Stuff happens. We have a household of three with separate access to our online service and last week the youngest member blew our monthly usage budget downloading games, 11 days out from when it renews automatically on 17 March. So the speed became truly painful. Bigpond have given us a once only ‘goodwill’ 2 gigs to go on with. Trouble is, by he time I found out what was going on we’d already used a third of it.
Trouble also is that when the speed slows my email connection just doesn’t happen.
Anyway I’ve prepared a CC for this week from material to hand, then I’m going to disappear to preserve my email.
1. You’ve been told
When a link came through on a feed about a conference on what the planet would be like with 4C warming it looked a bit familiar. Then I noticed the date – October 2009. The link is now broken, but the conference is here. There’s a lot of good material in the presentation downloads, mostly depressing, some of which I looked at before things gummed up.
In the article it said that Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, who advises Angela Merkel on climate change, had dropped in on President Obama’s top people, who told him that the political system couldn’t cope with what he was saying about the science. Prof Scellnhuber was not impressed.
2. Developer may sue council on sea level regulations
The 4C conference had a lot of good information on sea level rise. The keynote from Schellnhuber advised that the doubling of CO2 would see a rise of over 50 metres eventually. The presentation by Dr Pier Vellinga suggested one to two metres by 2100.
Property developer, Jeff McCloy, is having none of it:
he was contemplating leading a class action suit against the council, which he said was ”falling for this unjustified, worldwide idiocy about sea level rises”.
He’s consulted Profs Carter, Plimer et al and studied it on the internet, so the matter was settled.
Then there’s this at state level:
It comes as the NSW government reassesses its plans regarding sea level rises, including the possibility of a moratorium on sea level-related planning restrictions until more studies are done.
There is further nonsense at the national level as David Spratt told us last year how a 1.1m midpoint became the upper limit. This is the graph I was looking for on the last thread:
3. UK nuclear sites at risk of flooding
This Guardian story tells us:
As many as 12 of Britain’s 19 civil nuclear sites are at risk of flooding and coastal erosion because of climate change, according to an unpublished government analysis obtained by the Guardian.
Nine of the sites have been assessed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as being vulnerable now, while others are in danger from rising sea levels and storms in the future.
The sites include all of the eight proposed for new nuclear power stations around the coast, as well as numerous radioactive waste stores, operating reactors and defunct nuclear facilities.
And so on.
4. New York City’s CoolRoofs program
It mightn’t save the planet, but every bit helps.
Whatever the true figure is and whatever the total effect it makes sense to me. That’s if you are not going to cover the surface with solar panels.
5. Oil futures
There is plenty to chew on in this article about changing patterns in oil usage. Two things seem to stand out.
Firstly, the non-OECD countries are going to drive future demand.
Secondly, most oil exporting countries will use more of it themselves and export less.