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White House unveils climate change strategy

Washington Post – May 31, 2007

You will probably read different versions of this article all over the newspapers in the next few days.  This was just announced so my comments on it will be minimal and I will simply relay the news. I am not sure that this announcement says too much except that politicians have agreed to talk about a subject that scientists are best left to talk about but I guess it is better to talk than not talk.

The White House unveiled a long-term strategy on climate change on Thursday, with plans to gather the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases and to cut tariff barriers to sharing environmental technology.


In negotiations before the summit, Washington rejected setting targets to reduce greenhouse gases, championed by other participants.

Don’t Believe the Hype

Wall Street Journal – July 2, 2006

This is an editorial that condemns former Vice President Al Gore’s contentions that there is a true consensus on the issue of human caused global warming.  It cites a few of the more outrageous claims of Mr. Gore which I believe he has soften since last July. The editorial is written by Richard Lindzen, a Sloan Professor at MIT who is an outspoken critic of the climate change melodrama and has been cheered and maligned from the two camps.  Reading his thoughts is important for anyone that still has an open mind on this important issue.

RESEARCH FINDS THAT EARTH’S CLIMATE IS APPROACHING ‘DANGEROUS’ POINT

Earth Observatory – May 30, 2007

This is a must read article.  This article discusses a newly released study that claims that the Earth’s climate is very close to a tipping point and we must immediately reverse our current trend of polluting the environment.

The study appears in the current issue of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and was based on a combination of climate models, satellite data and historical records. The study seemed to focus on the current warming trend and its effect on glacial ice but it also appears to combine CO2 levels even though it is not obvious in this article how it compared CO2, ice, and temperature (it may be obvious in the full study but I couldn’t get access to it).

what’s up with the weather: the debate: dr. s. fred singer

PBS Online

This is an excellent interview from several years ago with Dr. S. Fred Singer.  Dr. Singer is “an atmospheric physicist at George Mason University and founder of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, a think tank on climate and environmental issues.”

I will highlight a few of the statements below but this is an interview that should be read in its entirety so please click through on the link below.  Dr. Singer significantly minimizes the chance of global warming and specifically states that human impact is marginal.

1000 Green Logos

This is a quick post to let everyone know about a relatively new site called “1,000 Green Logos” which is run by a recent graduate of political science in Canada. It is an interesting project and I wonder if it will show that there is a significant market push to be “green” and therefore use it as a competitive advantage.

I am not sure what the owner of the site has as criteria for being a “green” company. Is Toyota more “green” than Chrysler since Toyota has “greener” cars?

Check out the site here. I first found the site on the “A Few Things Ill Considered” blog.

Why global climate models do not give a realistic description of the local climate

RealClimate – May 27, 2007

I have written about this excellent site often (here and here and here and here and here) but I really must encourage all of my regular readers to read this article on climate models.  As you know, I regularly have called for more effort to be done in this area of computer technology as I honestly believe that the climate scientists need a concerted effort for a rapid increase in capability in handling massive amounts of numbers and equations in parallel.

Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Global Warming Petition Project – January, 1998

This a rather old text. It was one of the first to come out and say that the CO2 effects are being over emphasized and the data is not conclusive. Most people that have followed this subject for several years have read and understood this text but the topic of climate change is gaining increased popularity. If you have only recently started reading about this subject, it is important that you familiarize yourself with this early text.

Hurricane forecaster: Oceans, not CO2, cause global warming

The Mohave Daily News – April 30, 2007

Dr. Gray is one of the most quoted scientists out there proclaiming that some climatologists have made a mistake that we are approaching a tipping point for dramatic climate change. Some people then automatically label him as a nut or a kook but that is unfair. This man has spent his lifetime studying violent weather and for years was considered to be among the foremost scientists on that issue. Many still give him that honor.

Dr. Gray is saying that it is ocean currents that are changing the temperature in the atmosphere and that we are on the verge of a reversal that would leave the weather cooler. This flies in the face of many other theories and for that reason we need to listen to what this man has to say, understand it, and see if it makes sense.

Rudy Giuliani on Energy & Oil

OnTheIssues

This is a continuation of my occasional series on the candidates for the next President of the United States of America.  This article will focus on Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City.  My source for this post is OnTheIssues which is an excellent source of information on political candidates.  The authors of this article compiled various quotes from Mr. Giuliani over the years.  I will only quote a few here and encourage you to click through to the original to read other quotes on the subject.

Q: If we sign Kyoto, wouldn’t then a lot of factories and jobs and investments just move offshore to China and India?

The climatic effects of water vapour

physicsweb – May 2003

This article is a couple of years old but it is excellent. I have been meaning to write about it for some time but there have been recent discussions on the web regarding the thermodynamic tendencies of the entire planet, as it relates to space and the sun with comparisons to the Moon, Venus and Mars.  While these discussions are scientifically interesting, they do not really address the issue at hand.