Thinking Blogger Award

This is a different type of post.  I will still do my regular global warming posts today but I need to take care of a little business.  Please do me the honor of reading this posting with as much attentiveness as my traditional posts.

I have been nominated for a blogging award, the “thinking blogger” award.  I am extremely honored by this award that someone out there actually feels that I make them THINK.  I am not sure that it is possible to give someone a better compliment (I take that back – Donald Trump, I will accept a million dollars if you are feeling generous).


Warming Called a National Security Issue

Sci-Tech Today – April 30, 2007

This is an excellent viewpoint on why we need to understand what is happening to our climate. The author says that we need to understand the ramifications of massive climate changes because, if they are dramatic enough, we will surely have more human suffering and more regional hostility as nation-states aggressively try to protect or acquire resources. Their is little disputing the fact that the Earth is a little warmer today than 100 years ago and, based on this trend, it will likely increase some more (although some scientists say that a cooling period is imminent). Any change that would impact a country’s ability to feed, clothe, and protect its citizens is worth discussing.


New law sounds full of hot air

The Sun – April 28, 2007

Well, I guess someone was going to write this kind of law eventually. Of course, most people that truly understand the effects of greenhouse gases understand that we need to control methane production if we find that we need to reverse the warming of the planet. As far as this law, I have nothing more to say than to mark this posting “Ridiculous.”

Euro MPs are demanding new laws to stop cows and sheep PARPING. Their call came after the UN said livestock emissions were a bigger threat to the planet than transport.

The official EU declaration demands changes to animals’ diets, to capture gas emissions and recycle manure.


Study Finds Hurricanes Frequent in Some Cooler Periods

New York Times – May 24, 2007

This article reinforces my constant call that we need to spend more time, effort, and money learning about our very complicated weather. It concerns me when I read stories that some scientists want the press to not cover the entire issue (Climate reporting “too balanced” say scientists) and this article only reinforces that feeling.

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution studied the lagoon mud on a Caribbean island and found that ocean temperature was not the only factor that influenced the birth of hurricanes. Our understanding of this causality is still evolving and we need to have more effort and publicity about our advances in knowledge, not less. One of the scientists hypothesizes that the warming of the Pacific could stifle Atlantic based hurricanes.


Climate change and cosmic rays

Danish National Space Center

I usually write about articles that appear on the web but I am going to vary from that in this instance to talk about a site. The Danish National Space Center, which appears to have some relationship with the Technical University of Denmark, has several pages dedicated to the theories of cosmic rays and their influence on clouds on planet Earth. I tend to be a little skeptical about this line of reasoning but have now read enough about it to think that there may be some level of influence in this area.


Industry caught in carbon ‘smokescreen’

Financial Times – April 25, 2007

I hope that no one is surprised at this article. It seems like a constant reminder of human greed that someone will take a fairly good idea and create a scam to make money. It seems that no government is immune from corruption as we all read about scams, schemes, and shenanigans in virtually every country with nearly every government. Why would carbon trading be any different?

Companies and individuals rushing to go green have been spending millions on “carbon credit” projects that yield few if any environmental benefits.


Climate reporting “too balanced” say scientists

Cosmos – April 19, 2007

I am amazed. How can a scientist say that talking about an issue from all sides is “too balanced” for the news coverage? Isn’t it the job of scientists (and reporters) to completely discuss and challenge a theory so that it is as solid as can be? I am an engineer by education (although no longer practicing) and I distinctly remember being taught that we should form a hypothesis and then challenge that hypothesis with multiple tests and different points of view. My fear is that when we don’t listen to the entire community, someone will have made a mistake.


1.2M trees to be planted in S. Mindanao vs global warming

SunStar – May 1, 2007

If the areas that are covered by ice (principally Greenland and Antarctica) appreciably warm and that ice melts, the oceans will surely rise. The estimates vary as to the level of this rise in ocean level but islands and coastal areas will see the brunt of this change.

This article concerns the reforestation of parts of the Philippines in an effort to reverse years of denuding as well as a mission to stop the climate change.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here has allocated more than P10 million for its reforestation program in Southern Mindanao.

Calderon said they expect to plant more than 1.2 million seedlings all over the region before the end of the year.


Ocean around Japan warming up fast

Reuters – May 15, 2007

This is a news report that discusses a recent finding that a small portion of the Pacific Ocean that is closest to Japan has dramatically increased in temperature, even more than the rest of the ocean. The Japanese Meteorological Agency only partially blamed global warming on this increase but did not list other causes or why it was so isolated to Japan.

The ocean around Japan has warmed up faster than elsewhere in the world over the last hundred years partly because of global warming, ….

The sea surface temperature around central, western and southern Japan has climbed by 0.7 to 1.6 degrees Celsius in the last century, far higher than the world average of a 0.5 degree Celsius increase, a survey conducted by the agency showed.


California-Sized Area of Ice Melts in Antarctica

LiveScience – May 15, 2007

This is a news report about recent melting of ice in Antarctica.  The article does not make claims of the cause of the warming that melted this ice but does discuss the potential ramifications of the ice melt.

Warm temperatures melted an area of western Antarctica that adds up to the size of California in January 2005, scientists report.

Satellite data collected by the scientists between July 1999 and July 2005 showed clear signs that melting had occurred in multiple distinct regions, including far inland and at high latitudes and elevations, where melt had been considered unlikely.