Another Week of Climate Disruption News, January 5, 2014

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January 5, 2014


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Yes, we have no comix. How about a striking image?

Looking ahead to COP20 and future international climate negotiations:

Looking back at COP19:

The Sherwood et al. paper on climate sensitivity kicked off a bit of a blogostorm:

Yet more end-of-year retrospectives:

And the prospects of 2014?

And on the Bottom Line:

The world inches toward creating a global legal framework for ecological crime:

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.
[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:


The Arctic melt continues to garner attention:

That Damoclean sword still hangs overhead:

As for the geopolitics of Arctic resources:

While in Antarctica:

The food crisis is ongoing:

The conflict between biofuel and food persists:

So, are these land grabs Colonialism V2.0?

Regarding the genetic modification of food:

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

Tropical Cyclone Bejisa [06S] zapped La Reunion island but stayed East of Madagascar:

Tropical Cyclone Christine zapped Western Australia and faded to a tropical depression over land:




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How can you sleep?

By Max Erwengh (not verified) on 08 Jan 2014 #permalink

It is a requirement of human physiology to sleep, Max.


I always find the best way is to lie down in a dark, quiet room and close my eyes.

Max, I think what mandy and myself are getting at is: What are you getting at with your comment.

Since we've both answered the statement AS MADE, but those answers cannot be ones unknown to you, your statement needs to be done in a manner that would elicit the information you seek.

My condolences to the people in the US and in Canada for the terrible death cases due to incredibly low temperatures not seen for decades there. I can imagine that these are the first signs of a substantial cooling of the planet during the next decades until 2060 (similarly to the cooling between 1930 and 1975, despite steadily rising CO2 leves during the cooling phase, which nobody can explain and does not make the IPCC climate models look good)

Freddy's proposed "substantial cooling" between 1930 and 1975 amounted to an *increase* of about 0.05 degrees.

Perhaps he meant 1940-1975, in which case the "substantial cooling" amounts to about 0.1 degrees.

One also wonders how the very recent heatwaves in South America ( and Australia (…), or the record high temperatures in much of Europe (see e.g.…;…), fit into his "first signs".

"due to incredibly low temperatures not seen for decades there"

So it was colder before?

That means it's warmer now than it was.

That means global warming.

wow, as expected with you: logical fallacy and reading comprehension problems

wow, wineologists are not especially known to be experts in meteorology, therefore you are only blethering copy pasted material without genuine own background

"wineologists are not especially known to be experts in meteorology"

Look, kaibot, just because you're clueless about meteorology does not make you a wineologist.

"wow, as expected with you: logical fallacy "

Ah, another fake claim from kaibot!

There was no logical fallacy there, child.

And the only reading comprehension problems are ones you bring with you, dear.


Your condolences are appreciated but hardly necessary. Canada is the 2nd coldest country on our planet - we may not be that smart but we can cope with winter. Coping with winter is not what it used to be. The weather is getting weirder but, on average, steadily warmer. I'll give today's forecast temperatures for Canadian cities covering five time zones:

Vancouver: +9 Celsius
Calgary: -2 Celsius
Regina: -1 Celsius
Toronto: +6 Celsius
Montreal: +4 Celsius
Halifax: +5 Celsius
St. John's: -2 Celsius

Not all that bad for what should be the coldest period of the Canadian winter. I can only hope that the folks in Sochi are getting somewhat cooler temperatures for the Winter Olympics.

By Robert Davis (not verified) on 13 Jan 2014 #permalink