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Global warming: What
steps will you take to adapt to a warmer world? | csmonitor.com
Amphibians are vanishing
Costa Rica's nature preserves. They are the
canaries in the coal mine, among the first of the
estimated 25 percent of species that may disappear this century. Can humans
design 'escape routes' and 'arks' to help?
U.S. developing system to track global warming gas: Scientific American
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The
United States is developing a system to track atmospheric levels of carbon
dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, which could help scientists project future
climate change, a government researcher said.
The CarbonTracker monitors carbon dioxide levels throughout North America to
create an Internet-based map. Carbon-emitting areas, such as cities and
industry centers, show up in red and carbon sinks, such as forests, are
represented in blue.
Global warming and new technology heat up race for riches in melting Arctic
- International Herald Tribune
HAMMERFEST, Norway: Barren
and uninhabited, Hans Island is very hard to find on a map.
Yet these days the Frisbee-shaped rock in the Arctic is much in demand — so
much so that Canada and Denmark have both staked their claim to it with
flags and warships.
The reason: an international race for oil, fish, diamonds and shipping
routes, accelerated by the impact of global warming on Earth's frozen north.
Humans, particularly Co2
emissions, are the primary cause of the warming
4/4/08: Climate Debate Daily
Climate Debate Daily is
intended to deepen our understanding of disputes over climate change and the
human contribution to it. The site links to scientific articles, news
stories, economic studies, polemics, historical articles, PR releases,
editorials, feature commentaries, and blog entries. The main column on the
left includes arguments and evidence generally in support of the IPCC
position on the reality of significant anthropogenic global warming. The
right-hand column includes material skeptical of the IPCC position and the
notion that anthropogenic global warming represents a genuine threat to
Many sites on the Internet, including some of those listed at the far left
of the page, take firm views for or against the threat of anthropogenic
global warming. As a matter of editorial policy, Climate Debate Daily
maintains a studied neutrality, allowing each side to present its most
powerful and persuasive case. Our object is to allow readers to form their
own judgments based on the best available information.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to
assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for
the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for
adaptation and mitigation. It is currently finalizing its Fourth Assessment
Report "Climate Change 2007". The reports by the three Working Groups
provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the current state of
knowledge on climate change. The Synthesis Report integrates the information
around six topic areas.
People's Daily Online -- Global warming causes heat wave
Beijing reports record high
After temperature records were broken on "Lichun" (the
beginning of spring, the first of China's 24 traditional agricultural
"terms" in the lunar calendar, which this year fell on February 4), Beijing
reported another record high temperature of 16 degrees Celsius on the
afternoon of February 5, the highest recorded temperature on that date in
the last 167 years (systematic temperature records have been kept since
1840). Meteorological data shows that the average temperature in Beijing
last December and this January were significantly higher than in previous
years and that trend will continue this month. Meteorological experts say
that the recent abnormally high temperatures have seldom been seen during
this period at any time in history. Temperatures also remain high in Harbin
city. The snow in the streets is melting. In Shanghai, the temperature was
above 20 degrees Celsius for a few days in early February.
Poor countries will suffer most from global warming,Ban ki-Moon warns |
United Nations, Feb. 6
(NNN-APP) The world's poor, who are the least responsible for global
warming, will suffer the most from climate change, U.N. Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon told environment ministers from around the world on Monday.
Blame for global warming placed firmly on humankind - earth - 02 February
2007 - New Scientist Environment
2/3/07 Scientists offered cash to
dispute climate study at File22.com
economists have been offered $10.000 each by a lobby group funded by one of
the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report
due to be published today.
Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI),
an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration,
offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a
report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The
UN report was written by international experts and is widely regarded as the
most comprehensive review yet of climate change science. It will underpin
international negotiations on new emissions targets to succeed the Kyoto
agreement, the first phase of which expires in 2012. World governments were
given a draft last year and invited to comment. The AEI has received more
than $1.6 million from ExxonMobil and more than 20 of its staff have worked
as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of
ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI’s board of trustees. The letters,
sent to scientists in Britain, the US and elsewhere, attack the UN’s panel
as “resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent and prone to summary
conclusions that are poorly supported by the analytical work” and ask for
essays that “thoughtfully explore the limitations of climate model outputs“.
Graph showing variations in Earth's temperatures
Scientists' Report Documents ExxonMobil's Tobacco-like Disinformation
Campaign on Global Warming Science
WASHINGTON, DC, Jan.
3–A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists offers the most
comprehensive documentation to date of how ExxonMobil has adopted the
tobacco industry's disinformation tactics, as well as some of the same
organizations and personnel, to cloud the scientific understanding of
climate change and delay action on the issue. According to the report,
ExxonMobil has funneled nearly $16 million between 1998 and 2005 to a
network of 43 advocacy organizations that seek to confuse the public on
global warming science.
The Threat of Climate Change - washingtonpost.com
Scientific American.com: Climate panel lowers global warming forecast:
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The
world's top climate scientists are slightly less pessimistic in their latest
forecasts for global warming over the next 100 years, the Australian
newspaper reported on Saturday.
warming 'cannot be stopped' - Britain - Times Online
THE world must be more
realistic about the chances of preventing climate change and prepare for the
inevitability of global warming, the head of one of Britain’s foremost
scientific societies will urge today.
Causes, Effects of Global Warming, Global Warming Science
community has reached a strong consensus regarding the science of global
climate change. The world is undoubtedly warming. This warming is largely
the result of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from
human activities including industrial processes, fossil fuel combustion, and
changes in land use, such as deforestation. Continuation of historical
trends of greenhouse gas emissions will result in additional warming over
the 21st century, with current projections of a global increase of 2.5ºF to
10.4ºF by 2100, with warming in the U.S. expected to be even higher. This
warming will have real consequences for the United States and the world, for
with that warming will also come additional sea-level rise that will
gradually inundate coastal areas, changes in precipitation patterns,
increased risk of droughts and floods, threats to biodiversity, and a number
of potential challenges for public health.
Global Warming Feedback Loop Caused by Methane, Scientists Say
In the ongoing debate
over global warming, climatologists usually peg carbon dioxide as the most
dangerous of the atmosphere's heat- trapping gases.
But methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide,
might be even more problematic.
panel lowers global warming forecast - New Zealand news on Stuff.co.nz
SYDNEY: The world's
top climate scientists are slightly less pessimistic in their latest
forecasts for global warming over the next 100 years, the Australian
newspaper reported on Saturday.
Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), UW-Madison
Council of Maine
Finally, fired up over global warming - The Boston Globe
by Bill McKibben who
is a scholar in residence in environmental studies at Middlebury College and
the author of ``The End of Nature."
The bill for global warming Canadian Business Online
Because of this unusually hot summer, I'm spending more to cool my house
than ever before. That got me thinking: What's the economic cost of global
First off, plenty of assumptions go into these kinds of estimates. So don't
take this number as the final word-or I guess, the final figure-on the
topic. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences of the United States of America this year, Yale economist William Nordhaus estimates that a three degree Celsius increase in the world's
average temperature would cause a one to three percent decline in global
income. That works out to roughly US$393 billion to $1.2 trillion,
respectively. The economist's 1999 book, Roll the DICE Again: Economic
Models of Global Warming, actually revealed Canada could enjoy a slight
economic benefit from a rise of about 2.5 degrees Celsius from 1995 to 2105.
Storms and oceans
ScienceDaily Seagrass Ecosystems At A 'Global Crisis'
international team of scientists is calling for a targeted global
conservation effort to preserve seagrasses and their ecological services for
the world's coastal ecosystems, according to an article published in the
December issue of Bioscience, the journal of the American Institute of
Biological Sciences (AIBS).
The article "A Global Crisis for Seagrass Ecosystems" cites the
critical role seagrasses play in coastal systems and how costal development,
population growth and the resulting increase of nutrient and sediment
pollution have contributed to large-scale losses worldwide.
Global Warming and Hurricanes
Is there a connection
between the recent severe weather events and global warming? Was the 2004
hurricane season unprecedented? What is happening in the 2005 season?
Glaciers and the Artic
Antarctica works as living global warming laboratory
Antarctica (Reuters) - For scientists at this ice-encircled outpost, global
warming is not a matter of debate. It is a simple fact and crucial research
questions center on what its consequences will be.
Antarctica is a prime place for this research because it serves as an early
warning system for climate change and is a major influence on global
Melting Arctic Makes Way for Man - washingtonpost.com
ICEBREAKER CHANNEL, Northwest Passage -- The Amundsen's engines growl low,
as if in warning. The ship steals ahead; its powerful spotlights stab at fog
thick with the lore of crushed ships and frozen voyagers. Ice floes gleam
from the void like the eyes of animals in the night.
Despite that theory, some heavy hitters in
Maine's business world — the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and
Wiscasset's Coastal Enterprises Inc., for example — have spoken out
against the spending growth cap, claiming that TABOR would gouge
government programs, infrastructure and investments upon which
businesses and their employees rely.
The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen weaves in graceful slow motion
through the ice pack, advancing through the legendary Northwest Passage well
after the Arctic should be iced over and shuttered to ships for the winter.
The fearsome ice is weakened and failing, sapped by climate change.
Ultimately, this night's ghostly procession through Icebreaker Channel will
be the worst the ship faces on its late-season voyage. Much of the trip,
crossing North America from west to east through the Northwest Passage, will
be in open water, with no
Global Warming: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Q&A
New research on the
effects of global warming on the Arctic was released November 8th. Why is
the arctic warming faster than the rest of the world? What will the
impacts on the United States be? Is Alaska already being affected? Answers
to these frequently asked questions can be found below.
United Press International - NewsTrack - Greenland feels effects of global
NUUK, Greenland, Aug.
30 (UPI) -- Global warming has changed the climate in Greenland to such an
extent, it is now possible to raise cattle on the island for the first time
Ice Age gives clues to global warming: study | Tech&Sci | Science | Reuters.co.uk
OSLO (Reuters) - Ice
Age evidence confirms that a doubling of greenhouse gases could drive up
world temperatures by about 3 Celsius (5.4 Fahrenheit), causing havoc with
the climate, a study showed on Friday.
of the Manatee - New York Times
MANATEE has recently been reported lolling about the confluence of the
Croton and Hudson Rivers in the vicinity of several Westchester County
yacht clubs. Evidently it is unaware of the long waiting list for
membership and moorings.
Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Global Warming Shows Up in
Climate warming over
the last quarter century is writ large in tiny fruit flies, according to a
genetic analysis. In a species of fruit fly, the frequencies of so-called
inversions, in which a piece of chromosome is flipped around, were observed
decades ago to correspond to the latitude at which the flies were found. In
nearly all the sites where the flies have recently been sampled--a span of
three continents--the frequency of specific inversions has increased hand in
hand with climbing temperatures. "It's a very clear signal that climate
warming is going to have a big impact on our environment," says Raymond Huey
of the University of Washington, co-author of a report in the September 1
Science that documents the change.
How to Help
Global Warming: What's Being Done
The issue of climate change is one of the most profound challenges of our
time, and we believe it is a challenge that can be met. Because the causes
of climate change—as well as the solutions to this problem—cut across every
nation, every sector of the economy, and every community, responding
effectively will not be easy. However, significant strides are being made.
Read on for more information.
takes lead in global-warming fight | csmonitor.com
But caps on
greenhouse-gas emissions are largely symbolic.
LOS ANGELES AND BOSTON – California's landmark deal to require a 25 percent
cut in industrial greenhouse gases by 2020 is a largely symbolic victory
with only a tiny impact on climate. But it's one that could prompt
significant change in the nation's stance on global warming - and give the
state a competitive edge in future years.
Maine: Action Now on Global Warming
With all the
attention around global warming, Congress can no longer ignore the issue.
Sens. Snowe and Collins signed onto a letter to President Bush requiring
mandatory cuts to stop and reverse increases in global warming pollution.
Meanwhile, Rep. Waxman has introduced a bill to cut emissions by 20 percent
by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Scientists say these aggressive cuts are
needed if we’re going to avoid the worst of global warming’s effects.
Maine: New Report: U.S. Can Cut Global Warming Pollution 20 Percent by 2020
weeks after the strongest global warming legislation in history was
introduced in Congress, a new report released today by Environment Maine
Research & Policy Center shows how the U.S. can meet – and even exceed – the
legislation’s goals. The report finds that the U.S. can reduce its global
warming emissions by nearly 20 percent within the next 15 years by boosting
energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Ceres | 2006 Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection
Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection report
includes a 30-page summary report comprised of the executive summary, the
climate governance scoring criteria, the 100 company scores and
sector-specific findings. The report also includes 2- to 3-page profiles on
each of the companies evaluated.
Note: A complete listing of all companies and their scores can be found at
page four of the full report.\
EPA - Climate
Leaders is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies
to develop long-term comprehensive climate change strategies. Partners set a
corporate-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal and inventory their
emissions to measure progress. By reporting inventory data to EPA, Partners
create a lasting record of their accomplishments. Partners also identify
themselves as corporate environmental leaders and strategically position
themselves as climate change policy continues to unfold