Before a meeting of 45 nations held in Bonn, Germany; both President Calderon of Mexico and Chancellor Markel of Germany urged international action on Climate Change:
“We need to show the world how serious the threat is,” Mexican President Felipe Calderon said as he opened an international climate change conference in Germany on Sunday.
This weeks reading in “Why We Disagree About Climate Change” by Mike Hulme, investigates the goal of achieving “sustainable development” as defined by the Brundtland Commission in March of 1987. Due to the date of it publication, the Brundtland Commission report did not anticipate the issue of Global Climate Change and its impact upon [...]
As part of a semester based lecture series on Global Climate Change, this week, Dr. Pam McElwee (internationally recognized authority on Global Climate Change/Adaptation) reviewed the issue of governance as it relates to both national climate policy (local control of carbon emissions) and international agreements (enforceable national caps on [...]
Syllabus: SGS 494 – Governance & Climate Change
School of Politics and Global Studies
Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
Time: T/TH 4:30p – 5:45p
Location: COOR 6761
Instructors: Michael Lyon M.P.A., David Jenkins, Eric Moser
Formerly distinct countries, societies, cultures and economies are becoming integrated through a globe-spanning network of governance, education, [...]
Unfortunately, bowing to economic pressure, France is considering dropping their very forward thinking carbon tax:
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon implied Tuesday that carbon tax that expected to take effect by July would face an end due to the unfair pressure it would bring to French companies.
It will not be introduced in July [...]
In an coordinated effort Nobel Prize winners urge the US Senate to take action:
Eight Nobel-prize winning economists and scientists have joined more than 2,000 others in signing a letter today that urges the Senate to take swift action on climate change.
“The longer we wait, the harder and more costly it will be [...]
Reacting to climate change ‘deniers’ the United Nations has agreed to review the work of the IPCC:
In an announcement at the UN in New York Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, and Rajendra Pachauri, the much-criticised head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said the InterAcademy Council, which represents 15 national academies of [...]
The relationship between our oceans (the largest carbon dioxide sink) and anthropogenic climate change appears to be under stress:
Lower levels of oxygen in the Earth’s oceans, particularly off the United States’ Pacific Northwest coast, could be another sign of fundamental changes linked to global climate change, scientists say.
They warn that the oceans’ [...]
Large amounts of a powerful greenhouse gas are bubbling up from a long-frozen seabed north of Siberia, raising fears of far bigger leaks that could stoke global warming, scientists said.
The study said about 8 million tonnes of methane a year, equivalent to the annual total previously estimated from all of the world’s oceans, were seeping [...]
The evidence keeps mounting that global climate change is linked to human activity:
A review from the UK Met Office says it is becoming clearer that human activities are causing climate change.
As the IPCC endures criticism, other organizations are stepping forward to lead the effort to inform policy makers:
The analysis, published in [...]
An anti-science ‘coalition’ is forming to fight the education of students across the nation:
Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation’s classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools.
The linkage of [...]
Some in the GOP are showing support for a greener agenda ….
“I have been to enough college campuses to know if you are 30 or younger this climate issue is not a debate. It’s a value. These young people grew up with recycling and a sensitivity to the environment — and the world [...]
Vice President Gore is taking aim at ‘deniers’:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Vice President Al Gore on took aim at skeptics who doubt the reality of human-caused climate change, saying he wished it were an illusion but that the problem is real and urgent.
Gore, who has made the fight against climate change his signature [...]
It was reported on Sunday in the New York Times:
An independent board of scientists will be appointed to review the workings of the world’s top climate science panel, which has faced recriminations over inaccuracies in a 2007 report, a United Nations environmental spokesman said Friday.
Hopefully, this effort on the part of the [...]
Reporting in the Washington Post:
Industrialized and developing countries are not likely to reach a treaty this year on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, which have sparked fears of weather-related disasters, the U.N. climate chief said Thursday.
Yvo de Boer, who announced last week he would resign July 1, said there was not enough time [...]
In a direct attack on the EPA and IPCC, Senator Inhofe is attempting to initiate a probe of the EPA:
The Senate’s top global warming skeptic on Tuesday said he will ask the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general to probe the use of climate change data now at the center of an international inquiry [...]
Despite the clear evidence for global climate change some scientists continue to undermine the conclusions of the IPCC report of 2007.
“The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change,” said John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a former lead author on the IPCC.
Interesting how the weather on the eastern seaboard of the United States is being conflated with the issue of global climate change. Here is an article from the New York Times:
Climate-Change Debate Is Heating Up in Deep Freeze
By JOHN M. BRODER
Published: February 10, 2010
WASHINGTON — As millions of people along [...]
The BBC covers the issue of GCC (global climate change) on a much more frequent and in-depth basis than many newspapers or media outlets in the United States. Here is the latest:
Copenhagen response ‘is pathetic’
Industrialised nations have set “pathetic” targets to reduce carbon emissions, says one of India’s senior negotiators at the [...]
Recognizing the negative impact of GHG on the global climate, new technologies are being developed in the areas of green house gas/carbon capture and storage. In this instance a new technology has been endorsed by V.P. Al Gore:
Here’s a low-cost solution to global warming: chicken manure.
At Josh Frye’s poultry farm in West [...]
Interesting new information about India’s participation in the UN sponsored IPCC which is currently led by an Indian scientist (Dr R.K Pachauri). This speaks directly to Dr. McElwee’s comments about the impact of individual participants on the international stage.
India forms new climate change body
By Dean Nelson in New Delhi
Published: 04 Feb [...]
The BBC reports:
States renew carbon emissions vow
Governments around the world have reaffirmed their plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in support of last month’s Copenhagen climate summit.
Nations signing up to the summit accord were urged to outline pledges by Sunday. States producing at least two-thirds of emissions have done [...]
A report appeared this morning in USA Today (not often the best source of science information), however, it is based on an article published in the journal ‘Science.’ Until we have a chance to review the underlying article in ‘Science’ by Susan Solomon (of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), I reprint the article [...]
President Obama made two specific references to Global Climate Change in the course of his first State of the Union address (January 2010). First, the President referenced the specific link between climate change and energy policy:
“But to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And [...]
I was surprised by a few of Garvey’s assertions in Chapter 2 of “The Ethics of Climate Change” that he either failed to support with logic, evidence and/or merely stated as fact. For example, his statement.
“Whatever the origins of our beliefs, unless we have reasons for them, and unless those reasons are our [...]