At TED this past March, Al Gore once again presented the Mother of all Power Point Shows.
This time around, there is a renewed sense of urgency, with updated slides about Arctic sea ice loss, among other things. More so than in the past, Gore specifically focuses on the necessity for laws to change, and how before that can happen, politics, especially American politics, must change as well. Another theme of Gore's latest TED appearance is how climate change is also a tremendous opportunity for a new heroic generation, to be remembered as the ones who solved the greatest crisis of human civilization.
posted by [expletive deleted]
on Apr 8, 2008 -
New Jersey is drowning
, or rather it would if the the future as predicted by David Spratty & Philip Sutton in climate code red
comes true. Philip Sutton said in an interview
that "within five years the Arctic ice in the summertime will be all gone.". With all the ice melting, the waterlevels rise - will your house be under water?
posted by dabitch
on Feb 22, 2008 -
"Intended to deepen our understanding of disputes over climate change and the human contribution to it," the new 'Climate Debate Daily
' is brought to you by the folks who created the well-known 'Arts and Letters Daily
'. Links to everything from scientific articles through PR releases down to blog entries, are arranged on the page in 'face-off' format, with pros and cons in side-by-side columns. If you want to keep on top of the debate on climate change, it seems that you'll find no better source of information anywhere ..
posted by woodblock100
on Jan 17, 2008 -
, released today
, is a map/database that shows the carbon emissions of more than 50,000 power plants and 4,000 power companies in every country on Earth, showing not only the worst but the best. Find out how much CO2 comes from electricity plants in a particular city, county, congressional district, company, town, ZIP code, or an individual plant.
posted by stbalbach
on Nov 14, 2007 -
Georgia's going dry -- and we're not talking liquor stores.
Record temperatures in Georgia and a long drought have left many Georgia cities wondering when the taps will run dry. Some towns
have only a few weeks of water left, while rivers
near Athens have nearly dried up. A broken water main
hasn't helped the problem, and some fear that the University of Georgia campus there may shut down
for lack of water. What's more, Atlanta
itself is already feeling the pressure, as Lake Lanier, a water source for 3 million residents, falls
by 1.5 feet per week and has only a three month supply remaining. While there have been more severe
(pdf) droughts in Georgia's history, rising population numbers have increased demand to now unsustainable levels.
posted by InnocentBystander
on Oct 13, 2007 -
A record number of floods, droughts and storms around the world has been characterized as a climate change "mega disaster"
by a senior UN official, a measure based on 13 emergency "flash" appeals
(PDF, map) issued so far this year
(pic gallery) - three more than in 2005 which held the previous record. Sir John has expressed frustration at how little media attention in the west is being devoted to what he terms a global "creeping climatic catastrophe".
posted by stbalbach
on Oct 6, 2007 -
The Catholic Church is traditionally not seen as a progressive institution, but when it comes to global warming, Vatican City is aiming to become the worlds first fully carbon-neutral state
, and the Pope is expected to use his first address to the United Nations next April to deliver a powerful warning
over climate change in a move to adopt protection of the environment as a "moral" cause for the Catholic Church and its billion-strong following.
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 22, 2007 -
As the global climate changes, agriculture is sure to be affected. The Stern Review
explains that "developing countries - in particular the poorest - are heavily dependent on agriculture, the most climate-sensitive of all economic sectors." Working Group II
of the IPCC
says that: "Smallholder and subsistence farmers, pastoralists and artisanal fisherfolk will suffer complex, localised impacts of climate change (high confidence)." Meanwhile, some important staple crops are especially threatened
by rising temperatures (though genetic engineering may help
). You can experience a taste of it yourself
, with a climate change awareness fast, taking place on Tuesday, September 4th.
posted by sindark
on Aug 30, 2007 -
The "Great Climate Change Debate" finally on the cover of Newsweek - what's new, you ask? This is the story of the denial that global warming exists
and how exactly the science behind the undeniable facts of increasing hurricanes, tsunamis, droughts, heatwaves and monsoons was muddied for profit.
Bonus links from the same issue: Timeline of global warming and its denial
and a slideshow of images from around the world on the effects but its one of those fancy interactive thingamajigs that doesn't allow it to be linked by an URL so be sure to take a look at it. Extra bonus! Quiz
your knowledge on global warming
posted by infini
on Aug 12, 2007 -
The Canadian government has released its new Turning the Corner
plan for regulating greenhouse gases, setting mandatory intensity-based emission targets
(18% reduction over three years) for major industrial sectors. Firms exceeding their targets will be required to pay $15/tonne starting in 2010. Expected cost: $7-8B per year, offset by an expected $6B benefit from improved health. Kyoto targets won't be reached until 2020, eight years late. Reaction from industry
, the Opposition
Previous proposal from Opposition leader Stephane Dion
posted by russilwvong
on Apr 27, 2007 -
In a 5-4 opinion [pdf]
, the Supreme Court concluded today that the EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases that may contribute to global warming, and must examine the scientific evidence of a link between those gases contained in the exhausts of new cars and trucks and climate change. Justice Stevens wrote the majority opinion, and Justice Scalia wrote a dissent, joined by Roberts, Thomas, and Alito. ScotusBlog summary here
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Apr 2, 2007 -
A contrarian documentary on climate change produced by UK Channel 4 called "The Great Global Warming Swindle
(Google Video) has been making the rounds in the internets. Prominent among the scientists featured in the documentary is one of the most highly regarded physical oceanographers active today, Carl Wunsch (MIT)
. Unlike his colleague Richard Lindzen
, though, it seems that Prof. Wunsch is not exactly pleased with being cast as a global warming skeptic. It turns out that selective editing made him seem to be saying exactly the opposite of what he was hoping to convey. Wunch is pissed.
. Also, reviews of the documentary: Real Climate
, The Guardian (Monbiot)
posted by bumpkin
on Mar 23, 2007 -
design that saves mucho energy, does not require air conditioning, does not require heating even when outdoors it's 10 below!
Since, for example, more than 30% of energy consumed in the UK is for homes and 82 per cent of that is space and water heating, [Monbiot, "Heat,"chapter 5, "Our Leaky Homes,"] changing our standards of home design is important. Diagram
shows that basic solar design concepts are well understood and technically easy to implement in new construction. [If only my house could be turned 45 degrees!] Possibly through ignorance, and partly through the desire to cut corners instead of doing things right, we do not make these wise concepts a priority. There are lots of cool alternative
building techniques, many of which are traditional and being revived
. This leading design standard saves 90% of energy used in the home
. Here in Canada it's called the net zero energy home.
posted by Listener
on Jan 14, 2007 -