Reported in Discover Magazine online,
The Heartland Institute — a self-described "think tank" that actually serves in part as a way for climate change denialism to get funded — has a potentially embarrassing situation on their hands. Someone going by the handle "Heartland Insider" has anonymously released quite a few of what are claimed to be internal documents from Heartland, revealing the Institute’s strategies, funds, and much more. [more inside]
Cloning trees to stop global warming!
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a non profit organization that creates clones of ancient trees and uses them for the purpose of functional forestation. They are doing their part to stop deforestation and fight global warming by planting these cloned trees in different area across the planet. They are also preserve some of the oldest living things on the planet for future generations as well!
The Danger of Cosmic Genius.
Why is Freeman Dyson
"perhaps our most prominent global-warming skeptic?" Previously
What global warming looks like
- Some amazing time lapse sequences of glacier retreat and a spectacular ice-shelf collapse: [more inside]
For hundreds of years, mariners have dreamed of an Arctic shortcut that would allow them to speed trade between Asia and the West. Two German ships are poised to complete that transit for the first time, aided by the retreat of Arctic ice that scientists have linked to global warming. Arctic Shortcut Beckons Shippers as Ice Thaws
potholer54 is a youtuber who in his own words; I've been a journalist for 20 years, 14 years as a science correspondent. My degree is in geology, but while working for a science magazine and several science programs I had to tackle a number of different fields, from quantum physics to microbiology.
He has a series called Climate Change
that you might find interesting. [more inside]
Canadian expatriate (and Metafilter member) stavrosthewonderchicken
has a detailed and depressing look at the impact
of the mountain pine beetle
in Northern British Columbia, where a perfect storm of "forest fire suppression, clearcutting (and subsequent replanting), [and] global warming" has led to the destruction of over 130,000 square kilometers of forest.
"We badly underestimated the degree of damages and the risks of climate change,"
said Lord Stern in a speech in London yesterday. "All of the links
in the chain
are on average worse
than we thought (pdf)
a couple of years ago." [more inside]
Global Warming Video, From Still Images
Twenty days. Twenty thousand still images. A single message. Toronto Star photographer Lucas Oleniuk captures the issue of global warming in a video
created entirely by using still images.
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?
Iceland, Norway, New Zealand and Costa Rica
and four cities in other countries have made the pledge to aim for being carbon neutral. New Zealand and Costa Rica had earlier decleared this ambitious goal, but now Iceland and Norway have joined in. Way to go!
Of the 192 nations on this planet, there are now only 188 to go.
Video (8MB, MPEG)
of arctic sea ice extent, recorded from January to September 2007. [other formats]
This summer a dramatic decrease
compared to previous years in the extent of the north pole ice cap was observed. Scientists are freaked out [bugmenot]
. This summer, the Northwest Passage
was open for a few weeks, allowing three ships to traverse it. [more inside]
Earth, 2100 AD.
has doubled to 1000 ppm. From shore to the horizon, there is but an unending purple color -- a vast, flat, oily purple. No fish break its surface, no birds. We are under a pale green sky, and it has the smell of death and poison.
Paleontologist Peter Ward's new book
links past mass extinctions to global warming and shows
, absent major changes, "Our world is hurtling toward carbon dioxide levels not seen since 60 million years ago, right after a greenhouse extinction."
Maybe it's time for a heresy
: nuclear energy's green, and renewables aren't.
Remember all that talk
Gulf stream turning south and England entering an new Ice Age?
Well, better take a look at this one
(at the bottom)
... Ok, this is the Jet stream
, not the Gulf stream
, but turbulence is
and chaotic systems
have a way of quickly migrating to new
, often first displaying a kind of turbulence during the
transition phase. Here's a link
to a .pdf that may be helpful (or not...)
I tell you - Winnipeg (Canada's Global Warming Success Story)
just keeps lookin' better and better
! But, hopefully, never this good
There has been a measurable "surge" of carbon
in the atmosphere for the past 4 or 5 years, nearly doubling the annual rate of the 1970-2000 period, which has mystified scientists because it does not match human trends or known natural causes. A new paper (abstract
) suggests we may have reached a tipping point
with more greenhouse gases escaping from trees, plants and soils than in the past - hotter and dryer weather caused by high levels of CO2 is creating a feedback loop of unusually strong out-gassings of CO2 from vegetation more inside
is closely linked
to climate. Although it observes an 11 and 22 year cycle
, the overall trend of activity shows much longer term variations
. The so-called Maunder Minimum
(1645-1715) coincided with the Little Ice Age
, while the Medieval Maximum
coincided with the Medieval Warm Period
. Analysis of beryllium isotopes
from ice cores in Greenland shows that sunspot activity is currently at a 1000 year high
. Could this account
, at least in part, for global warming? Recent data from Mars
suggests this may be so, while others remain sceptical
. Bonus pix, more here.
Impacts of Climate Change
, the Potential Impacts to 2050 of a Mid-Upper Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scenario. From Global Business Network.
Is Cate Blanchett a global warming star or stinker? How about Angelina Jolie? Um, George Bush?
They got the money and the fame, but are they doing anything good with it, like maybe saving the planet.
IPCC's 4th Assesment Report Summary for Policymakers
[PDF] is now avaiable online, offering a necessarily simplified view of the scientific finding supporting the idea that global warming isn't just the theory of some lone scientist. Certain think-thanks are now
attempting to finance disconfirming opinion. Previously
has some anticipations on the soon to be released first volume of IPCC's
4Th Assesment Report , concerning matters such as climate change and global warming.
Quoting the article : It is virtually certain (there is more than a 99 per cent probability) that carbon dioxide levels and global warming is far above the range of natural variability over the past 650,000 years. It is virtually certain that human activity has played the dominant role in causing the increase of greenhouse gases over the past 250 years.
Can you save the world?
This engaging flash game from the BBC lets you try. And it's based on Science! too.
is a solar power rental company for the home. Free to install (!), a monthly rental fee is equal to what would normally be paid to the power company. Video
Al Gore trains 1,000 people
from around the world to share the message he presented in "An Inconvenient Truth".
"The goal had been to train 1,000 "presenters" to show slides of melting glaciers and charts of climbing temperatures, but many more have wanted in.
Those selected to gather at the Hilton Nashville Downtown last week included teachers, doctors, a meteorologist, ministers, Wal-Mart employees, actress Cameron Diaz, architects, retirees, veterans and financiers."
Global warming is to blame
for the disapearing act of Polar Bears in the arctic. After years of so called "Scientific proof" the Bush administration finally admits they were wrong
. Penguin populations around the world are crashing. Biologists are mystified but suspect warmer oceans caused by global warming is reducing available food.
Livestock's Long Shadow
, a new UN FAO report (full report
) says livestock (cows, pig, sheep, etc.) generate more CO2 than all forms of transportation (cars, planes, etc) combined, with the worlds live stock expected to double by 2050.
The Denial Machine
. A 40-min Canadian (CBC) documentary about the "denial industry" - think tanks, scientists, PR firms, focus groups, lawyers, etc.. the issue?
. It doesn't matter - different issues but the same people.
How to be a professional denier and profit.
The End of Ingenuity
(NYT OpEd by Thomas Homer-Dixon
)"..cheap energy is tightening, and humankind’s enormous output of greenhouse gases is disrupting the earth’s climate. Together, these two constraints could eventually hobble global economic growth and cap the size of the global economy." See also The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization.
A Concrete Solution to Pollution
With concerns over global warming and pollution control reaching an all-time high, an Italian company has developed an interesting solution. It is called TX Active: a concrete that literally breaks down pollutants in the air. The effects are significant: 'In large cities with persistent pollution problems caused by car emissions, smoke from heating systems, and industrial activities, both the company and outside experts estimate that covering 15% of all visible urban surfaces (painting the walls, repaving the roads) with products containing TX Active could abate pollution by up to 50%.' Even more significant is that the cost is only 30% over that of normal concrete. Remarkable.
Sir Nicholas Stern
, British economist, issues a "Stern Review"
, warning of global warming (link contains 15-min video presentation, PDF executive summary, PDF slideshow, and news summary). Ends on an optimistic note for England to lead the world with solutions.
The Weather Channel launches One Degree
, a broadband channel dedicated to global warming - for the "weather obsessed", sexy-voiced climatologists Heidi Cullen brings global warming mainstream. Are you a "climatechanger"?
Hadley Centre: Climate Projections
Two computer models showing how the North Pole is melting and what the surface temperature of the earth will be like at the end of this century. A spinning globe visualises the changes. This is not hyperbole just lots of data.
President Bush is preparing an astonishing U-turn
on global warming, senior Washington sources say.
Fair Price Energy
. One persons idea for a free market solution to the fossil fuel problem.
Pat Robertson believes in global climate change.
*brain explodes* Far from heat-induced delirium, Pat may simply be following his flock: evangelicals have embraced the issue of global warming
in recent months. Significantly, the environment
are two issues that are gradually opening a scism between the corporatist and religious wings of the Republican Party, one that Democrats can exploit.
The Amazon rainforest becomes "a desert"
after three consecutive years without rain - the trees die. Next year would be the third year of an ongoing drought
. The forest contains 90 billion tons of carbon (or about 45 years of stored human emmisions at current rates
) - 3/4's of the carbon is released within a year of dieing. The Amazon is "headed in a terrible direction".
Who'll be living where. Researchers at the Earth Institute at Columbia University have developed map
that projects where people will be living in the year 2025.
the new urban jungle
. . . is a growing movement led by cities like San Francisco
, New York
, and Leiden
to restore active and vibrant natural systems in urban areas. Far from the eden-like depictions of nature of yesteryear, i.e. the garden of earthly delights
(nonetheless, still attracting some dynamic new christian converts
), the movement has morphed into today's backyard and grassroots environmental movement which is more and more a picture of hybridity, compromise, mixed-use, and ultimately, taking nature out of the walled islands of zoos, aquaria, national parks and other thick-walled institutions and offering a different kind of everyday "unmediated"
community experience with the new urban wilderness
The average American uses 20 pounds of coal a day
. "our shiny white iPod economy is propped up by dirty black rocks.. I see more people dying of particle air pollution than are dying of AIDS." Coal accounts for nearly 40 percent of America's carbon dioxide emissions. Big Coal
by Jeff Goodell.
Global warming underestimated by up to 78%.
Scientists analyzing historical climate data for Europe have established the existence of a greater-than-anticipated positive feedback mechanism between high temperatures and global carbon dioxide levels. This provides more scientific evidence to support previously-expressed concerns
that as global warming intensifies, a chain-reaction of considerably higher temperatures may occur. This corresponds with a new report released by the Australian government
, claiming that "there is now perceived to be a greater risk that the upper end of the well known IPCC TAR estimate of a 1.4 to 5.8°C temperature rise will be reached or exceeded by 2100."
"Estimates of future warming . . . may have to be raised by about 50 percent."
are on the rise. Flood Maps
mashes up NASA elevation data and Google Maps, and offers a zoomable localized visualization of the effects.
The Coming Meltdown
. The incredible story
of Lonnie Thompson
- West Virginia conservative, world-class mountaineer, glaciologist, and leading climatologist who first told Congress the world is heating up in 1988, "the moment at which the greenhouse era really began".