Tag Archives: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Plants will be hard put to handle greenhouse gases, scientists say

Another telling bit of evidence is outlined in this newspaper narrative: http://azstarnet.com/news/science/plants-will-be-hard-put-to-handle-global-warming-gas/article_e106b776-6d2c-551d-ae01-65f0feda0485.html

An area of Arctic ice bigger than the U.S. melted this year

The evidence continues to mount, and still the deniers in Congress won’t tackle the issue.

The idiots who don’t believe global warming, or climate change, or any other slice of science

My friend conservation columnist Ted Williams offers this insightful look at the deniers. Whatta crew.

Global warming silence on Sunday tee vee talkfests

Lots of chitchat and yodeling these days on the Sunday talkfests. The pundits and their happy news teams do, however, leave a lot to be desired when it comes to really discussing the planet-wide mistake known as global warming (also goes by the title “climate change.:)

FIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) offers this critique of such  bastions of talking as “Meet the Press.”

Deciding where future disasters will strike (thanks to climate change)

This op-ed is a good read. The first point is all too true: Stop water from flowing in one direction and it naturally has to go in another direction. Duh.

Q-and-A: Climate change and the monsoon

Monica and I experienced afternoon monsoon rains almost daily during our two stays in Tucson. And I can’t help but think that the afternoon thunderboomers I remember from nearly three years of life in Oklahoma were not also monsoon storms. In any case, this article sort of ties it all together: The relationship to our warming climate (it is our fault) of monsoon rains.

A tax on carbon

Well, yes, because the time is right and doing so would also have spinoff economic effects.

Sea-level rise a coastal concern

Well, yes, it is. But more than just a “coastal concern.” I don’t live anywhere near the coast, but I’m concerned. And so should you. In any case, the  newspaper that serves a good chunk of Delmarva offers this look at the problem. Too bad it offers only scant mention of who’s responsible.

Loading the climate dice

I lived just across Lake Champlain from where I now call home for three years in the late 80s. Our house on Plattsburgh Air Force Base (base housing) sat atop a bluff overlooking the lake. I remember watching the lake freeze over in early winter as well as the comings and goings of wildlife visiting Crab Island due east from us. My home here in Vermont is at virtually the same latitude as that house at Plattsburgh was, yet the weather is markedly different. It’s warmer, much warmer. I can’t imagine living in Georgia again. That’s where Monica and I started our 31-year marriage. Read what columnist Paul Krugman has to say about this whole climate change thing.

The endless summer

I spent this morning bicycling a long stretch of the Champlain Bikeway between the Town of Colchester and the waterfront in the City of Burlington. The high temp for the day was around 75F, a big change from recent days of higher temps and sticky humidity, which combined sparked memories in me of the two years Monica and I lived in central Georgia (Robins Air  Force Base) more than three decades ago. In any case, as this c0lumn makes clear, our planet’s climate is becoming harsher toward many of us, like the farmers of the Southern Great Plains who have given up their corn crops due to drought. Would Mitt Romneydo anything at all? Hah, hah. And what happened to President Obama’s campaign promise to take on the global warming thing and do something?