Climate Change News
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
(KTCSG)UN climate chief says Obama administration
like a change from night to
Human activities are overwhelming natural systems
according to the President of AAAS.
Carbon emissions have been
increasing at 3.5 percent per year since 2000
and are now greater than any that were
considered in the 2007 IPCC report!
Secretary of State Clinton proposes joint efforts with China to
promote green, efficient energy
New satellites from the US
and Japan will help us understand the earth's
carbon sinks, which absorb about half of the
earth's carbon emissions. Sadly, the US
satellite did not make it into orbit.
The new stimulus bill will be a real boost for green energy
and green jobs. Here is a detailed summary of
stimulus bill provisions.
As President Obama considers a
comprehensive energy strategy, off-shore wind, oil, and gas
will be part of the mix.
George Will's column was
wrong about the absence of global
warming. Click on this link to see his
scandelous column. Will did not read the Live
Science article about how the Arctic is unusually warm this
winter, even as the US is colder than
Findings and projections of the 2007 IPCC
Fourth Assessment Report are already out of
date, according to this article at
e360.yale.com. In fact, CO2 levels have been rising
at 3.5 percent per year this decade, compared
to 0.9 percent per year in the 1990s.
Even the NYT editorializes that the 2007 IPCC
report is out of date and
that sea levels could rise a meter this
Here's a must read story about how rapid glacial melt in
Antarctica could cause global sea levels to
increase by over 1 m this century. And
scientists associated with the IPY say the rate
of ice melt at the poles is greater than expected.
Melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS)
would flood Washington, according to a new study. Meanwhile,
scientists at the British Met office suggest
that we have only a 50-50 chance of averting
climate catastrophe. And Lord Nicholas Stern warns of
climate induced mass migrations and continuous
Nevertheless, participants at the Heartland
Institute sponsored conference disputed all aspects of global
And, some climate scientists doubt that
an agreement to come to grips with climate
change will occur this year.
Yucca Moutain, NV, appears dead as a storage site for high level
nuclear waste and there does not appear to
be any alternative. Meanwhile, SC's new
nuclear plants are still in the running for subsidies from the DOE.
According to this article, one of the
reasons for public indifference and confusion
is that the media does not treat climate change
as a serious topic. Even the NYT's top
climate reporter seems to believe
that the truth should not be told
about the threat of climate change.
Fortunately, the Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of
the Appeals Court ruling against the Bush
mercury cap-and-trade scheme.
In this article, commentators address the
issue of whether or not the EPA should regulate GHG
What will President Obama do about
unconventional fossil fuels? In this
article, Jim Hansen says the US and Canada must
agree to forego the development of tar
sands and tar shale.
It looks like the Senate will take up global warming
sometime this summer. How things will
work out is open to question given the huge lobbying investment by industrial
interests, whose lobbyists outnumber
health, environmental, and clean energy
lobbyists 8 to 1.