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Another Week of Climate Instability News

Sipping from the Internet Firehose…

August 11, 2013


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Get yer Ha Ha’s here:

Looking ahead to COP19 and future international climate negotiations:

The AGU came out with a revised statement on climate change this week. The usual suspects are upset:

The NOAA released their State of the Climate 2012 this week:

Further on the potash cartels:

And on the Bottom Line:

What are the global financial institutions up to?

    • 2013/08/05: BBerg: Coal at Risk as Global Lenders Drop Financing on Climate
      The world’s richest nations, moving to combat global warming, are cutting government support for new coal-burning power plants in developing countries, dealing a blow to the world’s dominant source of electricity.
      First it was President Barack Obama pledging in June that the government would no longer finance overseas coal plants through the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Next it was the World Bank, then the European Investment Bank, dropping support for coal projects. Those banks have pumped more than $10 billion into such initiatives in the past five years.

John Cook and friends continue their point-counterpoint articles:

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.
[Whoops, that has now been updated to 40 years.]
And the IAEA is now saying 40 years too.
We’ll see.
At any rate this situation is not going to be resolved any time soon
and deserves its own section.
Meanwhile…
It is very difficult to know for sure what is really going on at Fukushima.
Between the company [TEPCO], the Japanese government, the Japanese regulator [NISA], the international monitor [IAEA], as well as independent analysts and commentators, there is a confusing mish-mash of information.
One has to evaluate both the content and the source of propagated information.
How knowledgeable are they [about nuclear power and about Japan]?
Do they have an agenda?
Are they pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear?
Do they want to write a good news story?
Do they want to write a bad news story?
Where do they rate on a scale of sensationalism?
Where do they rate on a scale of play-it-down-ness?
One fundamental question I would like to see answered:
If the reactors are in meltdown, how can they be in cold shutdown?

Not much good news coming out of Fukushima:

 

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

The Arctic melt continues to garner attention:

A tagged polar bear starved to death in Svalbard because it couldn’t get onto the sea ice. Much anguish ensued:

Harp seals are at risk:

That Damoclean sword still hangs overhead:

While in Antarctica:

The food crisis is ongoing:

The state of the world’s fisheries is a concern:

Food Prices are still problematic:

The conflict between biofuel and food persists:

Regarding the genetic modification of food:

Regarding labelling GM food:

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

In the Western Pacific, Tropical Storm Mangkhut zapped Vietnam, followed by Typhoon Utor heading for Luzon:

Flossie, Gil, Henriette and a bunch of TDs, one after the other, in the Eastern Pacific: