A Few Things Ill Considered

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Another week of GW news - December 3, 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 in the US Supreme Court, Massachussetts vs EPA:

The rate of CO2 emission is accelerating:

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We'll hear a lot about this, but see few new vegetarians:

Meanwhile in the hurricane wars:

The subcontinent's monsoons are intensifying:

It's always handy to blame El Nino:

The Little Ice Age may be tied to a burble in the Gulf Stream:

Here's one of those stories to starch your shorts:

Meanwhile in near earth orbit:

More GW impacts are being seen:

More evidence on the extinction of Australian mega-fauna 40kya:

And then there are the tropical rainforests:

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

Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

And on the carbon sequestration front:

Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:

Eli pointed to the EPICA Challenge:

Meanwhile in the journals:

Before we get into politics, there was some science done:

Some are calling a sea change:

  • 2006/12/02: GreenBiz: Climate Change: End of the First Act?
    The one seeming certainty in environmental policy these days is that climate change is the most serious issue facing the world. The major policy mechanism for addressing it is also established: reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by reducing fossil fuel use. That this is an unlikely path for the world as a whole has only increased expressions of concern, even hysteria. Climate change has become the existential challenge of the environmental era.

Meanwhile on the emissions trading front:

The EU is planning to slap carbon quotas on airlines:

Which has the Bush administration up in arms:

Plans, we have plans:

On the American political front:

Four western states have struck a Joint Action plan [JAFCC]:

Students are being propagandized:

The Gore-apalooza is still bopping along:

While on the UK political front:

And in Europe:

Some Europeans are focussing on China:

Meanwhile in Australia:

Also in Australia, an environmental review stopped a mine:

And in Canada, minority neocon PM Harper is continuing his mischief:

While the Liberal party has chosen a 'green' leader:

Does anybody know if they passed this policy?:

  • 2006/11/27: CanWest: Liberals propose sweeping 'green' changes
    A Liberal policy committee is proposing a sweeping environmental program which they say would make their party greener than the Green Party if adopted intact. The policy -- to be released today in Montreal -- calls on the party to adopt a more radical greenhouse gas emission standard than the Kyoto accord currently foresees, national speed limits on commercial vehicles, a ban within one year of toxins such as asbestos, an end to ocean-bottom trawling and the scrapping of fossil-fuel tax breaks for Alberta oilsands projects.

The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:

The movement toward ecologically based economics is glacial:

Apocalypso anyone?:

As for how the media handles the science of climatology:

Here is something for your library:

Meanwhile in the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:

Wrestling over a new energy infrastructure continues unabated:

And then there is the matter of efficiency:

And how are we going to create useful & efficient personal transportation?:

The greenness of hydro electricity is being challenged:

The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

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


"On a finite planet, at human carrying capacity, a society driven mainly by selfish individualism has all the potential for sustainability of a collection of angry scorpions in a bottle."

-Wackernagel & Rees (Our Ecological Footprint)

Global Warming: http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/enviro/globalwarming.html

GW News: http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/enviro/gwnews.html

GW News Archive: http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/enviro/gwna.html

H.E. Taylor http://www.autobahn.mb.ca/~het/



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