Climate

Interview with IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
January 21, 2009 08:30 AM - by Ben Block, WorldWatch Institute

Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, has become among the world's most visible, outspoken voices on fighting climate change. Following a speech at the Worldwatch Institute launch of State of the World 2009: Into A Warming World, Dr. Pachauri stepped aside for a conversation with Worldwatch staff writer Ben Block.

Report: N.C. among most at risk to rising seas
January 21, 2009 08:25 AM - Charlotte Observer

With its long low coastline and large land area less than two feet above sea level, North Carolina is among the states most vulnerable to sea-level rise, a new federal report warns. The new report focuses on the coastal states from North Carolina to New York where the rates of sea level rise are moderately high. The region has extensive coastal development, a high population and is likely to be at increased risk.

What happened to the climate consensus?
January 20, 2009 11:23 AM - Chronicle Herald

CAN we all agree – yet – that the issue is settled? Scientists DON’T all agree the planet is warming precipitously, or that humans are responsible for that supposed warming. In fact, more and more experts in a number of fields have been speaking up to challenge the supposed scientific "consensus" on climate change.

Ice age maps predict change in Australian climate
January 20, 2009 09:16 AM - Thaindian News

Sydney, Jan 20 (IANS) New maps of the earth’s surface during the peak of the last Ice Age points to northern Australia become wetter and southern Australia drier due to climate change in future. "During the last Ice Age - around 20,000 years ago - sea surface temperature was as much as 10 degrees colder than present and icebergs would have been regular visitors to the southern coastline of Australia," Timothy Barrows of the Research School of Earth Sciences at Australian National University (ANC) said.

Clearer skies over Europe as fog halved in 30 years
January 19, 2009 09:15 AM - The Guardian

Europe has become less foggy over the past three decades, according to scientists who have examined weather records across the continent. Fog, mist and haze have become less frequent and have contributed, they calculate, to between 10% and 20% of the warming trend during that period. The change is down to reduced air pollution, the scientists think. Robert Vautard at the Atomic Energy Commission in Gif sur Yvette, France, and colleagues, looked at the number of "low-visibility" events, where visibility fell to under 8km. They found a 50% drop since the 1970s, which they call a "massive decline".

A Kenyan firm plans to produce 300 MW of electricity by 2012 by harnessing renewable wind power in the north of the country, its director told Reuters.
January 18, 2009 10:15 AM - The Guardian

Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added. Soaring carbon emissions are already causing ice-cap melting and threaten to trigger global flooding, widespread species loss and major disruptions of weather patterns in the near future. "We cannot afford to put off change any longer," said Hansen. "We have to get on a new path within this new administration. We have only four years left for Obama to set an example to the rest of the world. America must take the lead."

African harbour cities at risk from rising sea-levels: scientists
January 15, 2009 08:57 AM - http://www.terradaily.com

Africa's harbour cities of Cape Town, Lagos and Alexandria are under threat from rising sea levels which could displace millions and cause massive economic losses, scientists said Wednesday. Speaking at an international climate change conference in Cape Town, Geoff Brundrit of the Global Ocean Observing System in Africa said even a slight increase in sea levels could wreak havoc on some countries.

People 'hungry' for climate change info
January 15, 2009 08:53 AM - http://www.iol.co.za

Scientists must develop new tools to help ordinary people understand their work on global climate change, and to help them appreciate what the existing scientific models can and can't predict about this phenomenon. This was the message from climate change expert Professor Bruce Hewitson, of UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group, during the keynote lecture of Tuesday's session of the week-long "Iphakade: Climate Changes & African Earth Systems - Past, Present and Future" conference, which began on Monday.

In California, Hot and Dry Conditions Stir Drought Concerns
January 14, 2009 08:30 AM - Washington Post

SAN FRANCISCO -- The past two days have felt like summer in California, as unseasonable warmth sweeps the state -- possibly presaging a third straight year of drought, a worrisome possibility for a state already hit hard by the economic downturn. Another dry year could mean water rationing for businesses and individuals. It could also slow business expansion and affect the agricultural industry, ski resorts and efforts to keep firefighting costs down, after a year in which state and federal officials spent $1 billion combating wildfires.

Nasa climate expert makes personal appeal to Obama
January 12, 2009 08:38 AM - James Randerson, science correspondent,guardian.co.uk

One of the world's top climate scientists has written a personal new year appeal to Barack and Michelle Obama, warning of the "profound disconnect" between public policy on climate change and the magnitude of the problem. With less than three weeks to go until Obama's inauguration, ProfessorJames Hansen, who heads Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, asked the recently appointed White House science adviser Professor John Holdren to pass the missive directly to the president-elect.

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