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December 4, 2011


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    The things that pass for humour nowadays:

  1. 2011/12/01: TP:JR: (cartoon) Climate Science Email Humor
  2. 2011/11/30: TP:JR: Toles Cartoons on Climate and the 1 Percent
  3. 2011/11/29: uComics: (cartoon – Toles) Egg Drop Soup
  4. 2011/12/04: uComics: (cartoon – Trudeau) Politics As Usual

    And for those interested in exploring the nether reaches of Poe’s Law:

  5. 2011/11/30: QuarkSoup: How Not to Report on Climate Change

    Looking ahead to COP18 and future international climate negotiations:

  6. 2011/11/29: Guardian(UK): Qatar wins bid to host 2012 climate talks
    South Korea loses out in tussle to host UN COP18 meeting, but will be home to preparatory meeting
  7. 2011/11/29: Google:AFP: UN climate talks move to oil-rich Qatar in 2012

    Durban – Reports:

  8. COP17/CMP7 – Durban
  9. UNFCCC: The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, COP 17 / CMP 7, 28 November – 9 December 2011
  10. UNFCCC: Durban Climate Change Conference – November 2011
  11. IISD: Durban Climate Change Conference — 28 November – 9 December 2011 – Durban, South Africa
  12. CAN: COP17/CMP 7 – Durban
  13. AllAfrica: Topical Focus Page: Stage Set for Crucial Climate Talks in South Africa
  14. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): Durban climate change conference in [18] pictures: week one
  15. 2011/12/03: IISD: Durban Climate Change Conference – Coverage on Saturday, 3 December 2011
  16. 2011/12/02: IISD: Durban Climate Change Conference – Coverage on Friday, 2 December 2011
  17. 2011/12/01: IISD: Durban Climate Change Conference – Coverage on Thursday, 1 December 2011
  18. 2011/11/30: IISD: Durban Climate Change Conference – Coverage on Wednesday, 30 November 2011
  19. 2011/11/29: IISD: Durban Climate Change Conference – Coverage on Tuesday, 29 November 2011
  20. 2011/11/28: IISD: Durban Climate Change Conference – Coverage on Monday, 28 November 2011
  21. 2011/11/28: IISD: United Nations climate change conference in Durban
  22. 2011/11/29: IISD: ENB – Durban Highlights

    Durban – GCF:

  23. 2011/12/02: PlanetArk: Factbox: The Green Climate Fund
  24. 2011/12/02: al Jazeera: Climate funds pledged for poor countries
    Rich nations pledge short-term funds to combat climate change in poor countries, but long-term funds remain doubtful.
  25. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): Durban climate talks: meaningful progress can be made on finance
  26. 2011/11/30: TimesLive(za): Climate Fund Board must get going: EU
    The EU wants the Green Climate Fund board to start working as soon as next year, a union representative said on Wednesday.
  27. 2011/11/29: Yahoo:AFP: Financing battle emerges at climate change talks
  28. 2011/11/29: WSJ: Climate Talks Open Amid Funding Spat
  29. 2011/11/28: G&M: Canada adds its objections to $100-billion climate fund
  30. 2011/11/27: NYT: A Pledge That Didn’t Meet Its Potential

    Durban – Kyoto:

  31. 2011/12/04: PostMedia: Canada accused of bullying countries — Conference host says nation pushing others to support its anti-Kyoto stance
  32. 2011/12/03: PostMedia: Canada’s anti-Kyoto stance sours climate-change discussions in Durban
  33. 2011/12/02: IrishTimes: China and Brazil threaten to block carbon offset trade
    [...] “You cannot think you can have the instruments of the Kyoto protocol without belonging to the Kyoto protocol.” -Andre Correa do Lago, Brazil’s chief envoy
  34. 2011/12/02: ABC(Au):TDU: The coincidental coalition of Kyoto killers
  35. 2011/12/02: Reuters: Japan says renewing Kyoto pledges is not enough
    Japan believes extending Kyoto Protocol emission cuts is not nearly enough to tackle the greenhouse gas blamed for global warming and is looking for a fresh deal that covers all major emitters, its climate envoy said Friday.
  36. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): John Prescott: suspend the Kyoto protocol
    The former Labour minister says countries should ‘stop the clock’ on the agreement in order to continue negotiations on its future
  37. 2011/12/01: Xinhuanet: Arguments to abandon Kyoto Protocol untenable
    As negotiators are gathering in Durban, South Africa, to push for new progress on global efforts to deal with climate change, divergent views emerge over the fate of Kyoto Protocol. As the cornerstone of the climate regime, Kyoto Protocol sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European Union to cut their emissions to an average of 5 percent against 1990 levels over the 2008-2012 period.
  38. 2011/11/30: Guardian(UK): Why Durban is the Kyoto protocol’s last chance
  39. 2011/12/03: LFR: Durban hosts: Canada bullying poorer countries to abandon Kyoto
  40. 2011/12/03: BBC: Lord Prescott: ‘Conspiracy against poor’ at climate talks
    Rich nations are trying to scupper a new climate deal, ex-deputy prime minister John Prescott has said. The Labour peer alleged a “conspiracy against the poor” was in danger of destroying attempts to get a successor to the 1997 Kyoto agreement. He said the current Kyoto provisions should be suspended instead of allowing them to expire in 2012.
  41. 2011/11/30: ChinaDaily: China critical of Kyoto withdrawal plan
  42. 2011/11/30: CE(cn): Fate of Kyoto Protocol in spotlight at talks
  43. 2011/11/29: Yahoo:AFP: Kyoto pullout by Canada would hurt UN talks: African nations
  44. 2011/11/30: TreeHugger: Archbishop Tutu, Other African Leaders Call on Canada to Fight Global Warming, Not Boost Tar Sands
  45. 2011/11/29: G&M: Kent rejects climate ‘guilt payment’ to poorer countries
    The Kyoto Protocol is built on an outdated view of the developed and developing world and the unacceptable demand for climate reparations from poorer countries, Environment Minister Peter Kent says.
  46. 2011/11/30: PostMedia: China decries Canada’s “bad example” in climate talks
    Canada’s failure to deny reports that it is about to ditch the Kyoto Protocol is “setting a bad example” to other developed nations as global climate change talks enter their third day, China’s official news agency said on Wednesday. Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent said on Monday that Kyoto was “the past”, but he would not confirm media reports that Ottawa was planning to formally withdraw from the treaty, one of the main topics of global climate talks now under way in Durban, South Africa.
  47. 2011/11/29: AndrewLeach: Clarification on compliance and withdrawal
  48. 2011/11/29: Maribo: Why would Canada withdraw from Kyoto before the end of the year?
  49. 2011/11/29: Guardian(UK): Kyoto protocol may suffer fate of Julius Caesar at Durban climate talks
  50. 2011/11/29: Guardian(UK): Kyoto protocol ‘will be on life support’ after Durban summit
  51. 2011/11/29: CBC: Canada won’t obstruct others from re-committing to Kyoto
  52. 2011/11/28: PostMedia: Pope, Tutu urge climate-change deal — Huge task ahead to save Kyoto treaty
  53. 2011/11/28: TreeHugger: The Only Nations That Haven’t Signed 1997’s Global Climate Treaty are Afghanistan, Sudan & the U.S.A
  54. 2011/11/28: CBC: Canada won’t confirm Kyoto withdrawal
    Environment Minister Peter Kent wouldn’t confirm or deny Monday that Canada plans to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, as talks on the accord’s future got underway in Durban, South Africa.
  55. 2011/11/28: BBC: Canada makes Kyoto climate strike
    Canada will not make further cuts in its greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol, and may begin formally withdrawing next month.
  56. 2011/11/27: CTV: Canada to pull out of Kyoto Protocol next month
  57. 2011/11/28: PlanetArk: Last Chance To Save Kyoto Deal At Climate Talks

    Durban – Protests:

  58. 2011/12/04: ABC(Au): Climate demonstrators fill streets of Durban
  59. 2011/12/04: ABC(Au): Thousands march in Durban for ‘climate justice’
    Chanting “Amandla,” the rallying cry of the South African anti-apartheid movement, thousands of people have marched through the streets of Durban calling for “climate justice”. Their appeal was aimed at diplomats locked in negotiations under the 194-nation UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is tasked with beating back the ever-mounting threat of global warming. The crowd of around 6,500 snaked through the coastal city’s downtown area shouting and singing against a backdrop of drums and vuvuzelas…
  60. 2011/12/03: al Jazeera: Thousands rally in Durban for climate action
    Campaigners say they are frustrated by slow progress at the talks in the city and want more help for poorer nations.
  61. 2011/12/03: AllAfrica:RDNA: Poland ‘Disassociates’ Itself From ‘Shame and Blame’ Fossil Award
    Poland’s formal complaint to the Climate Action Network over its “logo” being used when it won a notoriety award for the “Fossil of the Day” drew howls of laughter at last night’s award at the COP17 UN conference in Durban. There was more laughter at the hammed-up ceremony when 18-year-old Australian first-year drama student and announcer for the night, Isaac Astill, said Poland also “disassociated” itself from the award. However, it was no laughing matter when the cool, young and engaged crowd heard that the Canadian ruling party laughed in Parliament at receiving yet another “shame and blame” Fossil award – which Astill said seemed incongruous and unfeeling at time of climate change suffering for millions of people around the globe.
  62. 2011/12/03: AllAfrica:RDNA: Colourful ‘United but Diverse’ Climate Change March Makes History in Durban
  63. 2011/12/02: TP:JR: Rural Farmers Protest “Climate Apartheid” in Durban
  64. 2011/12/03: AllAfrica:RNW: Police Block Climate Protests At UN Talks
  65. 2011/12/03: IrishTimes: Protesters to tell rich nations to meet targets
  66. 2011/12/03: BBC: Protests at climate change summit in Durban
  67. 2011/11/28: NewInt: Challenging climate apartheid
  68. 2011/11/28: CCP: Heather Libby, tcktcktck: As extreme weather destroys Durban slum, residents call for climate action
  69. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): [The Trans African Climate Caravan of Hope] takes climate change message to Durban – in [17] pictures

    Durban – Misc:

  70. 2011/11/30: Telegraph(UK): Durban Climate Change Conference: US refusal to negotiate carbon emissions cuts risks derailing summit
    US refusal to negotiate legally-binding carbon emissions cuts risks derailing a UN summit convened to tackle climate change, environmental groups have warned in a letter to Hillary Clinton.
  71. 2011/12/04: TaiwanNews: Three biggest polluters US, China and India oppose EU new climate talks plan
  72. 2011/12/04: PSinclair: Durban Update: China Might Deal. US a Drag?
  73. 2011/12/03: TCoE: Breaking the Greenlock
  74. 2011/12/02: TreeHugger: Durban Update: First US Press Briefing and a Letter to Hilary Clinton
  75. 2011/12/02: PlanetArk: Angela Merkel: China, India, Brazil Must Cut CO2 Emissions
  76. 2011/12/01: Grist: Durban dispatch: Canada blames Canada
  77. 2011/12/01: Yahoo:AFP: Shifting geopolitics shake UN climate talks
  78. 2011/12/01: Reuters: EU fights global warming in a cold climate
    Economics trumps environment in crisis – Modest steps still achieved in Europe – EU leading push to sign up to new Kyoto Protocol deal
  79. 2011/11/28: PressEurop: Europe set for ‘triple somersault’ at Durban
  80. 2011/12/02: Wunderground:RR: Durban – Conference of Parties – An Ethical Problem
  81. 2011/12/03: al Jazeera: Deadlock in Durban
    Without practical expectations and penalties for countries who don’t comply, the Convention on Climate Change will fail.
  82. 2011/12/02: P3: Neville Chamberlain Only Went to Munich Once, or, Fool Me Seventeen Times, You Don’t Get Fooled Again
  83. 2011/12/02: KSJT: Not much newsy ink: Durban climate talks. But smart or sassy reporting is there and elsewhere
  84. 2011/12/02: Grist: Durban dispatch: Climate deniers rip Tutu
  85. 2011/12/03: AllAfrica:RDNA: USA Is Holding Up COP17 and Putting Humanity At Risk, Say Activists
  86. 2011/12/03: AllAfrica:RDNA: Civils Snub Zuma’s African Agri-Solution
    South African President Jacob Zuma’s declaration on “climate smart and carbon markets” as a climate change solution for African agriculture has raised suspicions among roughly 100 civil society organisations at the COP17 conference in Durban. The host nation has been accused of playing against the rest of Africa, “it pretends to be for Africa but it’s not, instead it is toeing the line of worst polluters,” says Teresa Anderson of the Gaia Foundation at Friday’s press conference.
  87. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): COP17: Figueres makes an emotional plea for the low-carbon economy
  88. 2011/12/02: IOL: Cities urged to upscale clean energy plans
    Cities around the world need to scale up their renewable energy projects to help to reduce emissions, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretary Christiana Figueres said on Friday. “There are many projects around the world and all we have to do now is to scale them up,” she told delegates at a cities and local government convention in Durban.
  89. 2011/12/03: Google:AP: UN official to AP: pledges to cut CO2 will go on
  90. 2011/12/02: Google:AFP: A dozen heads of state to attend UN climate talks
  91. 2011/12/02: TreeHugger: Al Gore: United States an “Obstacle to Progress” in Global Climate Talks
  92. 2011/12/02: NatureNB: Bridging the gap: political science in Durban
  93. 2011/11/28: PI: Pembina Institute representatives available for comment on UN climate change conference in Durban
  94. 2011/12/02: 350orBust: Canada’s Mandate At Durban Climate Talks Clear: Negotiate On Behalf Of Tar Sands, Not Canadians’ Future
  95. 2011/12/03: HotTopic: The counsel of failure: Greenhouse Policy Coalition on Durban
  96. 2011/12/01: BBC: Climate deal pushed by poorest nations
    The world’s poorest countries have asked that talks on a new climate deal covering all nations begin immediately. At the UN climate summit, the Least Developed Countries bloc and small island states tabled papers saying the deal should be finalised within a year.
  97. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): UN climate talks see ‘delayer countries’ throw away the 2C goal
  98. 2011/12/02: HotTopic: Call the COPs: Neville Chamberlain only went to Munich once
  99. 2011/12/01: TreeHugger: Following the UN Climate Talks in Durban With a Top US Negotiator
  100. 2011/12/01: BBC: Climate deal pushed by poorest nations
    The world’s poorest countries have asked that talks on a new climate deal covering all nations begin immediately.
  101. 2011/11/30: TheHill:e3W: Green groups blast Clinton’s strategy in climate talks
    The leaders of the country’s top environmental groups slammed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week over the Obama administration’s negotiating strategy going into international climate talks in Durban, South Africa. “America risks being viewed not as a global leader on climate change, but as a major obstacle to progress,” the top executives at the country’s 16 major environmental groups said in a letter to Clinton Tuesday.
  102. 2011/11/30: TP:JR: In Durban, Growing Criticism of Canada’s Position on Kyoto and Push for Tar Sands
  103. 2011/11/30: VOA: African Delegates Demand Immediate Action at Climate Conference
  104. 2011/12/01: IndiaTimes: Developing countries may bargain with India over climate pact
  105. 2011/11/30: BBC: Durban: The early skirmishes
    Like stags fighting, the first days of each annual UN climate summit start with delegations circling each other politically, looking for weaknesses, gauging strengths. The summit that began this week in Durban, South Africa, has been no different – and though it might seem that little has been accomplished so far, a number of blocs have at least made their positions clearer than ever before. And that’s vital if effective negotiations are ever to happen.
  106. 2011/11/30: Guardian(UK): EU takes hardline stance at UN climate talks
  107. 2011/11/30: Guardian(UK): Barack Obama urged to change US stance at UN climate summit
  108. 2011/12/03: CBC: Climate talks not looking good, says Kyoto expert — Canadian with 1997 Kyoto delegation says situation too complex
  109. 2011/11/30: TP:JR: Can the Durban Climate Negotiations Succeed?
  110. 2011/11/30: PlanetArk: United Nations CO2 Scheme To Take Backseat In Climate-Aid Drive
  111. 2011/11/30: AllAfrica:Monitor: The Decisions Africa Needs From Durban Climate Conference
  112. 2011/11/29: IOL: Storm gives delegates a wake-up call
  113. 2011/11/29: CSM: Durban climate change talks: Experts see warmer world as inevitable
  114. 2011/11/28: OpenDem: Durban: failure will be success (again)
    There is no global deal nor any chance of one at Durban’s COP17. Fortunately, “Plan B”, predicted by the author after COP15, is looking feasible and even healthy. Welcome a profusion of national, regional and city initiatives to save us from devastating climate change
  115. 2011/11/28: DVoice: Durban Climate Conference: Analysis of the Coming Failure
  116. 2011/11/28: DerSpiegel: German Environment Minister Röttgen — ‘Our Lifestyle Has Revolved Around a Dangerous Egotism’
    In a Spiegel interview, German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen, 46, discusses the United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa, the West’s ecological deficit and the halting efforts for Germany to abandon nuclear plants and shift almost entirely to renewable energy sources.
  117. 2011/11/30: HotTopic: Lies, damned lies and brutal storms
  118. 2011/11/29: EnergyBulletin: Darwin Comes to Durban: Overcoming “Survival of the Fittest” Mentality at UN Climate Talks
  119. 2011/11/29: BBC: Warm blast hits UN climate summit
  120. 2011/11/29: Guardian(UK): Congo’s forests depend on Durban
  121. 2011/11/29: KSJT: Lots of Ink, Not so much news: UN’s Climate Talks on in Durban, So. Africa. Where to next?
  122. 2011/11/29: SciAm:Obs: Are the Durban Climate Talks — or Climate Talks in General — Doomed?
  123. 2011/11/29: UCSUSA: Annual U.N. Climate Meeting is a Fork in the Road
  124. 2011/11/28: EUO: EU looks to 2020 for new pact on global warming
  125. 2011/11/28: UN: UN climate change conference kicks off in Durban with call to action
  126. 2011/11/28: NPR: Ahead Of Climate Talks, U.S. Leadership In Question
  127. 2011/11/28: DIIN: Global warming 2°C target “no longer attainable”
  128. 2011/11/29: PlanetArk: Small Island States “May Disappear If No Climate Deal”
  129. 2011/11/29: PlanetArk: Global Climate Talks Wait For Zuma, Start Late
  130. 2011/11/29: PlanetArk: EU Says Climate Pact Not Enough, Wants Deal By 2015
  131. 2011/11/22: RS: U.N. Climate Talks Are Dead Before They Begin
  132. 2011/11/28: AllAfrica:RNW: South Africa: UN Climate Talks Open
  133. 2011/11/28: AllAfrica:BuaNews: South Africa: COP17 a Defining Moment – Zuma
  134. 2011/11/28: M&G(za): COP17: Overcome ‘trust deficit’, says minister
  135. 2011/11/29: BizDay: COP-17: Climate change talks are at a crossroads in Durban
  136. 2011/11/28: Telegraph(UK): Durban Climate Change Conference 2011 opens in disarray
    The United Nations climate change summit opened in disarray after violent storms, the late arrival of the host president and a major rift emerging between some of the world’s biggest polluters.
  137. 2011/11/28: CSM: The climate news is bad, but prospects for climate talks may be worse
  138. 2011/11/28: RStavins: Can the Durban Climate Negotiations Succeed?
  139. 2011/11/28: JFrankel: How Negotiators at Durban Can Agree Emissions Targets
  140. 2011/11/28: 350orBust: These Are Times That Try Our Souls
  141. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): Durban and the climate change deniers
    A repeat of the failed Copenhagen summit is likely unless the global north is prepared to take its fair share of CO2 cuts
  142. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): Durban climate talks: there is a feasible plan B to combat climate change
  143. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): Jacob Zuma opens Durban climate negotiations with plea to delegates
  144. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): Q&A: Durban COP17 climate talks
    Environment ministers will gather in Durban in late November to continue efforts towards a global climate deal. What can we expect from the talks?
  145. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): How to break the deadlock in climate change negotiations
  146. 2011/11/28: BBC: Big emitters aim at climate delay
  147. 2011/11/28: BBC: Big emitters aim at climate delay
  148. 2011/11/28: EurActiv: EU’s chief negotiator sees Durban deal as possible
    A 2020 roadmap to a second Kyoto-style climate pact will need to be based on a timeline led by science, and on action to cut CO2 emissions long before then, the EU’s chief climate negotiator, Artur Runge-Metzger, has told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. But he insisted that there was no ‘Plan B’.
  149. 2011/11/28: HotTopic: Vidal’s voyage to Durban
  150. 2011/11/28: PlanetArk: Time Running Out For Deal On Global Warming At Climate Talks
  151. 2011/11/27: NYT: At Meeting on Climate Change, Urgent Issues but Low Expectations
  152. 2011/11/28: TaiwanNews: In climate talks West would redefine rich and poor
  153. 2011/11/28: Independent(UK): Sign climate deal or poorest will starve, summit told
  154. 2011/11/27: SwissInfo: Swiss optimistic ahead of Durban climate talks
  155. 2011/11/28: AllAfrica: COP 17, A Veil of Ignorance and Veiled Interests
  156. 2011/11/27: CBC: ‘Stakes are high’ for UN climate talks
  157. 2011/11/27: Guardian(UK): Is a global agreement the only way to tackle climate change?
    David King and Achim Steiner debate whether international climate treaties have become redundant
  158. The Horn of Africa drought and famine continues to be a major disaster, with amazingly little coverage:

  159. 2011/12/02: UN: Ethiopia opens additional camp for Somali refugees -UN agency
  160. 2011/11/30: CSM: Somali Islamists ban aid groups, renewing famine concerns
  161. 2011/11/29: al Jazeera: Horn of Africa Crisis: Somalia’s Famine
    Have US counter-terrorism policies contributed to the deadly crisis in the Horn of Africa?
  162. 2011/11/28: al Jazeera: Somali group bans aid organisations
    Al-Shabab blacklists NGOs for “illicit activities and misconducts”, putting thousands of refugees at risk of starvation.
  163. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): Al-Shabaab bans aid agencies in Somalia and raids offices
    Islamic group permanently revokes permission for organisations including Unicef and WHO to work in country amid famine crisis
  164. 2011/11/28: BBC: Somalia’s al-Shabab militants close UN aid offices
    Al-Shabab fighters have closed down several aid agencies working in famine-hit Somalia, including some from the UN, accusing them of political bias. Militants stormed aid offices in the towns of Baidoa and Beledweyne, which like many southern areas are controlled by al-Shabab, witnesses say. Al-Shabab has long restricted the work of international aid groups but on Monday banned 16 groups outright. Years of conflict mean Somalia is worst hit by the East African drought. The lack of rain is said to be the worst in 60 years.
  165. And on the Bottom Line:

  166. 2011/12/01: WMO: Investment in Climate Services Reaps Big Returns
  167. 2011/11/30: USAToday: U.N. scientist: fighting climate change saves costs

    What are the global financial institutions up to?

  168. 2011/12/01: TreeHugger: Chase Spends $22 Billion Annually on Coal, Tops List of ’20 Climate Killing Banks’
  169. 2011/12/01: EurActiv: Big banks still prefer dirty energy investments, research shows
    Major multilateral development banks have invested 64% more money in fossil fuel projects than in clean energy technologies over the last four years, according to research published on a new database. ‘Shift the Subsidies’, an interactive database financed by Oil Change International, says it has collated all known institutional loans, grants, and financial guarantees to the energy sector since 2008. It has found that that while over $40 billion has been made available to fossil fuel energy development, clean energy projects received $25.5 billion.
  170. 2011/11/30: Reuters: Banks seen as climate culprits at global talks: report
    Major global banks are exacerbating the fight against global warming by supplying power utilities and mining firms with ample funds to build coal-fired plants, according to a report released by non-governmental groups at the climate talks in Durban. The study examined the portfolios of 93 major banks and found that coal financing supplied by those institutions to the coal industry totaled 232 billion euros ($309.4 billion) since 2005 when the Kyoto Protocol came into force.
  171. 2011/11/30: CSM: Are banks to blame for climate change?
  172. 2011/11/30: TP:JR: Are the World’s Financial Markets Carrying a Carbon Bubble?
  173. 2011/11/30: Grist: Giant banks screwing the economy are also screwing the climate, says report

    Now here’s a thought. An automated Crap Detector:

  174. 2011/11/22: NiemanLab: Bull beware: Truth goggles sniff out suspicious sentences in news
    A graduate student at the MIT Media Lab is writing software that can highlight false claims in articles, just like spell check.
  175. The world inches toward creating a global legal framework for ecological crime:

  176. 2011/12/01: al Jazeera: Famine as a crime against humanity
    Drought does not necessarily lead to famine: The catastrophe in Somalia was man-made.
  177. John Cook and friends continue their point-counterpoint articles:

  178. 2011/12/04: SkeptiSci: La Niña reappears: still weak, but expected to slightly strengthen
  179. 2011/12/02: SkeptiSci: Temporarily Frozen Planet, Permanently Frozen Objectivity by dana1981
  180. 2011/12/02: SkeptiSci: Climategate 2.0 in Context – Solar Warming by dana1981
  181. 2011/12/01: SkeptiSci: 2011: World’s 10th warmest year, warmest year with La Niña event, lowest Arctic sea ice volume by John Hartz
  182. 2011/12/01: SkeptiSci: Changing the Direction of the Climate by dana1981, Andy S
  183. 2011/11/30: SkeptiSci: Peter Hadfield addresses the recent email release by Rob Honeycutt
  184. 2011/11/30: SkeptiSci: Climate Solutions by Daniel Bailey
  185. 2011/11/29: SkeptiSci: Klimafakten.de – Leveraging Skeptical Science content by BaerbelW
  186. 2011/11/29: SkeptiSci: Economic Growth and Climate Change Part 2 – Sustainable Growth – An Economic Oxymoron? by perseus
  187. 2011/11/28: SkeptiSci: Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Continue Climbing by John Hartz

    Post CRU-Two …. boredom:

  188. 2011/11/30: CJR: UEA E-Mails Fail to Provoke — Wary of “Climategate,” reporters treat latest leak as minor news
  189. 2011/11/29: Guardian(UK): Secret message hidden among fresh climate email files
  190. 2011/11/28: AFTIC: SloppySecondsGate
  191. 2011/11/27: WottsUWT: An Open Letter to Dr. Phil Jones of the UEA CRU

    A note on theFukushima disaster:

    It is evident that the Fukushima disaster is going to persist for some time. TEPCO says 6 to 9 months. The previous Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, said decades. Now the Japanese government is talking about 30 years. We’ll see. At any rate this situation is not going to be resolved any time soon and deserves its own section.

    Not much good news coming out of Fukushima:

  192. 2011/12/02: PSinclair: Tepco: Fukushima Accident Still Evolving, Still Dangerous
  193. 2011/12/01: Google:AFP: Japan nuclear meltdown “maybe worse than thought”
    Molten nuclear fuel at Japan’s Fukushima plant might have eaten two thirds of the way through a concrete containment base, its operator said, citing a new simulation of the extent of the March disaster. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said their latest calculations showed the fuel inside the No. 1 reactor at the tsunami-hit plant could have melted entirely, dropping through its inner casing and eroding a concrete base. In the worst-case scenario, the molten fuel could have reached as far as 65 centimetres (2 feet) through the concrete, leaving it only 37 centimetres short of the outer steel casing, the report, released Wednesday, said. Until now, TEPCO had said some fuel melted through the inner pressure vessel and dropped to the containment vessel, without saying how much and what it did to the concrete, citing a lack of data. “Almost no fuel remains at its original position,” TEPCO said in the report.
  194. 2011/12/02: Grist: Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown more terrifying than we thought
  195. 2011/12/02: EneNews: Again: Tepco study says spent fuel in Reactor No. 4 narrowly avoided being exposed — After claiming melted fuel stopped just short of burning through containment
  196. 2011/12/01: EneNews: Reuters: Fukushima, Chernobyl show how vast areas can be turned into nuclear wastelands
  197. 2011/12/01: EneNews: Tepco: 68 tons of nuclear fuel melted at Fukushima Reactor No. 1
  198. 2011/12/01: EneNews: ABC(Au) Headline: “Fukushima fuel rods eating through solid concrete” — Just 37 cm away from outer casing
  199. 2011/12/01: EneNews: IEEE Headline: “Fukushima’s Reactor 1 Meltdown Was Worse Than We Realized” — Looking forward to finding out what TEPCO knew and when they knew it
  200. 2011/12/01: EneNews: AP: New gov’t study rasies possibility of “structural damage to reactor’s foundation” — Erosion of concrete could be deeper than Tepco claims
  201. 2011/11/30: APR: Details of nitrogen injection at Fukushima Daiichi
  202. 2011/11/30: APR: TEPCO reporting on vessel failure
  203. 2011/12/03: PSinclair: Fukushima’s Fishermen Net Fear, not Food
  204. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): Fukushima fuel rods may have completely melted
    One of the plant’s nuclear reactors was close to being breached as fuel rods bore through its concrete floor, says TEPCO
  205. 2011/12/02: CCurrents: Fukushima Fuel Rods May Have Completely Melted
  206. 2011/12/03: Google:AFP: Workers at Japan nuclear plant recall tsunami desperation
  207. 2011/12/03: EneNews: Fukushima worker: Eerie, deep popping noise from bottom of reactor before boots melted — Kyodo edits out important details
  208. 2011/12/02: EneNews: Nuclear Experts: “We have to be prepared for the worst case scenario” — 5-10 meter barrier must be installed beneath Fukushima reactors
  209. 2011/12/02: EneNews: Russia’s TASS: “Fukushima Falling Apart: The Guardian” — Melted fuel has probably “completely destroyed the protective concrete cover”
  210. 2011/12/02: EneNews: Guardian: Tepco now says concrete “could have been penetrated” — Fukushima ‘may’ have narrowly averted China Syndrome
  211. 2011/12/01: WSJ: Reactor Core Melted Fully, Japan Says — Fuel Breached Vessel Floor, Operator Says, In Its Gravest Fukushima Status Report
    Japan’s tsunami-stricken nuclear-power complex came closer to a catastrophic meltdown than previously indicated by its operator — who on Wednesday described how one reactor’s molten nuclear core likely burned through its primary containment chamber and then ate as far as three-quarters of the way through the concrete in a secondary vessel. The assessment — offered by Japan’s government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex — marked Japan’s most sobering reckoning to date of the nuclear disaster sparked by the country’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
  212. 2011/11/29: KSJT: IEEE Spectrum: The long agony at Fukushima — why there was no way at all to stop radioactive gases from drifting far and wide.
  213. 2011/11/28: ScienceInsider: In Wake of Fukushima Disaster, Japan’s Scientists Ponder How to Regain Public Trust
  214. 2011/11/28: EneNews: Report: TEPCO reveals Reactor No. 2 temperature has gone “over scale” — “Unusual atmosphere” at press conference — Japan journalists suspicious something crucial is being hidden (VIDEO)
  215. 2011/11/28: TP:JR: Radiation Covers 8% of Japan, Fukushima Crisis “Stunting Children’s Growth”
  216. 2011/11/27: EneNews: Asahi: Gov’t survey shows Fukushima fallout has spread throughout Japan — Now confirmed at Okinawa 1,700 km away
  217. 2011/11/27: EneNews: MOX Scandal: Japan Times on “latest revelation of attempts to rig public opinions on nuclear power” — “Collusive ties” between gov’t and nuke industry
  218. 2011/11/27: APR: Erroneous readings at Fukushima Daiichi No. 2

    Post Fukushima, nuclear policies are in flux around the world:

  219. 2011/12/02: EurActiv: Nuclear energy ‘does not reduce the price of electricity’
    Nuclear power plants can be attractive for their owners but not necessarily for consumers as they hardly ever determine the price of electricity on the energy exchange, says Alois Tost, an independent energy consultant. In an interview with EurActiv.cz, the German expert also adivsed against solar photovoltaics to compensate for Germany’s nuclear phase-out. Tost, a German consultant who advises energy firms in the Czech Republic, said the debate about the costs of the nuclear phase-out in Germany had been misled. Contrary to what has been claimed, the nuclear phase-out will not be felt on consumer prices, he said. This is because nuclear electricity is cheaper than gas, and therefore has no influence on price determination on the wholesale electricity market.
  220. 2011/12/03: CCurrents: After Fukushima: Enough Is Enough by Helen Caldicott
  221. 2011/12/01: TBAS: Fukushima and the inevitability of accidents
  222. 2011/11/28: WNW: Japanese nuclear generation dwindles
    With the shutdown of unit 2 at Kansai Electric Power Company’s (KEPCO’s) Takahama nuclear power plant for a periodic inspection, less than 20% of Japan’s nuclear generating capacity is now in operation.
  223. 2011/11/28: CSM: Fukushima fallout: time to quit nuclear power altogether
    Experience in northern Japan illustrates that even incremental investment in nuclear power threatens human civilization. The Fukushima disaster should once and for all drive global society away from nuclear power, and toward renewable energy.
  224. 2011/11/28: EneNews: Major US Paper: Time to quit nuclear power altogether — “Threatens the very existence of human civilization as we know it”
  225. 2011/11/28: EneNews: Daily Beast: “Nuclear power’s future is literally headed south” post-Fukushima — Developed countries are slowing or shuttering their programs
  226. 2011/11/28: EneNews: World Health Organization “beholden” to IAEA since 1959 — Can’t release a report without their agreement — “Like having Dracula guard the blood bank” (video)

    The Arctic melt continues to garner a lot of attention:

  227. 2011/12/01: AWI: Simultaneous ice melt in Antarctic and Arctic
    The end of the last ice age and the processes that led to the melting of the northern and southern ice sheets supply basic information on changes in our climate. Although the maximum size of the ice sheet in the northern hemisphere during the last ice age is relatively well known, there is little reliable data on the dimensions of the Antarctic ice sheet. A publication appearing in the journal “Science” on 1 December now furnishes indications that the two hemispheres attained their maximum ice sheet size at nearly the same time and started melting 19,000 years ago.
  228. 2011/12/02: SciNews: Polar ice sheets are synchronized swimmers — Glaciers in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres advance and retreat together
  229. 2011/12/01: NOAANews: Arctic settles into new phase — warmer, greener, and less ice
  230. 2011/12/02: SciNews: Arctic has taken a turn for the warmer — Scientists see pervasive and permanent changes in the last five years
  231. 2011/12/02: Tamino: 1400+ Years of Arctic Ice
  232. 2011/11/30: TP:JR: Arctic Sea Ice Hockey Stick: Melt Unprecedented in Last 1,450 Years

    As for the charismatic megafauna:

  233. 2011/12/02: PlanetArk: Whales Win, Walruses Lose In Warmer Arctic: Report
  234. 2011/12/01: Grist: The most heartbreaking polar bear picture, ever
  235. 2011/12/03: ProMedMail: Die-off, marine wildlife – USA (04): (AK) seal, walrus, RFI
  236. 2011/11/30: SciNow: Baby Seals Need the Nicest Ice
  237. 2011/11/27: TreeHugger: Study Values Polar Bears at $420,000 Apiece
  238. 2011/12/04: TP:JR: Rage Against the Machine: Heartbreaking Photo of Polar Bear vs. Icebreaker Ship

    Arctic Report Card:

  239. 2011/12/01: NatureNB: ‘Report card’ documents the Arctic’s new normal
  240. 2011/12/03: CCP: Grim Report Card – Greenland Ice Sheet 2011 Update by NOAA…
  241. 2011/12/02: CBC: Arctic Report Card shows worrisome 5-year thaw — Much darker, warmer region since 2006, say scientists
  242. 2011/12/02: TCoE: Doc alert: Arctic report card

    That Damoclean sword still hangs overhead:

  243. 2011/12/02: KSJT: Wires, etc: New survey sees bad news in Arctic warming: Melting soil will add tens of billions of tons of methane to greenhouse Earth
  244. 2011/12/01: CCurrents: Ticking Greenhouse Gas Time Bomb: Melting Permafrost
  245. 2011/11/30: Yahoo:AP: Thawing permafrost vents gases to worsen warming
  246. 2011/12/01: TP:JR: Nature Bombshell: Climate Experts Warn Thawing Permafrost Could Cause 2.5 Times the Warming of Deforestation!
  247. 2011/12/01: P3: Climate Change: High risk of permafrost thaw
  248. 2011/12/01: PSinclair: Arctic Methane: Even Worse than we thought?
  249. 2011/12/01: Time:Ecocentric: An Arctic Wildcard Could Make the Climate Go Bust
  250. 2011/11/30: CCP: “Rising methane emissions in response to climate change in Northern Eurasia during the 21st century,” by Xudong Zhu et al., ERL 6 (2011); doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/045211
  251. 2011/11/30: CBC: Arctic permafrost thawing may speed warming, say scientists
  252. 2011/11/30: BBerg: Permafrost Thaw May Emit More Than Deforestation, Study Says
  253. 2011/11/30: CCP: “Climate change: High risk of permafrost thaw” by Edward A. G. Schuur & Benjamin Abbott, Nature 480 (December 1, 2011)
  254. 2011/11/30: UAF: Abrupt permafrost thaw increases climate threat

    As for the geopolitics of Arctic resources:

  255. 2011/11/30: BBerg: Cairn’s $600 Million Greenland Oil Campaign Ends in Failure
  256. 2011/12/01: CSM: Global warming: winners and losers in the Arctic’s ‘new normal’
  257. 2011/11/30: BBC: No oil find for Cairn in Arctic
    Edinburgh explorer Cairn Energy has failed to make a commercial discovery of oil or gas in its Greenland campaign.
  258. 2011/11/30: PostMedia: Scotland a player in Arctic, British MP says — Another competitor added to list for Canada
    Canada’s next Arctic rival: Scotland?!?
    The retreating sea ice and rising economic profile of the circumpolar world have, in recent years, stoked occasional tensions between Canada and fellow Arctic Ocean coastal states Russia and Denmark, underlined a long-running dispute with the United States over control of the Northwest Passage and fuelled concerns about China’s growing interest in the region. Now add Scotland, the United Kingdom’s northernmost realm, to the mix of Canada’s potential competitors – or partners – in the Arctic.
  259. 2011/12/01: CBC: Military turns to volunteers for Arctic rescues
  260. 2011/11/30: CBC: Inuit sleds being built for Arctic sovereignty patrols — Rangers have until Dec. 9 to build 30-plus qamutiks in Yellowknife
  261. 2011/11/27: CBC: Ottawa moves ahead with High Arctic military centre — Centre will focus on disaster training

    While in Antarctica:

  262. 2011/12/01: ABC(Au): Atomic bombs help age slow growing moss
    Radioactive fallout from nuclear testing in the 1950s is helping Australian researchers track the impact of climate change in the Antarctica.
  263. 2011/11/30: DM:80B: Atmospheric Remnants of Nuclear Tests Reveal Antarctica’s Tiny “Old-Growth Forests”
  264. 2011/11/29: Eureka: Climate change stunting growth of century-old Antarctic moss shoots — Radiocarbon bomb pulse revelations

    The food crisis is ongoing:

  265. 2011/12/02: GreenGrok: On Food, the Environment and Choices
  266. 2011/11/30: NYT: Lines Grow Long for Free School Meals, Thanks to Economy
    Millions of American schoolchildren are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time as their parents, many once solidly middle class, have lost jobs or homes during the economic crisis, qualifying their families for the decades-old safety-net program. The number of students receiving subsidized lunches rose to 21 million last school year from 18 million in 2006-7, a 17 percent increase, according to an analysis by The New York Times of data from the Department of Agriculture, which administers the meals program. Eleven states, including Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and Tennessee, had four-year increases of 25 percent or more, huge shifts in a vast program long characterized by incremental growth. The Agriculture Department has not yet released data for September and October.
  267. 2011/12/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zimbabwe: Maize Bags With Mugabe Picture Given to ZANU PF Members Only
  268. 2011/11/30: PlanetArk: Dry, Warm Autumn Brings Risks For Western Europe Grains
  269. 2011/11/30: Grist: Don’t drink the weed killer: Atrazine taints rural groundwater
  270. 2011/11/28: FAO: Scarcity and degradation of land and water: growing threat to food security
    New FAO report profiles the state of the natural resource base upon which world food production depends
  271. 2011/11/29: KSJT: Wires: UN agency says exhausted lands, water shortages threaten global food supply
  272. 2011/11/28: UN: Land degradation and water shortages threaten global food production – UN
  273. 2011/11/29: PlanetArk: Increasingly Erratic Climate Menaces Africa’s Cocoa
  274. 2011/11/28: CBC: UN warns 25% of planet’s land is highly degraded
    The United Nations has completed the first global assessment of the state of the planet’s land resources, finding in a report Monday that a quarter of all land is highly degraded and warning the trend must be reversed if the world’s growing population is to be fed.
  275. 2011/11/27: CBC: More famine likely as climate warms, Oxfam warns

    Food Prices are still problematic:

  276. FAO: World Food Situation – Food Price Indices
  277. 2011/11/27: PostMedia: Extreme weather driving up food prices: report
    Extreme weather events caused by climate change are endangering global food supplies and driving up prices for consumers worldwide, says new research released Sunday by the humanitarian group, Oxfam.
  278. Look out! the IP Rentiers are coming!

  279. 2011/12/01: ABC(Au): IP presents ‘barriers to climate action’
    Climate action This week’s UN climate conference needs to tackle the contentious issue of intellectual property, which could prevent poor countries getting access to clean technology, says one Australian lawyer. Dr Matthew Rimmer of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture in Canberra lays out his arguments in a new book titled Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies.
  280. Regarding the genetic modification of food:

  281. 2011/12/02: BBerg: Monsanto Corn May Be Failing to Kill Bugs, EPA Says
  282. 2011/11/28: ScienceInsider: French Ban on Genetically Modified Corn Loses Another Round

    And how are we going to feed 9 billion, 10 billion, 15 billion?

  283. 2011/12/02: FAO: FAO and ISESCO sign partnership agreement — Will work together to protect agricultural heritage
  284. 2011/12/02: FAO: FAO, IFAD and WFP reach 22 million people with massive EU investment in agriculture
    UN food agencies hail European Union Food Facility’s impact on global food security
  285. 2011/12/01: FAO: FAO moves to halt plant genetic erosion — New impetus for global plant diversity
  286. 2011/11/29: FAO: [lik to 1.9 meg pdf] “Energy-smart” agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap
  287. 2011/11/28: FAO: [link to 3.4 meg pdf] The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture
  288. 2011/11/28: FAO: The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture
  289. 2011/12/04: BNC: Feeding 10 billion on a hotter planet (Part II)
  290. 2011/12/02: Eureka: Climate-smart agriculture should be livelihood-smart too — Encouraging climate-smart agriculture can lead to climate change adaptation
  291. 2011/11/30: AlterNet: Can Ocean Farms Actually Be More Sustainable Than Even the Most Environmentally Sensitive Traditional Farms?
  292. 2011/11/30: UN: UN food aid agency [WFP] helps create online game to fight hunger
  293. 2011/11/30: UN: UN urges food sector to reduce fossil fuel use and shift to ‘energy-smart’ agriculture
  294. 2011/11/30: CSM: Five innovations that boost soil fertility
  295. 2011/11/30: PlanetArk: Bayer CropScience Targets Non-GMO Wheat Traits
  296. 2011/11/29: BPA: The USDA’s Report on Using Biochar to Enhance Soil Fertility
  297. 2011/11/29: EnergyBulletin: Time, money, and the “$50 tomato”
  298. 2011/11/29: Grist: Talking vertical farms: An interview with Dickson Despommier
  299. 2011/11/21: NYT: A Quiet Push to Grow Crops Under Cover of Trees
  300. 2011/11/23: Atlantic: The Coming Green Wave: Ocean Farming to Fight Climate Change
    Seaweed farms have the capacity to grow huge amounts of nutrient-rich food, and oysters can act as an efficient carbon and nitrogen sink
  301. A quiet week in the hurricane wars with only retrospectives and analysis:

  302. 2011/12/03: CSM: Atlantic hurricane season closes with 19 named storms
  303. 2011/11/30: CBC: Irene effects linger as 2011 hurricane season ends — 19 tropical storms recorded in 2011 Atlantic season
  304. 2011/11/30: Wunderground: Hurricane Irene: New York City dodges a potential storm surge mega-disaster
  305. 2011/11/28: NOAANews: Scientists link upward trend in pollution to increased intensity of Arabian Sea tropical cyclones
  306. 2011/11/28: NOAANews: Active 2011 hurricane season breaks ‘Hurricane Amnesia’
    Irene the first hurricane to hit U.S. in three years; Northeast reminded it’s also vulnerable
  307. 2011/11/28: Wunderground: The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season: another strangely active one
  308. 2011/11/28: al Jazeera: Storm alert for Oman
    In the North Indian Ocean, the cyclone season continues until the end of December.
  309. As for GHGs:

  310. 2011/12/01: Yahoo:AFP: Half of greenhouse gases ‘emitted by five nations’
    More than half of all carbon pollution released into the atmosphere comes from five countries, according to a national ranking of greenhouse gas emissions released Thursday. The first 10 countries on the list, made available during UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa, account for two-thirds of global emissions, said the report, compiled by British-based firm Maplecroft, specialists in risk analysis. China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan top the ranking, with Brazil, Germany, Canada, Mexico and Iran just behind.
  311. 2011/12/02: TreeHugger: Britain Will Easily Exceed 34% CO2 Cuts by 2020, Says Government

    And the temperature record:

  312. 2011/11/29: WMO: 2011: world’s 10th warmest year, warmest year with La Niña event, lowest Arctic sea ice volume
  313. 2011/11/29: WMO: 2011: world’s 10th warmest year, warmest year with La Niña on record, second-lowest Arctic sea ice extent
  314. 2011/11/30: PlanetArk: WMO: 2011 One Of Hottest Years On Record
  315. 2011/11/29: CSM: Climate change: 2011 temperatures the hottest ever during La Nina
  316. 2011/11/29: UN: This year will be world’s tenth warmest on record, UN [WMO] report finds
  317. 2011/11/29: ABC(Au): Scientists concerned by Southern Ocean warming
    Warming waters New research shows the Southern Ocean is storing more heat than any other ocean in the world.
  318. 2011/11/29: ABC(Au): Last decade equals warmest on record: UN
  319. 2011/11/29: ABC(Au): Scientists sound alarm over Southern Ocean warming
  320. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): Despite warm autumn, 2011 temperatures fail to reach record highs
    This year was only the 11th warmest on record, but figures confirm overall warming trend
  321. 2011/12/04: al Jazeera: Another hot year — 2011 is one of the warmest on record

    Yes we have feedbacks:

  322. 2011/11/28: TP:JR: Erratic, Extreme Day-to-Day Weather Puts Climate Change in New Light and Creates Potential New Amplifying Feedback

    Aerosols are making their presence felt:

  323. 2011/11/27: Guardian(UK): Wood fires fuel climate change – UN
    Log burning and diesel vehicles two of the biggest culprits in developed world in generating pollution causing black carbon
  324. And in the paleoclimate:

  325. 2011/12/02: ABC(Au): CO2 plunge linked to Antarctic freeze [34 million years ago]
  326. 2011/12/02: CSM: Algae helps explains Antarctic ice sheet formation
  327. 2011/11/30: RPI: Setting the Stage for Life: Scientists Make Key Discovery About the Atmosphere of Early Earth
  328. 2011/12/01: Eureka: Drop in carbon dioxide levels led to polar ice sheet [34 mya], study finds
  329. 2011/12/01: Eureka: Plunge in CO2 put the freeze on Antarctica — Plunge in atmospheric CO2 ~34 million years ago confirms its power to alter global climate
  330. 2011/11/28: SciNews: Biology’s big bang had a long fuse — Animals started evolving long before showing up as fossils

    While on the ENSO front:

  331. 2011/12/04: SkeptiSci: La Niña reappears: still weak, but expected to slightly strengthen
  332. 2011/12/03: TP:JR: WMO: 2011 Is Warmest La Niña Year on Record and Science “Proves Unequivocally” It’s “Due to Human Activities”

    Regarding Climate Sensitivity:

  333. 2011/11/28: KSJT: Battling blogs and sedate news reports on new study of climate sensitivity — or, how hot’s it prob’ly gonna get?
  334. 2011/11/28: RealClimate: Ice age constraints on climate sensitivity
  335. 2011/11/28: ClassM: A hint that things may not be as bad as we thought

    And the State of the Oceans:

  336. 2011/11/27: SF Gate: Algae blooms’ sudden spread stumps scientists
    Marine scientists are trying to find out why previously unknown blooms of toxic algae are suddenly proliferating along the California coast, killing wildlife and increasing the risk of human sickness. The mysterious blooms have recently been bigger and have occurred more frequently than ever before, an alarming trend that a team of scientists led by UC Santa Cruz is attempting to figure out.
  337. Meanwhile in near earth orbit:

  338. 2011/12/02: TreeHugger: NASA Satellites Reveal Decline in U.S. Coal Pollution
  339. 2011/12/01: NASA: NASA Satellite Confirms Sharp Decline in Pollution from U.S. Coal Power Plants

    More GW impacts are being seen:

  340. 2011/12/02: AllAfrica:RDNA: Climate Change Exacerbates Malaria Menace
  341. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): From Cairo to the Cape, climate change begins to take hold of Africa
  342. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): Climate change insight gleaned from Yellowstone wolves
  343. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): Snow is a no-show at Swiss ski resorts
  344. 2011/11/30: Eureka: British butterfly is evolving to respond to climate change — Evolutionary change helps species track ongoing climate warming
  345. 2011/11/29: TP:JR: Oxfam: Extreme Weather Has Helped Push Tens of Millions into “Hunger and Poverty” in “Grim Foretaste” of Warmed World
  346. 2011/11/29: CNN: Kenya’s Turkana people facing climate catastrophe
    Conservationist Richard Leakey has been working in Kenya’s Turkana Basin for years – Leakey says fishermen have seen evidence of climate change in the water as levels recede 0 Potentially catastrophic as entire region is dependent on the lake for food and economic survival
  347. 2011/11/29: TP:JR: Climate Change Boosts a Lethal Disease: Hendra Virus
  348. 2011/11/30: ABC(Au): Report warns of deadly climate change
    A new report is warning Australians face dying in heatwaves and catching infectious diseases as a result of climate change. The Climate Commission says climbing temperatures will lead to more natural disasters and changing rainfall patterns, which will have an impact on people’s health as much as on the environment.
  349. 2011/12/03: Guardian(UK): Whales, dolphins, seals: newcomers crowd into British waters in pursuit of their prey
  350. 2011/11/28: SciNow: Ladybugs Changed Color in Response to Climate Change
  351. 2011/11/28: BBC: Thailand’s factory output fell by 35.8% in October after the country’s worst flooding for 50 years
  352. 2011/12/04: Eureka: New reports identify impacts of climate change on world’s highest mountains

    And then there are the world’s forests:

  353. 2011/12/02: 350orBust: Tar Nation: Haunting Photos Reveal Rape of Canada’s Boreal Forest
  354. 2011/12/02: PlanetArk: Vale Halts Dealings With Company Over Deforestation
  355. 2011/12/03: SciAm:EC: Illegal Deforestation Threatens the Last 23 Hainan Gibbons
  356. 2011/12/01: ABC(Au): Forest carbon survey
  357. 2011/12/01: PlanetArk: Global Net Forest Loss Smaller Than Thought: FAO
  358. 2011/11/30: FAO: [link to pdf] Satellite technology yields new forest loss estimates — FAO uses remote sensing survey to track changes
  359. 2011/11/30: UN: New UN satellite survey of forests charts extent of global deforestation
  360. 2011/11/30: NatureN: Fighting for the forest: The roadless warrior
    To save the Amazon, Bruce Babbitt wants to isolate islands of oil and gas production amid a sea of trees.
  361. 2011/11/29: Guardian(UK): Congo’s forests depend on Durban

    Yes we have no wacky weather, except:

  362. 2011/12/04: TreeHugger: Wild West Windstorm in Los Angeles Destroys More than 450 Trees
  363. 2011/12/04: al Jazeera: Santa Ana winds cause chaos across California
    The Santa Ana brought damaging winds to parts of California late last week. Our gallery shows the devastation caused.
  364. 2011/12/02: CSM: Santa Ana winds: How the West was hit by hurricane-speed winds
  365. 2011/12/02: CBC: U.S. West hit by high winds
    Several overturned semis on a Utah highway. Hundreds of thousands without power in California. A wind gust reaching 200 km/h in Colorado. The powerful winds that tore across Western states Thursday created a path destruction that closed schools, left neighborhoods with a snarl of downed trees and power lines, and prompted some communities to declare emergencies.
  366. 2011/12/02: CSM: Hurricane-force Santa Ana winds: Another sign of global warming?
  367. 2011/12/02: BBC: Santa Ana winds cut power in western US
    Hundreds of thousands of people have been left without power after 48 hours of ferocious winds across a swathe of states in the western US.
  368. 2011/11/28: CBC: Southern Alberta cleans up after gale-force winds
    Southern Alberta is cleaning up on Monday after a savage windstorm swept the region Sunday, prompting the City of Calgary to shut the downtown core to traffic as glass and debris rained down on the streets. A strong low-pressure system combined with a Chinook blowing east from the mountains produced sustained winds of 77 km/h, with gusts reaching 144 km/h in Claresholm, equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane, says CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.
  369. 2011/11/27: CBC: Calgary buildings damaged in storm — Grass fire in Lethbridge brought under control
    Southern Alberta began picking up the pieces late Sunday after winds gusting as high as 130 km/h in some places roared through the area. In Calgary, winds that reached 91 km/h according to Environment Canada triggered the city’s Municipal Emergency Plan. Officials had shut down the downtown core to traffic and pedestrians and suspended LRT services in that area.
  370. This week in the New Normal — extreme weather:

  371. 2011/11/28: IrishTimes: Ever-worsening weather events lead to inescapable verdict on climate change

    Corals are dying:

  372. 2011/11/28: Inhabitat: Scientists Planning to Cryo-Freeze Coral Samples to Preserve Endangered Species

    Sea levels are rising:

  373. 2011/12/04: TreeHugger: Sea Levels Will Rise Much Faster Than Previously Predicted, Says New Report on Antarctic Polar Ice Melt
  374. 2011/11/27: QuarkSoup: More on Tuvalu
  375. 2011/11/27: QuarkSoup: Tuvalu Plans to Bring in a Mountain

    As for hydrological cycle disruptions [floods & droughts]:

  376. 2011/12/04: CAbyss: Watching Those Records Fall — The worst one-year drought on record for Texas shows no sign of letting up.
  377. 2011/12/03: al Jazeera: Mexico’s worst drought in 70 years
    Humans and animals are struggling to cope in the worst drought anyone in Mexico can remember.
  378. 2011/12/03: Guardian(UK): In Klosters, three weeks before Christmas, only one thing is missing — snow
    One of the favoured haunts of Britain’s rich and famous is suffering, like the rest of the Alps, from mild weather. And with a strong Swiss franc, the cost of winter sports is soaring
  379. 2011/12/03: BBC: Swiss ski resorts hit by drought
  380. 2011/12/02: P3: Mexico is in Drought Too
  381. 2011/11/30: NASA: Texas Drought Visible in New National Groundwater Maps
  382. 2011/11/30: al Jazeera: Where is the snow?
    November has been too dry and too warm for the majority of the Alpine ski resorts
  383. 2011/11/30: CCP: CBS: Historic Texas drought could leave lasting impact…
  384. 2011/11/30: BBC: Drought fears after low winter rain levels
    The drought that has affected parts of England since June could last into next summer if there is insufficient winter rain, the Environment Agency has said.
  385. 2011/11/30: TP:JR: Warming-Enhanced Texas Drought Is Once in “500 or 1,000 Years … Basically Off the Charts,” Says State Climatologist
  386. 2011/11/30: BBC: More rain set to hit flood areas
    Forecasters are warning of more heavy rain in parts of Scotland which have already been affected by flooding.
  387. Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

  388. 2011/12/02: CSM: What a waste: Jonathan Bloom wants the US to reduce its food waste problem
  389. 2011/11/28: TreeHugger: Is It Too Late To Stem A Worldwide Outbreak Of Rational Governance?
  390. 2011/11/28: IIASA: Saving millions of lives and protecting our climate through clean cooking options
  391. 2011/11/29: Bundanga: How much time do we have to cut CO2 emissions? 20 years and the budget could be all spent!

    Consider transportation & GHG production:

  392. 2011/12/01: CalcRisk: U.S. Light Vehicle Sales at 13.6 million SAAR in November, Highest since Aug 2009
  393. 2011/12/01: CBC: Canadian auto sales jump 4.4% in November
  394. 2011/11/30: AllAfrica:BuaNews: Shipping Emissions Must Be Curbed
  395. 2011/11/30: TreeHugger: Inefficient Planes and Rising Oil Prices Sunk American Airlines
  396. 2011/11/28: NBF: High Speed Trains that make no Stops

    As for carbon sequestration:

  397. 2011/12/01: Eureka: AGU meeting: Stanford scientists subject rocks to hellish conditions to combat global warming
  398. 2011/11/30: Guardian(UK): Largest carbon capture plant in UK opens in Yorkshire
  399. 2011/11/28: Eureka: ISGS-led consortium begins injection of CO2 for storage at Illinois Basin — Decatur Project — First US large demonstration-scale injection of CO2 from a biofuel facility begins

    Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:

  400. 2011/12/02: CBC: Artificial cooling of Earth could reverse global warming — But risks unknown; discussion and governance needed, [RS] report finds
  401. 2011/12/01: RS: [link to 1.5 meg pdf] Solar radiation management: the governance of research
  402. 2011/12/03: PeakEnergy: Who’s watching the weather makers?
  403. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): Geoengineering techniques need more study, says science coalition
    The Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative says geoengineering could be ‘plan B’ for climate change
  404. 2011/11/30: CBC: ‘Planet hacking’ to control climate sparks controversy
  405. 2011/11/29: CNN: Whitening mountains: A new effort to save Peruvian Andes glaciers
    Mountains in Peruvian Andes that used to be covered with ice are now barren – Mountain communities that depend on water from glaciers are threatened – Engineer and self-described inventor wants to bring ice back to the mountains – His solution: A mixture that turns mountain rocks white, lowers their temperature
  406. While on the adaptation front:

  407. 2011/12/02: Wunderground: The City That Plans to be Flooded

    Meanwhile in the journals:

  408. 2011/12/02: Science: (ab$) The Role of Carbon Dioxide During the Onset of Antarctic Glaciation by Mark Pagani et al.
  409. 2011/12/02: Science: (ab$) Interhemispheric Ice-Sheet Synchronicity During the Last Glacial Maximum by Michael E. Weber et al.
  410. 2011/11/30: Nature: (ab$) The case against climate regulation via oceanic phytoplankton sulphur emissions by P. K. Quinn & T. S. Bates
  411. 2011/11/29: ESD: Jet stream wind power as a renewable energy resource: \newline little power, big impacts by L. M. Miller et al.
  412. 2011/12/02: CP: Past surface temperatures at the NorthGRIP drill site from the difference in firn diffusion of water isotopes by S. B. Simonsen et al.
  413. 2011/11/29: CP: Spring-summer temperatures reconstructed for northern Switzerland and southwestern Germany from winter rye harvest dates, 1454-1970 by O. Wetter & C. Pfister
  414. 2011/11/29: CP: Heinrich event 1: an example of dynamical ice-sheet reaction to oceanic changes by J. Álvarez-Solas et al.
  415. 2011/12/02: CPD: Hydrological evidence for a North Atlantic oscillation during the Little Ice Age outside its range observed since 1850 by C. Martín-Puertas et al.
  416. 2011/12/01: CPD: Volcanic synchronisation between the EPICA Dome C and Vostok ice cores (Antarctica) 0-145 kyr BP by F. Parrenin et al.
  417. 2011/12/02: ACP: A multi-angle aerosol optical depth retrieval algorithm for geostationary satellite data over the United States by H. Zhang et al.
  418. 2011/12/02: ACP: Using surface remote sensors to derive radiative characteristics of Mixed-Phase Clouds: an example from M-PACE by G. de Boer et al.
  419. 2011/12/02: ACPD: The impact of Great Basin Desert dust on the summer monsoon system over southwestern North America by C. Zhao et al.
  420. 2011/12/02: ACPD: The equilibrium response to idealized thermal forcings in a comprehensive GCM: implications for recent tropical expansion by R. J. Allen et al.
  421. 2011/12/02: ACPD: Variability of aerosol, gaseous pollutants and meteorological characteristics associated with continental, urban and marine air masses at the SW Atlantic coast of Iberia by J.-M. Diesch et al.
  422. 2011/12/02: GMD: Towards an online-coupled chemistry-climate model: evaluation of trace gases and aerosols in COSMO-ART by C. Knote et al.
  423. 2011/11/30: OS: Wind forcing of salinity anomalies in the Denmark Strait overflow by S. Hall et al.
  424. 2011/12/01: OSD: Arctic Ocean circulation and variability — advection and external forcing encounter constraints and local processes by B. Rudels
  425. 2011/12/02: TC: Glacier contribution to streamflow in two headwaters of the Huasco River, Dry Andes of Chile by S. Gascoin et al.
  426. 2011/12/03: TCD: Recent acceleration of ice loss in the Northern Patagonia Icefield based on an updated decennial evolution by P. López & G. Casassa
  427. 2011/12/02: TCD: Seasonal variations of glacier dynamics at Kronebreen, Svalbard revealed by calving related seismicity by A. Köhler et al.
  428. 2011/11/30: TCD: Albedo of the ice-covered Weddell and Bellingshausen Sea by A. I. Weiss et al.
  429. 2011/12/01: ACP: Observations of in-situ generated gravity waves during a stratospheric temperature enhancement (STE) event by A. J. Gerrard et al.
  430. 2011/12/01: ACPD: Arctic clouds and surface radiation – a critical comparison of satellite retrievals and the ERA-interim reanalysis by M. Zygmuntowska et al.
  431. 2011/12/01: ACPD: Vertical mixing in the lower troposphere by mountain waves over Arctic Scandinavia by M. Mihalikova & S. Kirkwood
  432. 2011/12/01: ACPD: Dust aerosol impact on North Africa climate: a GCM investigation of aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions using A-Train satellite data by Y. Gu et al.
  433. 2011/11/30: ACP: Analysis of coherent structures and atmosphere-canopy coupling strength during the CABINEX field campaign by A. L. Steiner et al.
  434. 2011/11/29: ACP: Anthropogenic radiative forcing time series from pre-industrial times until 2010 by R. B. Skeie et al.
  435. 2011/12/01: AGWObserver: Papers on 1940s dip in atmospheric CO2
  436. 2011/12/01: Nature: (ab$) Climate change: High risk of permafrost thaw by Edward A. G. Schuur & Benjamin Abbott
  437. 2011/11/18: GRL: (ab$) Direct and indirect effects of sea spray geoengineering and the role of injected particle size by Antti-Ilari Partanen et al.
  438. 2011/11/19: GRL: (ab$) Stratospheric heating by potential geoengineering aerosols by Angus James Ferraro et al.
  439. 2011/11/29: PNAS: (ab$) Reduced impact logging minimally alters tropical rainforest carbon and energy exchange by Scott D. Miller et al.
  440. 2011/11/29: PNAS: (ab$) Transcriptomic resilience to global warming in the seagrass Zostera marina, a marine foundation species by Susanne U. Franssen et al.
  441. 2011/11/29: PNAS: (ab$) Nonlinear response of summer temperature to Holocene insolation forcing in Alaska by Benjamin F. Clegg et al.
  442. 2011/11/29: PNAS: (letter$) Reply to Sugihara et al: The biology of variability in fish populations by Andrew O. Shelton & Marc Mangel
  443. 2011/11/29: PNAS: (letter$) Are exploited fish populations stable? by George Sugihara et al.
  444. 2011/11/20: NatureCC: (ab$) Long-term climate implications of twenty-first century options for carbon dioxide emission mitigation by P. Friedlingstein et al.
  445. 2011/11/29: OS: Usefulness of high resolution coastal models for operational oil spill forecast: the “Full City” accident by G. Broström et al.
  446. 2011/11/29: GMD: Simulating the mid-Pliocene climate with the MIROC general circulation model: experimental design and initial results by W.-L. Chan et al.
  447. 2011/11/28: GMDD: Influence of parallel computational uncertainty on simulations of the Coupled General Climate Model by Z. Song et al.
  448. 2011/11/28: GMDD: A contrail cirrus prediction model by U. Schumann
  449. 2011/11/28: TC: Spatial and temporal variability of snow accumulation rate on the East Antarctic ice divide between Dome Fuji and EPICA DML by S. Fujita et al.
  450. 2011/11/28: TCD: Sensitivity of a distributed temperature-radiation index melt model based on a four melt season AWS record from Hurd Peninsula glaciers, Livingston Island, Antarctica by U. Y. Jonsell et al.
  451. 2011/11/20: NatureCC: (ab$) Support for climate policy and societal action are linked to perceptions about scientific agreement by Ding Ding et al.
  452. 2011/11/28: AGWObserver: New research from last week 47/2011

    And other significant documents:

  453. 2011/12/01: RS: [link to 1.5 meg pdf] Solar radiation management: the governance of research
  454. 2011/12/01: SH4S: [link to 618k pdf] Canadian Cover-Up on Infectious Salmon Virus
  455. 2011/11/29: FAO: [link to 1.9 meg pdf] “Energy-smart” agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap
  456. 2011/11/28: FAO: [link to 3.4 meg pdf] The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture
  457. 2011/11/29: PI: [link to 2.6 meg pdf] Pipeline and tanker trouble
    The impact to British Columbia’s communities, rivers, and Pacific coastline from tar sands oil transport
  458. 2011/11/30: FAO: [link to pdf] Satellite technology yields new forest loss estimates — FAO uses remote sensing survey to track changes
  459. 2011/11/29: NRDC: [link to 2.6 meg pdf] Pipeline and Tanker Trouble
    The Impact to British Columbia’s Communities, Rivers, and Pacific Coastline from Tar Sands Oil Transport
  460. 2011/11/23: GreenPeace: [link to 3.6 meg pdf] Who’s holding us back? How carbon-intensive industry is preventing effective climate change legislationThe corporations most responsible for contributing to climate change emissions and profiting from those activities are campaigning to increase their access to international negotiations and, at the same time, working to defeat progressive legislation on climate change and energy around the world.
  461. As for miscellaneous science:

  462. 2011/12/02: EUO: EU set for massive increase in research spending
  463. 2011/12/01: SEasterbrook: The joys of chasing research funding
  464. 2011/11/30: NatureN: European Commission announces E80-billion plan for research — Programme for 2014-20 prioritizes excellent research
  465. 2011/11/30: ScienceInsider: On the Horizon? European Commission Outlines E80 Billion Resarch Budget
  466. 2011/11/28: Eureka: The shadows in a city reveal its energy flow
  467. 2011/11/27: CSW: The collision of climate science and politics, part 2 – lecture at American University, November 2011
  468. 2011/11/27: CSW: The collision of climate science and politics, part 1 – lecture at American University, November 2011

    More DIY science:

  469. 2011/12/03: moyhu: Google Maps display of GHCN stations, with Javascript

    What’s new in models?

  470. 2011/12/02: Eureka: Powerful mathematical model greatly improves predictions for species facing climate change

    Regarding AGU:

  471. 2011/11/29: ClimateSight: AGU 2011
  472. 2011/12/01: Eureka: AGU meeting: Stanford scientists subject rocks to hellish conditions to combat global warming

    While at the UN:

  473. 2011/11/28: UN: Global green economy has become a reality, UN official says

    And on the carbon trading front:

  474. 2011/11/30: Guardian(UK): Peruvian Amazon could become global centre of ‘carbon piracy': report [by Peruvian group Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP)]
    Warnings that illiterate communities are being pressured to sign up to offsetting schemes in the rush to tap into the potentially vast new global carbon market for forest-rich countries
  475. 2011/11/29: PlanetArk: Can Carbon For The Price Of A Pizza Save The Planet?

    The idea of a carbon tax is still bouncing around:

  476. 2011/11/30: Impolitical: Canadians support carbon tax

    The Robin Hood tax, aka the Tobin tax, aka the Bank tax, aka the Financial Transaction tax keeps coming up:

  477. 2011/11/30: AlterNet: Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows

    Wrangling over the South China Sea continues:

  478. 2011/11/29: PeakEnergy: A New Era of Gunboat Diplomacy

    And China and the USA are arguing about solar panels and protectionism:

  479. 2011/12/03: CSM: Renewable energy: US probe ‘protectionism,’ China says
    China criticized a U.S. decision to investigate whether Chinese companies are harming the American solar panel industry, saying it was made without sufficient evidence and highlights a strong U.S. tendency for protectionism. The U.S. International Trade Commission voted Friday to investigate a complaint by seven U.S. solar companies that Chinese competitors are selling solar products on global markets at unfairly low prices. The vote does not impose any penalties but says there is reason to believe that Chinese imports harm or threaten to harm the U.S. solar panel industry.
  480. 2011/11/29: OilPrice: China Solar Manufacturers Decry U.S. “Dumping”
  481. 2011/11/28: Oregonian: Asian solar manufacturers eyeing Oregon as refuge from SolarWorld trade fight with China
    SolarWorld’s complaint against China could generate a windfall for Oregon: Asian manufacturers starting solar factories here to gain refuge from a trade war.
  482. Climate Change is a threat multiplier exacerbating existing conflicts in food, energy, water, race, ideology … etc.:

  483. 2011/12/02: UN: UN official underlines link between food security and climate change
  484. 2011/12/02: al Jazeera: Kenyan farmers fighting over scarce land
    Conflicts frequently erupt over grazing land and water as droughts take their toll.
  485. 2011/11/29: France24: Climate change now seen as a question of global security

    The issue of the law and activism is playing out around the world:

  486. 2011/11/28: PlanetArk: Peru Police Break Up Protest At Newmont Mine

    What are the activists up to?

  487. 2011/11/30: Yahoo:AP: Indian farmers dump bags of snakes in tax office
  488. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): Anti-fracking campaigners climb Lancashire rig again
  489. 2011/11/28: DerSpiegel: Radioactive Cargo Delayed — Thousands of Protesters Obstruct Nuclear Waste Transport
    Massive protests are putting the brakes on a train carrying radioactive waste from France to Germany. The annual shipment, always a focal point for protesters, has never before taken this long to reach its destination. Anti-nuclear demonstrators are gathering to impede the controversial convoy on its final stretch.
  490. Polls! We have polls!

  491. 2011/12/02: BBickmore: Poll: Republicans Coming Around on Global Warming
  492. 2011/12/02: TCoE: Poll results: Good thing Americans are less than 5% of the world
  493. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): Changing climate of Republican opinion doesn’t agree with Tea Party
    Nearly two-thirds of moderate or liberal Republicans believe there is solid evidence for global warming, Pew poll finds
  494. 2011/11/30: G&M: Support for climate action still strong in Canada, poll finds

    Regarding Water Politics and Business:

  495. 2011/12/03: JFleck: Bay-Delta salinity — a brief history
  496. 2011/12/03: JFleck: Yo! Over here! Not much water in the Colorado River! What should we do?
  497. 2011/11/30: CBC: Clean running water still a luxury on many native reserves — About 39% of First Nations water systems deemed ‘high risk’
  498. 2011/11/28: JFleck: Does access to water make you more vulnerable to drought?

    Among the world’s religions:

  499. 2011/11/29: TP:JR: Pope Benedict Calls for “Credible” Action at Durban Talks to Address “Disturbing” Climate Change

    Who’s making predictions this week?

  500. 2011/12/01: CBC: West cold and East warmer in winter forecast
    The western provinces, Far North and some other areas of the country can expect a colder-than-average winter, according to Environment Canada’s latest seasonal outlook. The weather office says British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the most western part of Northern Ontario and much of Labrador can expect below seasonal temperatures through December, January and February. But areas around the Great Lakes, southern Quebec and the eastern Maritimes will be above seasonal, Environmental Canada says.
  501. 2011/11/30: WiC: World on track for nearly 11-degree temperature rise, energy expert says
  502. 2011/11/29: TreeHugger: World Now Heading for 11 Degree Temperature Rise [says IEA's Fatih Birol]
  503. 2011/11/28: STimes: International energy official sees climate ‘catastrophe’
    The chief economist for the International Energy Agency (IEA) [Fatih Birol] said Monday that current global energy-consumption levels put the Earth on a trajectory to warm by 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels by 2100, an outcome he called “a catastrophe for all of us.”
  504. Ethics? You want to talk about ethics?

  505. 2011/11/29: ERabett: Jolly Hockey Sticks
  506. 2011/11/28: Stoat: Architecture and morality

    And on the American political front:

  507. 2011/12/01: Grist: Yet more evidence that shutting down coal plants will not threaten reliability
  508. 2011/12/01: GreenGrok: The American Battle Over Environmental Regulations Rages On
  509. 2011/12/02: TP:JR: Koch-Fueled Denial Backfires: Independents, Other Republicans Split With Tea-Party Extremists on Global Warming
  510. 2011/12/02: CSW: Public review comment on the USGCRP draft Strategic Plan
  511. 2011/11/29: Grist: Once more, from the top: Shutting down dirty coal plants won’t cause blackouts
  512. 2011/11/29: MoJo: Breaking: America Still a Huge Importer of Energy
  513. 2011/11/29: Grist: America’s energy future: iPads vs. typewriters with guns
  514. 2011/11/28: TreeHugger: Bill Gates: U.S. Should More Than Triple Energy R&D Budget to $16 Billion
  515. 2011/11/28: CCP: And Some Wonder Why Americans Are So Dumbed Down?
  516. 2011/11/27: AlterNet: To Conservatives, Climate Change is Trojan Horse to Abolish Capitalism

    The BP disaster continues to twist US politics:

  517. 2011/12/02: ProMedMail: Undiagnosed dolphin die-off – USA: (MS, AL)

    On the 2012 campaign trail:

  518. 2011/12/01: DerSpiegel: The Republicans’ Farcical Candidates — A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses
    The US Republican race is dominated by ignorance, lies and scandals. The current crop of candidates have shown such a basic lack of knowledge that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein. The Grand Old Party is ruining the entire country’s reputation.
  519. 2011/11/30: AlterNet: Why Does the GOP Base Embrace Wacky Intellectual Lightweights Like Herman Cain?
  520. 2011/12/03: Guardian(UK): Herman Cain suspends campaign for Republican presidential nomination
  521. 2011/12/03: BBC: US presidential hopeful Herman Cain has said he is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination
  522. 2011/12/03: al Jazeera: Herman Cain ‘suspending’ US nomination race
    US presidential contender says he is suspending his Republican nomination campaign. Herman Cain, the US presidential contender, says he is suspending his Republican nomination campaign after allegations of infidelities and sexual harassment. “I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family,” he told supporters in Atlanta, Georgia.
  523. 2011/11/28: Grist: Mitt vs. Mitt, flip-flopping on climate change and much else
  524. 2011/11/28: Grist: Newt Gingrich will never be president; I will never stop loving this video
  525. 2011/11/28: Salon:DS: Why young voters love Ron Paul
    It’s not because they’re potheads. It’s because they’re sick of America’s militaristic misadventures
  526. 2011/11/28: OilDrum: A Reality Check on Oil Supply For Newt Gingrich

    Keystone XL is in the news because the GOP are using it to restrict Obama’s options (& talking points):

  527. 2011/12/03: CCurrents: Lawmakers Push Disastrous Legislation On Keystone XL
  528. 2011/11/28: CER:RRapier: Pipelines and Tar Sands: Cure the Disease Not the Symptoms
  529. 2011/12/01: PlanetArk: Republicans Make [K XL] Pipeline Jobs Issue For Obama

    The Obama chatter is nonstop:

  530. 2011/12/02: TreeHugger: Obama Announces $4 Billion Initiative to Upgrade Energy Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings
  531. 2011/11/30: TreeHugger: No Wonder Obama Is Cool To Climate Action
  532. 2011/11/29: Grist: Behind closed doors, Obama administration politicizes the regulatory process
  533. 2011/11/29: TreeHugger: Obama Administration Just As Bad On Environment As Bush, Says New Report
  534. 2011/11/29: Grist: Can Obama go back to political base(ics)?

    The actions of the Obama administration are being watched closely:

  535. 2011/12/01: NatureNB: Group claims political meddling over grazing data in western US
  536. 2011/11/29: BBerg: EPA Said to Give Power Companies Options to Delay Pollution Rule
  537. 2011/12/01: PlanetArk: U.S. Moves Ahead With Rule To Cut Boiler Emissions
  538. 2011/11/30: NatureNB: [Arun] Majumdar nominated for senior US energy post [Undersecretary of Energy at the US Department of Energy]
  539. 2011/11/30: CSW: Draft federal climate research plan gives new emphasis to ‘decision support,’ sustained assessments, and communications

    As for what is going on in Congress:

  540. 2011/12/02: TP:JR: North American PV Installs Set to Double in 2011. Will Congress Let the Successful Grant Program End?
  541. 2011/12/02: TreeHugger: Boehner to Accelerate Keystone XL Pipeline As Part of Payroll Tax Bill
  542. 2011/12/01: UCSUSA: UCS Urges Congress to Oppose Bills that Block Agencies from Making Science-Based Rules
  543. 2011/11/30: CBC: Senators push Obama for Keystone action
    Republicans ratcheted up the pressure on U.S. president Barack Obama on Wednesday by introducing a bill that would force him to OK the Keystone XL oil pipeline project within 60 days. Led by Mitch McConnell, a phalanx of Republican senators announced the North America Energy Security Act at a press conference on Wednesday.
  544. 2011/11/30: AutoBG: Darrell Issa asks 15 automakers if higher CAFE level might hurt sales, safety
  545. 2011/11/29: DM:BA: Congressional funding disaster
  546. 2011/11/29: Grist: Crop Insurance: This year’s Farm Bill frontier

    While in the UK:

  547. 2011/12/03: Guardian(UK): Britain can’t afford to go cool on climate change
    The chancellor believes we cannot save the planet until we save the economy. He is wrong on many counts
  548. 2011/12/02: PlanetArk: UK “On Track” For 2020, Maps Out 2050 Climate Cost
  549. 2011/12/02: TreeHugger: Britain Will Easily Exceed 34% CO2 Cuts by 2020, Says Government
  550. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): If George Osborne and co forget the common good, the planet will fry
    As Durban limps towards failure, it seems the west’s leaders, bankers and citizens refuse to take a lead on climate change
  551. 2011/12/01: BBC: Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has insisted that plans to cut Britain’s carbon emissions are on track
  552. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): George Osborne — a greener, bolder alternative is right behind you
    It’s official, we only have five years to take action on climate change, yet still the chancellor favours a heavy, dirty economy
  553. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): UK carbon-cutting targets exceeded, government research claims
  554. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): [Letters] Climate change must stay on the agenda
  555. 2011/11/29: NatureNB: UK pumps £200m back into scientific infrastructure
  556. 2011/11/30: Guardian(UK): Green-o-meter: Is the government keeping its green promises?
  557. 2011/11/29: EurActiv: UK secretly helping Canada push its oil sands project
  558. 2011/11/28: TreeHugger: UK Government Secretly Promotes Canadian Tar Sands, Fights EU Legislation
  559. 2011/11/28: LFR: Brit government playing Harper’s poodle on tar sands?
  560. 2011/11/28: CBC: U.K. supports Canada on oilsands — British government supports fight against penalties on Alberta fuel
  561. 2011/11/28: BBC: The UK’s oldest environmental charity faces closure
    The UK’s oldest environmental charity faces closure because its income has been hit by cuts to local authority budgets. Environmental Protection UK was originally established in 1898 as the Coal Smoke Abatement Society. It says it will stop functioning as a fully staffed and funded organisation in March 2012.
  562. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): Royal Bank of Scotland cancels climate change campaign sponsorship
    RBS ends sponsorship of Climate Week following accusations of ‘corporate greenwash’ due to its financing of polluting industries
  563. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): Government moves to calm carbon capture funding fears
    Department of Energy and Climate Change insists £1bn still available for pioneering projects despite earlier comments from the Treasury
  564. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): Climate change: brownfield thinking
    It is remarkable how quickly a government founded on the innovative principle of peacetime coalition can slide back into clapped-out thinking
  565. 2011/11/28: OilChange: Tar Sands: Britain is “Canada’s Partner in Crime”
  566. 2011/11/27: CCP: UK secretly helping Canada push its oil sands project
  567. 2011/11/27: Guardian(UK): UK secretly helping Canada push its oil sands project
    Canadian interests and oil lobby win coalition’s support for highly polluting process in runup to European fuel quality vote
  568. 2011/11/27: Guardian(UK): Britain’s promotion of Canada’s tar sands oil is idiotic
    A deal to sell tar sands oil in Europe would outweigh any good the UK might do with all its other climate change measures
  569. And in Europe:

  570. 2011/12/02: EurActiv: Organic farmers defend EU’s ‘green revolution’
    Outgunned by large industrial farm lobbying groups, organic producers, supported by conservation organisations, have risen up to defend some of the European Commission’s proposals for a ‘greener’ Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Leading farmers’ organisations and some farm ministers have criticised European Commission proposals for a greener agricultural policy, fearing new bureaucratic hurdles and a decline in yields at a time of rising global food demand. But for organic farmers, the Commission’s proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy are positive – if tepid – steps toward more sustainable farming practices.
  571. 2011/12/02: EUO: EU set for massive increase in research spending
  572. 2011/12/02: EUO: The fishy bail-out
  573. 2011/12/02: Reuters: Coal-reliant Poland says apt to lead EU at Durban
  574. 2011/12/01: EurActiv: WWF gives Europe ‘E’ for effort on climate
    A new report commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund on EU climate policies condemns what it sees as a “standstill in long-term strategies”. It cites in particular a decline in support for renewable energy sources in the course of the financial crisis.
  575. 2011/11/30: EurActiv: Polish EU presidency in row over coal conference
    A Polish EU Presidency logo that has appeared on posters for a coal lobbyist’s conference has sparked furious reaction in Brussels, just a day after the UN Climate Change Summit opened in Durban, South Africa.
  576. 2011/11/30: EurActiv: Mayors showcase energy savings despite stalled EU talks
    Over 3,000 mayors teamed up yesterday (30 November) in efforts to demonstrate that energy efficiency targets could be implemented through a bottom-up approach, despite stagnating talks on a proposed EU energy efficiency directive.
  577. 2011/11/30: NatureN: European Commission announces E80-billion plan for research — Programme for 2014-20 prioritizes excellent research
  578. 2011/11/30: ScienceInsider: On the Horizon? European Commission Outlines E80 Billion Resarch Budget
  579. 2011/11/28: Guardian(UK): We’re all paying for Europe’s gift to our aristocrats and utility companies
    Dukes, water companies and wildlife charities will be relieved to know their plunder of farm subsidies under the common agricultural policy can last until at least 2020
  580. 2011/11/29: NatureN: Outcry over EU budget plan — Costly Earth-monitoring and fusion-energy projects could be stripped from main budget
  581. 2011/11/29: PeakEnergy: Denmark aims for 100 percent renewable energy in 2050
  582. 2011/11/29: EurActiv: UK secretly helping Canada push its oil sands project
  583. 2011/11/28: TreeHugger: UK Government Secretly Promotes Canadian Tar Sands, Fights EU Legislation

    Meanwhile in Australia:

  584. 2011/12/01: ABC(Au): Green group says CSG report a wake-up call
  585. 2011/11/29: NatureN: Australia’s marine plans questioned — Ocean reserves offer inadequate protection, critics say
  586. 2011/11/28: ABC(Au): Goldfields’ green [CPV] energy potential touted
  587. 2011/12/02: ABC(Au): Abbott’s anti-carbon tax tour

    What me worry? Those damned peacemongers are an impediment to business!

  588. 2011/12/04: CBC: Australia reverses ban on uranium exports to India
    Australia’s ruling party voted Sunday to overturn a long-standing ban on exporting uranium to India, despite fierce opposition from critics who argued such sales are unsafe because India has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Prime Minister Julia Gillard urged members of her center-left Labor Party during its annual conference to allow the exports in the interest of the national economy, arguing there are safeguards in place to ensure the uranium would be used for peaceful purposes.
  589. 2011/12/03: BBC: Australia’s Labor party backs uranium sales to India
    Australia’s governing Labor party has voted to overturn its long-standing ban on exporting uranium to India. Australia, which holds an estimated 40% of the world’s uranium, already exports it to China, Japan, Taiwan and the US. The country has excluded sales to India because it is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  590. 2011/12/04: al Jazeera: Australia approves uranium exports to India
    Labor Party conference approves PM’s plan, despite Delhi not being signatory of nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  591. 2011/11/30: al Jazeera: Want Australian uranium? Join the NPT
    Australia may begin exporting uranium to India, but proponents have hijacked what is primarily an arms control debate.
  592. The Murray-Darling Basin Plan controversy continues:

  593. 2011/12/02: ABC(Au): Basin authority to get environmental watering plan
    Water Commissioner David Harriss says New South Wales will put its environmental watering plan to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority as soon as possible.
  594. 2011/12/02: ABC(Au): Desal delay proves costly for builder
    The builder of Adelaide’s desalination plant will be fined by SA Water for failing to deliver the first water on time.
  595. 2011/12/01: ABC(Au): Pipeline pipe-dream hopes to be on the money
    A company keen to build a water pipeline from the Ord River in Western Australia’s Kimberley region to South Australia says money set aside for Murray-Darling buy-backs could instead be used to make the project viable. Land Access and Management Services has suggested the project and has support from SA independent MP Geoff Brock.
  596. 2011/12/01: ABC(Au): Murray-Darling group urges end to ‘hysteria’
    An organisation representing 90 councils and communities throughout the Murray-Darling Basin believes a consensus is possible over the new water management plan. The release of the draft Murray-Darling Basin plan identifies a cut of 2,750 gigalitres to annual water consumption and is being criticised by both irrigators and conservationists. The Murray-Darling Association’s Ray Najar says the objectives and details of the plan are being clouded by interest groups beating the drum on water buybacks.
  597. 2011/12/01: ABC(Au): Murray plan urged to tackle evaporation losses
  598. 2011/12/01: ABC(Au): Whyalla desalination plant now operational
  599. 2011/11/30: ABC(Au): Riverland meeting on Murray water worries
  600. 2011/11/30: ABC(Au): Residents fear increased Menindee flows
  601. 2011/12/01: JQuiggin: Sausages, legislation and the Draft Basin Plan
  602. 2011/11/29: ABC(Au): Greens criticise lack of basin plan adjustment funds
  603. 2011/11/29: ABC(Au): Good and bad seen in bigger Menindee flows
    The plan for more releases from the Menindee Lakes could better secure Broken Hill’s water supply but at a cost. The draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan, released yesterday, proposes significantly increasing flows from the Menindee Lakes.
  604. 2011/11/29: ABC(Au): Basin board member says draft plan balanced
    The Riverina Member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s board says the basin plan does deliver a balance between environmental, economic and social needs. Junee Reefs’ economist Dianna Gibbs has confirmed she will meet local stakeholders during the 20-week consultation period.
  605. 2011/11/28: ABC(Au): Murray-Darling plan: how to manage competing interests
  606. 2011/11/28: ABC(Au): Greens threaten to stifle Murray-Darling plan
  607. 2011/11/28: ABC(Au): Basin plan draws criticism from all sides
  608. 2011/11/28: ABC(Au): Lower Murray remains at risk, say experts

    And in the Indian subcontinent:

  609. 2011/12/02: HindustanTimes: Cabinet nod to India’s tough stance at climate talks

    While in China:

  610. 2011/11/29: NBF: Power Generation Costs in China

    And Africa:

  611. 2011/11/21: AlterNet: The New Wild West: Will Citizens and the Environment Suffer as an Oil Rush Engulfs West Africa?

    In Canada, neocon PM Harper, continues his do-nothing policy:

  612. 2011/12/03: DeSmogBlog: New Franke James Video: Give Harper the Call
  613. 2011/11/29: POGGE: Streamline? Or gut like a fish?
    The Globe and Mail’s headline on yesterday evening’s story was “Ottawa wants to streamline environmental reviews”.
  614. 2011/11/28: MSimon: The Burning Planet and the Icy Hand of the Cons
  615. 2011/11/27: SSM: Do We Need More Proof That Harper Doubts Global Warming?
  616. 2011/11/28: MWatch: Greenpeace Brands the Harper Government a “Climate Fail” on Parliament Hill

    The G8/G20 controversy lingers:

  617. 2011/12/03: LinchPin: Statement of Solidarity with the G20 Defendants [Common Cause]
  618. 2011/12/02: MediaCoop: The G20 Papers: Links to articles based on summit security Documents
  619. 2011/12/02: SNeigh: Journalism and the Toronto G20
  620. 2011/11/29: MediaCoop: Download the G20 Papers
  621. 2011/11/28: CBC: Man arrested during G20 settles lawsuit against police
    A Toronto man who was arrested on his way to church has settled a financial claim against the police. Jason Wall, 25, was walking along Yonge Street by himself on the morning of June 27, 2010, when he was swarmed by as many as 20 Toronto police officers and taken into custody. The police were part of the detail that was providing security for the G20 summit taking place that weekend in the city. Wall says he was arrested because he was wearing a bandana around his neck.
  622. 2011/11/28: TStar: Man settles G20 lawsuit, claims police brass ordered false arrests
  623. 2011/11/28: DtPB: Toronto G20 Protests – Police Officers Were Given Orders to Make Illegal Arrests

    Canada’s name is mud at Durban:

  624. 2011/12/04: PostMedia: Canada accused of bullying countries — Conference host says nation pushing others to support its anti-Kyoto stance
  625. 2011/12/03: LFR: Durban hosts: Canada bullying poorer countries to abandon Kyoto
  626. 2011/12/03: PostMedia: Canada’s anti-Kyoto stance sours climate-change discussions in Durban
  627. 2011/12/01: Grist: Durban dispatch: Canada blames Canada
  628. 2011/12/02: 350orBust: Canada’s Mandate At Durban Climate Talks Clear: Negotiate On Behalf Of Tar Sands, Not Canadians’ Future
  629. 2011/12/01: CBC: Greens’ May tries to join Tuvalu at climate talks
  630. 2011/11/29: G&M: Kent rejects climate ‘guilt payment’ to poorer countries
    The Kyoto Protocol is built on an outdated view of the developed and developing world and the unacceptable demand for climate reparations from poorer countries, Environment Minister Peter Kent says.
  631. 2011/11/30: TreeHugger: Archbishop Tutu, Other African Leaders Call on Canada to Fight Global Warming, Not Boost Tar Sands
  632. 2011/11/29: PostMedia: Archbishop Tutu challenges Canada to stop protecting big oil
    Archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu is challenging the Canadian government’s support for the oil and gas industry, while urging it to start leading the world in addressing climate change as it did in opposing the “whites-only” rule that plagued South Africa in the 1980s. “Canada, you were once considered a leader on global issues like human rights and environmental protection,” says a new statement signed by Tutu and other South African leaders that was published in newspapers Tuesday. “Today you’re home to polluting tarsands oil, speeding the dangerous effects of climate change.”
  633. 2011/11/30: PostMedia: China decries Canada’s “bad example” in climate talks
    Canada’s failure to deny reports that it is about to ditch the Kyoto Protocol is “setting a bad example” to other developed nations as global climate change talks enter their third day, China’s official news agency said on Wednesday. Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent said on Monday that Kyoto was “the past”, but he would not confirm media reports that Ottawa was planning to formally withdraw from the treaty, one of the main topics of global climate talks now under way in Durban, South Africa.
  634. 2011/11/29: CBC: Canada won’t obstruct others from re-committing to Kyoto
  635. 2011/11/28: G&M: Canada adds its objections to $100-billion climate fund
  636. 2011/11/27: CBC: Kent takes tough tone on Durban talks
    Environment Minister Peter Kent is only half-joking when he says he wants to bring home fewer fossil-of-the-day-awards from upcoming global talks on climate change than his predecessors.
  637. 2011/12/04: PushedLeft: Durban Climate Conference Tells Peter Kent to Stay Home. I Wish He Would Just go Away!

    Canada’s shame:

  638. CAN: Fossil of The Day awards
  639. 2011/11/28: 350orBust: These Are Times That Try Our Souls
  640. 2011/11/28: ScottsDiatribe: It’s tough to be an environmentally conscious Canadian right now
  641. 2011/11/29: DeutscheWelle:B: Fossil of the Day Award
    Fossil Of The Day LogoIt’s been a bad day for Canada at the COP17 yesterday — since it’s been awarded the first Fossil of the Day Award in Durban.
  642. 2011/11/30: CAN: Canada wins a Fossil of the Day award for failing to understand the fundamental principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibility
  643. 2011/11/30: CUPE: Canada wins “Fossil of the Day” award
  644. 2011/12/01: CBC:Q&QB: Canada an embarrassment at climate talks
  645. 2011/12/02: NUPGE: Canada sweeps Fossil of the Day awards (with some help from the UK)
  646. 2011/12/04: THW: Canada Moving Years Back!

    This is the way it is done. First, you leak a policy you know will be unpopular to let people get used to the idea, then, when no one is paying attention (during a holiday or at 17:00 on a Friday), you do the dirty deed. Presto! Changeo! Who cares what people think?

  647. 2011/11/27: CTV: Canada to pull out of Kyoto Protocol next month
  648. 2011/11/28: CBC: Canada won’t confirm Kyoto withdrawal
    Environment Minister Peter Kent wouldn’t confirm or deny Monday that Canada plans to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, as talks on the accord’s future got underway in Durban, South Africa.
  649. 2011/11/28: BBC: Canada makes Kyoto climate strike
    Canada will not make further cuts in its greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol, and may begin formally withdrawing next month.
  650. 2011/11/29: AndrewLeach: Clarification on compliance and withdrawal
  651. 2011/11/29: Maribo: Why would Canada withdraw from Kyoto before the end of the year?

    The battle over the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines rages on:

  652. 2011/11/29: NRDC: [link to 2.6 meg pdf] Pipeline and Tanker Trouble
    The Impact to British Columbia’s Communities, Rivers, and Pacific Coastline from Tar Sands Oil Transport
  653. 2011/12/02: PlanetArk: Natives To Oppose West Coast Oil Pipelines
  654. 2011/11/29: PI: New report highlights dangers associated with tar sands pipeline to British Columbia
    Report warns that corrosive oil, dangerous pathway and treacherous seas make Northern Gateway project an unnecessary threat
  655. 2011/11/29: PI: [link to 2.6 meg pdf] Pipeline and tanker trouble
    The impact to British Columbia’s communities, rivers, and Pacific coastline from tar sands oil transport
  656. 2011/12/02: CBC: B.C. First Nation backs Northern Gateway pipeline
    A B.C. First Nation has announced it’s backing the Northern Gateway pipeline project to ship oilsands crude to the West Coast, despite fierce opposition from dozens of other groups in the area. Chief Elmer Derrick said the hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan have accepted Enbridge Inc.’s offer of an equity stake in the $5.5-billion project. He expects the deal will provide at least $7 million of net profit to his people. The announcement comes a day after opponents said they would not allow the proposed Enbridge and KinderMorgan pipelines to cross their unceded territory, saying they will stand in front of bulldozers if they have to. Derrick said the Gitxsan believe the project is important to the economic future of their group and the country.
  657. 2011/12/01: CBC: B.C. First Nations form ‘united front’ against pipelines
    Leaders vow to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in front of bulldozers to halt construction First Nations leaders will not allow the proposed Enbridge [Northern Gateway] and KinderMorgan pipelines to cross their unceded territory, saying they will stand in front of bulldozers if they have to. The pipelines would run from Alberta’s oilsands to the B.C. coast, carrying oil to tankers for export to the US and Asia.
  658. 2011/11/29: CBC: Northern [Gateway] pipeline plan too risky, report says
  659. 2011/11/30: PlanetArk: Oil Sands Opponents Turn Focus To Enbridge [Northern Gateway] Project
  660. 2011/11/29: DeSmogBlog: Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline: New Report Spotlights Incredible Threats
  661. 2011/11/29: CBC: Northern pipeline plan too risky, report says
    A pipeline that would move heavy bitumen to the northern British Columbia coast from Alberta’s oilsands carries unacceptable risks, Canadian and American environmental groups say. The proposed route for Enbridge Inc.’s $5.5-billion pipeline passes through rivers and sensitive habitat, and a spill of heavy bitumen of the type it would carry would be devastating to the region, groups including Canada’s Pembina Institute and the Natural Resources Defence Council in the United States say in a new report.
  662. 2011/11/29: Grist: Hey, other tar-sands pipelines also suck!
  663. 2011/11/27: EnergyBulletin: Why isn’t the Keystone pipeline extension going to eastern Canada?

    Do you think Harper cares about these polls?

  664. 2011/11/30: G&M: Support for climate action still strong in Canada, poll finds
    Canadians want Ottawa to be part of an international treaty to combat climate change, and would even support carbon taxes as a means of meeting the country’s emission reduction targets, a new poll suggests. Support for action on climate change has slipped from five years ago, but it remains high on the list of Canadians’ concerns, according to the survey by Environics Research Group, released to The Globe and Mail on Wednesday.
  665. 2011/11/30: Impolitical: Canadians support carbon tax

    A timely report from the CCPA:

  666. 2011/11/29: CCPA: [link to 439k pdf] Peddling Greenhouse Gases – What is the Carbon Footprint of Canada’s Fossil Fuel Exports? by Marc Lee, Amanda Card
  667. 2011/11/29: CCPA: Canadian fossil fuel exports threaten climate

    Meanwhile in the CWB saga:

  668. 2011/11/28: PSAC: PSAC and Council of Canadians granted intervener status in Canadian Wheat Board case
  669. 2011/12/02: G&M: It hurts dancing to supply management’s tune
  670. 2011/11/29: G&M: Ottawa strips Wheat Board of control over grain sales
  671. 2011/11/28: CBC: MPs vote to kill wheat board monopoly
    The House of Commons has voted to strip the Canadian Wheat Board of its monopoly on western wheat and barley. The House, led by the majority Conservatives, voted 153-120 on Monday evening to support a bill that ends the board’s control. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will face three rounds of votes, plus committee examination, before it becomes law.
  672. The ISA virus in BC waters is potentially disastrous:

  673. 2011/12/03: AlexandraMorton: Media on ISA virus cover up
  674. 2011/12/03: NI/P: Future of wild salmon depends on volunteers
  675. 2011/12/01: PostMedia: Unpublished DFO report finds 100% of Cultus Lake sockeye found with deadly salmon virus
    A seven-year-old unpublished report indicates 100 per cent of a sample of Cultus Lake sockeye salmon tested positive for a potentially deadly salmon virus. The undated report (likely from 2004) produced at a Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) station in Nanaimo, tested wild Pacific – sockeye, chinook and pink – from various locations, including Cultus Lake. Twenty-two per cent of the salmon, or 117 out of more than 500 samples tested positive for ISA, with more than half of the positive tests from the Fraser River. And more than half of all the positive test results came from the 64 out of 64 samples of Cultus Lake sockeye found with ISA virus.
  676. 2011/12/02: NatureNB: More salmon shenanigans in British Columbia
  677. 2011/11/30: SH4S: Canadian Cover-Up on Infectious Salmon Virus – Leaked report reveals over 100 positive ISA cases in farmed and wild salmon
  678. 2011/12/01: SH4S: [link to 618k pdf] Canadian Cover-Up on Infectious Salmon Virus
  679. 2011/12/01: NI/P: “No ISA in BC” says BC Liberal Don McRae
  680. 2011/12/02: CBC: B.C. salmon virus unconfirmed says food agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has been unable to confirm the presence of a potentially lethal fish virus in B.C. salmon, despite previous findings by a world renowned expert on the virus. Infectious salmon anemia, or ISA, was first detected in wild B.C. salmon two months ago by Simon Fraser University Prof. Rick Routledge, putting the federal food agency and B.C.’s fish farming industry on high alert. But Cornelius Kiley, a spokesperson for the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), says the federal government’s lab has been unable to duplicate the results using the same samples.
  681. 2011/11/29: STimes: Canada kept detection of salmon virus secret
    A decade before this fall’s salmon-virus scare, a Canadian government researcher [Molly Kibenge] said she found a similar virus in more than 100 wild fish from Alaska to Vancouver Island. But Canadian officials never told the public or scientists in the United States about those tests.
  682. 2011/11/28: al Jazeera: Deadly virus found in wild Pacific salmon
    Killer virus which spreads like wildfire is causing concern among US scientists and fishermen.
  683. In BC, the stage is set. Now what will Clark and Dix do?

  684. 2011/12/02: PostMedia: The environmental costs of B.C.’s logging war on pine beetles
    The plan was simple: Log and sell as much dead pine as possible before it decayed or burned. But the environmental costs of the large-scale salvaging of Interior forests are still being tallied
  685. 2011/11/30: Tyee: Is BC’s Public Sector Really ‘Carbon Neutral’? Not everyone’s buying the math the government uses to make its claim
  686. 2011/12/01: Tyee: ‘Carbon Neutral’ Goal Spurs Projects
    Whatever its flaws, BC’s quest for carbon neutrality is getting some things done in the public sector.
  687. 2011/11/29: PostMedia: Forestry, tourism and clean energy part of B.C. deal with Island First Nations
  688. 2011/11/28: Tyee: Why BC Isn’t Rushing to ‘Cap and Trade’ Carbon — California beckons with new market for emissions offsets. Will we join soon?

    Meanwhile in that Mechanical Mordor known as the tar sands:

  689. 2011/11/30: Tyee: Canada’s Oil Sands Kill Africans, Says Greenpeace Leader
    Rich nations owe ‘climate debt’ to poorer countries hit by drought, wars: [Kumi] Naidoo.
  690. 2011/11/30: EmbassyMag: Scrap ‘ethical oil’ for ‘conscientious’ approach, Canada told
    After Obama’s involvement in the Keystone XL pipeline delay, analysts say the Harper government should instead promote Canada’s democracy, governance structure and environmental safeguards. But proponents are sticking with their slogan…
  691. 2011/12/01: PostMedia: High production costs pose risk to oilsands sector: economist
    Alberta’s oilsands companies have become a relatively high-cost producer of oil, which puts them – and the province’s economy – at risk if the world goes into recession and prices plummet, a U of A energy economist says.
  692. 2011/11/29: BBC: Oil sands battle between Canada and EU [Joe Oliver interview]
  693. 2011/11/30: PEF: Canada’s Petro-Recovery
  694. 2011/11/30: OilChange: Tar Sands: “No Safe Way to Market”
  695. 2011/11/29: Guardian(UK): [Letters] Tar sands issue needs closer examination
  696. 2011/11/28: PostMedia: Ottawa, Alberta caught flat-footed by EU oilsands policy: documents
    The Alberta and federal governments weren’t prepared for the European Union’s proposed fuel quality standard that labels the oilsands a dirtier crude, according to British government documents that also suggest Canada didn’t have a strategy to respond to it. The new U.K. documents from high-level officials, obtained in Britain by environmental advocates under access to information, also show the provincial and federal Tory governments welcomed a “compromise position” on the fuel standard that was proposed by the British government. In October, the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, approved placing a higher carbon-emissions value on bitumen-derived fuel than on conventional oil under the Fuel Quality Directive.
  697. 2011/11/28: CBC: U.K. supports Canada on oilsands — British government supports fight against penalties on Alberta fuel
  698. 2011/11/28: OilChange: Tar Sands: Britain is “Canada’s Partner in Crime”
  699. 2011/11/27: Guardian(UK): UK secretly helping Canada push its oil sands project
    Canadian interests and oil lobby win coalition’s support for highly polluting process in runup to European fuel quality vote
  700. 2011/11/27: Guardian(UK): Britain’s promotion of Canada’s tar sands oil is idiotic
    A deal to sell tar sands oil in Europe would outweigh any good the UK might do with all its other climate change measures
  701. In Manitoba:

  702. 2011/12/02: CBC: Chief disputes relocation of flood victims
    A plan to move flooded residents of Lake St. Martin closer to home is in jeopardy over a dispute between the chief and the provincial government.
  703. While in la Belle Province:

  704. 2011/12/05: PostMedia: Quebec on track to reduce emissions
    Environment Minister Pierre Arcand says Quebec is on track to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals, even if the government does not strengthen the cap and trade program set to launch in the new year. Environmental groups welcomed Arcand’s announcement last July of a program that would put a price on carbon pollution by limiting the amount of greenhouse gases that big industry could emit. When the program is fully operational in 2013, companies that exceed their allowable pollution limits will have to buy credits from those who stay under their cap.
  705. In the North:

  706. 2011/12/01: CBC: Military turns to volunteers for Arctic rescues
  707. 2011/11/30: CBC: Inuit sleds being built for Arctic sovereignty patrols — Rangers have until Dec. 9 to build 30-plus qamutiks in Yellowknife
  708. 2011/11/27: CBC: Ottawa moves ahead with High Arctic military centre — Centre will focus on disaster training

    The movement toward a long term ecologically viable economics is glacial:

  709. 2011/12/02: CCurrents: Common Ground: Securing A Future For All Who Share Our Planet’s Resources
  710. 2011/12/02: CCurrents: Climate Justice Requires A New Paradigm by Vandana Shiva
  711. 2011/12/01: EnergyBulletin: Climate justice requires a new paradigm by Vandana Shiva
  712. 2011/12/01: EnergyBulletin: Common Ground: Securing a future for all who share our planet’s resources
  713. 2011/11/28: CCurrents: A Mindful Path To A Steady State Economy
  714. 2011/11/28: TP:JR: Let’s Talk About The Future We Want [Becker]
  715. 2011/11/29: OilChange: A Culture Beyond Oil
  716. 2011/11/29: SkeptiSci: Economic Growth and Climate Change Part 2 – Sustainable Growth – An Economic Oxymoron? by perseus
  717. 2011/11/28: EnergyBulletin: A mindful path to a steady state economy

    IPAT [Impact = Population * Affluence * Technology] raised its head once again:

  718. 2011/11/28: BobPark: What’s New?
    1. Birth Control: It’s now part of our national health policy.
  719. 2011/12/02: GuyMcpherson: Global warming, population growth, and food supplies: When will Americans finally “get it”?
  720. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): Taming the wild west of family planning
    Experts back birth control in sub-Saharan Africa, where 43% of people are under 15
  721. 2011/12/01: Guardian(UK): Siri’s abortion bias embarrasses Apple as it rues ‘unintentional omissions’
  722. 2011/12/01: BBC: Apple denies claims that Siri is anti-abortion
  723. 2011/11/29: AlterNet: Why Is IPhone’s Siri Hiding Abortion Info? 10 Things the Device Will Help You Get Instead of Abortion

    Apocalypso anyone?

  724. 2011/12/01: TreeHugger: Financial Meltdown, Peak Oil, Global Warming: Are We in a Crisis of Civilization? (Video)
  725. 2011/12/01: Grist: Stop your crying: Environmental tales don’t have to read like ‘The Lorax’

    How do the media measure up?

  726. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): The Spectator runs false sea-level claims on its cover
  727. 2011/11/29: SP: Why energy journalism is so bad
  728. 2011/12/02: EnergyBulletin: De-constructing the WSJ’s front page story, “U.S. nears milestone: net fuel exporter”
  729. 2011/11/29: MoJo: Breaking: America Still a Huge Importer of Energy
  730. 2011/12/01: PeakEnergy: Why energy journalism is so bad
  731. 2011/11/30: P3: Good News, Bad News (Malthusian Stench Department)
  732. 2011/12/03: TP:JR: Washington Post Edits Out Climate Change from Its Sea-Level Rise Story
  733. 2011/11/28: DeSmogBlog: Do Developing Nation Journalists Cover Climate Science Better (or at Least Better Than U.S. and U.K. Papers)?
  734. 2011/11/28: CCP: And Some Wonder Why Americans Are So Dumbed Down?
  735. 2011/11/27: TP:JR: Media Misleads On Flawed Climate Sensitivity Study: Avoiding “Drastic Changes Over Land” Requires Emissions Cuts ASAP

    Here is something for your library:

  736. 2011/11/30: DeSmogBlog: The Science of Debiasing: The New “Debunking Handbook” Is a Treasure Trove For Defenders of Reason

    And for your film & video enjoyment:

  737. 2011/12/01: TreeHugger: Documentary Takes Aim at Belo Monte Dam
  738. 2011/11/29: P3: Durban in Three Minutes
  739. 2011/12/03: DeSmogBlog: New Franke James Video: Give Harper the Call
  740. 2011/11/30: PSinclair: Maddow: Interview with Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator
  741. 2011/11/29: Grist: Documentary on end of world as we know it is surprisingly uplifting
  742. 2011/11/27: Deltoid: On the trick to hide the context
  743. 2011/11/27: P3: Lost in Deep Time – Richard Alley, a leading paleoclimatologist
  744. 2011/11/27: PSinclair: Potholer on “Climate-gate 2″ Claptrap
  745. 2011/11/27: HCorner: Climategate 2.0 Has Potholer nailed it?

    As for podcasts:

  746. 2011/11/29: TP:JR: Podcast: Former Climate Czar Carol Browner on Obama’s Environmental Record

    Meanwhile among the ‘Sue the Bastards!’ contingent:

  747. 2011/12/03: AutoBG: Medium-duty truck fuel regulations under legal fire
  748. 2011/11/30: Guardian(UK): Alaskan community revives legal bid for global warming damages
    Native American people in Kivalina want to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for alleged destruction of their village
  749. 2011/11/27: KQED:B: Suit Returns to San Francisco Courtroom — Alaskan village blames oil & power companies for rising seas
    The coastal hamlet of Kivalina, Alaska, is already known for literally making a federal case out of rising sea levels. The village of about 400 residents sits exposed on a barrier island in the Chukchi Sea. In 2008, local officials filed a federal lawsuit against about two dozen corporate entities, including ExxonMobil, BP and San Ramon-based Chevron Corp., claiming that coastal erosion was forcing the town to relocate. The original case was dismissed — but on Monday, the case lands in San Francisco’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where the town’s lawyers will again argue that major oil and power companies are responsible for the threatening rise in sea level, as the result of their collective greenhouse gas emissions.
  750. Developing a new energy infrastructure is a fundamental challenge of the current generation:

  751. 2011/12/02: SciAm:PI: Duking It Out Over Southern Electricity
  752. 2011/12/02: TP:JR: Dirty Utilities Cry Wolf on Electricity Reliability to Block Health Protections
  753. 2011/11/30: CCurrents: Why Energy Use And CO2 Emissions Are Rising As Fast As GDP
  754. 2011/11/30: EnergyBulletin: MPG of a human
  755. 2011/11/30: TP:JR: Clean Energy Standards Can Scale Renewables and Reduce Pollution at No Cost to the Economy, Study Finds
  756. 2011/11/30: Grist: The problem with renewables and ‘cost parity’
  757. 2011/11/29: NBF: Power Generation Costs in China
  758. 2011/11/30: BNC: Solar combined with wind power: a way to get rid of fossil fuels?
  759. 2011/11/29: Grist: America’s energy future: iPads vs. typewriters with guns
  760. 2011/11/28: Grist: Renewables in the U.S.: Growing fast, but not fast enough
  761. 2011/11/28: Grist: Renewables trump fossil fuels for first time ever
  762. 2011/11/28: TreeHugger: Investment in Renewables Trumps Fossil Fuels for First Time Ever
  763. 2011/11/27: NBF: Major IAA Space Based Solar Power Report

    Hey! Let’s contaminate the aquifer for thousands of years! It’ll be a fracking gas!

  764. 2011/12/01: CJR: The Landman Cometh — Innovation Trail and other New York outlets help readers prepare for fracking prospectors
  765. 2011/12/02: DeSmogBlog: Smeared But Still Fighting, Cornell’s Tony Ingraffea Debunks Gas Industry Myths
  766. 2011/12/01: ABC(Au): Green group says CSG report a wake-up call
  767. 2011/12/01: PlanetArk: New York City Fracking Hearing Draws Opposition
  768. 2011/11/30: HuffPo: Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Natural Gas Driller, To Stop Water Deliveries To Dimock, Pennsylvania
  769. 2011/11/30: PlanetArk: Debate On Halting NY Fracking Ban Reaches Endgame
  770. 2011/11/29: TruthOut: Kasich, Koch and Big-Industry Bucks: Why Ohio Is the Next Fracking Frontier
  771. 2011/11/29: WiC: Kasich, Koch and big-industry bucks: Why Ohio is the next fracking frontier
  772. 2011/11/28: AlterNet: Josh Fox: Are We About to Witness the Liquidation Sale of New York and its Drinking Water?
  773. 2011/11/28: DeSmogBlog: Are New York Lawmakers Poised To Throw Upstate Residents Under The Fracking Bus?

    On the coal front:

  774. 2011/12/01: PeakEnergy: Why we won’t need coal in future
  775. 2011/11/29: Grist: Once more, from the top: Shutting down dirty coal plants won’t cause blackouts

    On the gas and oil front:

  776. 2011/12/02: BBerg: Closing oil prices Friday
    OIL (US$/bbl)
    Nymex Crude Future…100.96
    Dated Brent Spot…..110.35
    WTI Cushing Spot…..100.96
  777. 2011/12/03: AutoBG: Nome, Alaska facing possiblity of $9 gallons of gas this winter
  778. 2011/12/01: DeSmogBlog: LNG Groundhog Day: Cheniere Energy Signs Yet Another Gas Export Deal on Gulf Coast
  779. 2011/12/01: CBC: BP sells Canadian natural gas unit for $1.6B
  780. 2011/11/30: OilDrum: Countdown to $100 Oil – High Energy Prices Suppressing Growth?
  781. 2011/11/30: MoJo: Saudi Arabia Finally Gives Up
  782. 2011/11/28: PlanetArk: Analysis: Chevron Spill Lifts Cover On Brazil Oil Risks
  783. 2011/11/28: PlanetArk: Petrobras Spilled Twice The Oil Than Chevron In 2010: Report

    And in pipeline news:

  784. 2011/12/02: OilDrum: Pipeline changes to fix WTI /Brent spread are likely to add new problems
  785. 2011/12/01: TreeHugger: Tar Sands Crude Spills Into Denver’s Water Supply
  786. 2011/12/01: TP:JR: Suncor Tar Sands Refinery Leaks Crude into South Platte River
  787. 2011/11/30: DeSmogBlog: Suncor Refinery Spill Threatens River Supplying Denver Drinking Water
  788. 2011/11/28: PlanetArk: Alberta Study Disputes Oil Sands Corrosion Claims

    Yes we have a peak oil sighting:

  789. 2011/11/30: CCurrents: The IEA’s Warning: Our Last Chance?
  790. 2011/11/29: EnergyBulletin: The peak oil crisis: the IEA’s road show

    Biofuel bickering abounds:

  791. 2011/11/29: Eureka: OSU study questions cost-effectiveness of biofuels and their ability to cut fossil fuel use
  792. 2011/11/28: TP:JR: Researchers Genetically Engineer Algae to Increase Oil Yields by Up to 50%: Should We Be Concerned?
  793. 2011/11/28: AutoBG: Ethanol company Corn Plus fined $760,000 for lying to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

    The answer my friend…:

  794. 2011/11/28: ERW: Floating-axis wind turbine could cut offshore costs
  795. 2011/11/29: TP:JR: Offshore Wind Could Meet 14% of Europe’s Energy Demand by 2030, Leveraging $193 Billion in Investments
  796. 2011/11/28: BCLSB: How Loud Are Wind Turbines?

    Meanwhile among the solar aficionados:

  797. 2011/12/02: TP:JR: North American PV Installs Set to Double in 2011. Will Congress Let the Successful Grant Program End?
  798. 2011/12/02: NBF: Thermophotovoltaic devices without mirrors to concentrate sunlight to 1000 degrees celsius and 37% overall system efficiency
  799. 2011/12/01: TP:JR: One Third of World’s Energy Could Be Solar by 2060, Predicts Historically Conservative IEA
  800. 2011/11/30: CNN: Solar landfill provides a shining example
    Former landfill in the U.S. using solar sheets to power local homes – Ten acres of plastic sheets fitted with photovoltaic cells – Waterproof sheets also trap methane which is also collected – EPA estimate there are 100,000 closed landfills in the U.S.
  801. 2011/11/29: CleanBreak: Oil and gas delivery giant Enbridge Inc. makes first solar tech investment, throws $10 million into Morgan Solar
  802. 2011/11/29: NBF: Space Based Solar Power Status
  803. 2011/12/04: TP:JR: Solar Power is Contagious

    Feed-In-Tariffs are being variously implemented around the world:

  804. 2011/11/28: TreeHugger: Why Hasn’t America Embraced Feed-In Tariffs?

    The nuclear energy controversy continues:

  805. 2011/12/02: EurActiv: Nuclear energy ‘does not reduce the price of electricity’
  806. 2011/12/01: CCurrents: Nuclear Dichotomy
  807. 2011/11/30: NBF: Australian and Czech project to make Throium molten salt reactor
  808. 2011/11/29: BBC: North Korea says nuclear plant is ‘progressing apace’
    The building of a nuclear reactor in North Korea is “progressing apace”, officials say, in a further snub to the US and South Korea. State media quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying low-enriched uranium was being produced for the reactor. North Korea said earlier this month the facility would be up and running soon.
  809. 2011/11/28: PlanetArk: Special Report: In Chernobyl, A Disaster Persists
  810. 2011/11/28: PlanetArk: Special Report: The Nuclear Industry’s Trillion Dollar Question
  811. 2011/11/27: NBF: IEEE Spectrum on China’s Nuclear Energy Programme

    Nuclear waste storage requires _very_ long term thinking:

  812. 2011/12/01: BBC: Sellafield waste reactor proposed to convert plutonium
    Plans to build a new reactor at Sellafield in Cumbria to convert waste plutonium into electricity have been proposed by energy company GE Hitachi. The multi-billion pound reactor would recycle waste from the UK’s nuclear plants, currently stored at Sellafield. The government spends £2bn a year managing it and is looking at options including reprocessing or storage.
  813. 2011/11/27: EneNews: NYT on Spent Fuel Pools: Nuke promoters admit “it’s just gone on for so long, and there’s so much of it” in UK
  814. 2011/11/27: NYT: A New Urgency to the Problem of Storing Nuclear Waste

    Nuclear fusion projects around the world limp along:

  815. 2011/12/02: NatureNB: EU deal cuts ITER E1.2 billion deficit by E840 million, while sparing research budget
  816. 2011/12/02: ScienceInsider: Europe Finds E1.3 Billion Needed for ITER Overruns
  817. 2011/12/02: NBF: Australian Star Scientific is probably the claimant of the 1 megawatt nuclear fusion device
  818. 2011/12/01: NBF: New Extraordinary claims of a nuclear fusion breakthrough in Australia

    The Rossi Energy Catalyzer keeps coming up:

  819. 2011/11/30: NBF: Praxen-Defkalion reveals technical specification sheet for pre-industrial Hyperion product
  820. 2011/11/30: EnergyBulletin: No miracles in science: The story of the “energy catalyzer”
  821. 2011/11/29: NBF: Rossi electricity generation claim is based on getting steam up to 450 celsius with Energy Catalyzer
  822. 2011/11/29: NBF: Defkalion has Rossi’s formula

    More people are talking about the electrical grid:

  823. 2011/12/01: CNN:Fortune: Is it time to bury our power lines?
    A series of severe storms this year has left millions without electricity. An affordable solution may exist.
  824. Automakers & lawyers, engineers & activists argue over the future of the car:

  825. 2011/12/02: CBC: GM willing to buy back Chevy Volts — Company will purchase electric car from owners afraid it will catch fire
  826. 2011/12/03: PeakEnergy: Volt is drivers’ favorite, topping even Porsche
  827. 2011/12/02: CSM: Chevy Volt: Worried about fire? Sell it back.
  828. 2011/12/01: BBC: Toyota and BMW in green agreement
    Japanese carmaker Toyota and Germany’s BMW are to work together on environmental-friendly motoring technology.
  829. 2011/11/30: Grist: Electric car ad from 1912
  830. 2011/11/29: SciAm:Obs: Could Chevy Volt Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Burn Out Interest in EVs and Hybrids?
  831. 2011/11/28: AutoBG: Mazda reveals i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative braking system
  832. 2011/11/29: PSinclair: Graph of the Day: Mapping a Post-Auto Economy

    As for Energy Storage:

  833. 2011/12/02: Eureka: Cheap beads offer alternative solar-heating storage
  834. 2011/12/02: NBF: Cheap beads offer alternative solar-heating storage
  835. 2011/11/29: PeakEnergy: BrightSource Strikes World’s Biggest Solar Energy Storage Deal [using a molten salt system called SolarPLUS]

    Joe Romm posts a daily list of top energy and climate stories:

  836. 2011/12/02: TP:JR: December 2 News…
  837. 2011/12/01: TP:JR: December 1 News…
  838. 2011/11/30: TP:JR: November 30 News…
  839. 2011/11/29: TP:JR: November [29] News…
  840. 2011/11/28: TP:JR: November 28 News…

    Other (weekly) lists:

  841. 2011/12/02: EnergyBulletin: ODAC Newsletter
  842. 2011/11/28: BPA: Agriculture News

    The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

  843. 2011/12/03: WottsUWT: Hiding the decline down under — inconvenient papers censored
  844. 2011/12/02: ITracker: Data socialists
  845. 2011/12/02: BBickmore: Global Warming and the Mobs
  846. 2011/12/01: WottsUWT: Stupid: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry cancels climate talk due to skeptics being on panel
  847. 2011/12/03: P3: Scientists Cope with Personal Attacks
  848. 2011/11/30: CCP: On Roy Spencer’s unscientific methods
  849. 2011/11/30: BBickmore: Roy Spencer the Anti-Scientist
  850. 2011/11/30: HotTopic: Put it there pal: the real story of Chris de Freitas and Climate Research
  851. 2011/11/30: DeSmogBlog: Skeptics Prefer Pal Review Over Peer Review: Chris de Freitas, Pat Michaels And Their Pals, 1997-2003
  852. 2011/11/29: QuarkSoup: Climate Panel Cancelled For Lack of Balance
  853. 2011/11/29: Deltoid: McKitrick’s quote mining
  854. 2011/11/28: TP:JR: Koch-Fueled Americans for Prosperity Spends $2.4 Million on Solyndra Attack Ad (video)
  855. 2011/11/28: Grist: Study: Climate skepticism leads directly to climate inaction
  856. 2011/11/28: TreeHugger: Scientific Study Reveals Link Between Skepticism and Inaction. Or, Why Koch & Exxon Spread Climate Lies
  857. 2011/11/28: QuarkSoup: Who Knows How Deep This Goes?
  858. 2011/11/28: DeepClimate: McKitrick hides the context
  859. 2011/11/28: HC: Laframboise’s reviews on Amazon falsely inflated
  860. 2011/11/27: AlterNet: To Conservatives, Climate Change is Trojan Horse to Abolish Capitalism
  861. 2011/11/27: QuarkSoup: Fred Singer’s Silence on Request for Data
  862. 2011/11/27: CCP: Support for climate policy and societal action are linked to perceptions about scientific agreement, by Ding Dng et al., Nature Climate Change

    Not quite denial; just woefully misleading:

  863. 2011/12/02: Grist: Economist: We’ll just move to Siberia to escape climate change
  864. 2011/12/02: DeSmogBlog: Old Talking Points Die Hard: “Climate Change Is Beneficial” Edition

    Let us be clear about motivation:

  865. 2011/12/04: WesternStar: The twisted logic, and ethics, of nature’s opponents
    In a puzzling appeal to anti-American sentiment, some industry supporters claim that U.S. foundations are threatening Canadian policy by donating money to environmental groups here. These arguments have appeared in publications such as the Vancouver Sun and Calgary Herald, and on Sun TV. Greenpeace has released research that points in a different direction, one that seems more logical. The Greenpeace report, “Who’s Holding Us Back?”, shows that multinational and U.S. corporations in the oil, mining, and chemical sectors, among others, have been spending money and using industry trade associations, think-tanks, lobbying, and revolving doors between government and industry to block action on climate change and influence resource policy in Canada and elsewhere.
  866. 2011/11/23: GreenPeace: [link to 3.6 meg pdf] Who’s holding us back? How carbon-intensive industry is preventing effective climate change legislation
    The corporations most responsible for contributing to climate change emissions and profiting from those activities are campaigning to increase their access to international negotiations and, at the same time, working to defeat progressive legislation on climate change and energy around the world.
  867. 2011/12/01: DSuzuki: The twisted logic, and ethics, of nature’s opponents

    As for climate miscellanea:

  868. 2011/12/02: PlanetArk: Timeline: How The World Discovered Global Warming
  869. 2011/12/02: ABC(Au):TDU: Climate change: greater the uncertainty, greater the risk
  870. 2011/11/29: GreenGrok: Climate Change Goings On: Post-Turkey Day
  871. 2011/11/28: DIIN: Global warming 2°C target “no longer attainable”
  872. 2011/12/02: Guardian(UK): The environment in 2017: a polluted wasteland hit by floods and droughts
    Pollution and climate change create misery with petrol and energy prices at record levels and flooding rife
  873. 2011/11/30: PlanetArk: Asia Must Address Climate Issues Fast: ADB
  874. 2011/11/29: P3: The Main Difference Between Science and Politics
  875. 2011/11/29: QuarkSoup: When Elephants Fight

    And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:

  876. SRMGI: Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative
  877. Salmon Are Sacred – Calling the Wild Salmon People
  878. Super Heroes 4 Salmon
  879. NOAA: Arctic Report Card
  880. Draw the Line at Tar Sands
  881. WMO: Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW)
  882. Permafrost Carbon Network
  883. CAN: Fossil of The Day awards
  884. CTW: Carbon Trade Watch
  885. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
  886. World Radiation Centre
  887. NGDC.NOAA: Solar Irradiance Data
  888. Exxpose Exxon
  889. IPCC: National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme

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