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Australia Signs Up to Ratifying Kyoto

Associated Press – December 3, 2007

If you follow global warming news at all, you knew this was going to happen today.  The new Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Kevin Rudd, signed the Kyoto Protocol on his first day in office.  It is very telling that this was his first official act as Prime Minister and is sure to be used as a signal to the world on his belief in the human causation of global warming. It probably is also indicative of his relationship with the United States although that analysis exceeds the scope of this site.

Longer Daylight Time May Save Energy — But Stats Are Stale

Wall Street Journal – November 2, 2007

In the effort to save some energy in the US, we just went through an exercise where we delayed the turning back of clocks for an additional week. We just went through the "fall back" of the "spring forward, fall back" effort this last weekend. The goal of this was to save energy as it allowed more evening light time for outside activities and kept our inside lights and TVs off.

This was probably a good thing and small steps like this are absolutely essential regardless of your beliefs on global warming. Using resources more efficiently is important as waste is almost always a bad thing. Even the most callous among us should at least live by the rule of:

Climate shift is biggest security risk: Australia

Reuters – September 25, 2007

This is an interesting analysis and brings on many dark fears. The thought that changing climate will lead to reasons (excuses) for countries to declare war is quite concerning. There is no doubt that this is at least partially true. When a country has a disgruntled population there really are only two options: fail as a government or take significant steps to change the situation.

Of equal concern is that in the process of suffering, individuals will take it upon themselves to move to another area of the world where the suffering is not as tremendous. This will lead to other problems that can occur whenever there is a mass exodus.

Mathematics Of Ice To Aid Global Warming Forecasts

ScienceDaily – September 11, 2007

Once again, I am impressed that our body of knowledge regarding our world is increasing. I also wonder at how someone can say that we understand all of this well enough to use climate models that are based on 1970s and 1980s technology and assumptions.

This short article discusses how sea ice melts and what happens to it as it moves through the ice and the sea. Understanding the mathematics of this is incredibly important for analysis and prediction of how Earth responds to changing climates.

University of Utah mathematicians have arrived at a new understanding of how salt-saturated ocean water flows through sea ice — a discovery that promises to improve forecasts of how global warming will affect polar icepacks.

Smog may speed up global warming

Australian Broadcasting Corporation – July 26, 2007

This article details a study that was published in Nature. The study points out that plants absorb less CO2 if they are in the presence of ozone. Since ozone is a major pollutant in some parts of the world, this gas will reduce the ability to balance the CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

Once again, we are reminded that we do not totally understand the many influences on our environment and this calls into question any future predictions as well as challenges any suggestions on the solution to a climatic change.

We really need to make science a bigger priority in our world wide budgets. More funding and more effort is required to guide us.

Academic challenges global warming theory

ABC Western Queensland – July 6, 2007

Much of the science of this article has been discussed other places on my site but I think the most significant statements are when it comes to carbon credit trading.

I don’t think that carbon trading makes sense and I am also not sure that it even works. Most carbon trading programs are tied to growing plants but, inevitably, those new plants will die and the process of decay releases much of that CO2 back to the atmosphere. So unless the carbon trading system takes into account the full carbon lifecycle, the system is not effective.

What global warming, Australian skeptic asks

Financial Post – July 17, 2007

Bob Carter of James Cook University is probably one of the most outspoken critics of the theories of global warming within academia. His thoughts on the subject bear interest simply because he is not a politician and he is not intimately tied to companies that would benefit from no changes in energy policy.

He was recently written about in the article cited and I cannot do justice to all of his comments without violating copyright laws and copy the entire article here. I will mention a few but you will need to go to the source to get a full taste of all of his complaints.

VIEW: Live earth, deaf to reality

Pakistan Daily Times – July 4, 2007

This is not a news story. Rather it is an op-ed that discusses the various trade-offs that must be made if we are to adopt radical changes for the sake of global warming control.  I have made similar comments before (read article here) and I differ from Mr. Lomborg in that I feel that if the case for global warming can be scientifically made, we should invest in solutions. If the definitive case for human induced climate change cannot be made though, it is far better to save lives in some other way.

Global warming melts Andean glaciers toward oblivion

Reuters – June 7, 2007

You will see different versions of this article floating around the internet.  This article discusses the major impact and hardship that will befall the people of Bolivia due to the melting of their small glaciers that are in the Andean mountains.  These glaciers are melting, so the story claims, because of global warming.

If you have read this site for any length of time, you know that some people believe a myriad of evils has been delivered on us (or will be delivered) due to climate change. I have written of several examples of this (here and here and here).  I don’t discount that these glaciers may be melting since the article gives us data to support that claim.  I also do not refute that this will cause these people harm – in fact, my heart goes out to them in their plight.

Scientists Rally Around NASA Chief After Global Warming Comments

E-Wire – June 1, 2007

I was originally sent this as a press release.  Since I currently don’t make a habit of putting press releases on my site, I will reference the release on another site and, as typical, give what I think are the highlights. I would be interested in hearing from you on your thoughts of me including press releases in their totality.  I would tag them as a separate category. Either leave a comment here or drop me a note at soshaughnessey AT Yahoo DOT com.

This is a fairly big event in the scientific community. It is fairly common to find statements from scientific skeptics saying that there are more skeptics out there but they are afraid of upsetting the establishment.  The establishment they most frequently mention is the government.