Climate Change Updates April 19, 2013
World Bank President: Climate Change Is Urgent ‘Today’ Problem http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/04/world-bank-president-climate-change-is-urgent-today-problem.html “If we have any hope of keeping climate change below two degrees celsius, the peak year of carbon emission has to be 2016,” said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank. “So the challenge is right in front of us.” Thursday on the NewsHour, Kim speaks with Jeffrey Brown about a new initiative to address extreme poverty around the world. In an extended conversation, Kim also addressed the urgency of climate change and how World Bank is working to combat its effects. He says they must increase financial resources for sustainable energy, use innovative agriculture and partner with major cities to reduce their carbon footprint. But getting different international powers to agree on things like the price of carbon has been one of the challenges in the effort to curb climate change. Kim said once that is decided, the market forces will kick in and regulate emission.
Climate Change Fundamental Threat To Economic Devt– World Bank http://leadership.ng/nga/articles/52399/2013/04/19/climate_change_fundamental_threat_economic_devt_world_bank.html Climate change is not just an environmental challenge but a fundamental threat to economic development. Unless the world takes bold action now, a disastrously warming planet threatens to put prosperity out of reach of millions and roll back decades of development. These were the words of the president of the World Bank, Mr. Jim Yong Kim, while addressing delegates yesterday at the ongoing Spring Meetings of the IMF/World Bank taking place at the Secretariat of the global bank in Washington, DC. In his speech yesterday, Mr Jim Yong Kim, who sees climate change as a major threat to economic development said: “As we move ahead, we also must address climate change with a plan that matches the scope of the problem. “At the World Bank Group, we are stepping up our mitigation, adaptation, and disaster risk management work. Some 130 countries have asked the World Bank for assistance in climate-related work. “Also, as we move toward these poverty goals, we also must be far more effective in fragile and conflict affected states.
South Florida assessing impact of climate change on roads, bridges, railroads, airports http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-climate-change-transportation-20130418,0,1015294.story In August, Tropical Storm Isaac flooded neighborhood roads in central and western Palm Beach County, dumping a historic 15 inches of rain in a few hours. In November, Hurricane Sandy washed out a portion of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale. South Florida transportation planners think these examples are the beginning of the impact that rising sea levels, strong storm surges and flooding are going to have on the region’s transportation infrastructure. “It’s going to happen more often,” said Roger Del Rio, a project coordinator with the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Getting Chummy on Climate Change http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/04/climate-change.html Lost amid the high power diplomacy over North Korea’s nuclear threats, but perhaps provoked by the more immediate risks to Chinese citizens breathing dangerously foul air, the United States and China have agreed to step up their cooperation on climate change. Emerging from Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Beijing last weekend, but mostly unreported, the world’s two biggest energy consumers and greenhouse gas emitters and both non-ratifiers of the Kyoto protocol decided to add climate change to their Strategic and Economic Dialogue. That’s the highest level exchange between U.S. and Chinese officials short of presidential summits. Placing such a priority on climate change “would have been unimaginable two years ago,” said Kenneth Lieberthal, who handled China issues in the Clinton White House and is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. A joint communique issued April 13 during Kerry’s visit to Beijing said, “Both sides recognize that, given the latest scientific understanding of accelerating climate change and the urgent need to intensify global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, forceful, nationally appropriate action by the United States and China — including large scale cooperative action — is more critical than ever.”
With Climate Change Science Unsettled, a Carbon Tax is Even More Useless http://blog.heritage.org/2013/04/18/with-climate-change-science-unsettled-a-carbon-tax-is-even-more-useless/ Scientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that has exposed gaps in their understanding and defies a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions. Often focused on century-long trends, most climate models failed to predict that the temperature rise would slow, starting around 2000. Scientists are now intent on figuring out the causes and determining whether the respite will be brief or a more lasting phenomenon.
This Earth Day, share the many faces of climate change http://www.treehugger.com/culture/many-faces-climate-change.html It is almost time for Earth Day, Monday, April 22, and this year’s theme is The Face of Climate Change. To help put a human face on the challenge of climate change, the Earth Day Network is collecting images of people, animals and places affected by climate change, as well as images of people working to find solutions.
Notre Dame to be new home of climate change index http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/sbt-notre-dame-to-be-new-home-of-climate-change-index-20130418,0,4605244.story SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame will become the new home base of the Global Adaptation Index, a tool showing which countries are best prepared to deal with droughts, storms and other natural disasters that may be caused by climate change. Known as GAIN, the index ranks countries annually based on how vulnerable they are to climate change and how prepared they are to adapt. For details, visit: index.gain.org. The move was scheduled to be announced at a news conference at noon today in Washington, D.C. The founders were looking to take the index to a new level and wanted a university partner, said Jessica Hellmann, a Notre Dame biological sciences professor who specializes in the study of climate and directs the university’s Environmental Change Initiative’s Climate Adaptation Program.
S., Japan, G8 Commit to Climate Change Action http://ens-newswire.com/2013/04/18/u-s-japan-g8-commit-to-climate-change-action/ WASHINGTON, DC, April 18, 2013 (ENS) – Support for global action to curb climate change is growing stronger within the G8 group of the world’s largest industrial democracies, which includes the United States and Japan. During an April 14 meeting in Tokyo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed “serious concern about anthropogenic climate change and its worsening impacts.”
Is climate Change taking a break? http://www.dw.de/is-climate-change-taking-a-break/a-16740391 The cold start into spring has made people in parts of Europe wonder if the climate is really warming. Global temperatures have not been rising in recent years. Is the earth cooling instead of warming? Looking at the average temperature over five years during the last 15 years, global temperatures might appear to be flattening out. “Over the last decade there has been very little new warming,” says Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. The development is not unexpected, he told DW: “We are confident that human emissions of greenhouse gases have caused a large component of the warming over the last 150 years, but at the same time we do not expect every year to be warmer than the last. There are reasons why temperatures may remain flat for a decade and continue to warm later on.” Hawkins cites periods in the 1960s and 1970s when temperatures were actually cooling. The current flattening out of the temperature curve could be due to natural fluctuation
First Step’ in Addressing Effects of Climate Change http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418154417.htm A new report on the potential effects of climate change on NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary uses existing observations and science-based expectations to identify how climate change could affect habitats, plants and animals within the sanctuary and adjacent coastal areas. t also outlines new management recommendations for the sanctuary, and sanctuary officials called it the first step toward addressing them. They also said the report issued by the sanctuary, Climate Change and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary: Interpreting Potential Futures, will provide a foundation of information and identify key issues facing the sanctuary.
The dirty little secret to tackling climate change http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/04/18/the-dirty-little-secret-to-tackling-climate-change/?wpmp_switcher=mobile Forget the carbon price, forget the opposition’s Direct Action climate plan. Australia could probably meet its targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without either, provided we did one thing. But you won’t hear the politicians talk about it. A statistical analysis by Crikey, based on data released this week, indicates that if Australia’s high population growth rate were reined in, the country would already be meeting its targets to cut pollution. In fact, we’d probably be under those targets. The federal government’s data on greenhouse gas emissions for the December quarter points to the major impact the population boom has had on Australia’s emissions. Here’s the Crikey number-crunching that shows why it might be time to talk about the environmental impact of Australia’s growing population. (This is a crude statistical analysis, but you won’t find the government — both major parties support and plan for significant population growth — doing it. So we had a go.) Australia’s per capita emissions actually dropped between 1989 and 2012. But the population increased by 35% during that period, and overall national emissions soared by 32%. That took national greenhouse gas emissions from 418 megatonnes a year in 1990 to 552 megatonnes in 2012 (a megatonne is 1 million tonnes). Australia has a high rate of population growth, caused in part by a relatively high rate of immigration. What would the country’s emissions be if that was not the case? The ABS calculates that in the decade to 2007, the population grew by 3% pa on average, with “just under half from net overseas migration” (the rest comes from births). The proportion of population growth coming from migration increased to more than half at the end of that period; last year the federal government said migration “has in recent years had the largest impact on overall population change”. In 2009, migration provided 65% of population growth. Based on those numbers, if Australia had net zero migration from 1989 to 2012, we can estimate the population would have increased from 16.9 million (1989) to roughly 20.4 million (2012).
PM Singh: India To Double Renewable Energy Capacity By 2017 http://www.asianscientist.com/topnews/pm-singh-india-set-double-renewable-energy-capacity-2017/ it was the first time that the Ministerial meeting has been convened in India. The Prime Minister emphasized the urgency to develop clean energy because of the scarcity of fossil fuel based energy and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions. Developing countries account for 82 percent of the world’s population and they use 55 percent of the available global supply of energy, he said. But they could not follow industrialized countries in meeting their energy requirements through fossil fuel based energy, as the impact on the global climate would be simply unsustainable, he said. He asked industrialized countries – on any principle of equity – to bear a large share of the burden, as he said that they are historically responsible for the bulk of the accumulated greenhouse gas emissions and also the most technically advanced.
Climate change: lessons in cross-sector collaboration http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/2013/apr/17/climate-change-collaboration-connect4climate Climate change is a pressing issue. Everyone knows that, certainly the development community and they don’t need to be reminded of it. What they do need reminding of is that no one group can possibly solve this problem. Strategic collaborations around climate change issues and action are essential. As World Bank president Jim Yong Kim said recently: “To deliver bold solutions on climate change, we need to listen to and engage broader and more diverse audiences.” This is what theConnect4Climate (C4C) team has set out to do since the programme began in 2011.
Gore calls for action on climate change http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/gore-calls-for-action-on-climate-change-1.1362328 Former US vice-president Al Gore called for action on climate change yesterday, comparing denial of changing weather patterns to “sleepwalking towards the edge of the cliff”. Mr Gore, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his attempts to raise awareness of climate change, made the remarks at a keynote address at a Dublin conference exploring the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition. “Even with glaring evidence [of extreme weather patterns] people still do not connect the dots of climate change,” he told more than 350 delegates from 60 countries. “We have to win the conversation about climate change. When you hear denial, speak up.” Mr Gore, author of An Inconvenient Truth , a best-selling book on global warming which was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary film, discussed the effects of climate change on food security.
Climate Changes Updates 19 -22 April
1. Global Warming: ‘Black Carbon’ Flowing from Soil to Oceans
2. After Major Earthquake: A Global Murmur, Then Unusual Silence
3. Nitrogen Has Key Role in Estimating Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Land Use Change
4. First 2,000-Year-Long Temperature Reconstructions for Individual Continents
5. Earth’s Current Warmth Not Seen in the Last 1,400 Years or More, Says Study
6. Rivers Act as ‘Horizontal Cooling Towers’ for Power Plants, Study Finds
7. Geochemical Method Finds Links Between Terrestrial Climate and Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
8. Fossil fuel funding ‘grossly inconsisent’ with warming limits
9. Severe weather warning as rain continues
10. 20th century ‘hottest in 1400 years’
11. Geochemical Climate Testing
12. Earth Day – Hollywood Style
13. US Greenhouse Gas Emissions are Down
14. Freeway Air Pollution Travels Farther than Previously Thought
15. How the burning of fossil fuels was linked to a warming world in 1938
16. Urban land set to encroach on protected areas
17. Global Warming: Not Reversible, But Stoppable
18. Unilever chief calls for more climate action from governments
19. Bangladesh focuses on adaptation as climate fears grow
20. Can EU climate leadership survive next round of UN talks?
21. Q&A: John Ashton answers your climate change questions
22. Report confirms human impact on global climate
23. Ottawa and Alberta release oil-sands environmental data for Earth Day
24. 50 000 Citizens Walk For A World Free of Fossil Fuels
25. Climate inaction likely to deepen EU divisions – paper
26. Tim DeChristopher, Champion of Climate Movement, Released on Eve of Earth Day
27. Is Gen Y Just Pretending To Care About The Environment?
28. Is Gen Y Just Pretending To Care About The Environment?
29. Evidence adds up: three studies of human impact on climate
30. Your MP doesn’t ‘believe’ in climate change? Ask the tough questions
31. Green hypocrites? Behaviour change in a consumerist society
32. Volcano’s ‘Infrasound’ Roar Is a Weather Vane
33. Deadly Magnitude-6.6 Quake Hits China’s Sichuan
34. Dr. Strangelove Advice for Going Green
35. 10 Signs Climate Change Is Already Happening
A Tough Balancing Act to Climate Change
37. Earth Day Once Mattered. Why Doesn’t It Anymore?
38. In Europe, Paid Permits for Pollution Are Fizzling
39. Samsung admits tin mining operations causing environmental destruction
40. EU Ministers meet in Dublin to discuss environmental policy
EU Rejects Plan to Reduce Number of Carbon Permits in Short-term to Bolster Market
U.S. Agrees to Cooperate with China and Japan on Climate Change
EPA Delays Finalization of Carbon Regulations for New Power Plants
Rep. Ellison Introduces Financial Transaction Tax Legislation that Could Help Climate Action
Australia and China to Explore Linking Fledgling Carbon Trading Programs
Micronesia, Morocco Seek Fast HFC Reductions to Slow Sea-Level Rise, Other Impacts
Federally-Funded FutureGen CCS Project May Never Come to Fruition
IEA: Globally, Energy Produced Today “as Dirty as It Was 20 Years Ago”
Starbucks, Nike, eBay, and 30 Other Business Leaders Urge Strong Action on Climate Change
UNEP Group Ranks Climate Change as Top Market Externality
EPA Reports U.S. GHG Emissions Dropped 1.6 Percent in 2011
Antarctic Ice Melting Faster than Any Time in Past 1,000 Years
Arctic Could Be Nearly Ice-Free in the Summer by 2050
Climate Policy Initiative Finds that U.S. Has “Messy But Useful” Climate Policy Framework
Experts Flock to Dublin to Discuss Climate Change and Food Security
Climate Change Updates April 22, 2013
Last 30 years were the warmest in the last 1400 years http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0421-hance-continent-climate.html From 1971 to 2000, the world’s land areas were the warmest they have been in at least 1,400 years, according to a new study inNature Geoscience. The massive new study, involving 80 researchers from around the world with the Past Global Changes (PAGES) group, is the first to look at continental temperature changes over two thousand years, providing insights into regional climatic changes from the Roman Empire to the modern day. According to the data, Earth’s land masses were generally cooling until anthropogenic climate change reversed the long-term pattern in the late-19th Century.
Why Europe’s carbon collapse won’t kill emissions markets http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238?utm_source=rssHYPERLINK “http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238″&HYPERLINK “http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238″utm_medium=rssHYPERLINK “http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238″&HYPERLINK “http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238″utm_campaign=why-europes-carbon-market-collapse-wont-kill-cap-and-trade-89238 For carbon markets across the world it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Plummeting European Union carbon prices following a key EU vote seem to demonstrate in the clearest terms that cap and trade is doomed to fail. After all, “if carbon trading can’t make it in Europe, it can’t make it anywhere,” said Bryan Walsh of Time.But declaring the death of carbon markets and cap and trade policy over Europe’s struggles is a knee-jerk reaction which overlooks significant developments for carbon trading around the world – ones which could ultimately rescue the EU and cement cap and trade as a global climate change solution.
UN Climate Leader Christiana Figueres
to Speak at UMass Boston http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/4/prweb10655484.htm Christiana Figueres, the top United Nations leader on climate change, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Boston on April 24 to discuss how the international community can act decisively to blunt the impacts of global climate change. Fighting the devastating consequences of a warming planet requires collaboration among many groups, each with its own priorities. Figueres will outline a plan for managing these divisions in her talk, “From Climate Conflict to Climate Action: Capturing the Greatest Opportunities of Our Generation.” Her talk is part of the annual Slomoff Lecture Series in Conflict Resolution. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom on April 24 from 2-3:30 p.m. Since 2010, Figueres has served as the executive secretary of the of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is responsible for facilitating intergovernmental negotiations to create a plan to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and prevent human degradation of the climate system.
IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform http://www.climatecentral.org/news/imf-rejects-fossil-fuel-subsidies-HYPERLINK “http://www.climatecentral.org/news/imf-rejects-fossil-fuel-subsidies-15843?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climatecentral%2FdjOO+Climate+Central+-+Full+Feed”15843?utm_source=feedburnerHYPERLINK “http://www.climatecentral.org/news/imf-rejects-fossil-fuel-subsidies-15843?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climatecentral%2FdjOO+Climate+Central+-+Full+Feed”&HYPERLINK “http://www.climatecentral.org/news/imf-rejects-fossil-fuel-subsidies-15843?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climatecentral%2FdjOO+Climate+Central+-+Full+Feed”utm_medium=feedHYPERLINK “http://www.climatecentral.org/news/imf-rejects-fossil-fuel-subsidies-15843?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climatecentral%2FdjOO+Climate+Central+-+Full+Feed”&HYPERLINK “http://www.climatecentral.org/news/imf-rejects-fossil-fuel-subsidies-15843?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climatecentral%2FdjOO+Climate+Central+-+Full+Feed”utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climatecentral%2FdjOO+Climate+Central+-+Full+Feed LONDON — Fossil fuel subsidies provided by both rich and poor countries to keep their citizens happy are holding back the world economy, accelerating climate change and damaging the health of current and future generations, according to the International Monetary Fund. The worst offender of all is the United States, which allows annual subsidies of $502 billion on fossil fuels. China with $279 billion and Russia at $116 billion are the two next largest offenders. The IMF researched 176 countries to investigate fuel subsidies. These are both direct subsidies, where consumers are sold petrol, oil, gas and coal at below the price of production, and indirect subsidies, where the tax is so low it does not pay for the damage to the planet from climate change, the cost of pollution to health, road damage by lorries (trucks), and the cost of accidents.
Can EU climate leadership survive next round of UN talks? http://www.rtcc.org/can-eu-climate-leadership-survive-next-round-of-un-talks/ A UNFCCC Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action will be hosted in Bonn, between 29 April and 3 May 2013. The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action sets in motion a process – to be completed by 2015 – with the ultimate objective of delivering a top down legally binding emissions reduction agreement to cover all countries (and the EU), applying from 2020. Has the EU approach to international climate negotiations evolved after its failure in Copenhagen, and its modest success at Durban? Hints are provided by a consultative paper launched on 26 March, which opens the debate within the EU on the shape of a new agreement.
S., Japan, G8 Commit to Climate Change Action http://ens-newswire.com/2013/04/18/u-s-japan-g8-commit-to-climate-change-action/ WASHINGTON, DC, April 18, 2013 (ENS) – Support for global action to curb climate change is growing stronger within the G8 group of the world’s largest industrial democracies, which includes the United States and Japan. During an April 14 meeting in Tokyo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed “serious concern about anthropogenic climate change and its worsening impacts.” They said the United States and Japan “share the view” that human-caused climate change represents a threat to the security and economic development of all nations.
China Plans to Complete Climate Change Draft Law in Two Years http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-18/china-to-complete-climate-change-law-draft-in-two-years.html China plans to draw on the experience of seven regional carbon markets as it drafts new national legislation in one or two years, according to the country’s lead climate negotiator. The nation, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases linked to global warming, will “actively promote” the legislation, Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman at the National Development and Reform Commission, said yesterday in Beijing. “Shanghai and Shenzhen are trying to set rules for carbon trading,” providing expertise for the nation, he said. China, which surpassed Japan in 2010 to become the world’s second-biggest economy, plans to cut carbon emissions per unit of economic output by 40 percent to 45 percent before 2020 and learn from carbon-pricing efforts in South Korea, Australia and the European Union, Xie said.
23-nation group on clean energy to clear financing hurdles http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-04-18/news/38647216_1_global-clean-energy-investment-low-carbon-energy-renewable-technologies NEW DELHI: The 23-nation grouping on clean energy today decided to chalk out ways to clear the financing hurdles that have halted progress of the initiative. “We discussed as to what are the constraints and what can be done… We are thinking of preparing a paper on what are the issues of financing. One of the issues may be international funding,” Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said after the two-day Clean Energy Ministerial meet.
China climate chief says EU CO2 crisis will not hurt domestic plans http://planetark.org/enviro-news/item/68456 The crisis facing the European carbon market will not deter China from plans to establish its own emissions trading platform or its other climate pledges, the senior official responsible for climate change said on Thursday. Xie Zhenhua, vice-director of the National Development and Reform Commission in charge of climate policies, said efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions were a “domestic requirement”. They were, he said, designed to address longstanding inefficiency and environmental problems, and did not depend on other nations, or on the state of the economy. “China has pledged these targets to the international community to deal with climate change and they will not change,” he said at an event in Beijing. “Even if other countries say they will do nothing, we will keep to our strategy. No matter what happens to our economy, we cannot make any change.” The global financial crisis has saddled Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) with a crushing oversupply of carbon credits and record low prices, but the EU parliament this week rejected proposals to bail the market out.
Urgency lacking when it comes to climate change http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/agribusiness-and-food/urgency-lacking-HYPERLINK “http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/agribusiness-and-food/urgency-lacking-when-it-comes-to-climate-change-1.1368389″when-it-comes-to-climate-change-1.1368389 Climate change is a worthy issue which most of us feel we should be deeply concerned about – but not just yet. In the cosy Western World, there is a distinct lack of urgency about the problem. We wrongly feel the impact of climate change on us is still generations away. We mistakenly assume that, for now, its main effect is on ice caps in arctic regions, the forests in Central America and the plains of Africa. But at the Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice conference at Dublin Castle last week, there was a tangible zeal and sense of immediacy about the endangerment of the planet. Former US Vice President Al Gore warned against sleep walking towards the cliff. He cited the damage caused in New Jersey last year by Hurricane Sandy, floods in Pakistanwhich displaced 20 million people, downpours this year in Australia, and the Arctic icecape diminished by 50 per cent in the last four decades. He thundered about storm surges, rising seas, and the need to protect humankind.
Earth Day 2013 focuses on climate change http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/earth-day-2013-focuses-on-climate-change/2013/04/21/4b792cfe-aa9f-11e2-b6fd-ba6f5f26d70e_story.html The environmental movement will mark Earth Day on Monday with events locally and elsewhere highlighting responses to climate change and other challenges facing the planet. In the District, Union Station will be a hub for observance of the 43rd anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. The Earth Day Network, a coordinating organization, said the station will host a farmers market, raffles, giveaways, an exhibit from NASA and a recycling drive. There will speeches at noon and live music at noon and 4:30 p.m. from the U.S. Army Field Band.
This is what climate change looks like http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130422/OPINION/130419730/this-is-what-climate-change-looks-like One of the things that deceives people about climate change is that they cannot see it in their day-to-day lives. But some striking images have emerged from a local photojournalist documenting an ugly interaction between the Chicago River and Lake Michiganthat followed last week’s enormous storms. It was an event that likely provided a glimpse of what climate change holds in store for Chicago and beyond. Lloyd DeGrane has documented all manner of environmental degradation in this neck of the woods. (I am partial to photos he did for The Reader in Northwest Indiana.) And like many good photographers, he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He emailed me early in the morning of April 19 with some startling images and this explanation
1 thought on “The dirty little secret to tackling climate change”
There is no evidence of it bedesis the computer models used by political activists. They have to ignore the historical climate record and the fact that it simply hasn’t warmed in the way they claimed it would. The warming that ended about 15 years ago was perfectly consistent with natural warming. Anything said to the contrary is anti-scientific propaganda and nothing but intentional misinformation. The data has been manipulated and distorted but even with that, the amount of actual warming is less than a degree in century. We are cooler than the Earth was a thousand years ago and much cooler than during the Holocene optimum about 5 thousand years ago. The warm times are times of prosperity. Alarmists have no basis for their propaganda and in spite of their claims of cause and effect, there is no significant and certainly not harmful effect. With no actual significant warming, their agenda is meaningless speculation.I really feel sorry for you kids who don’t understand how the propaganda your being taught in the public school system these days are going to lead to the extinction of your freedoms in the future. What you need to be doing is exploring the natural cycles of the earths climate. You’d be surprised to know that in the 70 s the same politicians were trying to convince the world that we were heading for another ice age. If they ever convince you, the younger generation, that global warming is your fault then you’ll never question the constitutionality of them taxing you for something nature does naturally. The same applies to social reform. Don’t let them convince you that it is your obligation to provide the same standard of living to a person who won’t work that you’ve labored feverishly to achieve.