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BBC - Climate science: Sceptical about bias

Great article by the BBC today on the so-called climate change “skeptics.”

Environmental correspondent, Richard Black invited sceptics to put their cards on the table, and to send him documentation or other firm evidence of “research bias” that is so often a complaint by the flat-earthers.

Celebrate Our Coal, Come On!

This is probably not the celebration Kool and the Gang had in mind when they wrote their hit song “Celebration.”

But its America's overabundance and over-reliance on the dirtiest form of electrical generation that has one industry front group celebrating.

Check out this website run by an organization called the “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC), and in particular their “50% TV Spot” video.

Let’s quit sidestepping the facts; global warming is tied to too many people

Relentless human-population growth coupled with rising consumption has outpaced the planet’s ability to cope. An article in BBC’s Green Room says we are now in “overshoot” – our numbers and levels of consumption greater than Earth's capacity to sustain us for the long-term. The writer says we must end world population growth, and then reduce population size in industrialized as well as developing nations.

ExMo Chief: energy independence is "isolationist"

On the same day Hilary Clinton released her plan to reduce the US addiction to foreign oil imports and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the CEO of the largest oil company in the world is balking at the pursuit for energy independence.

Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has hit out at “isolationism” in energy policy (full article is firewalled) arguing that attempts to pursue energy independence are futile and counter-productive.

Tillerson stated that:

Regardless, no conceivable combination of demand moderation or domestic supply development can realistically close the gap and eliminate Americans' need for imports.”

His remarks, made at the World Energy Congress in Rome, provided support for calls from Opec, the oil producers' cartel, for what the group calls “security of demand”.

 

Sparks already flying at United Nation's climate talks

Didn't take long for word to get out that the UN climate change talks underway in Valencia, Spain are already bogging down.

The French Press Agency is reporting that, “… there had been by sharp exchanges over what the document should include and whether it should reflect findings published after a cut-off date for new material.”

The Australian Age is reporting that the report “… has been watered down as a result of influence from .

Will the US blink or balk at this week's UN Summit on Climate Change?

The final edition of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change will be released this week in Valencia, Spain and all eyes are on the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, the United States.

Optimism seems to abound. A Rueter's headline today announces that the “UN Panel's Global Warming Report May Win U.S. Support.”

One of the chief US negotiators, John Marburger even went so far as to say “We haven't seen any problems in the drafts that we've seen.''

We're not holding our breath though…

Hilary Clinton Unveils Aggressive Climate Change Plan

Presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton has just released an aggressive and comprehensive plan to fight climate change and significantly curb the US addiction to foreign oil.

The plan called “Powering America's Future: Hillary Clinton's Plan to Address the Energy and Climate Crisis” proposes to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050 – the level necessary to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.
  • Cut foreign oil imports by two-thirds from projected levels by 2030.
  • Transform our carbon-based economy into an efficient green economy, creating at least 5 million jobs from clean energy over the next decade.

Grist lays out the entire plan here.

Gore takes post with investment firm; vows to donate salary to climate protection

The former VP and Nobel laureate will investigate the growth potential of start-up companies focused on alternative energy sources, and then make recommendations to the California firm he represents as to whether they should receive venture-capital financing.

Something's Fishy Off the State of Rhode Island

Once, natural events in Narragansett Bay occurred with the predictability of the tides: Thick ice clung to the shore in February.

Giant phytoplankton blooms tinted the water green by March. Striped bass began to move to warmer waters by mid-October. No longer.

Winter surfers off Narragansett Town Beach rarely have to slosh through frozen chunks anymore. Those blooms, which rained nutrients down to bottom-dwelling creatures, have all but disappeared. Fishermen regularly brag about catching striped bass in mid-November. Narragansett Bay's natural timing is out of sync.

Former Gore advisor warns that global warming could sound death knell for globalization

“The Age of Consequences” report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the US, predicts that scarcity of resources may “dictate the terms of international relations” for years to come as rich countries could “go through a 30-year process of kicking away from the lifeboat.”

Another report says energy needs in 2030 could rise more than 50% above current levels, mainly due to rapid economic growth in China and India. So who’s going to be kicking who?

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