: ClimateP: Study: No Fuel Economy and Safety Trade-off [cars]
- 2007/06/21: PhysOrg: NREL Estimates U.S. Hybrid Electric Vehicle Fuel Savings
- 2007/06/20: ClimateP: Support CAFE, not Hydrogen
- 2007/06/20: C411: A Car that Runs On [compressed] Air
- 2007/06/19: ClimateP: Google Jump-Starts Plug-In Hybrids
- 2007/06/19: TruthOut: Google and Utility to Test Hybrids That Sell Back Power
- 2007/06/18: ClimateP: Who Killed the Electric Car?
The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:
- 2007/06/24: GWWatch: Companies fighting climate change rated & ranked
- 2007/06/23: PeakEnergy: Investors Pour Unprecedented Billions Into Renewable Energy
- 2007/06/20: GristMill: Corporations ranked on climate action
- 2007/06/21: SciDaily: UN Issues Analysis Of Global Investors' Sustainable Energy 'Gold Rush'
- 2007/06/21: CarbonFO: Surveying the [carbon fund] managers
- 2007/06/21: EnvFin: $100bn invested in clean tech last year - UNEP
- 2007/06/20: ENN: Google Aims To Go Carbon-Neutral by the End of 2007
- 2007/06/20: Yahoo: Canon tops list of climate-friendly companies
- 2007/06/20: CanWest: Google pledges to become carbon neutral by 2008
- 2007/06/19: WorldChanging: 'Climate Counts' Reveals Which Companies Are Walking the Walk
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2007/06/22: MTobis: The Deniers: Flattering Stories from National Post
- 2007/06/23: BCLSB: McKitrick's "No Average Temperature Argument", Rehashed
- 2007/06/22: GristMill: Arguing from authority
- 2007/06/20: CanWest: [The Deniers: R. Timothy Patterson] Read the sunspots
- 2007/06/18: Oikos: Should carbon taxes be linked to global temperatures?
- 2007/06/19: MTobis: Less Impressively - Pat Michaels
- 2007/06/19: CSW: Exxon disavows global warming denial, endorses emissions cap and trade
- 2007/06/20: DeSmogBlog: PR 101: actions speak louder than words; ExxonMobil needs to walk the walk
- 2007/06/18: BSD: A lone genius or a quack - what are the odds?
- 2007/06/19: GWWatch: The War on AGW Denial, Part 2
- 2007/06/19: GWWatch: The War on AGW Denial, Part 1
- 2007/06/19: DeSmogBlog: ExxonMobil slowly shedding its "skeptical" skin
- 2007/06/19: DeSmogBlog: Pinocchio Harris Dismisses CO2 Effect
- 2007/06/: PhysicsWeb: Clouding the issue of climate [Book Review] _The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change_ by Henrik Svensmark & Nigel Calder
- 2007/06/18: Reasic: For Some, Doubt Is Enough
- 2007/06/18: GWWatch: No Ball! Climate denialist retracts lawsuit
- 2007/06/18: Stoat: Piers Corbyn
- 2007/06/18: TCE: Exxon Funds Deniers, But Wants to Save the Planet
The denier du jour has to be Czech President Vaclav Klaus:
- 2007/06/22: MTobis: President Klaus's Definition of "Environmentalism"
- 2007/06/21: Stoat: Wot Klaus thinks!
- 2007/06/19: CFeedback: Rational thought at risk - not freedom
- 2007/06/21: FTimes: Global warming: truth or propaganda?
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2007/06/22: FTimes: Dinner with the FT: Tim Flannery
- 2007/06/23: Maribo: Return to carbon-land
- 2007/06/22: TCE: Choose Our Ends, And We'll Find the Means
- 2007/06/22: EcoEcon: Commonsense Ethical Thinking v. Utilitarianism, Consequentalism, etc.
- 2007/06/21: MongaBay: Melting Antarctic icebergs help fight climate change
- 2007/06/22: MTobis: In Case You Think We're Making Progress
- 2007/06/22: C411: How We Know Humans Cause Global Warming - Part 2 of 5: What Chemistry Tells Us
- 2007/06/21: Eureka: Antarctic icebergs: unlikely oases for ocean life
- 2007/06/20: TruthOut: The Rising Tide of Climate Activism
- 2007/06/20: GristMill: Many policies, one goal
- 2007/06/20: JFleck: Second Flowering
- 2007/06/21: MTobis: Economics and Global Change: The Bathub Analogy
- 2007/06/21: ENN: [Five acre] Glacial Lake Vanishes in Southern Chile
- 2007/06/19: JFleck: Ocean Variability in the Models
- 2007/06/20: FergusB: Quantum Climate
- 2007/06/20: MTobis: National Review Gets Real
- 2007/06/19: MTobis: The Worth of an Ice Sheet - Paul Baer
- 2007/06/: NLR: Environmental Feedback by George Monbiot -- A reply to Clive Hamilton
- 2007/06/: NLR: Building on Kyoto by Clive Hamilton
- 2007/06/19: Guardian(UK): Consumers distrust business on climate change - Public prefers scientists and green campaigners
- 2007/06/19: CasaubonsBook: Elegy in Fragments
- 2007/06/19: ClimateP: The Competition For Water
- 2007/06/19: GristMill: Where does our [environmental movement's] power originate?
- 2007/06/19: FergusB: The irony [climate & weather]
- 2007/06/19: MTobis: Climate Change and its Evil Twin 'Global Warming'
- 2007/06/19: DeSmogBlog: Surprise ally delivers a kick against global warming
- 2007/06/18: EnvEcon: A rose is a rose is a rose
- 2007/06/18: ClimateP: Don't Discount the Stern Review
- 2007/06/18: GristMill: Don't discount the Stern Review
- 2007/06/17: MTobis: Persuasion, honesty, steady work: pick two
- 2007/06/17: MTobis: Reticence and Excess
- 2007/06/18: Stoat: Technofixes!
- 2007/06/18: TreeHugger: Encyclopedia of Earth: Like Wikipedia, for the Environment
- 2007/06/18: ENN: 'Arctic Tale' Puts Faces To Global-Warming Threat
- 2007/06/18: TruthOut: A Sacred River Endangered by Global Warming - Glacial source of Ganges is receding.
- 2007/06/23: Reasic: Can Selective Shopping Stop Global Warming?
- 2007/06/23: HuffPo: Britain's Environment Agency: Go Vegetarian to Stop Climate Change
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- Burner Trouble
- ABC(Au): Environment
- ABC(Au): Climate Change
- The Global Warming Challenge
- DEFRA: Calculate your carbon footprint!
- Climate Counts - make climate change history
- Encyclopedia of Earth
- Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean - Publications
- Coeruleus: She Flies With Her Own Wings
- CAG: The North Atlantic Oscillation Thematic Web Site
- NuclearInfoNet - Everything you want to know about Nuclear Power
- UN Foundation: Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development
- CEJ NewsViews (blog)
In the laugh, it's funny, damnit department:
An old joke is better than no joke?
More GW impacts are being seen:
While in the tropical rainforests:
Yes we have no wacky weather, except:
And the troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:
And on the mitigation front, aviation took a lickin:
Building buildings for the future:
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
The 2008 campaign is picking up:
Otherwise, it's business as usual:
Now here is an apt description for the tar sands:
Yes, we have a peak coal sighting:
Low Key Plug
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here
"I offer a simple proposition about predictions by experts and others. Here is my Law of Predictions: The more confidence someone places on an unconditional prediction of what will happen in human affairs, the less confidence you should place in that prediction. If a prediction comes with an estimated range of error, then the narrower that range, the less you should believe it." -J.E.Cohen, page 134, _How Many People Can The Earth Support?_