Articles Tagged "Opposing Views"
Monday, January 31st 2011, 6:14 AM EST
The year 2011 started with more than a million people living in the eastern part of Sri Lanka displaced by the floods; at least 40 people have died. Such is the devastation caused by the floods that the economic cost could amount to 500 million USD. The end of 2010 noted the heaviest rain in 18 years in the western part of Sri Lanka, leaving 36,000 families homeless and submerging the country's Parliament under four feet of water. If you recall, the first quarter of 2010 recorded the warmest days in Sri Lanka. Overall, the frequency of droughts, heavy rains, floods, earth slides has increased geometrically. So called 'natural disasters' seem to be happening at very short time intervals.
The phenomenon is not unique to Sri Lanka. Let’s take a quick tour of the world in disaster.
The recent floods in Brazil were due to the largest rainfall since 1967. Floods and mudslides in Brazil killed over 750 people and the damage is estimated at 1.2 billion USD. The 2010-2011 flood disaster in Queensland affected 70 towns, and 200,000 people, flooded major parts of the capital city Brisbane including the Central Business District, and cost 13 billion USD.
Thursday, March 10th 2011, 11:29 AM EST
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Friday, January 7th 2011, 5:15 AM EST
Republicans have disbanded the one committee devoted solely to climate change and energy issues. At least it went out on its own terms
The kick-off of the 112th Congress on Wednesday also marked the end of an era in the House – the demise of a committee devoted solely to climate change and energy issues. The Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming, created by Nancy Pelosi in 2006, has been shuttered under the new Republican leadership. In the final days of the committee, staffers released a report on what the committee accomplished in its brief tenure – an epitaph of sorts.
Tackling issues from the politicisation of climate science to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, the committee held 80 hearings and briefings. It played a role in shaping policy for the 2007 energy bill, the 2009 stimulus package (which included $90bn [$58bn] in energy, efficiency, and other green elements), and, of course, the 2009 climate bill (the one that never became law, of course, because the Senate didn't act on it).
The final report concludes with the question of whether the United States will respond to all the information that the committee has compiled during its lifespan on the climate and energy challenge:
Someday, our children and grandchildren will look back on the record of the Select Committee. That record will reflect a respectful and rigorous debate and an unprecedented understanding of the challenges before us. Whether or not they will see that this generation has taken the bold action required by these challenges remains to be seen.
Thursday, February 3rd 2011, 6:51 AM EST
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Friday, June 17th 2011, 3:01 AM EDT
.....The current solar cycle (24) is limping along modestly now, and is expected to peak in 2013. That and soaring greenhouse-gas emissions (thank you China and U.S. climate disinformers and your political allies) -- along with the slow equilibration of global temperatures with current CO2 concentrations -- will ensure that half the years this decade or more will probably be as warm or warmer than 2010, and that this will again be the hottest decade on record.
If Solar Cycle 25 doesn't appear until 2022 (or 2092) it won't change the fact that if we keep listening to the disinformers and taking no action to reduce emissions, we will ravage human civilization. Sure, it might allow some disinformers to say that warming was not occurring as fast as the worst-case scenarios, but the more profound reality would be that even with a grand solar minimum, we'd still be seeing record warming decade after decade......
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Thursday, November 10th 2011, 4:28 AM EST
The 2011 edition of the World Energy Outlook was released on 9 November and brings together the latest data, policy developments, and the experience of another year to provide robust analysis and insight into global energy markets, today and for the next 25 years. This edition of the IEA’s flagship WEO publication gives the latest energy demand and supply projections for different future scenarios, broken down by country, fuel and sector.
It also gives special focus to such topical energy sector issues as Russia’s energy prospects and their implications for global markets; the role of coal in driving economic growth in an emissions-constrained world; how high-carbon infrastructure “lock-in” is making the 2°C climate change goal more challenging and expensive to meet; the scale of fossil fuel subsidies and support for renewable energy and their impact on energy, economic and environmental trends; or the scale and type of investment needed to provide modern energy to the billions of the world’s poor that do not have it.
WEO-2011 further analyses some of the most pressing issues faced by the energy world this year by looking at the implications of a possible delay in oil and gas sector investment in the Middle East and North Africa and also by presenting a “Low Nuclear Case” to investigate what a rapid slowdown in the use of nuclear power would mean for the global energy landscape.
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Also see: World has five years to combat irreversible global warming
- Philip Caulfield -New York Daily News
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