Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Conference Climate 2050, October 2007

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A ‘Touché!’ From Climate Scientists By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A group of climate scientists has written a letter to the Heartland Institute urging the nonprofit group to “recognize how its attacks on science and scientists have helped poison the debate over climate change policy,” The Guardian newspaper reports.

The institute found itself in a quandary this week when its own internal documents were leaked online by an anonymous party. Among other things, the documents described a plan by Heartland to promote a school curriculum casting global warming as a controversial theory rather than one on which there was a scientific consensus.

“We know what it feels like to have private information stolen and posted online via illegal hacking,” the scientists write in the letter, posted online by The Guardian. “It happened to climate researchers in 2009 and again in 2011.”

Yet “in 2009, the Heartland Institute was among the groups that spread false allegations about what these stolen e-mails said,” the letter continues. “Despite multiple independent investigations, which demonstrated that allegations against scientists were false, the Heartland Institute continued to attack scientists based on the stolen e-mails.”

Friday, February 24, 2012

Concerns Rise in Maine over Increase in Extreme Weather Events

Feb. 23, 2012: Markey Talks Energy Politics on Martin Bashir

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

John Peet: Time to defy the worship of growth

Will policies to grow the economy work? There are two sides to a response to that question.
Side A says economic growth is undermining the very ecological systems that not only support life on the planet but also are the foundation of the economy, and for that reason it is not sustainable.
Side B says failure to grow the economy risks social and political instability. Both are probably correct.


In the end, however, money is still a claim on future consumption - an IOU, in effect - so when it is spent, the physical and resource connections kick in. Mother Nature doesn't do bailouts, so printing or borrowing money simply builds up resource problems for the future.

Please read the whole thing
John Peet: Time to defy the worship of growth

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Extreme Ice

Watch Extreme Ice on PBS. See more from NOVA.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Paul Hawken, David Orr and Bill McKibben Take a Question from Dan Siegel

I told you so

The supply shortfall coming from nuclear plant closures was expected to be filled with wind energy, he said. But because of a lack of interconnection within Germany, the electricity produced by those wind farms could not by supplied to the consumers directly and had to pass through Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria before reaching them, with the consequent power losses.

He added that the need to maintain electric system stability in Germany had required putting diesel generation and oiled-powered stations back on stream.
Nuclear industry seen emerging from Fukushima shock

Ok, so not coal, but dirty CO2 producing power to replace CO2 free power generation.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

“There’s no guarantee we’ll win the fight against climate change. There are scientists who think we’ve waited too long to get started in this fight, and there is too much momentum behind this heating. There are political scientists who think the odds are simply too high; there’s too much money piled on the other side. If you were a betting person you might be wise to bet with them because we’ve been losing more or less for twenty years. But that is not a bet you are allowed to make. The only stance for a moral human being when the worst thing on earth is happening is to get up in the morning and figure out how you can change those odds.”
Bill McKibben

The Three Logics of Climate Politics

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Responding To Growing Disasters, States To Require Insurers To Disclose Climate Change Plans

Responding To Growing Disasters, States To Require Insurers To Disclose Climate Change Plans: pFollowing the most damaging year of climate disasters in the United States in history, the insurance regulators in three states – California, Washington, and New York – announced that all major insurance companies operating in their states will be required to assess and publicly disclose the climate-change related risks they face, both in their underwriting [...]/p

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Economic growth without population growth?

Watch January 30, 2012 on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

30 minutes in....

Count how many times Margret says "growth". It is amazing to me that nobody is talking about the lack of population growth in Europe. Think Japan.

Following story is about Hans Rosling’s and his GAPMINDER project.