Archives for January, 2009

Iron fertilisation

Nurture notes some controversy over LOHAFEX. We’re taken aback by this flagrant disregard of international law, says someone I’ve never heard of. Well, my reading of COP 9 Decision IX/16, Section C (Ocean Fertilization), paragraph 4 is that it says it requests Parties and urges other Governments, in accordance with the precautionary approach, to ensure…

Israel disqualifies Arab parties .

So says The Grauniad. It seems eerily familiar to me, and the The shift has alarmed experts, who blame global warming almost seems like a parody. Torygraph tags along. Oh yes, here we were and here. The new study says The results showed the amount of CO2 absorbed during 1999 to 2007 was half the…

Ahem. So previously there was a lot of hype and confusion and not much paper. Now that has changed, with Reconstructing sea level from paleo and projected temperatures 200 to 2100AD by Aslak Grinsted, John C. Moore & Svetlana Jevrejeva. Which says: We use a physically plausible 4 parameter linear response equation to relate 2000…

How overfed are we? (part 2)

How overfed are we? refers, in which I express some doubt about the problems of food production. But Battisti and Naylor (Science 9 January 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5911, pp. 240 – 244; DOI: 10.1126/science.1164363) Historical Warnings of Future Food Insecurity with Unprecedented Seasonal Heat re-raise these problems, and they do it in Science, so…

What we shouldn’t do

Is wander around blowing up schools. Fairly obvious really, but some people will never learn. Bozos. [Pulled from the comments (thanks): its fun to watch: -W]

What we should do

Since I seem to be stating my position perhaps its time to clarify my position on CO2 taxes. I hear Obama is waiting to hear what I have to say on this burning issue :-) When I said that heavy, extremely painful carbon taxes weren’t going to happen, some people seem to have misinterpreted it…

To look at, anyway. [ps: for anyone who watched while I put this together: apologies!]

Horrible English weather

Its all rather manky here: cold, thin snow semi-melted by rain and refrozen. Urgh. Which brings up the obvious question: if I could suddenly make the world, or at least this little bit of it, 2 degrees warmer all year round, would I be better or worse off? I’m just thinking of direct response, mind…

So says the Independent. The substance seems to be Just over half – 54 per cent – of the 80 international specialists in climate science who took part in our survey agreed that the situation is now so dire that we need a backup plan that involves the artificial manipulation of the global climate to…