Federal government puts polar briefings on ice. Federal scientists who keep a close eye on the Arctic ice would like to routinely brief Canadians about extraordinary events unfolding in the North. But newly released federal documents show the Harper government has been thwarting their efforts. In 2012, as the Arctic ice hit the lowest point ever recorded, scientists at the Canadian Ice Service were keen to tell Canadians about the stunning ice loss. “Less ice doesn’t mean less danger. In fact the opposite is true and there is greater need for ice information,” Leah Braithwaite, the service’s chief of applied science said in an August 2012 memo to Norman Naylor, a strategic communications adviser at Environment Canada. Braithwaite and her colleagues — aware of the national and international interest in the shrinking polar ice — wanted to hold a “strictly factual” technical briefing for the media to inform Canadians how the ice had disappeared from not only the Northwest Passage but many normally ice-choked parts of the Arctic.
Alexander Verbeek on Twitter: People’s #Climate March Chooses Inspiring Posters #art #activism... People's Climate March Chooses Inspiring Posters. On 23 September, leaders from government, civil society and business will gather in New York for the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. The Secretary-General has asked them to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful, universal climate change agreement in 2015. Two days ahead of the Summit, people will take to the streets in large numbers, both in New York City and in similar events around the world, in what is being called the People's Climate March.
The march will be a major opportunity to let world leaders know how urgently the public is calling for solutions to climate change, and the need to move quickly to a low-carbon future. The organizers of the march have just announced the winners of a poster design contest to promote the event in one of New York’s most visible locations. "The Next One won't be Biblical" by Ellie and Akira Ohiso "Winds of Change" by James Jean. Steady increase in flights will outweigh carbon cuts. Climate News Network The aviation industry insists that it is making only a tiny contribution to global warming, with just 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions coming from its aircraft. Even if the aviation industry tries to reduce its carbon emissions, they will be outweighed by the growth in air traffic, even if the most contentious mitigation measures come into force, according to researchers in the UK.
Credit: croustibat51/flickr The problem is the speed at which aviation itself is growing. One aircraft builder believes the number of planes in service in 2011 will have doubled by 2031. Whatever the industry’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions, they will be outweighed by the growth in air traffic, even if the most contentious mitigation measures come into force, according to researchers in the UK. Cut Substantially The researchers, from the University of Southampton, have published their report in the journal Atmospheric Environment.
Fuel Efficiency. Anders Levermann explains why nothing can be done to halt the collapse of the Amundsen Sea's ice shelf. Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space POTSDAM – Recent satellite observations have confirmed the accuracy of two independent computer simulations that show that the West Antarctic ice sheet has now entered a state of unstoppable collapse. The planet has entered a new era of irreversible consequences from climate change. The only question now is whether we will do enough to prevent similar developments elsewhere. What the latest findings demonstrate is that crucial parts of the world’s climate system, though massive in size, are so fragile that they can be irremediably disrupted by human activity. It is inevitable that the warmer the world gets, the greater the risk that other parts of the Antarctic will reach a similar tipping point; in fact, we now know that the Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica, as big or even bigger than the ice sheet in the West, could be similarly vulnerable.
But the recent revelations about Antarctica are different. Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession. Photo THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage. For too many years, we failed to rein in the excesses building up in the nation’s financial markets.
When the credit bubble burst in 2008, the damage was devastating. We’re making the same mistake today with . This is a crisis we can’t afford to ignore. We need to act now, even though there is much disagreement, including from members of my own Republican Party, on how to address this issue while remaining economically competitive. The solution can be a fundamentally conservative one that will empower the marketplace to find the most efficient response. It’s true that the United States can’t solve this problem alone. We are building up excesses (debt in 2008, greenhouse gas emissions that are trapping heat now). New York can reasonably predict those obvious risks.
In Precedent-Setting Case, Insurance Company Sues Chicago Over Climate Change. This is an archived story. The information and any links may no longer be accurate. In what could be a landmark case, that even spurs the most climate-denying government officials into action, Chicago is being sued by an insurance company for failing to prevent flooding related to climate change, reports ClimateWire. You may remember that North Carolina's legislature, for example, prevented government agencies from creating flood maps based on projected future sea level rise, they can only use historical figures.
But this case could change that. In nine class-action lawsuits, Illinois Farmers Insurance Co. wants dozens of Chicago-area municipalities to reimburse them for claims they paid to flooded homeowners after a 2-day downpour last year. Illinois Farmers says local officials know that climate change is causing heavier rainfall, yet they aren't protecting homeowners. They should have drained tunnels and retention basins before the storm, they say. Read the full story: Svenrgy : Kennelijk is onze Economie... Guardianeco : How temperatures in America... How temperatures in America changed over two decades – big picture | Environment. Stanford-to-purge-18-billion-endowment-of-coal-stock.
Photo announced Tuesday that it would divest its $18.7 billion endowment of stock in coal-mining companies, becoming the first major university to lend support to a nationwide campaign to purge endowments and pension funds of fossil fuel investments. The university said it acted in accordance with internal guidelines that allow its trustees to consider whether “corporate policies or practices create substantial social injury” when choosing investments. Coal’s status as a major source of carbon pollution linked to persuaded the trustees to remove companies “whose principal business is coal” from their investment portfolio, the university said. Stanford’s associate vice president for communications, Lisa Lapin, said the decision covers about 100 companies worldwide that derive the majority of their revenue from coal extraction.
“But a small percentage is still a substantial amount of money,” she added. Among other deciding factors, Ms. Ms. Commonwealth Club-Climate One by The Commonwealth Club/Climate One. Cnet. All four of the big wireless operators want to keep their iPhone-loving existing subscribers, as well as win over some new ones.
In an effort to do this, they are each offering trade-in programs that are guaranteeing customers who trade in their older iPhones much better values for a limited time than are currently being offered from many of the third-party trade-in sites, like Gazelle and Nextworth. The difference in trade-in values is particularly enticing for customers with older models of the iPhone. But with two sizes of the new iPhone to choose from, it's hard to make a decision. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer a summary of each of the trade-in programs offered by the nation's largest wireless carriers, and I also dole out some advice for figuring out if the iPhone 6 or the mega-sized iPhone 6 Plus is right for you.
A deal almost too good to be true Dear Maggie, I am a 66-year-old grandmother, and I have an iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless. What do you think I should do? Climate change impacts in pictures: 8 stark IPCC images. Climate Central With 30 chapters that cite more than 12,000 scientific papers and reports, there’s a lot of material — and a lot of words — in the newly released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report looking at the impacts of global warming. But the report is also chock full of illustrative tables and diagrams that make the effects of global warming clear at a glance (and some not so much). After all, it’s one thing to read a description of the rise in flood risk expected to occur along the world’s coasts because of sea level rise and in urban areas because of their inability to absorb the water from more frequent and intense downpours, and another to see the dramatic uptick in people likely to experience major floods in graph.
To help illustrate the stark predictions of the IPCC report, Climate Central has pulled out 8 illuminating graphics that each tell an important global warming story: This redistribution of catch potential also has major implications for food security. Renewable Energy Is About To Boom. Attention grows on unburnable carbon risk in EU | climate-policy-watcher.org. Quote of the Day: I'm skeptical of skeptics. Stuartcmcgill : 97% say bridge is safe. Will... Publication:- World Energy Outlook Special Report 2013: Redrawing the Energy Climate Map.
Governments have decided collectively that the world needs to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2°C and international negotiations are engaged to that end. Yet any resulting agreement will not emerge before 2015 and new legal obligations will not begin before 2020. Meanwhile, despite many countries taking new actions, the world is drifting further and further from the track it needs to follow. The energy sector is the single largest source of climate-changing greenhouse-gas emissions and limiting these is an essential focus of action. The World Energy Outlook has published detailed analysis of the energy contribution to climate change for many years. But, amid major international economic preoccupations, there are worrying signs that the issue of climate change has slipped down the policy agenda. Executive Summary of the publication available in: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish.
First Energy Bows to Shareholder Pressure to Cut Emissions. January 15, 2014 Utility FirstEnergy, one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the US, has responded to shareholder demands and agreed to reduce its carbon emissions, the New York Times reports. The company — the eighth-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the US according to the Greenhouse 100 index — says it will study and report on what it can do to meet President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Obama outlined a broad climate plan in June that aims to restrict carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants and boost investment in renewable energy. The plan has been met with support from environmental NGOs and criticized by the coal industry, which says the rules to cut carbon pollution at new and existing power plants will hurt the economy and increase electricity prices.
Shareholder scrutiny and demands related to sustainability have increased in recent years. Wij Willen Actie | Urgenda. Wij Willen Actie | Urgenda. SolarWebsite : Ik vind deze al langer bestaande... Microsoft, Owens Corning Join Climate Declaration. Microsoft, Owens Corning, Diageo, Thornton Tomasetti and Acer America have signed the Climate Declaration, calling on US policymakers to enact climate and clean energy policies that will benefit the economy. These five global companies, all with more than 100,000 employees, join more than 650 other companies including General Motors, Unilever and Levi Strauss, in supporting the campaign organized by Ceres and its business network BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), which calls climate change “one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century.”
Today’s announcement comes just days before the launch of Climate Week NYC 2013 and the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth climate science assessment. All of the signatories announced today say they’re integrating low-carbon practices into their operations and products. Business vs business: The real climate battle begins. This is where it gets really interesting. Since I first engaged in the climate debate in the late 1980’s it’s all been fairly slow and predictable.
Environmentalists argued for action, big business resisted and government acted as the referee, deciding the policy winners. As I look around today, however, I see a shift underway from ‘environment vs business’ to ‘business vs business’. The global impact on both policy and investment decisions could be revolutionary. While there has always been some big business advocacy for climate action it has, with a few exceptions, been largely driven by companies’ sense of social responsibility rather than their immediate economic interest.
This hasn’t cut it in the debate because those businesses opposing action see it as a fight for survival and therefore approach their opposition in a far more aggressive, strategic and well-resourced way. It also needs to be tangible. From the David vs. Now that will be interesting. Climate action is better for the economy. Given that Australia’s federal election is all about the economy, and conflicting policies on climate change, a new posting by Skeptical Science is timely. It addresses they myth that CO2 limits will damage economic growth. It says that not making serious efforts to curb emissions will incur serious economic costs, a conclusion made by numerous studies, including Ross Garnaut’s, but one that has yet to register in the Australian political debate circa 2013.” “It’s not unreasonable to expect that the effects of climate change will create greater economic instability worldwide,” Skeptical Science note in their post.The solution is, of course, to reduce fossil fuel use.
One way to do this is to shift away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources. Here is the table: Figure 1: GDP projections of the four scenarios underlying the RCPs (van Vuuren et.al. 2011). The rest of the article can be found here. 'American Carbon' Enters World Economy And Atmosphere At Fastest Pace Ever. By Joe Romm "‘American Carbon’ Enters World Economy And Atmosphere At Fastest Pace Ever" The UK Guardian has a must-read piece for those who believe the shale gas revolution will save us from climate catastrophe, “The rise and rise of American carbon.” As illustrated in this chart, while U.S. carbon emissions have dropped somewhat in recent years — thanks to energy efficiency, renewables, the recession, and shale gas — America’s contribution to the global problem of ever-rising carbon production and consumption grows unabated. If this is a war on coal, I’d hate to see what appeasement looks like. Whatever benefit the shale-gas revolution has had in reducing US emissions — a benefit that would appear to be seriously vitiated by huge methane leaks according to yet another major NOAA study — it has also been vitiated by our continued coal extraction for export.
In short, if you find yourself in a globally-warmed hole, stop digging up carbon. The climate change policy discussion I wish Andrew Neil would have on BBC | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment. Page not found. Obama: No time for 'flat-earth society' on climate change. Mayor Bloomberg Announces Major Plan to Battle Climate Change in New York City | Inhabitat New York City. Cherry-picking one survey to discredit a survey of scientists on climate change.
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