The Intersection

Archives for January, 2007

Wait Til 2009

Seed just published my take on the State of the Union speech, and the role of global warming therein. In essence, it’s a very pessimistic outlook. I really doubt we can expect strong action on the issue until a new administration comes in. The current Congress may pass a few bills outlining various forms of…

I am a tad frustrated that I have probable jury duty next week. As result, I may have to miss Henry Waxman’s January 30th scheduled hearing “regarding political interference in the work of government climate change scientists.” I and many others have been pushing for the new Congress to use its investigative powers in this…

SOTU: I Stayed Awake for This?

Bush’s treatment of global warming in the State of the Union address was pretty uninspiring, unless you like vagaries. I have a Seed piece going up about this today so I won’t say more, except to point out the actual language so you can see for yourself: America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs…

As if there was any doubt….the State of the Union energy/climate policies are already up on the website of the White House. There is some potentially good stuff about renewable fuels and auto efficiency, but there are no mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions in there. There is no “cap and trade” policy. Once again–unless…

God, the SOTU, and Climate Change

Well, I have done some quick research, in anticipation of the State of the Union address tonight. I think you folks will get a kick out of this:

There’s a widespread sense that a change is afoot on the climate issue–so much so, in fact, that some commentators are producing what I view as simplistic accounts of how this came about. See for example Sebastian Mallaby in the Washington Post:

Gained in Translation

I was just reading a report (PDF) about the damages caused by Hurricane Catarina, a very anomalous event, to Brazil in 2004. The report is written in English but reading through, I rather doubt that’s the first language of its authors. I was amused to come across this paragraph in particular: The impact was intense…

What Was Kyrill?

[Huge waves slam the port city of Wimereux in Northern France.] Last week I griped about how various media organizations were calling the large scale cyclonic system that slammed Europe a “hurricane.” In this post, I’d like to be a bit more positive and look more closely at this weather phenomenon that was dubbed “Kyrill.”…

I don’t trust the British papers with their various hyperventilating “scoops” about the forthcoming IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. But the Toronto Star just had a story that does sound realistic, reporting on what is purportedly a leaked final draft of the upcoming report’s “Summary for Policymakers” section, which is always the most quoted and widely…

The story goes that when Jule Gregory Charney, at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, ran an early numerical weather prediction in 1953, he and his colleagues managed to correctly hindcast a big snowstorm that had hit Washington, D.C., the previous year (fooling forecasters at the time). The quotation above is what Charney apparently said in…