Another Week of Climate Instability News, September 1, 2013

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September 1, 2013

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We are definitely back in the black humour zone:

Not really GW, but everybody loves a mystery:


  • 2013/08/28: CBC: Mysterious underground fire perplexes Alaska town
    Possible volcano or shale gas fire has been burning for more than a year.
    Residents of Eagle, Alaska, are getting worried about possibly toxic gases wafting into town from a mysterious underground fire on a nearby mountain that's been burning for almost a year.
    Nobody seems to know exactly what's burning. Experts suspect it's either a volcano forming or natural gas or oil burning in underground shale deposits. Whatever it is, the fire has been burning on a remote mountaintop, about 40 kilometres north of the community since last October at least.


Looking ahead to COP19 and future international climate negotiations:


There's a G20 meet coming up in Petersberg:

Ecuador is to Host the International Congress on Water in January 2014:

The Pacific Island Forum coming up next week:

A slightly unnerving new feedback discovered. Acidification inhibits DMS production which means fewer clouds:

The Kosaka & Xie paper on the atmospheric hiatus triggered a lot of comment:

Half the potash cartel fell apart; Billiton bets billions on the farm. This week Russia and Belarus are spitting cats:

Cum grano salis:

    • 2013/08/25: Independent(IE): Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides
      Radio wave-treated water could change agriculture as we know it. Its Irish pioneers meet Tom Prendeville
      Miracle grow: Treated water results in larger, healthier crops, says Professor Austin Darragh of Limerick University
      A groundbreaking new Irish technology which could be the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough is set to change the face of modern farming forever.

Late comment on Earth Overshoot Day:

And on the Bottom Line:

What are the global financial institutions up to?

John Cook and friends continue their point-counterpoint articles:

TV Meteorologists typically follow the corporate media line, but not always...

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.
[Now some people are talking about a century or more. Sealing it in concrete for 500 years.]
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:


What do we have for Fukushima related papers this week?

The Arctic melt continues to garner attention:

There is a certain fascination with Greenland's hidden mega-canyon:

That Damoclean sword still hangs overhead:

As for the geopolitics of Arctic resources:

While in Antarctica:

The food crisis is ongoing:

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

Food Prices are still problematic:

Are we going to see a microbial revolution next?

Regarding the genetic modification of food:

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

In the Western Pacific, tropical storm Kong-Rey sideswiped the Philippines and Taiwan before heading for Japan:

In the Eastern Pacific, TS Juliette brushed the Baja before fading only to be replaced by unreported Kiko:




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How can Abbott even consider this when global warming is the most significant threat facing mankind?


For once you are correct Paul. You must be learning.

They, governments, really need to move past these tax schemes doomed to failure and used for election fodder.

Another gem from Paul. Who knows, maybe it won't e long before he starts accepting evidence over ideology.