- Hopping down the Bunny Trail
- Christmas shopping
The Way Things Break has posted Crude – The Incredible Journey of Oil which turned out to be much better than I anticipated. Good, accessible presentation of the carbon cycle, geological history, anoxic oceans, and the last 30 min are quite heavy hitting on climate change. Ninety minutes not wasted and excellent for educating your friends and family
Cavet, as you are warned at the site “there are some sound issues for the first few minutes. Things clear up around 3:33 …” They do clear up, but for three and a half minutes you are really annoyed.
Hopping down the Bunny Trail
Eli Rabett advises that honouor among bloggers (interesting hypothesis, any evidence?) requires that rather than jump straight to a good resource one should send people down the blog path so that all the good folks get credit.
So, to get you this video of Myles Allen debating Bjorn Lomborg it is necessary to send you to Rabett Run who will send you to Quark Soup who will direct you to Climateprediction.net to see the video.
I cheated, but actually advise you to go down the bunny trail anyway because it is really worthwhile:
Rabett does a good summary/critique of the key points and what Lomborg choses to ignore (there’s news).
David Appell at Quark Soup has listed some of the key stats from the talk and a couple of comments. Also , while there, you might accidentally stumble across his most recent post which is just fun if you share his frustration and rage (which I do).
Allen has a fantastic little visual presentation that I think really communicates just what a precipice we stand on and how suicidal any “keep using carbon” strategy is. This simple and clear presentation is accompanied by a lot of hard (and useful) numbers.
That being said, unless I am very much mistaken his presentation is slightly misleading in the sense that it talks about climate change only in terms of CO2 we deliberately release through fossil fuel use.
Good as his presentation is, it would be easy to leave it without the slightest inkling of albedo, methane clathrates, permafrost methane, carbon reserves in the soil, etc. This is a dangerous omission in my humble opinion.
In fairness, he was trying to pack a huge amount of information into very little time, and do it clearly and succinctly – he did a fantastic job of it.
Note that in the upper right of the screen is a “back” button to check out the other presentations if you are so inclined.
Screwed: Cheerful (Not) News Dept
Brians Angliss writes “The Weekly Carboholic: carbon dioxide lifetime 50-100x longer than generally reported“, which pretty much explains itself.
The why is explained in his post, but as he states “This conclusion reinforces the importance of CO2, and of CO2 emission reduction, with respect to climate disruption.”
Hence headlines like “Warming is forever, climate science warns.”
From Gwynne in the Japan Times we get Four harsh truths about climatic change:
• Scientists are really scared. Their observations over the past two or three years suggest that everything is happening a lot faster than their climate models predicted.
• The generals are right. Food is the key issue, and world food supply is already very tight.
• There is a point of no return after which warming becomes unstoppable. And we are probably going to sail right through it.
• We will have to cheat. In the past two years, various scientists have suggested several “geo-engineering” techniques for holding the temperature down directly.
That is in line with what I am seeing; anyone have some good rationale for why any of them are not the case? Sucks, but we have to deal with what is.
There has been a lot of news about Poznan ranging from ‘ambitious goals set’ to ‘disappointing.’ Fred Pearce reports on Poznan as “World leaders ‘failing to get’ climate message,” which I suspect is the real answer ie much, much worse than merely ‘disappointing’.
Christmas is coming: how about getting your special partner “200 Ways Every Woman Can Help Stop Global Warming” from Women’s Lifstyle, regardless of their gender?
OK, does anyone know this one? I’m not quite ready to drop the $17.00, but I am curious. I find the web site far too ‘mainstream’ for me, but then I don’t think I am their target demographic.
Who knows? maybe it is the perfect “bridge” gift for that special someone who is not quite ready to dump the car, go vegan and occupy a coal plant (gifts for that person next time).
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 65 … still no evidence.