global climate change
This year's international climate change conference begins tomorrow, November 26, in Doha, Qatar. With much of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol expiring in December and the world on track for a six degree Celsius (eleven Fahrenheit) temperature rise, a new climate change treaty is being negotiated to be signed in 2015 and to take effect in 2020. Read more about Doha Conference: Six Degrees of Climate Bakin'
Until late last Thursday night, I was in Aruba for eleven glorious days with my beloved hubby. I didn't pay any attention to politics, I didn't blog, I didn't read my email. I just turned it all off and did nothing but enjoy myself. It was pure heaven. Read more about Location, Location, Location
Right before being silenced forever, the Wall Street Journal's "Environmental Capital" blog writes this post entitled Who's Afraid of a Clean Energy Future, which contains the following truth so blindingly obvious you will never read it anywhere in the MSCM: Read more about A Wall Street Journal Blog Dares to Speak Truth
It's been a while since I've posted on this. Mostly that's because of real life, but also a lack of good sourcing. After a long time looking, I finally found a pretty concise description of how wind and solar energy developments were financed, and how they are going to be financed in the near future. Please read this very carefully if you care about the topic.
Here is the key graph for "the old way" it worked:
"This is how it worked: Large financial institutions like AIG, Wachovia, J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo, Lehman Brothers and others would buy federal tax benefits from renewable energy startups that did not have enough taxable income to use the credits on their own.
This snapshot will focus on wind, which I am most familiar with and where most of the action is currently happening anyway.
From the Jan. 15 edition of Electric Power Monthly, a publication of the Department of Energy, came the preceding pie chart showing combined "alternative" energy sources at 3.2% of total power generation as of Oct. 2008 (latest available data). Read more about Alternative Energy Snapshot - Jan. 2009
Only useless information intended to save human life on Earth.
Here are some interesting quotes there:
"The UK’s Independent reported today some pretty shocking news in “Exclusive: The methane time bomb“:
The first evidence that millions of tons of a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere from beneath the Arctic seabed has been discovered by scientists.
Maybe if the government created a special tax break for scuba-diving equipment, Republicans might be convinced to give a shit about this.
"Since NOAA's last report in 2005, the Caribbean region has lost at least 50 percent of its corals, largely because sea temperatures have risen, Keeney said."
Read the article: it's the first comprehensive study of it's kind. Read more about Another Modest Proposal
Al Gore gave a talk at the recent TED Conference. It’s an updated and abbreviated version of his climate change slide show, with both alarming new data on the increasing speed of climate change and some heartening information on the growing public awareness that we need to act and soon. Read more about Al Gore on challenge and opportunity with climate change
Published on Saturday, February 3, 2007 by the lndependent/UK
Global Warming: The Final Warning
Carbon Dioxide Rate is at Highest Level for 650,000 Years
by Steve Connor
Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are at their highest levels for at least 650,000 years and this rise began with the birth of the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
In Federal Way, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, in a region of America that is perceived to be Liberal, the school board has a poorly worded policy that is preventing the showing of "An Inconvenient Truth" in classrooms! From the Seattle Post Intelligencer: Read more about Equivilation in action: "Al Gore does not belong in school", says father of seven!
I was cruising through the sphere today and wandered off into Kos. I usually donâ€™t. Iâ€™ve been trying to reformulate my worldview. I found one of my axiomatic themes (geography determines economy) at Political Cortex. The change in climate, the development of quantum, photonic, encryption, simulated brains, feudal intellectual property rights, massive capital domination by a disproportionate few, not to mention electronic voting. Read more about Naval Operations in an Ice Free Arctic: Cruising toward Serfdom
A decade of warm winters with sporadic snowfall has failed to refill the snow-dependent Great Lakes, with falling water levels bringing the top ever closer to the bottom in Lakes Michigan and Huron.