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Tracking Carbon Trail To Find Why So Much Fills the Atmosphere

Wall Street Journal – December 28, 2007

I have written about the Carbon Tracker service before, but this recent article is very interesting in discussing the lack of understanding that we have in our atmosphere.

Where did all of the carbon go?  It is concerning that we are embarking on a global escapade to reduce, tax, and punish carbon dioxide production but we still can’t answer this very basic question! How does a nation effectively tax carbon production when scientists can’t even tell where 25% all carbon dioxide goes? This begs the question as to if we can appropriately tax the correct polluters and reward the correct sinks.

Gore hits at US over climate change

Financial Times – December 13, 2007

Former Vice President Al Gore stood in front of the Bali conference several days ago and accused the US of obstructing progress on global warming. While Mr. Gore is certainly entitled to his opinions, it seems a little callous for a former leader of the government to so blatantly come out against the US position in an international body.

To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Gore was not representing the US in this meeting. He was likely invited to the meeting on behalf of his activism in this area.

GM to launch Volt by end-2010 despite skepticism

Reuters – November 21, 2007

Bob Lutz from GM has re-confirmed that GM is still planning on introducing the Chevy Volt in 2010 even though there are some concerns about that timeline.

Typically when this level of concern happens, there are some trade-offs that are put out and the product doesn’t live up to expectations. I hope that is not the “hidden” message that Lutz is actually trying to deliver in this interview.

Mr. Lutz does speak with some sense of urgency and perhaps doom so maybe this really will hit the consumer market on time and, hopefully, will be a raving success.

Why is Arctic ice melting 50 years too fast?

HowStuffWorks

This is an excellent article to give you some background on the recent announcement about the increasing speed of Arctic ice melting.  In August, a survey of scientists funded by Japan announced that the Arctic is melting much faster than current climate models indicate that they should.

One more Sunday comic on Global Warming

Dilbert.com – July 1, 2007

C’mon – laugh a little bit.  This one actually appeared today by Scott Adams. It is always good to laugh at serious things like global warming – otherwise we will just go crazy.

I particularly like this one since it does something that is so prevalent – blame global warming for EVERYTHING (see here and here).

Click the image to go to the website that has a full size version.

Here is some related reading for you to enjoy:
Laugh a little with Dilbert
Sunday Global Warming Comics

Wanna Pay $7 a Gallon?

Forbes.com – July 2, 2007

First of all, I am not making up this date above.  I know that it is not July 2 yet but that is the date on the article.  I believe the date is representative of the issue of the printed magazine (and we all know that these dates are wrong).

This article by Jerry Flint, a man that has been covering the automobile industry for decades, points out that the only way to aggressively solve the carbon dioxide problem with changes to autos is a dramatic and painful tax. He explains that in many cases the cure may actually be worse than the sickness.  This is similar to my personal feelings except that I  temper his statements by stating that if the science was rock solid, it would probably be worth the investment but if the science is not rock solid, the risk of catastrophe from the cure is almost surely 100% and therefore is probably not justified.

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.

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.

Brazil’s Urban Ants May Predict Reaction To Warming Trends

Wall Street Journal – April 27, 2007

Interesting article that discusses how ants have adapted to the heat caused by our large urban cities.  The study is important because it can compare insects that live in a city (where it is warmer) than in the rural parts of the country.  Insects can be gathered from both locations and tests can proceed giving a very stable comparative reference.  The IPCC is predicting mass extinctions due to the increase of global temperatures, this study suggests that our fellow inhabitants on this planet may be more resistant than some think.

It’s getting hotter in the human hive, and in some ant colonies, but the ants are learning to live with it.

Brazilians Blame U.S. for Global Warming

Angus Reid Global Monitor – April 17, 2007

This article contains a poll on who Brazilians believe is to blame for global warming.  Guess what – it is the fault of the US.  This is unfortunate since most studies point to the massive increase in commercialization in Asia as the huge problem.  Yes, the US is a large producer of CO2 but much of the nation is a large carbon sink.  The Brazilians do have the right to point fingers though since they are such a huge user of ethanol.  The rest of the world should follow their example, if not for climate change issues but also for geopolitical reasons.