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Climate Change Study

Started by Henry Brown. Last reply by Henry Brown Dec 16, 2012. 2 Replies

IMO InterestingTitle: Development and Disintegration of Maya Political Systems in Response to Climate Change Abstract The role of climate change in the development and demise of Classic Maya…Continue

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Insurance Industry and Climate Change

Started by Henry Brown Dec 13, 2012. 0 Replies

From the Good blogCan the Insurance Industry End Congress’ Climate Myopia?    The…Continue

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Fracking in Maryland

Started by Henry Brown Dec 10, 2012. 0 Replies

NOT directly related to climate change but IMO very closely related...from…Continue

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Comment by Henry Brown on April 5, 2014 at 10:34am

Pretty much so says it all!

Comment by Henry Brown on January 11, 2014 at 8:22am

Have just read the 3 page introduction but believe I will be spending some considerable amount of time reading the 300 + page report

From Judicial Watch blog:

Buried deep in a State Department report that discloses the U.S. has spent billions to combat climate change in developing countries are surprisingly honest assessments of coal and fracking, both high on the Obama administration’s hit list.

Once Americans get through the shock of their government blowing $7.5 billion to fight global warming in foreign nations, it’s worth taking a look at another important bit of information clearly intended to get lost in the 310-page document titled 2014 Climate Action Report. The U.S. government prepared it for our United Nations overlords to list all the good work it’s done to protect mother earth from the ills of global warming.

“Climate change is one of the most urgent and profoundly complex challenges we face,” says Secretary of State John Kerry in an introduction letter attached to the report. He mentions all the great things the U.S. has done to reduce greenhouse emissions and reiterates the administration’s “commitment to leading the fight to confront climate change head-on for our children and generations to come.”

Download 310 page report (~23 MB file)

Comment by Henry Brown on December 24, 2013 at 7:44am

From the Guardian:
Conservative groups may have spent up to $1bn a year on the effort to deny science and oppose action on climate change, according to the first extensive study into the anatomy of the anti-climate effort.

The anti-climate effort has been largely underwritten by conservative billionaires, often working through secretive funding networks. They have displaced corporations as the prime supporters of 91 think tanks, advocacy groups and industry associations which have worked to block action on climate change. Such financial support has hardened conservative opposition to climate policy, ultimately dooming any chances of action from Congress to cut greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, the study found.


Comment by Dennis Boyer on May 20, 2013 at 4:17pm

I agree, Henry, it's now a matter of what can be done with where we at now.

Comment by Henry Brown on May 20, 2013 at 8:36am

Not that it will make much difference to the contraians!

From Slate blog:

new study   has just come out that looked at nearly 12,000 professional scientific journal papers about global warming, and found that—of the papers expressing a stance on global warming—97 percent endorse both the reality of global warming and the fact that humans are causing it.

Ninety-seven percent. That’s what we call a “consensus”, folks.

The study was clever. They found the papers by searching on the terms “global warming” and “global climate change”. Once they compiled the list of papers, they looked at the abstracts (a short summary of the results scientists put at the top of their papers) to see if the paper itself talked about the causes of global warming. About 4000 of the papers did so. That may seem like a smallish fraction, but most papers analyze measurements and climate effects, not the cause of global warming (like most astronomical papers on, say, galaxies don’t discuss how galaxies form, but focus on their structure, content, and so on—also, because there is such a strong consensus on warming, scientists don't generally feel the need to state the obvious in their abstracts).

Comment by Dennis Boyer on April 29, 2013 at 12:41am

Thought there might be some interest in a recently completed climate impact discussion report:

Comment by Henry Brown on April 26, 2013 at 10:18am

IMO interesting commentary

A Summary of Current Climate Change Findings and Figures

Source: World Meteorological Organization

    There is a strong scientific consensus that the global climate is changing and that human activity contributes significantly. This consensus is attested to by a joint statement signed in 2005 by 11 of the world’s leading national science academies representing Brazil,Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their statement confirmed the likelihood of human-induced climate change. Many other science bodies have issued similar statements.

    Most of the scientific debate on climate change takes place through articles that climate scientists publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Peer review, while not perfect, is a highly effective system for ensuring that journals only accept articles that meet a good standard of scientific rigor and objectivity. Several surveys of the refereed literature on climate change science have confirmed that virtually all published papers accept the fundamentals of human-induced climate change. The peer-reviewed literature is assessed every few years by the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change....

    The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will provide a rigorous and updated assessment of the state of knowledge about climate change. The Working Group I contribution to the AR5, The Physical Science Basis, will be released in Stockholm in September 2013. Work on this volume is being guided by 258 authors and review editors from 44 countries. The early drafts have received tens of thousands of comments from hundreds of expert reviewers. The writing and review teams are following a transparent and detailed set of procedures designed to ensure the credibility and rigour of the assessment. The report’s other three volumes – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability; Mitigation of Climate Change; and the Synthesis Report – will be released in 2014.


Comment by Henry Brown on April 9, 2013 at 1:15pm


From Reuters:

SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) - A federal judge has ruled the Obama administration broke the law when it issued oil leases in central California without fully weighing the environmental impact of "fracking," a setback for companies seeking to exploit the region's enormous energy resources.

The decision, made public on Monday, effectively bars for the time being any drilling on two tracts of land comprising 2,500 acres (1,000 hectares) leased for oil and gas development in 2011 by the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (in Monterey County.

Comment by Henry Brown on December 13, 2012 at 7:22am

Political commentary

Comment by Henry Brown on December 9, 2012 at 7:14am

Nebraska Education standards and climate change from the Journal Star

Likewise, climate change appears in the ninth-12th-grade geography standards, but is presented as a theory, not as fact, asking students to evaluate “recent global climate change theories, and evidence that supports and refutes such theories.”


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