Thursday, September 30, 2010

climate september II 2010

--text posts are at the blistered orb--


Returning to the blog after the summer recess left me with the distinct impression that climate change has shifted to second gear. As of this month, the Mad Hun thinks climate change has entered runaway mode.


UK less rain & wind reduces renewable energy production 9.30.
Arctic ice now lowest volume since rise of civilization 9.20.
Arctic tundra caribou herds in steep decline 9.23.
Ecuadorian glaciers in full retreat; farmers go green 9.23.
Central America deluged by tropical storm Matthew 9.25.
Southern California reports highest temps ever 9.27.
Southern California's heat followed by spectacular storms 9.30.Mexico flood, landslide leaves hundreds dead 9.29.Jamaica deluged by tropical storm Nicole 9.29.
Germany flood breakes dikes 9.30.


2010 global temps on track to set new record 9.20.
Realclimate: warmer and warmer 9.13.


(current estimate is 4.4 mil barrels of oil were spilled)
T Crone magnitude of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil leak
Science doi 10.1126/science.1195840 9.23.

BP says Gulf oil spill costs hit 11.2. bln dollars 10.1.
fifty percent of spilled oil remains in Gulf 9.28.
deepwater horizon well finally killed 9.24.
gulf oil spill: bacteria ate the gas, not the oil 9.16.
deep plumes could cause dead zones in Gulf AGU
Gulf oil spill research, news, and policy Science


(generic indicators for systems collapse become visible: close to t-points systems become very slow in recovering from pertubations)
M Scheffer complex systems: foreseeing tipping points
Nature 467 (2010) 411-412

(what psychology can teach us about responding to CC) 23.9.
B Newell the psychology of global warming: improving the fit
Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 91 (2010): 1003-1014

report highlights two-way link b/w ozone layer & climate change 9.16.... WMO/UNEP scientific assessement of ozone depletion UN 9.16.2010

glaciers may have soggier bottoms than thought 9.29.


China hosts first-ever climate talks 10.2.
China/Greece to set up center to cut maritime carbon emissions 10.2.
EU-Asian summit calls for binding climate deal 10.1.US Missouri windfarm is too controversial for Republicans 10.1.
Mideast Bin Laden may be using climate to bolster image 10.1.
US Republican governor candidates all deny global warming too 9.27.
Rwanda implements adaptation plan; relocating communities 9.17.US Republican Senate candidates all deny global warming 9.16.
Insurance co's call for more action to adapt developing world 9.6.

A Robock benefits, risks, and costs of stratospheric geoengineering
Geophysical Research Letters 36 doi 10.1029/2009GL039209

C Ferguson a US nuclear future?
Nature 467 (2010) 391-393

The Economist special forests and how to save them
The Economist 23 Sep 2010

G A Ban-Weiss geoengineering as an optimization problem
Environmental Research Letters 5 (2010) 34009

P Rasch technical fixes and climate change
Environmental Research Letters 5 (2010) 031001


J Valenti who stole (US) feminism? 9.29.
DailyKos on climate, it's the Republican vs. reality 9.26.
D Green the dismantling of civilized society 9.25.
P Krugman downhill with the GOP 9.23.
E Spitzer the GOP's new strategy 9.23.
T Engelhard American decline--the future's not ours 9.21.
D Orlov the future is rated "B" 9.13.


Canada gives most $$$ ever to poor countries to deal with climate 10.1.
Denmark: wind will fuel fossil-free nation by 2050 9.29.
Germany: how to evolve to a 2000 Watt republic 9.23.
... present daily per capita energy use in USA is 12 k watt
... at present, daily per capita energy use in Germany is 6 k watt
... by 2050, global daily per capita use should be no more 2 k watt
... Swiss Institute for the 2000 watt society german / french
... Fachstelle 2000 watt gesellschaft steps toward sustainability


S Brand my plan B for climate change (interview) 10.2.
J Kerry climate undermines progress on development 9.21.
G Monbiot the short happy life of climate change enlightenment 9.20.
R Parry America's decoupling from reality 9.17.


"the federal government is way behind on efforts to develop effective strategies to adapt to a changing climate."
report: US needs national strategy for adapting to warmer climes
Science 9.29.
The National Climate Adaptation Summit report is here.

"The planet on which our civilization evolved no longer exists. The stability that produced it has vanished; epic changes have begun."
Bill McKibben Eaarth 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

climate september I 2010

--text posts are at the blistered orb--


Alaska: walrus herds flee inland from melting ice floes 9.17., also here
New York: tornadoes rip through NYC 9.17. and 9.18.
Mexico: hurricane Karl makes landfall 9.17.
Montana: September snow surprise 9.17.
Pakistan: dreadful problems in the wake of flood 9.16.Atlantic: hurricane Julia 9.16.
Atlantic: hurricane Karl 9.16.
Arctic: summer sea ice minimum reached, worse than last year 9.15.Atlantic: hurricane Igor 9.14.
Atlantic: tropical storm Karl 9.14.Colorado: most destructive fire in state history 9.9.
Texas: tornadoes and floods 9.9.Guatemala: torrential rains and lethal mudslides 9.6.
Atlantic: tropical storm/hurricane Hermine 9.6.Southern California: low temperature records 9.1.


US women more likely to accept climate science than men 9.15.
... Alabama says BP denies its claim over oil spill 9.17.
... whistleblowers sue to find out why admin lowballed BP spill 9.16.
... five months after blowout, Macondo well being sealed 9.15.
... fish are dying at Louisiana coast 9.15.
... 'vanished' oil is piling up in the deep 9.14.
... oil industry lowballs bird deaths 9.7. (about Alberta oil shale)
... missing oil found on Gulf sea floor (UGA gulf oil blog) 9.5.
... Louisiana beaches and health problems 9.3.... another oil rig platform explodes in the Gulf 9.2.


(keeping CO2 below 450 ppm needs 30 TW of clean energy)
M Hoffert farewell to fossil fuels?
Science 329 (2010): 1292-1294

(extraordinary efforts needed to keep emissions from rising)
S Davis future CO2 emissions and climate change
Science 329 (2010): 1330-1333

(failure to act brings world closer to disaster)
J Sachs the deepening crisis
Scientific American 303 (2010) issue 3 (September): 32

(climate change could reduce China's harvests by a fifth)
S Piao impacts of climate change on water and agriculture in China
Nature 467 (2010): 43-51
... see also big risks to China at daily grist 9.1.

(the first decade of extreme weather)
S Rahmsdorf das Jahrzehnt der Wetterextreme at klimalounge 9.1.

(arctic sea ice extent minimum lower than in 2009)
JAXA data of sea ice extent for September 15, 2010
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
... see also Tamino's death spiral at open mind 9.14.
... see also D Notz eisiger Rueckgang at klimalounge 7.2.

(new measures confirms Greenland/Antarctica ice loss trend)
D Bromwich sea-level rise: ice-sheet uncertainty
Nature Geoscience 3 (2010): 596-597

(new data show old Greenland/Antarctica ice loss estimates too high)
X Wu estimation of glacial isostatic adjustment
Nature Geoscience 3 (2010): 642-646
... see also slash estimate of icecap loss at yahoo 9.8.
... see also thinning of Greenland ice at treehugger (video)

(new data show overall arctic ice loss estimates too low)
D Asendorpf Eis in Arktis schmilzt schneller als befuerchtet
Die Zeit 9.14.

(interview w R Gerdes, Alfred-Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven)
D Asendorpf Morsches Eis am Nordpol
Die Zeit 9.15.

(humans up, nature down ... for now)
D Biello if the world is going to hell, why are humans doing so well?
Scientific American 9.1.
... see also C Raudsepp-Hearne the environmentalist's paradox
BioScience 60 (2010): 576-589

(why the corporate media love 'climatologist' Bjorn Lomborg)
H Friel the Lomborg deception
common dreams 9.1.


US climate bill doomed this year 9.11.
China sustains blunt 'you first' message on CO2 9.2.US fails to implement deep drilling ban 9.1.IPCC's Pachauri continues to be hounded by corporate press 9.1.
IPCC's Pachauri cleared of financial misdealings 8.26.


China and US plan clean energy research collaboration 9.16.
China pushes for clean energy 9.15.
Europe in the midst of wind energy boom 9.9.
Iran speed freight rail planned as overland link to China 9.7.
Greenpeace's occupation of Arctic rig 9.1.


Martin Schönfeld, "Metaphysics of Sustainability: Kant's Categorical Imperative," in Jack Lee, ed., Sustainability and the Quality of Life (Stanford/Palo Alto: Ria University Press, 2010), 1-18


now ALL (!) Republican Senate candidates deny global warming 9.16.
poverty soaring, income gap increasing 9.16.
new-look GOP makes Bush look liberal 9.15.
C. Horner, "Recycling the Big Green Lie," at Breitbart 9.13.
Barack Obama says no to solar panels on White House 9.10. and 9.16.takeover of GOP by Serious Money moves into second stage 9.9.
US plans 150,000 miles roads ... and 4,000 miles rails 9.6.
more Americans are climate denialists in 2010 than in 2008 9.1.


R Steinzor a year of regulatory disasters 9.16.
B McKibben notes on the White House enthusiasm gap 9.16.
D Brooks the gospel of wealth 9.7.
A Huffington America's infrastructure in need of extreme makeover 9.6.
J Confino how buddhism could be a way out of the mess we're in 9.2.
S Brown oil addiction and identity 8. 30.


epistemic closure (J Sanchez)
the bottleneck century (K Cobb)


S Banerjee letter to young Americans 9.10.


"Without collective awakening the catastrophe will come."
Thich Nhat Hanh The Guardian 9.2.

"While the dynamic interaction between humans and climate is not new, the scale of the interaction has reached unprecedented proportions."
Earth Institute, Columbia University, front page of web site

"While American Republicans were turning climate change into a wedge issue, the Chinese Communists were turning it into a work issue."
Thomas Friedman, "Aren't We Clever?," NYT 9.18.