Here is a video from the Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale. It explains the 6 Americas describing the 6 groups of views toward climate change in America. Tea Party (only 7%). Should we be worried...towards Eric's comment for Organized Harassment post.
Class Project: Marine Macroalgae and influences on climate change (rough title)
My topic will be focusing on seaweeds and how they influence eutrophication in estuaries and/or global climate. I am looking for someone that is interested in marine ecology, water quality or a general interest in marine science (from any perspective, we can figure out how to merge our interests). I know a lot about the water quality of Jamaica Bay, NYC and therefore would like to use it as a case study for this project - Annesia
Attached is a review of Muller's policy-focused book “Energy for Future Presidents” (this would be the respected physicist/climate skeptic turncoat). McKibben (the reviewer) accuses Muller of schilling his role of Celebrity Skeptic / Voice of Reason to sneak business-friendly ( and particularly energy-industry-friendly) policies through the backdoor, even while embracing the global warming cause.
I think McKibben identifies the rhetorical device that lets him get away with this: Muller picks out some conveniently "extreme" position which frames his own “balanced” view as the mature perspective.
I think this article is particularly relevant to our last class because Muller was seeking to represent Science to the Public ( or at least to policy makers), and McKibben points out some of the ways that this can go terribly soft-headed.
Here are some reasons why loss of Arctic sea ice is important. - Kamila
The new and fast-growing mining industry in Greenland:
NYT is doing a lot of Greenland reporting lately... something to look out for. The media is communicating the effects of climate change in very diverse ways.
And to tack on more to the previous (long) post, there is an editorial in Nature about attributing extreme events to AGW. The subtitle, "Better models are needed before exceptional events can be reliably linked to global warming" sums up the consensus, but interestingly enough, many participants in the conference didn't want their names associated with their opinions - even among the scientific community, this is contentious.
While Hansen's article may seem rather straightforward, at the time it generated a fair amount of coverage, both on Real Climate, where they try to distill the take-away message from the article, and on some skeptic blogs, where the premise, methodology, results, and validity of the article are called into question. Links after the jump...
America Is Only Nation Where Climate Scientists Face Organized Harassment - a bit long, but definitely worth reading. Kamila
This is beyond my understanding!!! How are we going to move away from oil and gas energy if just because this issue is used as a part of the election campaign the Wind Tax Credit may not be extended by the Congress.
The latest news: A company producing (in U.S) innovative wind turbines that allow to capture energy even at low wind speeds closes after completing their first order. Above all, Chinese manufacturers moved in onto the American market with wind turbine components sold under the cost of production.
“Big Wind has had extension after extension after extension,” said Benjamin Cole, a spokesman for the American Energy Alliance, a group partly financed by oil interests that has been lobbying against the credit in Washington. “The government shouldn’t be continuing to prop up industries that never seem to be able to get off their training wheels.” - NY Times
Yes let's stick to oil until the last cent can be made on it!
I know i'm being naive here, but is everything in this world about MONEY and self-interest?
How about doing something because it is a right thing to do. Transition to alternative energy sources should be uniting not dividing issue.
Link to the full article is below - Kamila
"Climate change is already having an impact on biodiversity, and is projected to
become a progressively more significant threat in the coming decades. Loss of
Arctic sea ice threatens biodiversity across an entire biome and beyond. The
related pressure of ocean acidification, resulting from higher concentrations of
carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, is also already being observed."