A Few Things Ill Considered

A layman's take on the science of Global Warming featuring a guide on How to Talk to a Climate Sceptic.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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Another week of GW news - December 24, 2006

(Courtesy of H.E.Taylor, here is this week's GW news roundup
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The big story of the week is political -- the EU carbon taxing airlines:

In the hurricane wars:

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This is more human interest than science or news:

The Stern Review is still getting bounced around:

People just can't resist commenting on the unreleased AR4:

Meanwhile glaciers are melting:

And in near earth orbit:

While in the Antarctic:

More GW impacts are being seen:

Yes we have no wacky weather, except:

And speaking of floods & droughts:

The troubling matter of falling food production is not going away:

Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

How about 35 million years of climate proxy?:

Meanwhile in the journals:

The Pielke fan club is in fine fettle:

The 'everything is different' theme has morphed into a year end story:

As for the year end story proper:

While on the Kyoto front:

And the emissions trading front:

And on the American political front:

People may be disappointed by the incoming Democrats:

The politicization of science theme is still around:

This is liable to warm things up for the Republicans:

The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:

Automobile manufacturers are in court:

Meanwhile in Europe:

And in Australia:

Some of these Aussies have a nice turn of phrase:

  • 2006/12/22: ClimateArk: Australia: Minister's backflip on wind farm
    THE long-running saga of the orange-bellied parrot and the Bald Hills wind farm has ended with Environment Minister Ian Campbell overturning his controversial decision to block the $220 million project.
    The reversal was variously hailed as a "humiliating backdown" by the Federal Opposition, a victory by the Victorian Government, a vindication by the developer, regrettable by the anti-wind farm Coastal Guardians and a "real blow" by the local federal MP, Liberal Russell Broadbent.
    State Planning Minister Justin Madden said: "It is a case of a yellow-bellied minister trying to save an orange-bellied parrot."

Canada gets a well deserved rap on the knuckles:

Now Harper is saying how important the environment is; as for what he does...:

As for how the media handles the science of climatology:

Developing a new energy infrastructure is the fundamental challenge of

Insurance and re-insurance companies are feeling the heat:

Although reinsureres are happy about 2006 & hurricanes:

The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this:

  • 2006/12/24: Guardian(UK): Climate change sceptics issued with challenge
    Britain's leading climate scientist has challenged those who question the impact of the human population on global warming to defend their claims that car and factory emissions of carbon dioxide are not heating up the planet.
    Alan Thorpe, chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council, said yesterday he planned to defeat so-called 'deniers', first on-line and later at a public debate.
    'We need, very urgently, to discuss what to do now to mitigate the effects of climate change,' he said. 'Yet a handful of scientists, politicians and writers are still claiming humans are not responsible at all. We have got to kill off this notion so we can get on with the real work: protecting ourselves from future climate change. That is why I am challenging these deniers. I want them to outline their case so that it can be judged by scientists. That is something these people have been reluctant to do so far.'

Coby Beck is continuing to post his excellent "How to Talk to a Global Warming Sceptic" series on GristMill:

Then there was the usual news and commentary:

And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:



PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here


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