These posts include a brief mention of a number of news items relating to climate change. They don’t preclude treating any of these topics at more length in a separate post.
They can also serve as an open thread so that we can keep each other informed on important climate news.
The Bolivians were the only ones in step at Cancún
The Bolivians at Cancún were possibly the only ones who followed the science faithfully and took full account of the implications.
Analysts at Climate Action Tracker have revealed that these paltry offers [at Cancun] are nowhere near enough to keep temperature increases even within the contested goal of 2 degrees. Instead they would lead to increases in temperature of between 3 and 4 degrees, a level considered by scientists as highly dangerous for the vast majority of the planet. [Bolivian negotiator] Solon said, “I can not in all in consciousness sign such as a document as millions of people will die as a result.”
“Proposals by powerful countries like the US were sacrosanct, while ours were disposable. Compromise was always at the expense of the victims, rather than the culprits of climate change.”
2010 Climate B.S. of the Year Award
A small, smart and increasingly annoyed group of climate scientists has found the perfect way to mark the end of a bad year – with the 2010 Climate B.S. of the Year awards.
Go here for the copy, and the identity of the nominators. The winner is a particularly smelly bunch of stuff:
First Place goes to the following set of B.S.: “There has been no warming since 1998” [or 2000, or…], “the earth is cooling,” “global warming is natural,” and “humans are too insignificant to affect the climate.”
Temperature records show broad agreement in trend terms
Skeptical Science has done a comparison of the temperature records:
That’s roughly an 11-year average which you can see in greater detail here.
Bolta picks the one that suits him best, flattened by the particular x and y-axis values, introduces some visual distractions and then misses the point.
Go here for Climate Graphics by Skeptical Science.
Sorry, the floods and the freeze do not signal the end of global warming
A CSIRO scientist is warning authorities not to interpret floods in eastern Australia and snowstorms over Europe and North America as signalling the end of global warming.
It seems we’ll have to put up with cold snaps for at least another 40 years.
US satellite climate data collection will be degraded from 2015 for up to 11 years
Yes, decisions made by the Bush administration will affect data collection in the future.
In Storms of My Grandchildren Hansen relates how his budget was cut and the NASA mission changed to de-emphasise study of the home planet. Very much, it seemed, as a response to his activism.
Extreme patterns speak of climate change in China
The past 12 months saw the most instances of extreme weather in a decade, China’s meteorological authority said on recently.
This summer, the average highest temperature across China was the highest since 1961, with an average 9.7 days with the highest temperature at or above 35 C, 3.5 days more than in previous years.
Extreme rainstorms followed the hot weather. Ninety-seven weather stations around China reported record-breaking daily rainfall, and 133 stations broke their annual records. Only seven record-breaking daily rainfall figures were reported from 2000 to 2009.
Moreover, more than half of the tropical hurricanes formed typhoons and hit coastal regions in East and South China, marking the highest landfall ratio in history.
Global warming was largely to blame, they say.
The growing consensus on imminent global cooling
…is what some denialist blogs are predicting.
As expected, some of the climate scientists actually say the opposite of what denialist blogs suggest.
December Arctic Ice extent is the lowest ever
Climate Progress has a post with a temperature map for the region showing parts of Canada astoundingly warm.
Balmy warmth in Antarctica
Meanwhile in Antarctica it has been too warm to land planes.
Finally then to a stunner:
Floods can help Australia rise toward adaptation to climate change
The Queensland floods and other recent record-breaking weather events can help push Australia further toward becoming a world leader in adapting to the predicted effects of global warming.
The floods may be due to natural cycles rather than climate change, but we’ve accepted the reality of climate change adaptation and that our lifestyles will change.
In agriculture, the government has laid out various plans to help farmers adjust to the official prediction that climate change will cut food production by more than 15 percent – and perhaps turn Australia into a net food importer.
The largest spending on adaptation is a 10-year, $12.9 billion program called “Water for the Future.” It includes setting up a robust market for water resources so that “as water becomes more scarce there are incentives to deliver it to the areas of highest priority.”
The government also plans to issue a “climate futures report” every five years, starting this year. Last year, it sponsored the world’s first official conference on climate-change adaptation and has set up a research facility dedicated solely to the topic. (One study hopes to create a “model for resilience” by looking at four communities that bounced back from natural disasters.)
So we are the very model of what a modern nation will need to be in these matters.
Things look different from an office in the Christian Science Monitorr on the other side of the world!