Articles Tagged "You could not make it up"
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Wednesday, October 7th 2009, 2:48 PM EDT
The BBC have chosen a very silly way to show "more CO2 = more warming", and we are appalled at the way they have put this "brief history" together. They show the Mauna Loa chart from 1960 as if it's PROOF as to what they display is justified. The only truth in what they show is the coincidence of Industrialization taking place when there was also an increase of Solar activity, sadly they did not include that chart, so here it is http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/irradiance.gif
As the UN climate summit in Copenhagen approaches, BBC News environment correspondent Richard Black traces key milestones, scientific discoveries, technical innovations and political action.
Tuesday, October 6th 2009, 4:11 AM EDT
Google has launched a new climate change simulator that displays the dangerous effects of manmade climate change that have been predicted. Using Google Earth software, users can view the various scenarios put forth by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The search giant also announced the launch of a special YouTube channel
dedicated to the topic.
Powered by Google Earth software, the tools allow users to explore predicted temperature and precipitation changes for the globe over the next 90 years. Additional layers will be added in the coming weeks that will display water stresses, sea level rise, species turnover and more.
Download Google Earth and the IPCC tours
Released ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15)
set to take place in Copenhagen in December, Google encourages users to, “Explore the potential impacts of climate change on our planet Earth and find out about possible solutions for adaptation and mitigation.”
Source Link: examiner.com
Friday, October 2nd 2009, 3:48 AM EDT
There are only seven more annual political conference seasons to go before the world enters a new, far more dangerous phase of unpredictable global warming, based on the risk categories of climate scientists. That means we should already be able to see genuine solutions emerging in the debates and speeches echoing around the nation's conference capitals of Brighton, Bournemouth and Manchester. It also means that whoever is successfully elected to form the next government in 2010, they will almost certainly be in power during the period when the fate of the atmosphere is settled.
Except, perhaps, during wartime, history rarely offers up such a definitive performance indicator for a government. But here, for better or worse, the words, "it happened on your watch" will be carved, probably in coal, on their headstone.
New research from the Hadley Centre, part of the government's own Met Office, set the scene for the political challenge. It warns that we should now plan for the possibility of a 4C temperature rise by 2060. This is far beyond the maximum 2C rise considered a maximum safe threshold before the environmental dominoes start to fall.
Friday, October 2nd 2009, 3:28 AM EDT
Tokyo governor says that the 2016 Olympics could be the last games, as global warming continues to threaten mankind.
The 2016 Olympic Games could be the last due to the threat of global warming, Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara said in Copenhagen on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters at a press event, Ishihara explained his belief that the urgent need to address global warming may hamper future events because of their sheer size.
"It could be that the 2016 Games are the last Olympics in the history of mankind," Ishihara said.
Thursday, October 1st 2009, 10:28 AM EDT
Although the subject matter is very sincere, I think you should look at the following request as being part of the misinformation concerning the way people blame anything that happens to the weather as being related to "Man Made Climate Change". If this tropical storm happened twenty years ago it would have been regarded as a NORMAL occurrence in this location of the world, but as of today it's directly related to the west, and yes, You Could Not Make It Up!
The Philippines strongly urged developed countries Wednesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions to stem the impact of climate change in the wake of its worst flooding in decades. Tropical storm Ketsana dumped the heaviest rain in more than 40 years on Manila and its neighbouring areas over the weekend, killing 246 people and affecting more than two million.
It continued to leave a trail of destruction across Southeast Asia Wednesday, killing at least 49 people in Vietnam and Cambodia and smashing into Laos. At talks in Bangkok over a global climate treaty, the Philippines' chief negotiator Secretary Heherson Alvarez said he hoped "the sense of urgency, the sense of need for safe protection" was conveyed to rich countries.
Saturday, September 26th 2009, 9:08 PM EDT
The Climate Change Science Compendium is a review of some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate that have been released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, since the close of research for consideration by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.
The Compendium is not a consensus document or an update of any other process. Instead, it is a presentation of some exciting scientific findings, interpretations, ideas, and conclusions that have emerged among scientists.
Focusing on work that brings new insights to aspects of Earth System Science at various scales, it discusses findings from the International Polar Year and from new technologies that enhance our abilities to see the Earth’s Systems in new ways. Evidence of unexpected rates of change in Arctic sea ice extent, ocean acidification, and species loss emphasizes the urgency needed to develop management strategies for addressing climate change. Click This Link to Download the full Report
Friday, September 25th 2009, 3:22 AM EDT
HARTFORD, Conn. -- This week’s Second Circuit Court ruling could have profound implications for the future of climate change litigation, according to an environmental law expert.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that electric utility companies can be sued for contributing to global warming by emitting too much greenhouse gas.
Friday, September 25th 2009, 3:17 AM EDT
Climate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century even if the world's leaders fulfill their most ambitious climate pledges, a much faster and broader scale of change than forecast just two years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program.
Thursday, September 24th 2009, 4:00 AM EDT
The problem is that identifying those limits is a fuzzy science — and even trickier to translate into policy. Rockstrom's atmospheric-carbon target of 350 p.p.m. has scientific support, but the truth is that scientists still aren't certain as to how sensitive the climate will be to warming over the long-term — it's possible that the atmosphere will be able to handle more carbon or that catastrophe could be triggered at lower levels. And by setting a boundary, it might make policymakers believe that we can pollute up to that limit and still be safe. That's not the case — pollution causes cumulative damage, even below the tipping point. By focusing too much on the upper limits, we still risk harming Earth. "Ongoing changes in global chemistry should alarm us about threats to the persistence of life on Earth, whether or not we cross a catastrophic threshold any time soon," writes William Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, in a commentary accompanying the Nature paper.
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Wednesday, September 23rd 2009, 4:59 AM EDT
“No nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change,” Mr. Obama said, citing rising sea levels, increasing droughts and other potential fallout from a warming planet.
“And yet, we can reverse it,”