All posts filed under: Climate Change

Special guest author – in honor of Earth Day “week”

Climate Change / Peak Oil

My daughter Kenney and I were talking the other day about writing and blogging. She said “I was lucky that I was a grownup because it meant that people cared what I thought”. She was pretty sure no one would read anything she wrote because she was just a teenager. I told her that I thought the people who read my posts (thanks btw) are doing it neither because of who I am (most of […]

Michael McElroy: Saving Money, Oil, and the Climate

Climate Change / Peak Oil / Science

Harvard Magazine has a good survey article that discusses various actions that we can take right now here in the States that will minimize our dependence on fossil fuel, start to decrease our contribution to climate change and save our economy some serious money. From the beginning of the article: “I shall argue that by changing the way we fuel our cars and light trucks—by switching from continued reliance on hundred-year-old, internal-combustion-engine technology to a […]

Losing Greenland

Climate Change

I seem to be fully engaged in the “Earth Day” meme today… Or maybe it’s just that lots of people are posting on a topic that I really care about. Either way, it looks like it’s going to be a busy day here on the blog. So here’s an article posted about the increasing melt-rate of the ice sheet covering Greenland. “‘2007 was a shocking year,’ Scott Luthcke, who works with GRACE at NASA’s Goddard […]

Food Rationing in USA?

Climate Change / Current Affairs

It’s unclear how to understand the relative weights of the causes of the present food shortage, but no matter what is going on, the net effect is that world food supply chains are becoming more brittle than they have been in years. Here’s a piece on how rationing is starting to appear even in Silicon Valley: “Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food […]

Top 20 Carbon Producing Cities

Climate Change

Wired News has the report of a new study from Purdue University that lists the top carbon footprint producing cities in the United States. Oddly enough Phoenix is not on the list. But tiny Jim Thorpe, just north of Bethlehem PA where I lived before moving to Phoenix is on the list at number 12… Who knew that my move to the 5th largest city in the US was going to play a significant role […]

More Hurricanes making landfall?

Climate Change

Might be an active Hurricane season coming up according to a study just published: “The Earth’s jet streams, the high-altitude bands of fast winds that strongly influence the paths of storms and other weather systems, are shifting–possibly in response to global warming. Scientists at the Carnegie Institution determined that over a 23-year span from 1979 to 2001 the jet streams in both hemispheres have risen in altitude and shifted toward the poles. The jet stream […]

AlterNet: How New Energy Order Will Dramatically Change our Daily Lives

Climate Change / Current Affairs / Peak Oil

Here’s another article that looks at the global and geo-political consequences occuring because of rapidly rising energy prices. Even if the prices are rising because of profiteering (not a surprising thing as supply lines become brittle) they’re still climbing. The effect is the same as if the cause were unequivocally connected with Peak Oil. “It’s strange that the business and geopolitics of energy takes up so little space on American front pages — or that […]

Tropics expanding fast

Climate Change

There’s been a number of stories lately about some new data showing climate change is having the effect of expanding the tropical belt surrounding the earth’s equator: “Signs of a very different 21st-century climate are already showing up, and not just in the melting arctic. A new review in Nature Geoscience highlights reports that the boundaries of the tropics, defined by temperature, rainfall, wind, and ozone patterns, have shifted poleward by at least 2 degrees […]

NYTimes: Study Details How U.S. Could Cut 28% of Greenhouse Gases

Climate Change / Web/Tech

Here’s a little something for you to read this morning: “A new report says the country is brimming with opportunities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while saving money at the same time.” From the article: “The report said the country was brimming with “negative cost opportunities” — potential changes in the lighting, heating and cooling of buildings, for example, that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels even as they save […]

BBC NEWS: Biofuels bonanza facing ‘crash’

Climate Change / World Mission

News that the biofuel solution to the energy crunch is looking less realistic: “The biofuels bonanza will crash unless producers can guarantee their crops have been produced responsibly, the UN’s environment agency chief has said. Achim Steiner of the UN Environment Programme (Unep) said there was an urgent need for standards to make sure rainforests weren’t being destroyed. Biofuel makers also had to show their products did not produce more CO2 than they negated, he […]