Climate Change 101: Fundamentals of Climate Change
The recent climate conference in Doha has sparked much interest with the adoption of the second Kyoto protocol. Larger nations may now be taxed for their environmental actions in order to compensate the smaller nations who maintain a more active role in their local environmental conservative activities.
A new video on Vimeo (courtesy: Dark Igloo) is going viral and is looking to explain climate change on a more fundamental level.
Really good climate explainer. Long time followers know I’m skeptical about the solutions Bill Nye discusses at the end of this video. Carbon emissions are simply not decreasing, not even a little. In fact, we’re burning much more than thought possible. And we have to stop fooling ourselves in thinking that it’s going to stop. China and India are getting richer and Africa and the Middle East are experiencing populations booms. They want cars, computers, houses, and gadgets, all of which means higher demand for energy. We need to be honest and clear headed about this reality.
In any case, this is a good video and well worth watching.
Climate change is our greatest national security threat.
Climate change SURPASSES “national” security threat.
Here are some of the death threats sent to a climate scientist, which the journalist behind the fake controversy “Climategate” joked didn’t exist, and wrote a column about, and then climate scientist Phil Jones of University of East Anglia released these. More at the link, worse than these.
Science is not the enemy. Ignorance and fear is the enemy.
As Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano continues to spew ash and greenhouse gases, the Mexican people themselves have resolved to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.
A law recently passed by the Mexican legislature will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2050, reported Nature. By 2024, Mexico will also derive 35 percent of its electricity from renewable resources, according to the new law.
PBS covers industrial farming tonight. Looks decent. A bit of a national ego stroke, but he does mention the impacts of industrial farming.
America Revealed: Food Nation
For the first time in human history, less than 2% of the population can feed the other 98%. Yul embarks on a trip that begins with a pizza delivery route in New York City then goes across country to California’s Central Valley, where nearly 50% of America’s fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown and skydives into the heartland for an aerial look of our farmlands.”
IPCC Reports link heat waves, deluges to climate change: Washington Post
Scientists are increasingly confident that the uptick in heat waves and heavier rainfall is linked to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, posing a heightened risk to the world’s population, according to two reports issued in the past week.
On Wednesday, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a 594-page study suggesting that when it comes to weather observations since 1950 there has been a “change in some extremes,” which stem in part from global warming.
The report — the product of a collaboration of 220 authors from 62 countries — makes distinctions among different phenomena. It shows there is “limited to medium evidence” that climate change has contributed to changes in flooding, for example, and there is “low confidence” that long-term hurricane trends over the past 40 years have been driven by the world’s growing carbon output.
But the IPCC team projects that there is a 90 to 100 percent probability that sea level rise “will contribute to upward trends in extreme coastal high-water levels in the future.” (…)
I don’t know how many times the obvious must be restated before we fucking take action.
“Why is science important?” A science teacher attempts to answer a vexingly difficult question by asking other science teachers. Clever. Also, follow the great tumblr skepttv:
The Importance of Science
Science teacher and film-maker Alom Shaha sets out to uncover a genuinely satisfying answer to his students’ most common question: why is science important?
Let this chart be a reminder to anyone that thinks that maybe we should be more tolerant to religious people.
RICK SANTORUM AND THE LIKE WILL LEAD US INTO ANOTHER DARK AGE IF WE DON’T FIGHT BACK AGAINST IGNORANCE.
“Yesterday, 221 members of Congress released a letter to the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, asking him to allow the coal industry to emit greenhouse pollution without any limits. Claiming the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on greenhouse gas pollution from new and modified coal-fired power plants needs to be killed because of the “devastating impact it will have on jobs and the nation’s economy” were 207 Republicans and 14 Democrats:
We respectfully ask that you stop EPA’s GHG rulemaking because of the devastating impact it will have on jobs and the economy.”
Reblog this shit.
THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO DECIDE BETWEEN A GOOD ECONOMY AND A GOOD ENVIRONMENT SHOULD BE AN EYE OPENER ENOUGH TO SHOW THAT THIS SYSTEM IS COMPLETELY FLAWED AND INHERENTLY CORRUPT.
“The inner workings of a libertarian thinktank working to discredit the established science on climate change have been exposed by a leak of confidential documents detailing its strategy and fundraising networks.
DeSmogBlog, which broke the story, said it had received the confidential documents from an “insider” at the Heartland Institute, which is based in Chicago. The blog monitors industry efforts to discredit climate science.
The scheme includes spending $100,000 on commissioning an alternative curriculum for schoolchildren that will cast doubt on global warming.
It was not possible to immediately verify the authenticity of the documents. “There is nothing I can tell you,” Jim Lakely, Heartland’s communications director, said in a telephone interview. “We are investigating what we have seen on the internet and we will have more to say in the morning.” Lakely made no attempt to deny the veracity of information contained in the documents.
The Heartland Institute, founded in 1984, has built a reputation over the years for providing a forum for climate change sceptics. But it is especially known for hosting a series of lavish conferences of climate science doubters at expensive hotels at New York’s Time Square as well as in Washington DC.”