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Another Week of GW News, June 3, 2007
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- Top Stories, G8, Bush Climate Strategy, DPMC Emissions Trading Report, APEC, Hansen
- Hurricanes, GHG Stats, Glaciers (& Greenland & WAIS), Satellites
- Impacts, Wacky Weather, Floods & Droughts, Biofuel & Food
- Mitigation, Aviation, Sequestration, Geoengineering
- Journals, Misc. Science, NASA Tipping Point
- Kyoto, Carbon Trade, Carbon Tax, Optimal Strategy
- Politics, International, Security America, Britain, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, Asia, Canada
- Ecological Economics, Apocalypso, Media, Books, Video, Courts
- Energy, Coal, Biofuel, Peak Oil, Cars, Business, Carbon Lobby
- The Usual, Useful Links
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- 2007/05/28: PhysOrg: Church of Norway on crusade to save the planet
"Thou shalt not contribute to global warming."
- 2007/05/29: Reuters: G8 must focus on energy, not just economy - Russia
The world should rethink its emphasis on unfettered economic growth and boost efforts to create environmentally-friendly sources of fuel, a draft statement by oil and gas giant Russia ahead of a G8 summit says. The statement, drafted by the Russian energy ministry for a meeting of several United Nations energy ministers, urges G8 governments not to let economic growth take precedence over fighting poverty and securing energy supplies. "The traditional industrial development model, aimed at unrestricted economic growth, requires serious adjustment," the statement, obtained by Reuters, said.
- 2007/06/01: CSM: In Germany, protesters and police ready for G-8 standoff
Up to 100,000 are expected to march Saturday. A $17-billion fence and 16,000 officers aim to guard against violence surrounding next week's summit.
- 2007/05/30: TerraDaily: Japan Pours Cold Water On German G8 Proposals As US Makes Counter-Proposal
- 2007/05/30: TruthOut: India to Shun G8 Demands on Gas Emissions
- 2007/05/29: TerraDaily: China Rejects Binding Targets On Greenhouse Emissions
- 2007/05/28: TerraDaily: India Rejects Greenhouse Gas Limits [G8]
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: Merkel, Pelosi Say World Should Unite on Climate
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: Japan Rejects 2009 Deadline in Post-Kyoto Talks
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: Canada Declines to Enter G8 Climate Change Fight
- 2007/05/29: ENN: China Shrugs Off EU Calls for Climate Change Action
- 2007/05/29: OilChange: Canadian PM Backs US Climate Plan
- 2007/05/29: Xinhuanet: Merkel to meet Bush to broker G8 climate agreement
- 2007/05/29: CBC: EU, Asia set 2009 climate pact deadline
- 2007/05/28: CSpin: More on G8 summit and climate
A lot of the coverage centred on American obstruction:
- 2007/05/30: GristMill: U.S. again blocking international climate accord
- 2007/05/28: TCE: Bypass the US in G8 Climate Talks
- 2007/05/30: Yahoo: U.S. rejects EU emission reductions
The United States rejects the European Union's all-encompassing target on reduction of carbon emissions, President Bush's environmental adviser [James Connaughton] said Tuesday
- 2007/05/29: TruthOut: Bush Should be Open to Climate Deal - Pelosi
- 2007/05/29: OilChange: Pelosi Urges Bush on Climate
The joint science academies' statement prior to the G8 meeting is echoing in the blogosphere if not the mainstream media:
- 2007/06/02: Stoat: Joint science academies' statement on growth and and climate protection responsibility: sustainability, energy efficiency
- 2007/05/31: AFTIC: Dramatic and Emphatic National Academies Statement
- 2007/05/30: GristMill: Bad news re: good news about bad news
- 2007/05/29: MTobis: Write your editors re G8 academies statement
Then GWB dropped a carbon surge bomb:
- 2007/05/31: WhiteHouse: President Bush Discusses United States International Development Agenda [new climate plan]
- 2007/06/01: TruthOut: Bush's "New Climate Strategy"
- 2007/05/31: TruthOut: Bush Unveils New Climate Strategy
- 2007/06/01: ABC(Au): Bush pushes new climate change plan
- 2007/06/01: OilChange: Bush's Poison Pill
- 2007/06/01: GristMill: Being careful about the word 'voluntary'
...the plan the White House outlined yesterday listed no concrete targets or dates, no enforcement mechanism and no penalties for noncompliance. It also wouldn't take effect until four years after Bush leaves office.
- 2007/05/31: HuffPo: Bush, Translated
George Bush on global warming is one of those marriages of speaker and subject that can't help but generate its own peculiar brand of spectacular bullshit
- 2007/05/31: EnergyBulletin: Bush's 'new climate strategy'
- 2007/05/31: FTimes: Bush in U-turn on global warming
- 2007/06/01: Guardian(UK): Action plan or stalling tactic? Key questions in global crisis
- 2007/05/31: GristMill: Bush's 'new climate strategy'
- 2007/05/31: SF Gate: Bush Urges Global Emission Goal by 2008
- 2007/05/31: HuffPo: Bush's 'new climate strategy'
- 2007/05/31: Turkish Press: Bush unveils new climate change plan
- 2007/05/31: BBC: US urges new greenhouse gas goals
US President George W Bush has urged countries to agree on long-term goals for greenhouse gas emissions. He said he would hold meetings bringing together the US and 14 other major emitters, including developing nations, to set targets by the end of 2008.
- 2007/05/31: CBC: Bush calls for climate change talks, new target by 2008
- 2007/05/31: AP: Bush Calls for Global Emissions Goals
President Bush, seeking to blunt international criticism of the U.S. record on climate change, on Thursday urged 15 major nations to agree by the end of next year on a global emissions goal for reducing greenhouse gases. Bush called for the first in a series of meetings to begin this fall, bringing together countries identified as major emitters of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. The list would include the United States, China, India and major European countries.
- 2007/06/03: GristMill: Bush gets it from all sides
- 2007/06/03: Guardian(UK): US told to toe line on climate
Britain and Germany yesterday joined forces to warn President George Bush that talks on climate change must take place within a United Nations framework and not in an ad hoc process floated last week by Bush
- 2007/06/01: UN: United States call for climate change summit ‘positive’ - Ban Ki-moon
- 2007/06/01: BobPark: 1) Climate change: Bush proposes a new approach - set goals.
2) What climate problem? NASA head is on a different planet
- 2007/06/01: Reuters: Pelosi says Bush "in denial" on warming
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President George W. Bush's new global warming plan a "profound disappointment" on Friday and said she wants Congress to pass legislation this year to curb greenhouse gas emissions
- 2007/06/01: CSM: Bush climate plan is met with suspicion
- 2007/06/01: DerSpiegel: The Emperor's Green Clothes
- 2007/06/01: FTimes: Europe furious at US climate call
- 2007/06/01: Guardian(UK): Bush's emission plan 'a delaying tactic'
- 2007/05/30: EUO: US and China quash German hopes of G8 climate deal
- 2007/06/01: EUO: Europe questions US conversion on climate change
- 2007/06/01: NewScientist: Bush merely 'stalling' on climate, say experts
- 2007/06/01: ENN: EU Calls Bush Climate Plan 'The Classic U.S. Line'
- 2007/06/01: CDreams: Guardian(UK): Bush Kills Off Hopes for G8 Climate Change Plan
- 2007/06/01: Independent(UK): Bush sidesteps G8's climate change agenda
- 2007/06/01: Guardian(UK): Bush kills off hopes for G8 climate change plan
- 2007/05/31: Stoat: More hot air
- 2007/06/01: DeutscheWelle: EU Chief Slams Bush's Climate Plans, Predicts Failure at G8
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has sharply criticized plans outlined by US President George W Bush to cut greenhouse gas emissions, saying the United States needs to set more ambitious goals. In remarks to Friday's Financial Times Deutschland (FTD), Barroso said he did not expect agreement on concrete climate protection measures at next week's G8 summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is hosting the summit in the northern resort of Heiligendamm, has put the issue at the top of the agenda. Bush, however, told a German newspaper he was confident that Merkel would back his initiative, put forward in a speech in Washington on Thursday.
- 2007/06/01: Yahoo: Bush climate plan "the classic U.S. line": EU
- 2007/06/01: HuffPo: Bush and Climate Change: Rendezvous with History!
These big announcements by the Bush administration are never what they seem. They aren't proposals in the ordinary sense ("Let's do this!") but puzzle boxes of political/strategic dysfunction. They don't even deserve cynicism anymore...
- 2007/05/31: Impolitical: Bush flailing to assert leadership on climate change
- 2007/06/01: SwissInfo: EU says Bush climate plan "the classic U.S. line"
"The declaration by President bush basically restates the U.S. classic line on climate change -- no mandatory reductions, no carbon trading and vaguely expressed objectives," EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said in a statement...
- 2007/06/01: BBC: UN welcomes Bush's climate plans
The UN's head of climate change, Yvo de Boer, has welcomed US President George Bush's planned climate meeting. Mr Bush has announced plans to bring together countries to agree long-term goals for greenhouse gas emissions. However, he has been heavily criticised by green groups for undermining the UN's climate discussions. But Mr de Boer said he had received assurances from the White House that the initiate was designed to assist the UN process not subvert it.
- 2007/06/01: AFP: G8 leaders welcome Bush initiative on climate change
World leaders Friday welcomed a US proposal for capping carbon emissions as an important, if symbolic, step forward, but green groups slammed the initiative as a cynical ploy to derail talks on a binding global treaty
- 2007/06/02: GristMill: Brooks and Shields act out the bankruptcy of elite Beltway opinion
- 2007/06/01: WaPo: Bush's Climate-Change Feint - The White House yesterday showed that it still knows how to play the American press like a harp
- 2007/06/01: ClimateP: U.S. Media Duped by Bush, Foreign Media not Fooled
- 2007/06/01: ThinkP: U.S. Media Blows Coverage Of Bush's Climate Speech, Needs Tutorial From International Press
In Australia, the Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading released their Final Report:
- 2007/06/01: DPMC: Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading - Final Report
- 2007/06/01: Oikos: PM's Emission Trading Task Group - report out midday today
- 2007/06/01: Oikos: Emissions trading - the report is out
- 2007/06/01: SMH: Taskforce urges delay on emissions scheme
Australia needs a domestic emissions trading scheme but it would not begin until after 2012 and it was too early yet to set a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The report by the Prime Minister's emissions taskforce, handed to him yesterday, recommends "a cautious approach to the adoption of targets approached internationally". This approach is in stark contrast to the Labor Party's stated policy of starting a domestic trading scheme by 2010 with the goal, as outlined in the British Stern report, of reducing emissions by 60 per cent by 2050
- 2007/05/31: Oikos: The Prime Minister's Task Group on Emissions Trading
- 2007/06/01: ABC(Au): Carbon trading by 2012, says PM's task force
The Prime Minister's carbon emissions task force says a trading scheme could be up and running by 2012, and efforts to cut emissions will lead to higher energy prices. John Howard received the report of his task force yesterday...
- 2007/06/01: ABC(Au): Power, petrol prices to rise if emissions drop: task force
- 2007/06/01: ABC(Au): Report mandates inaction on climate change: [Federal Opposition] Labor
- 2007/06/02: JQuiggin: If I were you, I wouldn't start from here (or now)
The APEC energy ministers' meeting went down in Darwin:
- 2007/05/30: CarbonFinance: APEC energy ministers make no mention of carbon pricing
- 2007/05/30: ABC(Au): No targets set in APEC energy declaration
APEC energy ministers have signed the 'Darwin Declaration' committing the 21 countries to improve energy efficiency. The declaration does not set specific targets, but encourages countries to set their own efficiency goals. It also aims to free up the trade of oil products, and enable investment in oil and gas reserves.
- 2007/05/30: ABC(Au): APEC missed emissions target opportunity: Greenpeace
- 2007/05/29: TerraDaily: US And Australia Reject Asia-Pacific Carbon Trade Scheme [APEC]
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: APEC Needs Technology, Not Regional CO2 Trade - US
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: Asiapac [APEC] to Improve Energy Efficiency, Sets No Targets
- 2007/05/28: Australian: APEC energy meeting begins in Darwin
- 2007/05/28: ABC(Au): Cutting greenhouse gases costly but vital, APEC forum told
- 2007/05/28: ABC(Au): Don't expect APEC carbon trading deal: Govt.
The US and Australia have snuffed out suggestions that an international carbon emissions trading scheme could be drawn up at this week's APEC forum in Darwin. The 21 member countries taking part in the APEC meeting account for 40 per cent of the world's population
- 2007/05/29: SMH: US not ready for regional carbon scheme [APEC]
James Hansen seems to be indefagitable:
- 2007/06/01: CBC: NASA scientist calls for 'full court press' to save ice caps
- 2007/05/31: PhysOrg: Research finds that Earth's climate is approaching 'dangerous' point
- 2007/05/30: JFleck: Dangerous Climate Interference
- 2007/05/30: OilChange: News From the (Warm) Front
- 2007/05/28: ClimateP: One more Hansen (et al.) must read -- What is "dangerous" human interference with climate?
So are the IPCC projections too conservative?:
- 2007/06/03: Independent(UK): Global warming 'is three times faster than worst predictions'
Global warming is accelerating three times more quickly than feared, a series of startling, authoritative studies has revealed. They have found that emissions of carbon dioxide have been rising at thrice the rate in the 1990s. The Arctic ice cap is melting three times as fast - and the seas are rising twice as rapidly - as had been predicted.
- 2007/05/31: EST: Models underestimate global warming impacts
- 2007/05/31: DeSmogBlog: While models plod, nature sprints
The Oil Drum posted a good article on short term versus longer term planning:
- 2007/06/01: OilDrum: Living for the Moment while Devaluing the Future
Apparently World Environment Day is June 5th:
- 2007/06/03: ABC(Au): Melting ice in focus on World Environment Day
The melting of the planet's ice due to climate change will be the central theme of World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5 and this year hosted by the Arctic town of Tromsoe in Norway.
- 2007/06/02: PhysOrg: 'Barry,' first storm of season, rains on Florida
- 2007/06/02: Wunderground: Barry weakens, douses Florida with needed rains
- 2007/06/01: CCM: Happy Hurricane Season
- 2007/06/01: ClimateP: Hurricanes and Global Warming Once More
- 2007/06/01: Wunderground: A June 1 surprise: Tropical Storm Barry
- 2007/05/31: Purdue: Research finds evidence tropical cyclones have climate-control role
- 2007/06/01: EnvEcon: Hurricane season starts today!
- 2007/05/31: HuffPo: Poll: Coast Not Ready for Hurricanes
- 2007/05/31: PhysOrg: Global warming: Tropical storms revealed as new factor in heat mix
- 2007/05/31: PhysOrg: 9 Atlantic Hurricanes Forecast for 2007 [by William Gray]
- 2007/05/31: PhysOrg: West African Ocean sediment core links monsoons to global climate evolution
- 2007/05/31: Wunderground: Severe Atlantic hurricane season expected; tropical disturbance in the Western Caribbean
- 2007/05/31: CCM: The Pre-Season Forecasts ALL Suggest a Very Busy Atlantic Hurricane Year
- 2007/05/31: PlanetArk: Tropical Storm Barbara Forms Close to Mexican Coast [East Pacific]
- 2007/05/31: Eureka: West African Ocean sediment core links monsoons to global climate evolution
- 2007/05/28: MongaBay: Global warming may not worsen hurricanes - Hurricanes occur during cool periods as well
- 2007/05/30: PhysOrg: Huge wind machine to simulate category three hurricanes
- 2007/05/30: CCM: Introducing Tropical Storm Barbara; New Research on Hurricane-Climate Feedbacks
- 2007/05/29: CCM: First Alvin, Now Barbara?
- 2007/05/30: C411: Is There a Link Between Hurricanes and Global Warming?
- 2007/05/29: KSJT: Science Times: Hurricanes in a warming world -- a lot of circular wind
- 2007/05/28: TerraDaily: Hurricane Risks Higher Than Usual For Most Of US Coasts
- 2007/05/29: PlanetArk: Monsoon Rains Arrive Over India's Southern State [Kerala]
- 2007/05/28: PlanetArk: Global Warming-Hurricane Link Spurs Controversy
Meanwhile GHGs are still going up:
- 2007/06/01: PlanetArk: G8 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise; US Not Worst
Greenhouse gas emissions by leading industrialised nations have accelerated since 2000 and several countries are performing worse than the United States which opposes a UN pact for curbing global warming, UN data shows.
"The main driver for emissions has not been the Kyoto Protocol but how economies have been developing," said Keywan Riahi, a senior researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria.
- 2007/05/31: ENN: G8 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise; U.S. Not Worst
- 2007/05/29: PlanetArk: India Says Emissions Will Fall by 25 Pct by 2020
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: Sweden Aims to Cut Greenhouse Gases 30 Pct by 2020
Glaciers are melting:
- 2007/05/31: ABC(Au): Himalayan glaciers on the way out: Greenpeace
- 2007/05/30: SMH: Everest showing effects of climate change
- 2007/05/30: Xinhuanet: NASA: Greenland snow melting faster, higher
- 2007/05/30: PhysOrg: Want to save polar bears? Follow the ice
- 2007/05/30: PhysOrg: NASA mission checks health of Greenland's ice sheet and glaciers
- 2007/05/30: TerraDaily: Days Of Snow Melting On The Rise In Greenland
- 2007/05/30: NASA: NASA Mission Checks Health of Greenland's Ice Sheet and Glaciers
- 2007/05/30: Eureka: NASA mission checks health of Greenland's ice sheet and glaciers
- 2007/05/30: AfterGutenberg: Bye-Bye, West Antarctic Ice Sheet
- 2007/05/28: ENS: NASA: Vast Areas of West Antarctica Melted in 2005
- 2007/05/30: Guardian(UK): Everest ice forest melting due to global warming, says Greenpeace
- 2007/05/29: JFleck: It's Melting - New NASA data shows accelerated snowmelt in Greenland
- 2007/05/29: SciDaily: Days Of Snow Melting On The Rise In Greenland
- 2007/05/29: Eureka: NASA researcher finds days of snow melting on the rise in Greenland
- 2007/05/27: GristMill: Eye candy that's melting fast
Meanwhile in near earth orbit:
- 2007/05/29: Cryptome: Eyeballing the NOAA Weather Satellite Control Center
More GW impacts are being seen:
- 2007/06/01: MongaBay: Global warming will worsen fires in Australia
- 2007/06/01: ENN: Report Says Climate Making Forest Fires Bigger
- 2007/06/01: NewScientist: Warming will bring more rain, study claims
- 2007/06/01: SciDaily: Scientists Study Impact Of Asian Dust On Weather, Climate
- 2007/05/31: Yahoo: UN: Climate making forest fires bigger
- 2007/05/31: GWWatch: Global warming terrorism will see more exploding trees
- 2007/05/31: SciDaily: Global Warming May Lower Grassland Quality
- 2007/05/31: NewScientist: Global warming is shrinking the Great Lakes
- 2007/05/30: MongaBay: Does drought cause war?
- 2007/05/31: Guardian(UK): World's great apes face disaster, says Leakey - Hunting, disease, logging and demand for biofuels cited among prime threats
- 2007/05/29: Yahoo: Climate change seen as greatest threat to Pacific islands
- 2007/05/30: BBC: Great apes 'facing climate peril'
Great apes are facing an "inevitable crisis" arising from climate change, a leading conservationist has warned. Dr Richard Leakey said that growing pressure to switch from fossil fuels to biofuels could result in further destruction of the animals' habitats. The chair of WildlifeDirect called for immediate action and proposed financial incentives to save forests from destruction as one possible solution.
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: Damage From Climate Change May Cost Alaska US$10 Bln
- 2007/05/29: Independent(UK): The cruelties of global warming
Those who cause the fewest greenhouse gas emissions suffer the most as the climate changes. But those responsible for the most damage refuse to pay up
- 2007/05/29: Guardian(UK): Hope dries up for Nicaragua's Miskito
Central American indigenous people are among first to suffer from climate change but least equipped to adapt
- 2007/05/27: ClimateP: Alaskan: "I don't want to live in permafrost no more."
- 2007/05/28: SciDaily: How Will Climate Change Affect Arctic Predators?
- 2007/05/27: NYT: Victim of Climate Change, a Town [Newtok, Alaska] Seeks a Lifeline
Yes we have no wacky weather, except:
- 2007/05/29: DailyMail: If you thought our weekend was bad look at the weather across the water...
- 2007/05/29: PlanetArk: Storms Wreak Havoc in Europe and Turkey, 23 Dead
And speaking of floods & droughts:
- 2007/06/01: GWWatch: The drought, and beauty, stricken Murray-Darling
- 2007/05/30: ENN: Drought Reduces Level of Lake Okeechobee, Threatens Water Supply in South Florida
- 2007/05/30: ABC(Au): Climate research bodes badly for drought
Scientists say new research proves the Indian Ocean has significantly warmed and there will be less rain across southern Australia. The CSIRO research has found a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in the Indian Ocean over the past 40 years.
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: Ukraine Drought Threatens Grain Crop, Quotas Loom
- 2007/05/27: JFleck: Drought in the Southeast
- 2007/05/28: PlanetArk: Drought Kills 400,000 ha [hectares] in Ukraine, Reduces Crop
- 2007/05/28: PlanetArk: China Drought Hits Water Supplies to 1.6 Million
The conflict between biofuel and food persists:
- 2007/06/01: Periodico26: Corn for Biofuel Puts Food Reserves at Risk
- 2007/05/30: Chronogram: The Corn Conundrum Sidebar: Reducing Poverty and Hunger With Biofuels
- 2007/05/28: Reuters: South Africa: Biofuel making staple food more expensive
- 2007/05/01: FA: How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor
- 2007/05/27: CDreams: Guardian(UK): Battle for Biofuels Drives World Food Prices Higher
And the troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:
- 2007/05/31: GristMill: All so predictable, part 2 [grain production]
Elsewhere on the farm front:
- 2007/06/02: CPunch: The Farm Crisis and 100,000 Indian Widows
Elsewhere on the mitigation front:
- 2007/06/03: FergusB: Fundamental differences?
- 2007/06/03: Independent(UK): Self-interest will do more to cut carbon emissions than all the low-energy light bulbs in the world
Only when rising prices and supply fears force the top 10 polluters to conserve fuel will progress really be made
- 2007/06/02: CanWest: Vancouver city hall concerns shift dramatically - Regulators will be asking developers what their proposals will contribute to helping save the planet
- 2007/06/02: TEB: Using Biochar in Soils Traps Carbon and Increases Crop Yields
- 2007/06/01: PhysOrg: Soils offer new hope as carbon sink - Trials of agrichar using pyrolysis
- 2007/05/31: NSW:DPI: Soils offer new hope as carbon sink
- 2007/05/30: GristMill: Brit's Eye View: Is carbon labeling a good idea?
Consider aviation & GHG production:
- 2007/06/02: PhysOrg: Airline sector puts global warming high on meeting agenda
- 2007/06/02: Yahoo: Airline sector puts global warming high on meeting agenda [Sunday in Van]
- 2007/06/01: PhysOrg: EU project to develop first fuel-cell aircraft
- 2007/05/30: OilChange: Inuit: Stop Expansion of London's 3rd Airport
- 2007/05/26: WaPo: Flying Against Prevailing Winds - Southwest Airlines Sticks To Strategy of Growth Despite Tough Climate
- 2007/05/27: GristMill: What if climate destabilization is the business plan?
And on the carbon sequestration front:
- 2007/05/31: ClimateP: The Path to Carbon Capture and Storage
- 2007/06/01: GristMill: The path to carbon capture and storage
- 2007/05/30: NEN: CCS [Carbon Capture & Sequestration] Test Goes Forward
Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:
- 2007/05/30: Novosti: Russia knows how to prevent global warming - academic
Meanwhile in the journals:
- 2007/06/01: ClimPast: One dimensional ice flow modelling at EPICA Dome C and Dome Fuji, East Antarctica by F. Parrenin et al.
- 2007/05/17: CDLib: Discounting and Climate Change Policy by Larry Karp & Yacov Tsur
- 2004/07/09: CDLib: Global Warming and Hyperbolic Discounting by Larry Karp
- 2007/05/31: EST: Models underestimate global warming impacts
Before we get into politics, there was some science done:
- 2007/05/31: NSU: Warmer world gets wetter - Satellite observations suggest climate models are wrong on rainfall
- 2007/06/02: PhysOrg: Scientists connect climate change, origins of agriculture in Mexico
- 2007/06/02: Eureka: Smithsonian scientists connect climate change, origins of agriculture in Mexico
- 2007/06/01: SciDaily: West African Ocean Sediment Core Links Monsoons To Global Climate Evolution
- 2007/05/31: NewScientist: Moon might be best place to study Earth's climate
- 2007/05/30: PhysOrg: Climate change signal detected in the Indian Ocean
- 2007/05/30: ESA: Huge waves from one storm slam coasts some 6000 km apart
- 2007/05/30: CSIRO: Climate change signal detected in the Indian Ocean
- 2007/05/30: ABC(Au): Human activity blamed for warming Indian Ocean
- 2007/05/29: Wunderground: Sea life's importance to the climate
- 2007/05/29: SciDaily: A Clearer Picture of Ocean Currents
NASA is talking about a tipping point:
- 2007/05/31: SciDaily: Earth's Climate Approaching 'Tipping Point', According To NASA
- 2007/05/31: Eureka: Research finds that Earth's climate is approaching 'dangerous' point
- 2007/05/30: CSM: Earth nears tipping point on climate change
A rise of 1 degree Celsius could be enough to trigger 'dangerous' warming, scientists warn.
- 2007/05/29: ABC(US): NASA: Danger Point Closer Than Thought From Warming - 'Disastrous Effects' of Global Warming Tipping Points Near, According to New Study
Meanwhile on the Kyoto front:
- 2007/06/02: DeSmogBlog: Firms Turn CDM into Corrupt Dishonest Machination -- The Guardian
- 2007/06/02: Guardian(UK): Abuse and incompetence in fight against global warming
Up to 20% of carbon savings in doubt as monitoring firms criticised by UN body
- 2007/06/02: Guardian(UK): Truth about Kyoto: huge profits, little carbon saved
On the eve of a G8 summit focused on climate change...major flaws in the global system designed to reduce emissions
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: Russia Approves Kyoto Investment Rules - Interfax
And on the emissions trading front:
- 2007/05/31: EnvFin: European carbon prices spike to 13-month high
- 2007/06/02: ClimateP: Financial Factoid of the Week [The market for trading carbon emissions permits is exploding]
- 2007/06/02: NEN: Business Prepares for Cap-and-Trade
- 2007/05/31: SMH: The seven tests of an effective carbon trading system
- 2007/05/31: PlanetArk: Russia Takes First Step Into Global Carbon Market
- 2007/05/31: PlanetArk: EU Carbon Prices Fall 9 Pct, Trade Record Volume
- 2007/05/30: PhysOrg: Emissions trading could misfire, economists warn
With the report of the Prime Minister’s Task Group on Emissions Trading due to be handed to Prime Minister John Howard tomorrow, environmental economists from The Australian National University have warned that an emissions trading scheme could misfire if it is poorly designed or captured by interest groups
- 2007/06/01: EnvEcon: Why do firms hate emissions taxes?
- 2007/05/28: TStar: Higher oil prices or carbon tax: Take your pick
The debate over the optimal strategy [carbon trading, carbon offsets and/or a carbon tax] to use in dealing with GHGs continues:
- 2007/06/01: KP: Carbon Tax or Cap & Trade: Does It Matter Which One?
- 2007/06/01: EnvEcon: Lynne Kiesling at KP on a carbon tax vs cap-and-trade
- 2007/05/31: EnvEcon: Now the whole world thinks that I'm an idiot [optimal strat]
- 2007/06/01: EnvEcon: Why I think there isn't much difference between emissions taxes and carbon taxes: a summary
- 2007/05/31: Guardian(UK): Carbon credits are 'wrong' says Benn
- 2007/05/30: EnvEcon: Carbon tax vs cap-and-trade
- 2007/05/28: ENN: Do Trees Make It OK to Drive an SUV?
Meanwhile on the international political front, Oxfam has made China's point:
- 2007/05/31: GristMill: Oxfam: Rich must pay the bulk of climate change bill
- 2007/05/29: MongaBay: U.S. responsible for 44% of global warming bill-Oxfam
- 2007/05/30: People's Daily: Oxfam calls on rich countries to reduce impact of climate change
- 2007/05/29: PlanetArk: Rich Must Pay Bulk of Climate Change Bill - Oxfam
- 2007/05/29: ENN: Rich Must Pay Bulk of Climate Change Bill, Oxfam Says
- 2007/05/28: BBC: UK 'must pay more for emissions'
The UK must donate more money to poorer countries to help them cope with climate change, according to a charity. Oxfam said Britain had pledged £20m in "adaptation funds" - but needed to pay a further £1.2bn. They reached the figure by combining the amount of emissions a country produces with its ability to pay.
- 2007/06/02: ClimateP: More on Climate Change and National Security
And on the American political front:
- 2007/06/02: CSpin: State and local action to reduce CO2
- 2007/06/02: WorldChanging: Mayor's [Will Wynn, the Mayor of Austin] Presentation on Climate Change
- 2007/06/01: GristMill: Fruitloopery for the yoots [conservative publisher for kids books]
- 2007/06/01: TreeHugger: Fred Thompson, Soon-to-Be GOP Candidate, on Climate Change
- 2007/05/31: WarmingLaw: Global Warming and Sprawl in California
- 2007/05/31: SacBee: EPA panel gets an earful - Daylong hearing is held on state push to enforce tougher emissions rule
- 2007/05/30: WaPo: A Full Tank of Hypocrisy
It's one of those delicious moments when Washington's hypocrisy is on full and unembarrassed display. On the one hand, some of America's leading politicians condemn high gasoline prices and contend that they stem from "gouging" by oil companies. On the other, many of the same politicians warn against global warming and implore us to curb our use of fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. Guess what: These crowd-pleasing proclamations are contradictory.
- 2007/05/31: Yahoo: Global warming heats up White House race
- 2007/05/30: GristMill: Climate change for the elderly [Revkin in AARP Magazine]
- 2007/05/29: Yahoo: States vie with US on emissions rules
- 2007/05/29: GristMill: Big Business, cap-and-trade, and carbon taxes
- 2007/05/29: CSM: States vie with US over emissions rules
Led by California, 11 states are pushing hard to get pemission to set stricter standands than federal law requires
- 2007/05/29: WarmingLaw: Two Years?! California's long battle to win a waiver for its greenhouse gas tailpipe emission standards
- 2007/05/28: Yahoo: Pelosi: Climate change is a reality
- 2007/05/28: ClimateP: A President of Pollution and Petroleum
The coal lobby is pushing for transportation subsidies:
- 2007/05/31: FuturePundit: Coal Industry Wants Big Subsidies For Transportation
- 2007/05/29: CDreams: NYT: Lawmakers Push for Big Subsidies for Coal Process
- 2007/05/29: ThinkP: Prodded By Industry Lobbying, Self-Proclaimed Global Warming Opponents Now Pushing Coal
- 2007/05/29: TruthOut: Lawmakers Push for Big Subsidies for [CTL] Coal Process
- 2007/05/29: ClimateP: Congress should say NO to coal-to-diesel
- 2007/05/29: GristMill: Global warming, peak oil, and coal-to-liquids
- 2007/05/29: GristMill: Energy efficiency vs. liquefied coal: Which do you think Congress is subsidizing?
- 2007/05/29: TreeHugger: America to the World: Drop Dead, We Have Coal
- 2007/05/29: CPunch: Coal-Powered Democrats
- 2007/05/29: NYT: Lawmakers Push for Big Subsidies for Coal Process
A couple of interesting polls were published:
- 2007/06/03: AngusReid: Most Americans Regard Global Warming as Fact
- 2007/05/11: PRNewsWire: Oil and Gas Execs Say Focus on Renewable Energy Sources Key to Addressing Declining Oil Reserves, KPMG Survey Finds
In the KPMG survey, which polled 553 financial executives from oil and gas companies in April 2007, twenty-five percent of the respondents said that at least 75 percent of government funding into energy should be directed at the renewable sources sector and a further 44 percent said that at least 50 percent of funding should be allocated in the same way. These feelings stem from the overwhelming majority, or 82 percent, citing declining oil reserves as a concern.
Sixty-five percent of the respondents say that while they believe global warming is occurring, it is a natural weather cycle, and 11 percent say that they do not believe it is occurring. Just under a quarter believe CO-2- induced global warming is occurring.
- 2007/06/03: BCLSB: Oil Company Execs Think Peak Oil Is Real, Anthropogenic Global Warming Is Not
- 2007/05/31: GristMill: Wider, but still paper thin [US poll]
NASA head, Mike Griffin demonstrated why he was appointed:
- 2007/05/31: NASAWatch: Mike Griffin Is In Denial About Global Warming Threat
- 2007/06/02: ERabett: Lost in Space - Mike Griffin's war with Earth Science
- 2007/06/01: FPB: No global warming and gulags on Mars
- 2007/06/01: ClimateP: PGDW#8: Defending NASA's Griffin
- 2007/06/02: DeSmogBlog: NASA Chief Finds Support on Yet Another (Skeptics') Front
- 2007/06/01: KSJT: NPR, others: NASA's chief caught in abrupt climate change
- 2007/06/01: ThinkP: White House Blames NASA Chief's Global Warming Denial On His "Wry Sense Of Humor"
- 2007/05/31: CJR: Blogs Heat Up over Global Warming
- 2007/05/31: GristMill: NASA administrator says stupid things
- 2007/05/31: CSW: Hansen shoots back on NASA head Griffin's "incredibly ignorant and arrogant statement"
- 2007/05/30: CSW: NASA Administrator Griffin "not sure" global warming is a problem or long-term concern
- 2007/05/31: CCM: NASA Admin Has Foot-in-Mouth Disease
- 2007/05/30: TerraDaily: NASA Administrator Not Sure Global Warming A Problem
- 2007/05/31: DeSmogBlog: NASA's trouble in the hen house, top scientist slams administrator
- 2007/05/31: DeSmogBlog: NASA Administrator the White House "denier-of-the-day"
- 2007/05/31: ThinkP: NASA Administrator: Global Warming Is Not A "Problem"
- 2007/05/31: HuffPo: Of Idiocy and Optimal Climates
- 2007/05/31: ABC(US): NASA's Top Official Questions Global Warming - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Questions Need to Combat Warming
The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:
- 2007/06/02: Impolitical: Fear of science driving opposition to Gore's book
- 2007/05/31: HuffPo: Interviewing Gore: On the Pollution of Our Environment, Our Politics, and Our Souls
- (pdf 1.7meg) _An Inconvenient Truth_ Study Guide by Robert Lewis & Andrew Fildes
- 2007/05/27: HuffPo: "An Inconvenient Mighty Wind": Al Gore's Description of his Conversation with Harry Shearer
An attack on Gore by David Brooks drew some wry comment:
- 2007/05/30: NEN: Mr. Spock over Captain Kirk?
- 2007/05/29: HuffPo: David Brooks' Assault on Al Gore
- 2007/05/29: HuffPo: David Brooks (Captain Kirk?) vs. Al Gore (Mr. Spock?) -- Score One for Gore!
- 2007/05/29: Impolitical: A "Vulcan Utopia" sounds pretty good to me right about now - David Brooks...reviews Al Gore's book, "The Assault on Reason"
While in the UK:
- 2007/06/01: BBC: Blair push for climate progress
And in Europe:
- 2007/05/31: PlanetArk: Finland Sees EU Carbon Goals Hurting Economic Growth
Meanwhile in Australia:
- 2007/06/03: ABC(Au): [New South Wales Environment Minister Phil] Koperberg hails national emissions reporting system
- 2007/06/03: ABC(Au): Farmers, greenies unite on carbon trading
- 2007/06/03: ABC(Au): Climate change an economic challenge, says PM
- 2007/06/03: ABC(Au): [Queensland Premier Peter] Beattie unveils major climate change policy
- 2007/06/03: ABC(Au): PM [John Howard] criticised for not revealing greenhouse reduction target [until after the election]
- 2007/06/03: BBC: Australia PM pledges climate plan
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has announced a shift in policy on climate change, promising to set up a carbon trading scheme to cut pollution. Mr Howard said he would set a target next year for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and also pledged to put in place a carbon trading scheme by 2012.
- 2007/06/03: ABC(Au): Prime Minister John Howard will outline the next stage in the Federal Government's plans for a carbon trading scheme to the Liberal Party Federal Council this morning
- 2007/06/02: ABC(Au): Climate report: record temperatures, not enough rain
- 2007/06/02: GWWatch: Will Howard be alive to trade carbon?
- 2007/06/01: ABC(Au): Councils ready to act on climate change
Tasmanian councils administering areas at risk of damage from sea level rise have vowed to act on advice to change their planning schemes
- 2007/06/01: ABC(Au): Howard will drag feet on carbon trading: Labor
Federal Labor says the Prime Minister cannot be trusted to act quickly on a report recommending a carbon emissions trading scheme by 2012
- 2007/06/01: ABC(Au): Emissions down, electricity bills up: PM
- 2007/06/02: ABC(Au): Carbon trading on agenda at states' meeting
- 2007/05/31: ABC(Au): Carbon trading will get green results, beef producer says
Australia's biggest beef producer, the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo), says business will respond quickly if a national carbon emissions trading system is established.
- 2007/05/31: ABC(Au): Leaders compete on carbon trading
- 2007/05/30: PlanetArk: Australian PM Confirms New Ad Campaign on Climate
- 2007/05/25: SMH: $23m ad blitz to save planet - and the PM
- 2007/05/28: ABC(Au): PM [J.Howard] tight-lipped on climate change ads
- 2007/05/28: ABC(Au): Kyoto protocol fails to lower emissions: [federal Resources and Industry Minister, Ian] Macfarlane
- 2007/05/29: ABC(Au): PM promises carbon trading action
Prime Minister John Howard has vowed to take important steps to establish a carbon emissions trading scheme. He says the Federal Government will respond quickly to a major new report due on Thursday that spells out the options for setting up a carbon trading scheme. Mr Howard says setting a price on greenhouse gas emissions is the only meaningful way to tackle climate change. He told a Business Council dinner last night Australia must consider going ahead without a global system.
- 2007/05/28: ENN: Climate To Push Up Australian Power Costs, Study Shows
A group of Australian economists has called for adapting Kyoto:
- 2007/05/27: ABC(Au): Aust economists call for Kyoto action
- 2007/05/28: JQuiggin: Global warming statement [270 academic economists]
Unsettling news for the Australian energy:
- 2007/05/30: TheAge: Canberra's nuclear power play against states
The Federal Government is seeking legal advice on whether it can force the states to allow the construction of nuclear facilities, including power stations, inside their borders. In the wake of Prime Minister John Howard's recent statements supporting nuclear power, a Resources Department official, Tania Constable, has confirmed that legal advice has been sought on whether Canberra could override state laws to introduce it. Her admission could intensify the nuclear debate in the lead-up to this year's federal election, with Labor and the states having already flatly rejected Mr Howard's push for nuclear power as a possible option to counter global warming.
- 2007/05/30: Australian: Clean coal project [ZeroGen] fails
What's claimed to be Australia's most advanced clean coal project is unlikely to receive federal funding because it cannot attract sufficient commercial backing. Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane said yesterday that the ZeroGen project in Queensland had collapsed, sparking a row with Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, who accused Mr Macfarlane of being on drugs. But the federal Minister stuck to his guns, saying Mr Beattie was well aware of ZeroGen's deficiencies and he was seeking support for alternative clean coal projects.
- 2007/06/03: Yahoo: China set to confront climate change, defend growth
- 2007/06/02: ChinaDaily: National action plan on climate change
The Chinese government has announced its first national action plan to respond to climate change during a state council conference chaired by the premier Wen Jiabao.
- 2007/05/31: PlanetArk: China Warns of Full Gamut of Weather Disasters
While in Japan:
- 2007/05/31: PlanetArk: Japan Renews Vow to Reach Kyoto Emissions Targets
And in Canada, minority neocon Harper does as little as possible:
- 2007/06/02: Globe&Mail: Silence of the lamb
One day this week, Environment Minister John Baird stood in the House of Commons to respond to a question and came out with something that opposition MPs found so unsatisfactory that they began to chant: "Rona, Rona, Rona."
- 2007/05/24: Economist: Anxiously watching a different world - Climate and other changes draw new interest and new misunderstandings to the Canadian north
- 2007/05/30: BCLSB: Conservative hatorade watch: today's hands down winner, John Baird
- 2007/05/29: Impolitical: Mini Bush's bridge to nowhere
- 2007/05/27: Impolitical: John Baird, international man of mystery
- 2007/05/28: CBC: Federal greenhouse gas rules won't meet targets, environmental group says
Harper's attitude going into the G8 meeting came in for some discussion:
- 2007/06/03: TSun: Harper should brace himself for this one
- 2007/06/03: CanWest: Harper heads for storm on environment
- 2007/06/01: Impolitical: Harper making us an international environmental pariah
- 2007/06/02: Globe&Mail: [Canadian] PM's G8 pitch: 'No one set solution' on emissions
- 2007/05/29: DeSmogBlog: Mum Harper seen backing Bush effort to undermine international climate-change pact
Sierra Legal and FOE are suing the Conservative government:
- 2007/05/29: Guardian(UK): Canadian government sued over Kyoto failure
- 2007/05/30: ABC(Au): Canada sued for breaching Kyoto
- 2007/05/29: SierraLegal: First global warming lawsuit launched against Canada
- 2007/05/29: TCE: Harper Government Sued Over Kyoto Failures
- 2007/05/29: Globe&Mail: Green group sues government over Kyoto gap
- 2007/05/29: Reuters: Canada sued over greenhouse gases
Environmental group Friends of the Earth Canada launched a lawsuit against the Canadian government on Tuesday for not meeting its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit, filed in the Federal Court in Ottawa, says the government is failing to meet Canada's commitment under the Kyoto treaty to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases to 6 percent below 1990 levels.
- 2007/06/01: CanWest: Green technology new gold rush: Governor - Ends Canadian visit with pledge to work with B.C.
- 2007/05/31: CanWest: Schwarzenegger and Campbell sign environment agreement
- 2007/05/31: CanWest: Schwarzenegger brings star power to B.C., receives First-Nations welcome
- 2007/05/31: TCE: Schwarzenegger & Campbell Sign Climate Change Agreement
- 2007/05/31: CanWest: Harper could take a lesson from California
- 2007/05/30: Impolitical: 2006 benchmark levels are for girly-men
- 2007/05/30: TreeHugger: Canada Goes Gaga over Governator
- 2007/05/30: Canoe: Calif., Ont. sign climate change, stem cell deals
The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:
- 2007/06/01: CDreams: IPS: G8: Sailing Against Ecological Debt
- 2007/06/01: CDreams: IPS: Toward a Green Economy
- 2007/06/01: EcoEcon: Ecology and Economics: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation
- 2007/05/: WRI: Restoring Nature's Capital: An Action Agenda to Sustain Ecosystem Services
- 2007/05/30: CDreams: IPS: Earth, Inc. Sliding Into Bankruptcy
- 2007/05/31: CDreams: IPS: Climate Change: Overcoming the Ostrich Effect
- 2007/06/02: ZMag: Earth, Inc. Sliding Into Bankruptcy
- 2007/06/01: CasaubonsBook: Depletion, Racism and Paving the Road to Hell
- 2007/05/31: CChange: Record gasoline prices amidst hyperconsumption and slaughter
As for how the media handles the science of climatology:
- 2007/06/01: GristMill: Doom and gloom blowback
Here is something for your library:
- 2007/06/03: JQuiggin: Scorcher [Book Review] _Scorcher: The Dirty Politics of Climate Change_ by Clive Hamilton
- 2007/05/31: EcoEcon: Predatory Oligarchy
Hervé Kemph is a French environmental journalist and a student of global capitalism. His book, How the Rich are Destroying the Planet has caused a bit of a stir thus far, and will likely have more impact once translated into English
- 2007/05/29: CSM: 'Deep Economy': ideas for a better world - Bill McKibben envisions a new economy more attuned to environmental harmony and human satisfaction
And for your film & video enjoyment:
- 2007/06/01: TCE: Two Documentaries Airing This Sunday [Five Ways to Save the World & The Denial Machine]
Meanwhile in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:
- 2007/06/01: WarmingLaw: New GW Lawsuits in Montana and Kansas
Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of the current generation:
- 2007/06/02: TreeHugger: Bosch Solar Thermal System Sales Up 60% YTD
- 2007/06/01: TEB: Mitsubishi Claims Highest Commercial Solar Cell Efficiency [18%]
- 2007/06/01: PhysOrg: 40% efficient solar cells to be used for solar electricity
- 2007/06/01: TreeHugger: Biogas-Powered Fuel Cell System Wins Big, Crowd Goes Wild
- 2007/05/31: OilDrum: Concentrating Solar Power
- 2007/05/29: TruthOut: [Cal] Bill Heats Up Talk of Solar Water Systems
- 2007/05/29: TreeHugger: Promoting Efficiency, Not Alternative Fuels
- 2007/05/28: TEB: DOE Finally Begins Support of CSP [Concentrating Solar Power]
The arithmetic of coal carbon is striking home:
- 2007/06/02: HuffPo: Blame Coal: Texas Leads Carbon Emissions
- 2007/06/03: People's Daily: China punishes over 5,000 officials for illegal coal mine participation
- 2007/06/02: PhysOrg: Blame Coal: Texas Leads Carbon Emissions
- 2007/05/31: CAP: Global Warming and the Future of Coal - The Path to Carbon Capture and Storage
- 2007/05/31: C411: Don't Fill Our Gas Tanks With Coal
- 2007/05/30: GristMill: Did I say no more CTL?
- 2007/05/29: GristMill: One more on liquefied coal
- 2007/05/29: EconView: Lumps of Coal - Is liquefied coal the answer? It depends upon the question being asked.
- 2007/05/29: GristMill: Kudos to California...for recognizing that coal is the enemy of the human race
- 2007/05/28: Scoop(NZ): Australian bet on clean coal risks climate change
- 2007/05/29: AfterGutenberg: Use Coal, a More American Way to Destroy the Planet
Biofuel bickering abounds:
- 2007/05/30: ClimateP: Is Corn Ethanol a Climate Solution?
- 2007/05/29: OilDrum: The Mythical Ethanol Threat
We have peaks coming out the ying-yang:
- 2007/05/31: ZMag: What if the Oil Runs Out?
Though the government is planning a massive expansion of transport networks, it has never considered this question.
- 2007/06/01: ENN: Japan Showcases Eco-Friendly Cars Ahead of G-8 Summit
- 2007/05/28: PlanetArk: New German Cars May Need Emissions Certificates [would alert potential buyers to heavily polluting vehicles]
Meanwhile in the "every problem is an opportunity in disguise" crowd:
- 2007/06/02: Guardian(UK): How green turned into gold
Shares in companies fighting climate change are soaring on the London Stock Exchange. Critics call it 'green fever', but it's hardnosed investors who are driving this particular bandwagon
- 2007/05/31: TerraDaily: EON To Halve Carbon Emissions By 2030
- 2007/05/30: CPunch: Corporate America's Latest CounterAttack - The Green Masquerade
- 2007/05/30: GristMill: Corporate climate response
- 2007/05/29: TruthOut: Companies Gear Up for Greenhouse Gas Limits
- 2007/05/30: BBC: HSBC in $100m climate initiative
- 2007/05/27: TerraDaily: Indian Businessman Capitalizes On Global Warming Concerns
The carbon lobby are up to the usual:
- 2007/06/02: CanWest: They call this a consensus?
- 2007/06/01: Reasic: English Vineyards and Climate
- 2007/05/30: GristMill: Planet Gore disinfotainment watch: The big lie of magical pollution reduction
- 2007/05/30: StraightGoods: Climate change myths debunked
- 2007/05/30: Reasic: "Hockey Stick" Myths
- 2007/05/30: ClimateP: PGDW#7: The Big Lie -- Magical Pollution Reduction
- 2007/05/30: ERabett: Ethon gets a new Roger
- 2007/05/29: GristMill: Bunk from Beck
- 2007/05/29: GristMill: [Dessler] Scientists and alarmism
...it recently occurred to me that it doesn't even make sense. In the latest IPCC reports, what the scientific community said is that our understanding of climate change is quite good (although not "settled"). This does nothing to build up research funding.
- 2007/05/29: Deltoid: Chinese Navy Sails Again
- 2007/05/29: Stoat: McIntyred
- 2007/05/29: RealClimate: The weirdest millennium
- 2007/05/29: BCLSB: Warming On Mars, Redux: It Ain't The Damn Sun!
- 2007/05/29: DeSmogBlog: Are you a global warming denier? Take the Heib Global Warming Test
- 2007/05/28: DeSmogBlog: Tobacco and global warming: same talking points, bigger issue
The annual Exxon Mobil sharholder's meeting went down this week:
- 2007/05/31: DeSmogBlog: Rex, We Know About 3,000 Scientists You Might Ask
- 2007/05/31: StarTelegram: Exxon Mobil chief cools global-warming dissent
- 2007/05/30: HoustonChronicle: Exxon Mobil could get an earful - Shareholder proposals up for vote today address emissions, renewables
- 2007/05/30: Turkish Press: ExxonMobil shareholders rebuff concerns on climate change
- 2007/05/29: TerraDaily: Big US Pension Fund [CalPERS] Joins Critics Of ExxonMobil Climate Stance
The A. Cockburn saga unfolds with increasingly devastating rebuttals:
- 2007/06/02: Denialism: Formation of a crank: A case study
- 2007/06/02: Deltoid: Alexander Cockburn goes quote mining
- 2007/06/01: ZMag: The Problem with the Global Warming Skeptics
- 2007/05/31: ZMag: Alexander Cockburn and the Corruption of Science
- 2007/06/01: CCurrents: The Problem With The Global Warming Skeptics
- 2007/05/31: AFTIC: Monbiot: Response to Alexander Cockburn's articles
Then there was the usual news and commentary:
- 2007/06/03: ClimateP: The Past is Prologue [paleoclimate]
- 2007/06/02: ERabett: Nuclear December or an Unwarranted Lassitude [Nuclear Winter]
- 2007/06/02: CDreams: BostonGlobe: Ignorance of Global Warming
- 2007/06/02: Guardian(UK): Viewpoint: David Attenborough -- A change in the moral climate?
- 2007/05/31: KSJT: Environmental Sci&Tech: Pacing a changing climate
- 2007/06/01: GristMill: Not everyone's a Feynmann [How to give a presentation]
- 2007/06/01: GristMill: What is the optimal climate?
- 2007/06/01: C411: Climate News: Hurricanes, Rainfall and Rainbow Trout
- 2007/06/01: TreeHugger: GM Food Debates Heats Up with Global Warming
- 2007/06/01: Yahoo: Argentina cold snap causes energy woes
- 2007/05/31: ENN: Islands Offer Sun, Sand and Climate Change Lessons [Belize conference]
- 2007/05/28: BSD: Scientists overselling or underselling climate change risks?
- 2007/05/28: JQuiggin: Climate change roundup
- 2007/05/30: DeSmogBlog: Can't We Just Wait for Climate Hell Without Subsiziding It?
- 2007/05/29: CDreams: To Save The Earth, Are YOU a Solartopian?
- 2007/05/28: ClimateP: Change the Rules, Change the Future
- 2007/05/29: PhysOrg: Moscow swelters in record heat
- 2007/05/29: SciDaily: Follow The 'Green' Brick Road? [bricks made from fly ash --fine ash particles captured as waste by coal-fired power plants]
- 2007/05/29: OilChange: Naked Bike Ride Raises Climate and Oil Issues
- 2007/05/28: CTB: A new desalination tech, low energy, low cost
- 2007/05/27: GristMill: Climate change appraisal
- 2007/05/28: PlanetArk: Mexico Avoids Gas Emission Targets in Climate Plan
- 2007/05/28: ENN: British Swimmer Plans Record Cold North Pole Swim
And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:
- Free Public Transit
- CDLib: Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UCB
- CCR: Corporate Climate Response
- Sierra Legal -- Canada's independent legal champion for a healthy environment
- EcoGeek - Technology for the Environment
- CCPI: Climate Change Performance Index
- Wiki: Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency
- PAGES: Past Global Changes
- ACP: The Alliance for Climate Protection
- New Scientist Environment
- CEOS: Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
- Earth911 - Global Warming
- COSMIC: Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere & Climate
- UCSUSA: The A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science
- GWWatch: Global Warming Watch
Goodluck following the new commandment:
The upcoming G8 summit continues to get a lot of play:
Reactions to the new climate plan were numerous:
The reaction of the press to the GWB plan came in for note:
We are into the Hurricane Season:
The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:
The GW security meme has been active:
While in China:
The Governator visited Toronto, Ottawa & Vancouver:
Automakers & lawyers, engineers & activists argue over the future of the car:
Low Key Plug
PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here
"Socialism collapsed because it did not allow prices to tell the economic truth. Capitalism may collapse because it does not allow prices to tell the ecological truth."
-Oystein Dahle, former VP of Exxon Norway, May 31, 2005