Gore Calls Canada Climate Plan a ‘Fraud’

myway – April 29, 2007

Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, was recently in Toronto to give a lecture and show his movie “An Inconvenient Truth”.  While he was there, he took the opportunity to condemn Canada’s plan to reduce emissions.

Al Gore condemned Canada’s new plan to reduce greenhouse gases, saying it was “a complete and total fraud” because it lacks specifics and gives industry a way to actually increase emissions.

Canada aims to reduce the current level of greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. But the government acknowledged it would not meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, which requires 35 industrialized countries to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.


Study Sheds New Light On Global Warming

Science Daily – April 23, 2007

I really like articles that discuss that we are advancing our knowledge on the climate and the things that can influence it.  This is a very good article regarding a researcher at the University of Sheffield that has developed an innovative index which measures changes in wind and storminess over long periods of time.

Once again, I simply do not understand how one can already arrive at a conclusion on this subject when it seems like every week we read about a scientist that has discovered something new or developed a new understanding.  It is particularly bothersome when we find out that current models are not correct on simple things like the storms in the Atlantic (probably the most studied ocean in the world since it has been traveled regularly for 500 years).


Meet Captain Climate – John McCain

onearth – Spring 2004

I think it is important to have an understanding of the feelings of our major political candidates on the subject of global warming. I will occasionally run these articles and I hope to do so in such a way that you, the reader, will not have any idea of which candidate I am voting for. I simply want to give you some idea of how the candidates are discussing this very important topic. This first article is about John McCain – others will follow on the other candidates. It is a very flattering article about Mr. McCain and the comments below all belong to the original author and I have tried not to modify his intentions with my editorializing. As always, I am pulling comments out of the original article so go to the bottom of this post to find the original.


Celebrating Earth Day: Fight Global Warming ‘The PC Way’ With Al Gore

The National Ledger – April 29, 2007

Its the weekend as I write this.  We all need a laugh every once in awhile – even at a serious site like this.  This is a satire column with a top ten list that supposedly is written by an Al Gore affiliated organization (it’s not of course – that is the satire part).  I am only including a little of most of the comments on each of the items. Make sure you click through and read the rest – editorializing humor sometimes ruins it.


Toward regional-scale modeling using the two-way nested global model TM5: Characterization of transport using SF6

Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 109 – October 12, 2004

I am not going to encourage you to read the source article.  I think that is the first time I am making that suggestion.  There are two main reasons:

  1. it costs $9 to buy it (and you can probably find a better way to spend your 9 bucks)
  2. it is a very difficult read.  I am not a meteorologist but I do have an engineering degree and even I struggled with this.  I know that I have several climate scientists as regular readers and I am sure they would understand much of the article but for the rest of my readers, I expect this is a little too deep.


How to talk to a climate skeptic – ‘CO2 doesn’t lead, it lags’

Gristmill – December 27, 2006

This is a very quick post on Gristmill which is a blog dedicated to commentary on ecological issues.  It is a question / answer format and this particular post discusses the objection that, from geological samples, CO2 increases appear to have followed an increase in temperature rather than the temperature increase to occur after the CO2 increases – the current theory of climate change in place today.

The article is a little confusing in that it points out that temperatures did increase first but then appears to make the argument that this doesn’t matter because the warming was caused by the sun and then CO2 got more concentrated and then things got really bad.  Does this prove or disprove the argument?


Kohl’s converting California stores to solar power

The Business Journal of Milwaukee – April 26, 2007

There are a lot of good reasons for Kohl’s department stores to do this and I praise them for the leadership. More companies should try to use alternative sources for energy and justify it by carbon dioxide offsets or for geopolitical reasons and reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

Kohl’s Corp. plans to convert more than 75 percent of its department stores in California to solar power beginning in May. The Menomonee Falls-based retailer announced Thursday morning that the first stores involved in the project will be in Laguna Niguel and in Visalia. Twenty-four of Kohl’s 80 California stores will immediately convert, and the company is seeking permits and approvals for another 40 stores in the state.


Impact of global warming looms on the horizon

Fairbanks Daily News Miner – April 22, 2007

Very interesting article written by an atmospheric scientist that is calling for greater effort and emphasis on climate modeling.  He states that there is not enough evidence to come to a conclusion on climate change.  As my long time readers know, this is essentially my opinion as well.

In the 1970s as a young scientist at the Geophysical Institute I wrote passionate letters complaining that for the first time in the geologic era man was changing the atmosphere of the planet. I argued that continued dumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere would be associated with a warming of the entire Earth and pled for attention to this matter. The letters were ignored.


China accepts fears over climate but will not cut growth

The Times – April 24, 2007

This is confusing.  If someone accepts that the world is getting warmer due to human output of CO2, and if that person also accepts that global warmer would harm mankind then how could that person not accept making changes in behavior to prevent it.  Isn’t the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again but expect a different outcome?  It is one thing to deny that global warming is happening due to humans and then not do anything but I cannot follow the logic of agreeing with it and then still do nothing.


An island made by global warming

The Independent – April 24, 2007

This article should give pause to anyone that does not believe that the climate on earth is changing in some way.  There is no doubt about it that in certain parts of the world, glaciers are changing their shape and appear to be getting smaller.  While this one data point does not mean that there is a trend, it is a very significant data point when a peninsula off of Greenland that is covered with ice turns out to be a small island that was only connected to the mainland by a glacier.

I would like to point out that this article states that the computer models were wrong on this event happening by this time which underscores my long-time rant that we need better modeling techniques.