Another Week of GW News, June 30, 2013

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June 30, 2013

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No matter how dark things seem, there are always bad jokes:

Looking ahead to COP19 and future international climate negotiations:

This is the only report I have seen on the Montreal Protocol meeting this week:

    • 2013/06/28: ABC(Au): Governments meet on expanding agreement to include damaging greenhouse gasses
      Governments from around the world are meeting in Thailand in an attempt to come to an agreement to phase out the use of damaging greenhouse gases often used in refrigeration.
      Now if agreed to, it would see the dramatic expansion of the Montreal Protocol, which was originally designed to tackle ozone depleting CFCs.
      Environment campaigners say unlike in previous years, there's growing international agreement.

The Indian Monsoon has triggered a major disaster this year. See also :

American President Obama gave a speech this week. See also :

Singapore and Malaysia are still being afflicted by that heavy Sumatran smog:

And on the Bottom Line:

What's the World Bank up to?

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.
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:

What do we have for Fukushima related papers this week?

The Arctic melt continues to garner attention:

As for the geopolitics of Arctic resources:

The food crisis is ongoing:

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

The conflict between biofuel and food persists:

So, are these land grabs Colonialism V2.0?

Regarding the genetic modification of food:

Regarding labelling GM food:

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

The warm waters of the Eastern Pacific are generating a stream of storms: Cosme, Dalila and several TDs:

In the Western Pacific, unreported Tropical Storm (06W) Rumbia crossed the Phillipines and is heading for Hainan,
While elsewhere in the hurricane wars:




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By Steven Earl Salmony (not verified) on 05 Jul 2013 #permalink

Nobody want to comment on the findings of that study?

Nope. They sure don't want to discuss the findings of reputable scientists.

They prefer to parrot the nonsense non-scientist Anthony Watts is telling them.

By Craig Thomas (not verified) on 12 Jul 2013 #permalink

craigtroll, why are YOU refusing to comment the study

BTW, i did a brief comment and it appeared for some time but as of a sudden WTF it had disappeared (looked like coby has deleted it)

maybe coby does not like contrarians on this one wholy agw ideology bible appraising "paper"

Maybe Coby is going to try to make sure you adhere to some minimum standards of coherence and honesty?

I'm happy to comment on the study: yet again, yet another independent study has looked at the available data and yet again, it has found that Mann's "Hockey Stick" was perfectly correct.

So, this study isn't hugely significant - it is only repeating for about the 20th time the same thing that all previous studies have shown.
So far, a grand total of zero studies have contradicted Mann - they all agree with him.

Conclusion: "freddy" is wrong, as usual.

By Craig Thomas (not verified) on 12 Jul 2013 #permalink

@ craigtroll

so are really not aware that mike mann "invented" a methodology which always produces a hockeystick whatever values you feed in this grossly unscientific methodology. even if you feed in random numbers into mann's methodology you get a hockeystick. AND YOU DEFEND THIS JUNK AND HOAX METHOD?????? you very poorly informed and defend a scandalous methodology.

BTW, for once i agree to you that the study, which enlightens mandas so much, is totally uninspired, does not contain anything new, no original data, etc.

i can't understand tolerates such a view when YOU express this, and NOT I when practically say the same

the whole excitation of mandas about the study is no way understandable to me. as he is no scientist he may react differenty to things he encounters for the first time and please him.