The Climate Engineers
. "Efforts to manipulate the climate and weather have a long history of exaggerated claims and beliefs, and a dangerous tendency to become militarized. Even if they succeed, who will control the global thermostat?"
Public policy scholar James R. Fleming explores the issues in a Wilson Quarterly article.
posted by amyms
on Jul 19, 2007 -
The Green Leap Forward "Environmentalism is China’s fastest-growing citizen movement. Beijing isn’t cracking down on these new activists—it’s empowering them."
posted by delmoi
on Jul 19, 2007 -
vivoleum ExxonMobil has hit upon a novel and renewable source of fuel
"Attendees paid 50 dollars a head to hear a speech from the National Petroleum Council, a group that also advises the White House on oil and gas matters.
It was rumoured a new joint energy policy from the Canadian and American governments was coming.
posted by nihlton
on Jun 14, 2007 -
Federal Aviation Administrator Marion Blakey
is valiantly fighting European attempts
to extend the EU's emission trading scheme to aviation.
Those silly Europeans, Ms. Blakey has argued
, are so overexcited about global warming that they are even using helicopters with thermal imaging systems to enforce a green tax on outdoor BBQs!
Unfortunately for her argument, it turns out that the story she quoted is a complete hoax
. Now, unlike Brownie, nobody would ever accuse Ms. Blakey of being a novice. Apart from previous tenures at, among others, the Department of Transportation and the NTSB, Ms. Blakey also founded Blakey & Agnew
, a "public affairs" firm with a special focus on transportation issues.
posted by Skeptic
on May 27, 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 -
After two big Antarctic ice shelves broke off several years ago
, a world of new species was found underneath
and a press release came out yesterday, showing spindly orange starfish among other interesting creatures. Here is some more information
on the expedition.
The fact that the shelves melted when they did is most likely a result of global warming, but having them out of the way gave researchers a golden opportunity to study what lives beneath the ice.
Other occassions where a disaster has simultaneously been a great research opportunity include radioactive fallouts: at Chernobyl the evacuated area has been monitored
for the past decades to see which species move in and how they thrive (previously on Metafilter
posted by easternblot
on Feb 26, 2007 -
"When you cheat on your partner you add to the heartbreak, pain and jealousy in the atmosphere. Cheatneutral offsets your cheating by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. This neutralises the pain and unhappy emotion and leaves you with a clear conscience." [Via Gristmill.]
posted by homunculus
on Feb 13, 2007 -
Instead of reducing emissions, maybe we can block out the sun.
This is a proposal offered by the United States in response to a draft of a UN report on climate change, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. According to the linked article, the U.S. has resisted a treaty that would involve binding targets for emissions reductions, and is instead pushing for the exploration of techniques for blocking out the sun, including (according to the Sydney Morning Herald article) "putting a giant screen into orbit, thousands of tiny, shiny balloons, or microscopic sulfate droplets pumped into the high atmosphere to mimic the cooling effects of a volcanic eruption." This is via Yale Law professor Jack Balkin, who speculates that there is Biblical precedent for this proposal
posted by jayder
on Jan 29, 2007 -
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.
posted by elpapacito
on Jan 29, 2007 -
A revised U.S. plant hardiness map
has been put out by the National Arbor Day Foundation, based on numbers from 5,000 cooperative climate observation stations throughout the United States. The foundation forged ahead
with their own revisions since the official USDA map
update has stalled. One unofficial draft [PDF]
does exist. A USDA spokesperson
said their map delay is because of fine-tuning where to draw the zone lines; the agency also plans to incorporate other data such as wind.
posted by rolypolyman
on Jan 6, 2007 -
"Not knowing may kill us."
Seed Magazine asks why the DSCOVR climate satelite (constructed for a paltry $100 million) is just sitting in a storage warehouse collecting dust when several nations outside the US are offering to launch the thing on their own dime.
posted by saulgoodman
on Sep 18, 2006 -
- Once this site stops messing with your windows, there are some views of glaciers. The before and afters are supposed to be (in some cases) 100 years apart - maybe, maybe not - summer v. winter [who knows?] it's pretty harrowing what we're presented with in terms of glacier reduction - if that's what we're looking at here.
posted by tellurian
on Sep 6, 2006 -
To hear Rupert Murdoch's newspaper The Australian tell it, "Science" is now tempering its claims about the urgency of Global Warming.
Arts and Letters Daily goes even further, declaring a "Catastrophe Postponed"
on its front page. But a closer look at the meager factual content of The Australian
article (as opposed to the specious inferences and dramatic allusions to "leaked IPCC documents") suggests that, in fact, "Science" has just gotten more specific about its Global Warming claims, and the real situation remains as urgent as ever if we continue on our current track. Meanwhile, in tangentially related news, Chevron is reporting a massive new oil find
in the Gulf of Mexico. Not to imply any kind of conspiracy
here (since, you know, "Science" has proven that actual conspiracies are an urban myth).
posted by saulgoodman
on Sep 5, 2006 -
The Toronto Globe and Mail on climate-change denial in Canada
. Includes a description of how donations from oil companies to anti-Kyoto groups like Friends of Science are laundered through the Calgary Foundation and the University of Calgary's Science Education Fund. Previously
posted by russilwvong
on Aug 15, 2006 -
"Animals are on the run. Plants are migrating too. The Earth's creatures, save for one species, do not have thermostats in their living rooms that they can adjust for an optimum environment. Animals and plants are adapted to specific climate zones, and they can survive only when they are in those zones...Gardeners and bird watchers are well aware of this, and their handbooks contain maps of the zones in which a tree or flower can survive and the range of each bird species. Those maps will have to be redrawn." Jim Hansen on the global impact of global warming
. Meanwhile, the National Association of manufacturers is happy to tell you everything you really need to know on the subject
. (More from NAM here
posted by alms
on Aug 11, 2006 -