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
Impacts of Climate Change
, the Potential Impacts to 2050 of a Mid-Upper Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scenario. From Global Business Network.
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
. 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.
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"?
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.
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 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.
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".
Last winter, Sweden was blasted
by the first storm in recorded history to ever deliver hurricane force winds, devastating the country's forests. Logging crews came from all over the world. This massive collection of wood is now stored at a former air strip. via Inhabitat
regularly ranks as one of the top destination web sites
in the world, currently higher than Wikipedia or CNN, it is a mind boggling Bazaar of bulk items available for import and export, mainly from China. A popular site rarely heard about, it is for those who buy by the shipping container or become lost in the bewildering variety and possibilities of generic bulk commodities.
ASPO-USA Denver Conference Report
. Views on Peak Oil from a wide range of panelists in Colorado this week, including the mayor of Denver "who has joined that brave but small band of honest and courageous politicians willing to go anywhere near the issue of peak oil".
No surprise: Warmest September (globally) since record keeping began
, according to NOAA, 1.13 degrees above the 1880-2004 long term mean, with land temperatures more than 5 degrees F above normal across large parts of Asia and North America. Ocean temperatures were third highest on record.
Scientists find errors in global warming data.
Heating from tropical sunlight was skewing temperatures reported by satelite sensors, making nights look as warm as days. The George C. Marshall Institute
declined to comment. The group, financed by the petroleum industry, has used the data disparities to dispute the views of global-warming activists. Researchers say it removes a last bastion of scientific doubt about global warming