|December 29, 2009
Are condoms and birth control pills more cost effective than windmills and solar panels as tools to curb global
warming? Population Growth and Global Warming
By JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF
Yes, and by a wide margin, contends Thomas Wire, a postgraduate researcher at the London School of Economics
and author of a recent study asserting that family planning is nearly five times more cost effective in mitigating global
warming emissions than green energy technologies like wind and solar power. Its always been obvious that total
emissions depend on the number of emitters as well as their individual emissions - the carbon tonnage cant shoot
down, as we want, while the population keeps shooting up, Roger Martin, chairman of the Optimum Population Trust,
the British environmental group that sponsored the study, said in a Statement
November 20, 2009
New Scientist: Mini ice age took grip in Europe in months: HERE
March 22, 2009
Important to look at both sides of Climate Change - getting it wrong could cost us all dearly: Denial Crock of the
March 19, 2009
Timing of Seasons Is Changing. HERE
March 15, 2009
Northeast of the United States to suffer most with sea rise from Global Warming - new report.
March 1, 2009
MIT Group Increases Global Warming Projections
Report: High odds of warming over 5°C (9°F) if no action
February 28, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declares a state of emergency in California - Drought.
Friday afternoon after three years of below-average rain and snowfall in California, a step that urges urban water
agencies to reduce water use by 20 percent. Mandatory rationing is an option if that and other measures prove
"This is a crisis, just as severe as an earthquake or raging wildfire, and we must treat it with the same urgency by
upgrading California's water infrastructure to ensure a clean and reliable water supply for our growing state," he said
February 16, 2009
Effect of climate change on malarial mosquitoes may depend on daily temperature fluctuations
VICTORIA is likely to come under the influence of another El Nino within the next three years, exacerbating the
drought and the likelihood of bushfires, a senior Bureau of Meteorology climate scientist says.
David Jones, the head of the bureau's National Climate Centre, said there was some risk of a worsening El Nino event
this year, but it was more likely to arrive in 2010 or 2011.
"We are in the build-up to the next El Nino and already the drought is as bad as it has ever been — in terms of the
drought, this may be as good as things get," Dr Jones said. "And the repeated, severe bushfire seasons we have been
seeing are a direct result of this very severe, protracted drought."
SYDNEY: Scientists say that Australia can expect more of the scorching conditions that fanned the firestorms that
killed at least 181 people this month, prompting a nationwide debate about how to prepare for a hotter, more fire-prone
As investigators pick through the tangled wreckage left by Australia's deadliest wildfires, which flattened townships
and destroyed more than 1,000 homes starting Feb. 7, a wide-ranging discussion has begun about the way the country
handles wildfires - from greenhouse-gas emissions standards to planning codes to an emergency protocol that
encourages people to stay and defend their properties.
Wildfires have been a feature of the Australian landscape for centuries; thousands of fires burn across the continent
each year. But scientists warn that the "Black Saturday" disaster is a sign of things to come as climate change brings
hotter weather and less rain.
Ethiopia: Climate Change Taking Toll On Livestock in Southern Lowlands – Study.
Addis Ababa — Climate change-induced livestock diseases are causing more illness and death of livestock in
southern lowlands of the country, a study conducted to assess the local level of impacts of climate change said.
The study entitled: Climate Change-Induced Hazards, Impacts and Responses in Southern Ethiopia, carried out in the
southern lowlands of Ethiopia's three selected zones- Borena, Guji and Omo Zones- in the Oromia SNNP regions said
climatic change impacts on livelihoods particularly increased vulnerability to poverty and food insecurity as livestock
possession of households during the past 20 years shows an overall decline.
In Borena zone, for instance, the average number of livestock per household declined from 10 oxen, 35 cows and 33
goats to 3 oxen, 7 cows and 6 goats, the study said.
The study also showed similar outcome in South Omo pastoralists as "the number of livestock decreased from 30
cows, 38 goats and 36 sheep to 21 cows, 23 goats and 21 sheep at present." "Tick and skin diseases on camels,
cattle, goats and sheep as increasingly becoming common problems during severe droughts, the study found out,
adding even camels and goats, considered more resistant to drought, are affected by the newly prevailing diseases,"
the study pointed out.
Study: Birds wintering farther north could signal climate change
Nearly 60% of birds spend winter farther north, study finds
By Robert Annis
Posted: February 16, 2009.
Many Hoosiers delight in spying increasing numbers of robins and bluebirds braving Indiana winters, but researchers
fear the wintering birds could be the canary in the coal mine signaling climate change.
A recently released report by the National Audubon Society has tied changes in migratory bird habits to global
According to data from the group's annual Christmas bird count gathered over the past 40 years, nearly 60 percent of
the 305 bird species sampled in North America now winter farther north than they did previously.
Bird ranges can expand and shift for many reasons, among them urban sprawl, deforestation and the supplemental diet
provided by backyard feeders. But researchers say the only explanation for why so many birds over such a broad area
are wintering in more Northern locales is global warming.
Malaria Patterns May Be Altered By Climate Change.
Posted on: Sunday, 15 February 2009, 15:05 CST
Temperature is an important factor in the spread of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases, but researchers who
look at average monthly or annual temperatures are not seeing the whole picture. Global climate change will affect
daily temperature variations, which can have a more pronounced effect on parasite development, according to a Penn
"We need higher resolution environmental and biological data to understand how climate change will affect the spread
of the malaria parasite," says Matthew Thomas, professor of entomology. "We need to understand temperature from
the point of view of the mosquito."
Female Anopheles mosquitoes spread malaria by biting infected humans and ingesting the malaria parasites along with
the blood they need to reproduce other mosquitoes. In the mosquito's gut, the parasites are implanted in the gut wall
where they develop into cyst-like structures and multiply. Once mature, the cysts burst releasing thousands of
parasites, which migrate to the mosquito's salivary glands. The next time the mosquito bites a human, the parasites
enter the human along with mosquito saliva. Except through blood transfusions, humans cannot directly spread malaria
to other humans.
| Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip
It’s much, much later than you think.
This really isn’t about polar bears any more. At this very moment, the fate of civilization itself hangs in the
It turns out that the way we have been calculating the future impacts of climate change up to now has
been missing a really important piece of the picture. It seems we are now dangerously close to the
tipping point in the world's climate system; this is the point of no return, after which truly catastrophic
changes become inevitable.
|My Personal Position Regarding Climate Change
and Global Warming.
By Colin Andrews - November 22, 2009
I believe the most significant causes are man-made. That said we are way to far down the road to engage in arguments
about who is to blame for climate change and if its caused by increases in the levels of CO2 or its this or that. Whether Al
Gore is heading a secret agenda and even if he deserves his Nobel Peace Prize and the rest is of little immediate concern.
The concern for most of us is that we begin to take all reasonable steps urgently to improve our stewardship of this
planet, who ever or what ever the cause. Climate change is taking place and its late in the day for us to be attending to
what we should have been doing when I was at primary school nearly sixty years ago. The evidence of increased levels of
CO2 in tree rings and ice cores alone are plenty proof that dramatic increases are recent and so is the sudden onslaught of
climate change itself. There is no question the snow is lacking on mountain tops and the ice is melting both top and
bottom of our planet. Global temperatures are currently rising, ask those who have already had to move homes as a result
- water is disappearing from regions where it has not done in known history. Whether man made or natural makes no
difference to what we should be doing. The selfish manner with which we behave around energy and waste is staggering
and irresponsible. To allow this to continue and deny our responsibilities will be a disgrace. We should drop the political
hatchets on all sides and do what is right for the planet. How can that be wrong?
|Fabricated quote used to discredit climate scientist
Months after the charade surrounding the alleged forged figures to support Climate Change,
the truth slowly emerges and its not pleasant - The fraud was a fraud as many suspected - But
Copenhagen has come and gone with a huge disappointment for our Kids - Mission
accomplished and big industry gets straight back down to its dirty tricks:
Sir John Houghton explains to Steve Connor how global warming sceptics have misrepresented his views
Wednesday, 10 February 2010.
Read article HERE.
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