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Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck Years

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Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck Years

November 7, 2010

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    It’s always nice to start with a laugh:

  1. 2010/11/05: TI:CF: (cartoon – Roberts) Communing with the enemy
  2. 2010/11/02: TI:CF: (cartoon – Roberts) Tea-Party on, dudes
  3. 2010/10/31: TI:CF: (cartoon – Roberts) Prize they Lard
  4. 2010/11/05: uComics: (cartoon – Auth) The Tea Leaves Are Clear!
  5. 2010/11/03: MTobis: (cartoon – Toles) Last Word

    And for those who enjoy challenging Poe’s Law:

  6. 2010/10/27: Onion: Democrats: ‘If We’re Gonna Lose, Let’s Go Down Running Away From Every Legislative Accomplishment We’ve Made’

    Looking ahead to COP16 and future international climate negotiations:

  7. UNFCCC: The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, 29 November – 10 December 2010
  8. COP 16, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Cancún, Quintana Roo
  9. 2010/11/04: Guardian(UK): Rich nations urged to develop climate aid plan for Cancún
  10. 2010/11/04: SolveClimate: As Host of Climate Talks, Mexico Faces Domestic Energy Paradox
    Mexico champions climate solutions but is also expanding its oil industry and car ownership
  11. 2010/11/04: NRDC:SwitchBoard: A growing number of climate negotiators call for a stop to the bickering so that we can find solutions to climate change
  12. 2010/11/03: GlobalTimes(Cn): China vows efforts with UN for fruitful climate summit
  13. 2010/11/03: IndianExpress: Climate change: India to host 48-nation talks [ahead of the Cancun meet]
  14. 2010/11/03: BBerg: China Says Nations Have a `Common Duty, Responsibility’ on Climate Change
  15. 2010/11/01: UN: Models of climate action to be showcased daily by UN agency, ahead of Cancun parlay
  16. 2010/11/01: WaPo: U.S. plays conflicted role in global climate debate
    As the next round of U.N. climate talks approaches this month in Cancun, Mexico, the Obama administration finds itself in an awkward position: pushing its enduring commitment to bold climate action even as the prospects for comprehensive legislation have evaporated at home. The atmosphere is very different from a year ago, when U.S. negotiators headed to Copenhagen touting the recent success of a House-passed climate bill. Now that legislation has died in the Senate, and with candidates poised to win this week who are more likely to focus on immediate economic concerns than on long-term environmental and energy ones, these constraints are shaping U.S. climate diplomacy.
  17. Post Nagoya commentary:

  18. CBD: COP 10 Outcomes — Decisions (Advance Unedited Texts)
  19. IISD: Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity — 18-29 October 2010 | Nagoya, Japan
  20. 2010/11/06: Guardian(UK): We’ve been conned. The deal to save the natural world never happened
    The so-called summit in Japan won’t stop anyone trashing the planet. Only economic risks seem to make governments act
  21. 2010/11/04: CCurrents: The Deal To Save The Natural World Never Happened
  22. 2010/11/03: Rabble: Solving the problem of biodiversity
  23. 2010/11/01: EurActiv: ‘Historic deal’ to save nature reached in Nagoya
  24. 2010/11/02: EUO: EU threatened global biodiversity deal, critics say
  25. 2010/11/02: UN: UN Member States endorse plan to halt biodiversity loss and share genetic resources
  26. 2010/11/02: NatureN: World gets 2020 vision for conservation — With a raft of agreements emerging from Nagoya, the next step is finding the cash to move beyond the blueprint
  27. 2010/11/01: EurActiv: “Historic deal’ to save nature reached in Nagoya
    Environment ministers from almost 200 countries on Friday (29 October) adopted historic targets to half the loss of natural habitats and dramatically increase nature reserves to 17 percent of the world’s land area by 2020 from less than 10 percent today.
  28. 2010/11/01: UN: Ban lauds landmark pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic wealth
  29. 2010/11/01: PlanetArk: Nations Agree Historic Deal To Save Nature

    A fair number of people are trying to figure out what the geoengineering ban means:

  30. 2010/11/03: CCentral: They’ve Banned Geoengineering — But What Exactly Does That Mean?
  31. 2010/11/01: ACS: Countries Agree To Ban Geoengineering — Climate Technologies: Prohibition is adopted under the UN biodiversity treaty
  32. 2010/11/02: KSJT: Wash. Post, Ch.& Eng News, etc: UN bans geoengineering for climate change or anything else
  33. 2010/11/02: NatureN: Geoengineering faces ban — Moratorium on schemes to reduce global warming clashes with reports urging more research
  34. 2010/10/31: GeoengineeringPolitics: The Meaning of the Moratorium
  35. 2010/10/31: MongaBay: Mixed messages on geoengineering: international community approves moratorium, US pushes research
  36. 2010/11/01: NewScientist: What the UN ban on geoengineering really means [Pearce]
  37. 2010/11/01: TreeHugger: Why the UN Moratorium on Geoengineering Is a Good Thing, Maybe

    International reaction to the US election:

  38. 2010/11/05: Reuters: E.U. sees U.S. “disappearing” as partner on climate
    The European Union sees the United States “disappearing as a partner” in international climate talks after President Barack Obama suffered setbacks in midterm elections, the EU’s top climate official said on Friday. Obama has conceded that big Republican gains in Tuesday’s elections undermined prospects for comprehensive legislation to tackle climate change. “We’re very disappointed about the United States going that way and dropping climate legislation,” said Jos Delbeke, director general of the European Commission’s climate team.
  39. 2010/11/05: PlanetArk: Obama’s Climate Pessimism Dims U.N., G20 Outlook
    U.S. President Barack Obama’s pessimism about passing U.S. climate legislation also dims chances for action to slow global warming both in U.N. talks and in other groups such as the G20, experts say.
  40. 2010/11/04: EUO: US election result raises concerns in Europe
  41. 2010/11/03: ABC(Au): Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says the changed US Congress should not put off other countries from trying to take action on climate change

    The monsoon floods in Pakistan are an ongoing tragedy:

  42. 2010/11/05: UN: UN humanitarian agency: Pakistan flooding victims still in urgent need of support
  43. 2010/11/03: TerraDaily: UN raises winter funds alarm in flood-hit Pakistan
  44. 2010/11/02: UN: UN telecom body brings emergency broadband to flooded Pakistan
  45. 2010/11/02: PlanetArk: Pakistan Government Leaves Villages Wallowing In Neglect
  46. 2010/11/01: TerraDaily: Pakistan flood victims need aid for two years: aid groups

    The new fund created to tackle extinction is gonna be busy:

  47. 2010/11/01: ENS: SOS: New Fund Created to Tackle Extinction Crisis
    Save Our Species, SOS, a new multi-million dollar fund that will provide grants for conservation of threatened species and their habitats, was announced Friday by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
  48. What are the global financial institutions up to?

  49. 2010/11/04: EarthTimes: World Bank wrestles with climate-friendly development, coal dilemma

    Meanwhile at the UNCFG:

  50. 2010/11/06: EarthTimes: Positive response to 100-billion-dollar UN climate funding
  51. 2010/11/05: UN: Climate change financing ‘challenging but feasible’ – Ban’s advisory group
  52. 2010/11/06: ABC(Au): UN calls for higher taxes to fund climate warning fight

    How long until we see an International Ecological Court?

  53. 2010/11/04: CCurrents: A New Kind Of Crime Against Humanity? The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Disinformation Campaign On Climate Change
  54. 2010/11/02: TMoS: A Question In Need of an Answer — Is climate change disinformation a crime against humanity?
  55. 2010/11/02: HotTopic: Crime of the century
  56. 2010/11/01: Guardian(UK): Is climate science disinformation a crime against humanity?
    Deeply irresponsible corporate-sponsored programmes of disinformation have potentially harsh effects upon tens of millions of people
  57. It has always been a danger that politicians would take 2 degrees as carved in stone, instead of monitoring feedbacks:

  58. 2010/11/04: Reuters: 2 degree Celsius climate target may need to change: UK scientist
    A widely agreed international target to avoid dangerous global warming must take account of local impacts and may need to change, said the chief scientist at the MetOffice Hadley Center, Britain’s biggest climate research center.
  59. Late Comment on the Living Planet Report:

  60. 2010/11/03: SolveClimate: Living Planet Report Says Rich Nations Inhabit a “False Paradise”
    Populations of tropical species are plummeting and humanity’s demands on natural resources are sky-rocketing to 50% more than the earth can sustain
  61. The Arctic melt continues to garner a lot of attention:

  62. 2010/11/07: SkeptiSci: Ice-Free Arctic
  63. 2010/11/04: CCentral: Scientist to Retrieve Detailed Photos of Greenland’s 2010 Record Ice Melt [in the spring of 2011]
  64. 2010/11/04: Guardian(UK): Arctic ice melted by climate change
  65. 2010/11/04: CCP: Jason Box to retrieve Petermann Glacier photos in 2011
  66. 2010/11/03: CCP: Arctic Sea Ice hits a record low for this time of year
  67. 2010/11/03: Tamino: How Likely?
  68. 2010/11/03: DeSmogBlog: Arctic Sea Ice Trends: Down, Down Down
  69. 2010/11/02: JKB: Arctic sea-ice trend
  70. 2010/11/01: SkeptiSci: Greenland ice mass loss after the 2010 summer
  71. 2010/11/03: NatureN: Marine science: The tiniest catch — Marine scientists are prowling the Bering Sea to learn how climate affects minute sea creatures and the lucrative fishery that depends on them
  72. 2010/11/05: KSJT: Nature News: A freelancer’s report, on pollock and more, from the Bering Sea

    As for the charismatic megafauna:

  73. 2010/11/05: Discover: Will the Walrus Withstand a Warmer World?

    The food crisis is ongoing:

  74. 2010/11/06: Google:AP: ‘Staff of life’ wavers under weight of humanity
    In these volcanic valleys of central Mexico, on the Canadian prairie, across India’s northern plain, they sow and they reap the golden grain that has fed us since the distant dawn of farming. But along with the wheat these days comes a harvest of worry. Yields are not keeping up with a world growing hungrier. Crops are stunted in a world grown warmer. A devastating fungus, a wheat “rust,” is spreading out of Africa, a grave threat to the food plant that covers more of the planet’s surface than any other. In Chicago, London and other money centers, the wheat market is so roiled by bad news and speculators that rising prices may put bread out of reach for millions more of the world’s poor.
  75. 2010/11/05: Guardian(UK): US accused of forcing up world food prices
    Fresh round of US quantitative easing will weaken dollar and push up commodity prices, hitting consumers, say critics
  76. 2010/11/05: China: Climate change ‘takes toll’on grain harvest
    Climate change will trigger a drop in China’s grain harvest over the next few decades and threaten food security, a leading agriculturalist warns. Tang Huajun, deputy dean of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), said a 5 to 10 percent crop loss is foreseeable by 2030 if climate change continues.
  77. 2010/11/04: WSJ:RTE: In U.S., 14% Rely on Food Stamps
    Some 42,389,619 Americans received food stamps in August, a 17% rise from the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which tracks the data. That number is up 58.5% from August 2007, before the recession began.
  78. 2010/11/03: UN: UN agencies seek funds to help people affected by food shortages in Djibouti
  79. 2010/11/03: ProMedMail: Wheat stem rust, Ug99 – Kenya: (RV), update
  80. 2010/11/02: MongaBay: Tropical agriculture “double-whammy”: high emissions, low yields
  81. 2010/11/01: CCurrents: Stupid Economics: Blaming The Poor And Hungry For Food Inflation
  82. 2010/11/01: TrinidadExpress: Vital banana crop wiped out — Terrible Tomas hammers St Vincent
    Not a single banana tree was left standing in the northern part of St Vincent and the Grenadines after the country was hit by Hurricane Tomas, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said yesterday. Banana production employs more than 60 per cent of the workforce on the island and accounts for more than 50 per cent of the country’s merchandise exports, according to official statistics.
  83. Look out! the IP Rentiers are coming!

  84. 2010/11/05: REA: Is IP Standing in the Way of a Green Planet?

    Regarding the genetic modification of food:

  85. 2010/11/05: PlanetArk: Monsanto Sees “Right Time” For GMO Wheat

    And how are we going to feed 9 billion?

  86. 2010/11/07: PhysOrg: Scientists meet to ensure supply of Asia’s staple, rice
    Scientists from around the world meet in Vietnam on Tuesday aiming to ensure a steady supply of rice — the staple food for Asia’s poor — against threats that include climate change and urbanisation.
  87. 2010/11/05: NatureN: Mayans converted wetlands to farmland — The sophistication of the civilization’s agricultural systems rivalled their pyramids
  88. 2010/11/03: EnergyBulletin: From slash and burn to sustainable development from the grassroots in northeast India
  89. 2010/11/01: CCurrents: Food security As If WomenMattered (Part II): Why And How It Works In Kerala
  90. 2010/11/03: DerSpiegel: Corn vs. Marshes — German Wetlands Are Increasingly Yielding to Agriculture
    Even as Berlin demands that developing countries preserve their rainforests, the country is doing little for biodiversity back home. Bogs and marshland in Germany are increasingly yielding to corn farming — resulting in the release of huge quantities of CO2.
  91. 2010/11/02: PhysOrg: Scientists find that evergreen agriculture boosts crop yields
  92. 2010/11/02: TreeHugger: “Pay As You Plant” Insurance Helps African Farmers Recover from Climate-Induced Crop Loss

    In the hurricane wars, Tomas plagued the Caribbean:

  93. 2010/11/06: TerraDaily: Hurricane Tomas moves north after killing six in Haiti
  94. 2010/11/06: Wunderground: Tomas spares Haiti, heads out to sea
  95. 2010/11/06: EarthTimes: Haiti escapes worst of Hurricane Tomas
  96. 2010/11/06: CBC: Hurricane Tomas weakens to tropical storm
    Hurricane Tomas was downgraded to a tropical storm early Saturday as it passed over the Turks and Caicos Islands, losing steam a day after battering seaside towns in Haiti. The storm spared most of Haiti a direct hit, but floodwaters killed six people as Tomas came ashore Friday in the country’s southwestern tip.
  97. 2010/11/05: Wunderground: Hurricane Tomas lashing Haiti with torrential rains
  98. 2010/11/04: Wunderground: Little change to Tomas as it bears down on Haiti
  99. 2010/11/05: EarthTimes: Hurricane Tomas sweeps flooding across Haiti
  100. 2010/11/04: ENS: Tropical Storm Tomas Heads for Shattered Haiti
  101. 2010/11/05: Eureka: GOES-13 Satellite sees Hurricane Tomas lashing Haiti and eastern Cuba today
  102. 2010/11/05: BBC: Haiti quake victims told to flee approaching hurricane
  103. 2010/11/05: CBC: Hurricane Tomas bears down on Haiti
  104. 2010/11/04: Wunderground: Tomas’ rains reach Haiti and Jamaica
  105. 2010/11/04: Eureka: NASA satellite data confirm a stronger Tropical Storm Tomas, hurricane warnings up
  106. 2010/11/03: Eureka: NASA’s TRMM satellite sees Tomas’ power fluctuate
  107. 2010/11/04: BBC: Haiti braced as Tropical Storm Tomas sweeps in
  108. 2010/11/03: PhysOrg: NASA’s TRMM satellite sees Tomas’ power fluctuate
  109. 2010/11/03: Wunderground: A weakened Tomas still a grave danger to Haiti
  110. 2010/11/03: Eureka: NASA satellite sees Tomas weaken to a tropical depression … for now
  111. 2010/11/02: UN: As tropical storm blows toward Haiti, UN pre-positions humanitarian supplies
  112. 2010/11/02: Wunderground: Tomas gradually strengthening; 14 dead in St. Lucia from the storm
  113. 2010/11/02: EarthTimes: Concerns mounts as tropical storm [Tomas] heads to Haiti
  114. 2010/11/02: Eureka: GOES-13 catches Tropical Storm Tomas’ early morning strengthening
  115. 2010/11/02: BBC: Hurricane kills 14 people in St Lucia
    At least 14 people are now known to have died on the Caribbean island of St Lucia after Hurricane Tomas triggered landslides, officials say. Tourism minister Allan Chastanet told local radio that the southern town of Soufriere had been worst hit and resembled “a war zone”.
  116. 2010/11/02: CBC: Haiti braces for tropical storm Tomas
  117. 2010/11/01: UN: Haiti: UN helping to prepare for impending hurricane
  118. 2010/11/01: Wunderground: Tomas remains weak; St. Lucia hard-hit by the storm
  119. 2010/10/31: Wunderground: Tomas significantly weaker; damage very heavy on St. Lucia and neighboring islands
  120. 2010/11/01: TrinidadExpress: Vital banana crop wiped out — Terrible Tomas hammers St Vincent
  121. 2010/11/01: BBC: Tomas weakens after whipping Caribbean isles
    Tropical Storm Tomas is continuing to swirl through the Caribbean, after hitting St Lucia and St Vincent in the Windward Isles over the weekend. The storm system has lost its hurricane status but US forecaster say Tomas could strengthen in the coming days. The storm is forecast to head in the direction of Haiti, where some 1.3 million people are still living in tents since January’s earthquake.
  122. 2010/11/01: CBC: Tomas weakens to tropical storm

    While elsewhere in the hurricane wars:

  123. 2010/11/04: Hindu: Rain battered coastal Andhra [Pradesh] braces for cyclone
  124. 2010/11/03: EarthTimes: Taiwan raises death toll from Typhoon Megi to 36
  125. 2010/11/03: Eureka: Tropical Storm Anggrek is tightly wrapped in NASA satellite imagery
  126. 2010/11/02: UN: Myanmar: humanitarian assistance needed to respond to Cyclone Giri

    As for GHGs:

  127. 2010/11/01: TreeHugger: US Military: Still the World’s Largest Polluter

    And in the carbon cycle:

  128. 2010/11/02: MIT: Laws of attraction
    Ocean micro-organisms are shown to behave like larger animals in the presence of sulfur. Might this offer clues about the roles they play in regulating Earth’s climate?
  129. 2010/11/02: Eureka: Every person emits 2 tons of CO2 a year through eating
  130. 2010/11/01: Eureka: Expanding croplands chipping away at world’s carbon stocks
    Nature’s capacity to store carbon, the element at the heart of global climate woes, is steadily eroding as the world’s farmers expand croplands at the expense of native ecosystem such as forests.
  131. 2010/11/01: CBC: Trees’ ability to soak up CO2 has limits

    As for the temperature record:

  132. 2010/11/05: CC&G: 2010 On Track to Being 2nd Warmest Year Since 1880
  133. 2010/11/02: ClimateP: January-to-October tied for hottest in satellite record

    Yes we have feedbacks:

  134. 2010/11/02: RealClimate: More on feedbacks

    Aerosols are making their presence felt:

  135. 2010/11/05: PhysOrg: Aerosol particles form in nighttime plumes from coal-fired power plants
  136. 2010/11/02: NatureN: Q&A — A sky-high eye on climate change — Measuring aerosols and radiation at dizzying altitudes is all in a day’s work for Angela Marioni
  137. 2010/11/01: PhysOrg: Focusing on aerosols through the macro lens

    Clouds are one of the major uncertainties in climate. Much research revolves around them:

  138. 2010/11/02: BBickmore: National Science Foundation on Clouds

    While in the paleoclimate:

  139. 2010/11/05: PhysOrg: Thawing a planet-sized snowball
  140. 2010/11/03: SciDaily: How Ancient Plants and Soil Fungi Turned Earth Green [470 mya]
  141. 2010/11/03: Eureka: Earth’s climate change 20,000 years ago reversed the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean
    Global warming today could have similar effects on ocean currents and could accelerate climate change
  142. 2010/11/02: NatureTGB: Oxygen boost helps dragonflies go large — in the Permo-Carboniferous era, some 250-300 mya
  143. 2010/11/02: TerraDaily: End Of Ice Age Holds Clues About Carbon Dioxide Patterns
    New University of Florida research puts to rest the mystery of where old carbon was stored during the last glacial period. It turns out it ended up in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. The findings have implications for modern-day global warming, said Ellen Martin, a UF geological sciences professor and an author of the paper, which is published in this week’s journal Nature Geoscience.
  144. While on the ENSO front:

  145. 2010/11/04: NOAA:NCEP: El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Discussion
    Synopsis: La Niña is expected to last at least into the Northern Hemisphere spring 2011.
  146. Regarding the solar hypothesis:

  147. 2010/11/03: GRL: (ab$) Solar Influences on Climate by L. J. Gray et al.
  148. 2010/11/03: QuarkSoup: Big Review Article on Solar Influences

    Regarding Climate Sensitivity:

  149. 2010/11/06: SkeptiSci: Climate change from 40 million years ago shows climate sensitivity to CO2

    What’s up with volcanoes this week?

  150. 2010/11/04: TreeHugger: Asian Rainfall Patterns Unexpectedly Disrupted by Big Volcanic Eruptions
  151. 2010/11/03: PhysOrg: Volcanoes have shifted Asian rainfall
  152. 2010/11/05: TreeHugger: Volcano-Stimulated Rebound Of 2010 Salmon Run Challenges Anti-Science Environmentalism [Kasatochi]

    Meanwhile in near earth orbit:

  153. 2010/11/05: PhysOrg: Use satellites to know your snow
    As winter approaches, northern dwellers will get assistance from space to help them face the harsh weather. Satellite information on snow cover is now available through ESA’s GlobSnow project soon after it snows.
  154. 2010/11/05: NASA: NASA Extends TIMED [Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics] Mission for Fourth Time
  155. 2010/11/04: TerraDaily: SMOS Water Mission Celebrates First Year In Orbit
  156. 2010/11/03: SciDaily: Last ‘Tango’ in Space: Satellite Duo to Generate 3-D Models of Glaciers and Low-Lying Coastal Areas
    Adding to their unique information from previous tandem missions, the European Space Agency’s ERS-2 and Envisat satellites have been paired up again — for the last time. Data from this final duet are generating 3-D models of glaciers and low-lying coastal areas.
  157. More GW impacts are being seen:

  158. 2010/11/04: Eureka: Polar bears can’t eat geese into extinction — New statistical model demonstrates that trophic mismatch feeds bears without exterminating snow geese
  159. 2010/11/02: NRDC:SwitchBoard: What Does Climate Change in Yellowstone Look Like? (Photo Essay)
  160. 2010/11/01: AGU:DWWSJ: Climate Change Linked To Southeast U.S. Floods/Heatwaves
  161. 2010/11/03: HotTopic: Under African skies
  162. 2010/11/02: Telegraph(UK): Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from global warming say geologists
    The Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from global warming if mankind continues to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, geologists have warned.
  163. 2010/10/31: Guardian(UK): In this remote town in Mali, climate change takes on a sinister reality

    And then there are the world’s forests:

  164. 2010/11/05: EnergyBulletin: In war-scarred landscape, Vietnam replants its forests
  165. 2010/11/01: NewScientist: Clearing tropical forests is a lose-lose
    Clearing tropical forests for farmland is bad for the climate — no surprises there. But now we’ve learned that it’s also an inefficient way to feed people.
  166. As for heatwaves and wild fires:

  167. 2010/11/06: Tamino: Extreme Heat
  168. 2010/11/02: DWWSJ: Climate Change Linked To Southeast Heat Waves and Floods
  169. 2010/11/02: SEasterbrook: After the fire

    Acidification is changing the oceans:

  170. 2010/11/07: Scotsman: Oysters at risk in acid oceans
  171. 2010/11/06: TCoE: Double doc alert: Ocean acidification
  172. 2010/11/05: KSJT: Trickle of Reports: Ocean acidification, the gorilla in the corner, is making some noise.
  173. 2010/11/04: NatureTGB: Ocean pH dropping faster than expected
    Thanks to rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, some Arctic waters are already experiencing pH dips that could be harmful to sea life. What’s more, this acidification seems to be happening more rapidly than models have predicted.
  174. Glaciers are melting:

  175. 2010/11/03: Eureka: Water flowing through ice sheets accelerates warming, could speed up ice flow
  176. 2010/11/03: PhysOrg: Water flowing through ice sheets accelerates warming, could speed up ice flow

    Sea levels are rising:

  177. 2010/11/05: ABC(Au): The town of Beachport in the south-east of South Australia is under threat of flooding from the sea
  178. 2010/11/04: TDC: Facing a rising sea, and wondering how far to step back
    Uncertainty over sea-level predictions makes planning for change difficult, but that’s no excuse for inaction, says Princeton’s Michael Oppenheimer.
  179. 2010/11/04: TDC: Climate adaptation: Adding to a tide of worry
    Coastal cities worldwide struggle to slot climate impact into a lengthy catalog of worries. ‘Cities are totally unable to deal with this extra level of complexity.’
  180. 2010/11/01: ABC(Au): Pacific nation plans wall to block rising seas
    The low-lying Marshall Islands, a Pacific atoll chain that rises barely a metre above sea level, has announced plans for a wall to hold back rising sea levels.
  181. As for hydrological cycle disruptions [floods & droughts]:

  182. 2010/11/04: GreenGrok: The Rise and Fall of Rainfall in a Warming World
  183. 2010/11/03: GreenGrok: Where Has All The Water Gone? [Syed vs Wada]
  184. 2010/11/05: EarthTimes: Death toll rises to 9 in flashfloods, landslides in Philippines
  185. 2010/11/05: EarthTimes: Benin: Waiting for the end of the flood
  186. 2010/11/05: EarthTimes: Death toll rises to four, thousands evacuated in Malaysian floods
  187. 2010/11/05: CBC: Heavy rains kill 20 in Costa Rica
  188. 2010/11/04: BBC: Costa Rica landslide kills at least 20 as storm hits
    A landslide in Costa Rica caused by heavy rain has killed at least 20 people in a suburb of the capital, San Jose, officials say.
  189. 2010/11/03: TerraDaily: UN urges aid to counter Djibouti’s five year drought
  190. 2010/11/04: EarthTimes: Six people killed in landslide, flashfloods in northern Philippines
  191. 2010/11/04: EarthTimes: Flash floods kill 16 in eastern Indonesia
  192. 2010/11/04: CBC: Vietnam flood toll hits 159 [over the past month]
  193. 2010/11/04: CBC: Thailand flooding death toll rises
    Floodwaters that swamped vast areas of southern Thailand and inundated its largest city have killed 12 people, officials said Thursday, bringing the flooding death toll from across the country to more than 120. The government’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said 122 people have died and nearly six million residents in 39 provinces in the northern, central, eastern and northeastern regions had been affected by two weeks of heavy floods in October.
  194. 2010/11/03: UN: UN and partners launch $47 million appeal for flood-ravaged Benin
  195. 2010/11/01: TerraDaily: Tens of thousands left homeless in Benin floods: UN
  196. 2010/11/02: EarthTimes: 16 killed as heavy rains lash southern India
  197. 2010/11/02: EarthTimes: Floods trap thousands in southern Thailand
  198. 2010/11/02: CBC: Thailand hit by new flooding
  199. 2010/11/01: EarthTimes: Four dead in latest Vietnam floods

    Elsewhere on the mitigation front:

  200. 2010/11/03: TreeHugger: Author of ‘The Biochar Solution’ Says ‘It’s Not a Solution’ (Video)
  201. 2010/11/02: PhysOrg: Regulating Earth’s climate with micro-organisms
    Scientists have sought to learn more about how the Earth’s oceans absorb carbon dioxide and generally exchange gases with the atmosphere so they can better understand the corresponding effects on climate. To that end, many researchers are turning their attention to the microscopic organisms that help recycle carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and other elements through the oceans. Finding out exactly how and to what degree they do that is an ongoing scientific challenge, and scientists may first have to learn more about how the microbes interact with their environment at the scale of the individual microbe.
  202. Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation has somehow seemed chimeric:

  203. 2010/11/01: ABC(Au): Carbon offsetting scheme [REDD] open to corruption, report warns
    A new report has warned the Federal Government should be wary of investing in future carbon offsetting schemes which involve forests in developing countries. The scheme, known as REDD, compensates nations for cutting their carbon emissions by stopping deforestation and preventing land degradation. Australian Council for International Development executive director Marc Purcell says the report shows the scheme is open to corruption and comes with significant risks.
  204. Consider transportation & GHG production:

  205. 2010/11/05: DVoice: The Privilege of Flying in a Time of Climate Change
  206. 2010/11/03: CalcRisk: U.S. Light Vehicle Sales 12.26 million SAAR in October
  207. 2010/11/03: CalcRisk: General Motors: October U.S. sales increase year-over-year
    GM reports 3.5% rise in Oct. U.S. car sales — [GM] sold 183,759 cars and trucks…
    …Ford U.S. October sales rise 19.2% to 157,935
    …Chrysler October U.S. sales jump 37% …to 90,137 vehicles…
    …Toyota U.S. October sales decline 4.4%
  208. 2010/11/01: AlterNet: Flying Is One of the Worst Things You Can Do for the Environment — So Why Do So Many Well-Intentioned Folks Do It?

    While in the endless quest for zero energy, sustainable buildings and practical codes:

  209. 2010/11/05: Grist: Big exciting news about building codes. No, really
  210. 2010/11/04: TEC: Reducing the energy use of houses

    As for carbon sequestration:

  211. 2010/11/05: NatureTGB: Controversial carbon-burial project cancelled
    Shell’s plan to inject 400,000 tonnes of compressed carbon dioxide annually under a shopping mall in Barendrecht, the Netherlands, has been cancelled after years of protest from the town’s residents.
  212. 2010/11/05: MSNBC: Dutch drop plan to store CO2 under town
  213. 2010/11/03: SciDaily: On the Way to CO2-Free Power Plants

    Large scale geo-engineering keeps popping up:

  214. 2010/11/04: Economist: Geoengineering Lift-off
    Research into the possibility of engineering a better climate is progressing at an impressive rate — and meeting strong opposition
  215. 2010/10/25: AlterNet: The Doomsday Machine and the Race to Save the World: Geoengineering Emerges as Plan B at the 11th Hour
  216. 2010/11/05: ABC(Au): A report into a cloud seeding trial in the Snowy Mountains indicates snowfall has increased as a result
  217. 2010/11/01: SciDaily: ‘Cloud Seeding’ Not Effective at Producing Rain as Once Thought, New Research Shows
  218. 2010/10/31: MongaBay: Mixed messages on geoengineering: international community approves moratorium, US pushes research
  219. 2010/11/01: DM:CCM: House Science Committee Endorses Geoengineering Research
  220. 2010/11/01: TEC: Geoengineering: A congressman’s thumbs up

    While on the adaptation front:

  221. 2010/11/04: TCoE: The cost of adaptation

    Meanwhile in the journals:

  222. 2010/11/01: NERC:NORA: Bedform signature of a West Antarctic palaeo-ice stream reveals a multi-temporal record of flow and substrate control by Alastair G.C. Graham et al.
  223. 2010/11/01: NERC:NORA: Surface structure and stability of the Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctic Peninsula by N.F. Glasser et al.
  224. 2010/11/02: NERC:NORA: Ice-flow velocities on Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica, are stable over decadal timescales by G.H. Gudmundsson et al.
  225. 2010/11/02: NERC:NORA: The final warming date of the Antarctic polar vortex and influences on its interannual variability by Joanna D. Haigh et al.
  226. 2010/11/02: NERC:NORA: Record of a Mid-Pleistocene depositional anomaly in West Antarctic continental margin sediments: an indicator for ice-sheet collapse? by Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand et al.
  227. 2010/11/02: NERC:NORA: The fate of the Greenland Ice Sheet in a geoengineered, high CO2 world by Peter J. Irvine et al.
  228. 2010/11/04: NERC:NORA: History of the Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet since the early Pliocene – Evidence from cosmogenic dating of Pliocene lavas on James Ross Island, Antarctica by Joanne S. Johnson et al.
  229. 2010/11/04: NERC:NORA: High-resolution palaeoclimatology of the last millennium: a review of current status and future prospects by P.D. Jones et al.
  230. 2010/11/04: NERC:NORA: The internal layering of Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica, from airborne radar-sounding data by Nanna B. Karlsson et al.
  231. 2010/11/04: NERC:NORA: Climate impacts of the southern annular mode simulated by the CMIP3 models by Alexey Yu Karpechko et al.
  232. 2010/11/04: NERC:NORA: Marine cold-air outbreaks in the North Atlantic: temporal distribution and associations with large-scale atmospheric circulation by Erik W. Kolstad et al.
  233. 2010/11/05: ACP: Global evaluation of the Collection 5 MODIS dark-target aerosol products over land by R. C. Levy et al.
  234. 2010/11/05: ACPD: First carbon dioxide atmospheric vertical profiles retrieved from space observation using ACE-FTS solar occultation instrument by P. Y. Foucher et al.
  235. 2010/11/05: ACPD: Episodes of cross-polar transport in the Arctic troposphere during July 2008 as seen from models, satellite, and aircraft observations by H. Sodemann et al.
  236. 2010/11/05: OSD: An ocean modelling and assimilation guide to using GOCE geoid products by K. Haines et al.
  237. 2010/11/04: TCD: Retrieval of snow albedo and grain size using reflectance measurements in Himalayan basin by H. S. Negi & A. Kokhanovsky
  238. 2010/11/05: Science: (ab$) Transient Middle Eocene Atmospheric CO2 and Temperature Variations by Peter K. Bijl et al.
  239. 2010/11/03: CPD: The global ocean circulation on a retrograde rotating earth by V. Kamphuis et al.
  240. 2010/11/03: CPD: Early ship-based upper-air data and comparison with the Twentieth Century Reanalysis by S. Brönnimann et al.
  241. 2010/11/04: ACP: Aerosol effects on ice clouds: can the traditional concept of aerosol indirect effects be applied to aerosol-cloud interactions in cirrus clouds? by S. S. Lee & J. E. Penner
  242. 2010/11/04: ACP: History of atmospheric SF6 from 1973 to 2008 by M. Rigby et al.
  243. 2010/11/04: ACP: Dynamics of the Antarctic and Arctic mesosphere and lower thermosphere – Part 1: Mean winds by D. J. Sandford et al.
  244. 2010/11/03: ACP: Emission and dry deposition of accumulation mode particles in the Amazon Basin by L. Ahlm et al.
  245. 2010/11/01: ACP: Saharan dust and ice nuclei over Central Europe by H. Klein et al.
  246. 2010/11/04: ACPD: On the impacts of phytoplankton-derived organic matter on the properties of the primary marine aerosol – Part 2: Composition, hygroscopicity and cloud condensation activity by E. Fuentes et al.
  247. 2010/11/03: ACPD: Solar irradiance at the Earth’s surface: long-term behavior observed at the South Pole by J. E. Frederick & A. L. Hodge
  248. 2010/11/02: ACPD: Global distribution of sea salt aerosols: new constraints from in situ and remote sensing observations by L. Jaeglé et al.
  249. 2010/11/01: ACPD: Satellite observations of aerosol transport from East Asia to the Arctic: three case studies by M. Di Pierro et al.
  250. 2010/11/04: AGWObserver: Papers on climate science history
  251. 2010/11/02: PNAS: (ab$) Highly episodic fire and erosion regime over the past 2,000 y in the Siskiyou Mountains, Oregon by Daniele Colombaroli & Daniel G. Gavin
  252. 2010/11/02: PNAS: (Letter$) Is bioenergy for the birds? An evaluation of alternative future bioenergy landscapes by Joe Fargione
  253. 2010/11/03: GRL: (ab$) Solar Influences on Climate by L. J. Gray et al.
  254. 2010/11/03: Nature: (ab$) Reversed flow of Atlantic deep water during the Last Glacial Maximum by César Negre et al.
  255. 2010/11/02: TC: Spatially extensive estimates of annual accumulation in the dry snow zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet determined from radar altimetry by S. de la Peña et al.
  256. 2010/11/02: TCD: Glacier changes in the Pascua-Lama region, Chilean Andes (29° S): recent mass-balance and 50-year surface-area variations by A. Rabatel et al.
  257. 2010/11/01: AGWObserver: New research from last week 43/2010

    And other significant documents:

  258. 2010/11/04: UNDP: [many pdf links] Human Development Report 2010 — The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development
  259. 2010/11/03: TCoE: Doc alert: US fuel economy guide
  260. CBD: COP 10 Outcomes — Decisions (Advance Unedited Texts)

    As for miscellaneous science:

  261. 2010/11/06: moyhu: Condensation and expansion
  262. 2010/11/05: SEasterbrook: AGU session on Climate Change Adaptation [coming up in December]
  263. 2010/11/05: TSoD: The Three Body Problem
  264. 2010/11/04: BBC: The world’s longest running carbon dioxide experiment
  265. 2010/11/03: RealClimate: Science, narrative and heresy
  266. 2010/11/03: NatureN: Brazil’s climate modellers are set to go global — Supercomputer will drive model to analyse effects of wildfire on world climate
  267. 2010/11/02: NatureCF: A call to contribute
    Next spring will bring a much-awaited and exciting new addition to the family of Nature journals. The newest of Nature’s research journals, Nature Climate Change will dedicate its coverage to one of the greatest challenges for science and society.
  268. 2010/11/02: SciNews: Arctic lake yields climate record — Siberian drilling also penetrates meteorite crater
  269. 2010/11/02: CSW: Somerville Part 2: Six public guidelines for recognizing and rejecting junk climate science and disinformation
  270. 2010/11/02: CSW: Somerville Part 1: Better climate science education a task that “will take many years at best”
  271. 2010/11/02: BCLSB: From The Geological Society Of London — statement on climate change

    Regarding Michael Mann:

  272. 2010/11/02: NewScientist: Professional climate change deniers’ crusade continues by Michael Mann

    The Pielke fan clubbe, alas:

  273. 2010/11/01: TEC: Growth and Climate

    Regarding Dörries:

  274. 2010/11/05: Eureka: Should our biggest climate change fear be fear itself? Historian Matthias Dörries reveals the role of fear in our understanding of climate change

    Regarding Curry:

  275. 2010/11/06: JEB: Where’s the beef, Curry?
  276. 2010/11/06: MTobis: Speak no Evil
  277. 2010/11/05: MTobis: A take on Curry
  278. 2010/11/05: APSmith: The paradox of Curry
  279. 2010/11/05: AFTIC: Judith Curry plants her flag
  280. 2010/11/05: BVerheggen: Judith Curry goes from building bridges to burning them
  281. 2010/11/04: MTobis: Good questions
  282. 2010/11/03: Grist: On the quest to keep politics out of climate science
  283. 2010/11/03: MTobis: Curry’s Hallowe’en Piece
  284. 2010/10/31: ERabett: Maybe it ain’t an act

    While at the UN:

  285. 2010/11/04: UN: Landmark UN Human Development Report reveals global gains in development even in poorer nations
  286. 2010/11/04: SolveClimate: Inaction on Climate Change Putting Decades of Human Progress at Risk
    Human development report says improving the lives of the world’s poorest people is at stake
  287. 2010/11/04: Guardian(UK): UN report warns of threat to human progress from climate change
  288. 2010/11/04: Grist: Climate change and consumerism are biggest threats to future, U.N. warns

    And on the carbon trading front:

  289. 2010/11/07: Guardian(UK): Chicago Mercantile Exchange starts offering rainfall futures and options
  290. 2010/11/03: Reuters: Factbox: Regional carbon markets survive elections

    The proposed Bank Tax refuses to die:

  291. 2010/11/03: 3Crisis: Spotlight G-20: Unpopular Sarkozy Gets it Right on Financial Transactions Taxes in G-20

    The rare earths tussle seems to be dying down:

  292. 2010/11/02: CCurrents: China, ‘Rare Earth’ Metals And The Need For Industrial Restructuring In The West
  293. 2010/11/01: TEC: Daniel Goldfarb: A Lesson from the Rare Earth Metals Embargo
  294. 2010/11/01: Eureka: Scarcity of new energy [rare earth] minerals will trigger trade wars
  295. 2010/10/31: BBC: Rare earths supply deal between Japan and Vietnam

    The energy race between China and the USA is on, or is it?

  296. 2010/11/05: TEC: New Report Shows China’s Clean Energy Lead Increasing

    As for GW, energy & water security:

  297. 2010/11/01: HotTopic: Democracy under strain

    What are the activists up to?

  298. 2010/11/06: EarthTimes: Massive protests as nuclear waste train reaches Germany

    Polls! We have polls!

  299. 2010/11/05: SolveClimate: Despite Electoral Outcomes, Poll Shows Voters Want Clean Economy
    By a 22 percent margin, voters support EPA oversight of carbon emissions from power plants, vehicles and other sources
  300. Regarding Water Politics and Business:

  301. 2010/11/03: USGS: Most River Flows across the U.S. are Altered by Land and Water Management, Leading to Ecological Degradation
  302. 2010/11/05: China: Most northern plain groundwater unsafe to drink
    Only 24 percent of groundwater in the North China Plain is safe to drink, a recent study by the China Geological Survey shows. The four-year study found groundwater in the area has been tainted by heavy metals, chemical fertilizers and surface water pollution caused by leaks from garbage dumps and sewage water irrigation. Zhang Zhaoji, a hydrogeology expert at the institute of hydrogeology and environmental geology under the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, said on Wednesday at the 12th annual meeting of the China Association for Science and Technology in Fuzhou, Fujian province, that the inferior quality of groundwater is damaging people’s health and creating conflicts over the supply and demand for water. Most of the shallow groundwater in the plain is polluted to some extent, though the quality of the deep groundwater is relatively good, according to the study. The study said more than 75 percent of groundwater in the North China Plain is not safe to drink without being properly purified.
  303. 2010/11/04: TreeHugger: Water Scarcity Spares Just Two Arab Nations by 2015
  304. 2010/11/02: JFleck: Stuff I Wrote Elsewhere: The “Festering Issue” of New Mexico Domestic Wells

    As for SW tools:

  305. 2010/11/05: SkeptiSci: Compendium Maps: a visual summary of the climate debate
  306. 2010/11/04: PSinclair: Now on Twitter: Climate Crock Debunker Bot
  307. 2010/11/04: PhysOrg: Chatbot auto-tweets replies to climate change arguments
  308. 2010/11/03: Mashable: Twitter Bot Auto-Debates Climate Change Critics
  309. 2010/11/03: DM:DB: Chatbot Debates Climate Change Deniers on Twitter so You Don’t Have to
  310. 2010/11/03: TreeHugger: @AI_AGW Twitter Chatbot Argues with Global-Warming Deniers Automatically

    And on the American political front:

  311. 2010/11/07: LA Times: In climate politics, Texas aims to be the anti-California
    The state has filed seven lawsuits against the EPA, and its members of Congress want to check the EPA’s efforts to curb greenhouse gases. ‘At times they’re their own country,’ one observer says.
  312. 2010/11/04: CSpin: One year later…
  313. 2010/11/04: DeSmogBlog: Special Interests Enabled By ‘Citizens United’ Spent $186 Million To Influence U.S. Midterm Races
  314. 2010/11/05: TreeHugger: The Unintentional Truthiness of Karl Rove: “Climate is Gone”
  315. 2010/11/03: TMoS: UCS to Fight Back Against Republican Denialists
  316. 2010/11/03: ClimateP: Time: “How big a factor was cap-and-trade on election night? In reality, not all that much.”
  317. 2010/11/03: Grist: Lies, damn lies, and Politico — Why this election wasn’t a referendum on the climate bill
  318. 2010/11/02: NMBW: Environmental Improvement Board [EIB] approves New Mexico cap-and-trade program
  319. 2010/11/02: EnergyBulletin: Election day — Reflecting on our failures
  320. 2010/11/02: ClimateP: “Kill Some Crackers”: GOP group staffed by Marc Morano pays Fox affiliates to influence election with anti-Obama hate speech
  321. 2010/11/02: Grist: GOP wins could throw dirt on climate and energy policy
  322. 2010/11/01: NatureTGB: Election eve details of green energy hiring scandal
  323. 2010/11/02: Grist: ‘A coup d’etat against the carbon cronies’: chatting with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  324. 2010/11/01: Grist: The GINK Chronicles — Oklahoma guv candidate slammed for being childfree woman
  325. 2010/11/01: TEC: What Won’t Change After the Election?
  326. 2010/11/02: OilChange: GOP Plans Attack on Climate
  327. 2010/11/02: TWM: Walking is so 19th Century…
  328. 2010/11/01: Reuters: Scenarios – Republican election impact on climate change
  329. 2010/11/01: TP:WR: Climate Hawks Make Global Warming Denial Into Campaign Issue
  330. 2010/11/01: TWTB: “GOP plans attacks on the EPA and climate scientists”
  331. 2010/11/01: Tyee: US Tea Party’s Deep Ties to Oil Sands Giant
    Owners of Koch Industries, a major processor of Alberta crude, spent millions to foment and support a movement against Obama’s climate change policies.
  332. 2010/11/01: WVGazette:CT: The 2010 election and the ‘war on coal’
  333. 2010/11/01: SolveClimate: Wind or Oil? New Mexico Voters Face Sharp Choice…
  334. 2010/11/01: SolveClimate: To Get Elected, Florida’s [Marco] Rubio Leaving Climate Action Past Behind
  335. 2010/11/01: ClimateP: The fake populism from those pushing the anti-science disinformation of the plutocrats and pollutocrats
  336. 2010/11/01: ClimateP: Washington Post: “There isn’t a single Republican leader, in Congress or among the party’s 2012 hopefuls, who has the power to disobey an order from Beck … or Rush Limbaugh, O’Reilly or Hannity.”
  337. 2010/10/31: MTobis: What we want
  338. 2010/10/31: LA Times:GS: Prop. 23: Why did Valero launch a crusade against California’s climate law?
  339. 2010/10/31: TEC: A Conceptual Plan for Zero US Carbon Emissions and Energy Independence by 2050

    The BP disaster continues to twist US politics:

  340. 2010/11/05: CBC: Coral damage related to BP oil spill: scientists
    U.S. scientists have found damage to deep sea coral and other marine life on the ocean floor several kilometres from the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery made by a government-funded expedition is a strong indication that damage from the spill could be significantly greater than officials had previously acknowledged.
  341. 2010/11/05: NatGeo: Giant Coral Die-Off Found – Gulf Spill “Smoking Gun” — Black substance found coating large colonies of dead coral
  342. 2010/11/05: ClimateShifts: First evidence of BP oil spill damage to corals
  343. 2010/11/04: Reuters: Analysis: Post-spill, Gulf of Mexico key to BP’s fortunes
  344. 2010/11/05: NatureN: Oil spill cruise finds field of dead coral — Scientific expedition assesses deep-sea damage in the Gulf of Mexico
  345. 2010/11/04: NRDC:SwitchBoard: A Forgotten Fishermen Fights to Survive the BP Oil Disaster
  346. 2010/11/03: NatureTGB: Got Oil?
  347. 2010/11/02: SolveClimate: BP Oil Spill Costs to Hit $40 Billion
    BP’s pre-tax profits for the third quarter of 2010 down to $1.8bn, compared with $4.98bn a year ago.
  348. 2010/11/02: NRDC:SwitchBoard: BP and Halliburton Cut Corners, but Our Oil Addiction Doesn’t Help
  349. 2010/11/02: BBC: BP back to profit after oil spill
  350. 2010/11/02: CBC: BP Gulf oil spill costs near $40B US
    BP returned to profit in the third quarter as higher oil prices helped it recover from the impact of April’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, though it said it still cannot estimate the ultimate cost of the disaster, now at about $40 billion US. The company reported Tuesday a net profit of $1.79 billion, compared with a loss of $17.2 billion in the second quarter but still below a profit of $5.34 billion a year earlier.
  351. 2010/11/02: NakedCapitalism: WashingtonsBlog: Tests Now Being Conducted for Corexit and Oil — Results Not Very Reassuring

    The election: What happened:

  352. 2010/11/03: NYT:CW: House Goes Republican; Enviros Brace for Climate Changes
  353. 2010/11/03: CSW: A good night for climate change deniers and contrarians
  354. 2010/11/03: NewDeal2.0: The “None of the Above” Election
  355. 2010/11/04: CCD: Fear and loathing in the US mid-term elections
  356. 2010/11/02: QuarkSoup: At Least Oregon Seems (Mostly) Good
  357. 2010/11/03: SolveClimate: As GOP Takes House, VA Clean Energy Champion Perriello Loses Seat
  358. 2010/11/03: BSD: Looks like your humble climate blogger is going to be an elected official
  359. 2010/11/02: ClimateP: Rand ‘I believe business should be left alone from government’ Paul elected Senator
  360. 2010/11/02: Grist: Election 2010: Republicans take 6 of 11 key governor races
  361. 2010/11/03: Grist: Boehner takes over and climate legislation fades to black
  362. 2010/11/02: Grist: Election 2010: The scoop on energy and environment ballot measures
  363. 2010/11/02: Grist: Election 2010: The Senate gets lots of new climate deniers
  364. 2010/11/03: NatureTGB: Balance of power shifts after US midterm elections
  365. 2010/11/03: ScienceInsider: Early Roundup on Climate Results Last Night: ‘Bloodbath’ Edition
  366. 2010/11/03: DN:CCM: Senate Held, House Swept, Prop 23 Goes Down
  367. 2010/11/03: CCurrents: Republicans Win Sweeping Victory In US Congressional Election
  368. 2010/11/03: CBC: Republicans capture U.S. House — Midterm results a ‘repudiation of Washington,’ Republican says
  369. 2010/11/02: ClimateP: NBC News projects Republicans will easily take the House of Representatives
    Serious climate action or a significant increase in federal clean energy funding all but dead for foreseeable future
  370. The election: What it means:

  371. 2010/11/07: ClimateP: “Passenger rail is not in Ohio’s future”: New GOP governors kill $1.2 Billion in high-speed rail jobs
  372. 2010/11/05: TreeHugger: 50% of the New Congressmen Deny Climate Change
  373. 2010/11/05: TEC: The Mid-Term Elections and the Advanced Battery Industry
  374. 2010/11/05: REA: What the Elections Mean for Wind Power in the US
  375. 2010/11/03: CleanBreak: N.A. cap-and-trade may be non-starter, but WCI kept alive
  376. 2010/11/05: CJR: A Referendum on Energy Issues? Not so fast
  377. 2010/11/04: NYT:PK: The Fake Scandals Begin
  378. 2010/11/06: TP: New GOP Governors Kill $1.2 Billion In High-Speed Rail Jobs
  379. 2010/11/05: AlterNet: Vermont’s Great Green Election Day Victory — Kick out the Nuclear Plant
  380. 2010/11/05: QuarkSoup: At Least [Oregon governor, John] Kitzhaber Still Cares about the Environment
  381. 2010/11/04: TheHill:e2W: GOP lawmaker [Upton] vows to haul climate czar before Congress
  382. 2010/11/05: SolveClimate: In Elections, “D” for Democrat Brought Doom More than Energy Positions
    Environmentalists say public support for clean energy remains strong, though “cap and tax” label fired up the opposition
  383. 2010/11/04: Grist: The GINK Chronicles — What does the election mean for population and reproductive rights?
  384. 2010/11/05: CSW: Post-election rundown: was cap-and-trade vote a deciding factor?
  385. 2010/11/03: UCSUSA: Congress Has Changed: What’s Next on the Climate Front?
  386. 2010/11/05: TreeHugger: Fate of High Speed Rail Uncertain after Election
  387. 2010/11/05: OilChange: Compromise Can Be Dirty
  388. 2010/11/04: TP:WR: Midterms: Green Power Helps Colorado Buck the National Trend
  389. 2010/11/03: TWTB: And here we go
  390. 2010/11/03: Salon: Science takes a hit on Election Day
    Technology leaders constantly complain about lousy education; time for them to step up to the need for real science
  391. 2010/11/04: ClimateP: Report: Half the 2010 GOP freshman class are climate science deniers
  392. 2010/11/03: ClimateP: Did Ken Buck’s global warming denial cost the Tea Party favorite a Senate seat?
  393. 2010/11/03: Reuters: Factbox: Regional carbon markets survive elections
  394. 2010/11/04: KSJT: Lots of Ink: Climate science almost all politics now
  395. 2010/11/04: Grist: Science proves it: Climate change legislation didn’t hurt Democrats
  396. 2010/11/03: Grist: Putting the midterm elections in the context of the latest climate science (and life as we know it)
  397. 2010/11/03: Grist: What the midterms mean for federal ag-policy reform
  398. 2010/11/03: DM:CCM: Refuting A Big Election Lie: The Claim That Supporting Clean Energy Doomed House Democrats
  399. 2010/11/04: DM:80B: Do the Election Results Halt All Action on Climate Change?
  400. 2010/11/03: ENS: Elections Usher in Divided Congress, Environment, Energy Issues Remain
  401. 2010/11/03: TEC: Interpreting the Election Results
  402. 2010/11/03: MTobis: Silver linings
  403. 2010/11/03: QuarkSoup: Back and Forth
  404. 2010/11/03: KSJT: This and that — the US elections and some of their meaning for science beats
  405. 2010/11/03: MongaBay: US elects barrage of climate change deniers, threatening support for green energy
  406. 2010/11/03: Grist: What this election means for climate hawks: light but no heat
  407. 2010/11/03: Grist: Republican victories not good news for transportation advocates
  408. 2010/11/03: ScienceInsider: Reid Victory Likely to Keep Yucca Mountain Sealed
  409. 2010/11/03: ScienceInsider: Oldest House Member Is in Line to Lead Science Panel
  410. 2010/11/03: Atlantic: What Now? An Epic Election Meets the Future
  411. 2010/11/03: UCSUSA: Post-Election 2010: Next Steps for Climate
  412. 2010/11/03: TreeHugger: Election 2010: What it Means for Climate, Clean Energy & Green
  413. 2010/11/03: TEC: Federal cap-and-trade may be non-starter, but AB 32 and WCI kept alive
  414. 2010/11/03: OilChange: Two Small Bits Of Good News
  415. 2010/11/02: DM:CCM: The Election: What Will Be The Consequences for Science?

    Prop 23 failed:

  416. 2010/11/03: PI:B: Californians say no to Proposition 23, yes to climate action
  417. 2010/11/05: Grist: Why did the Prop 23 fight in California go so well while the national effort flailed?
  418. 2010/11/03: ENS: California Votes In Democrats, Rejects Proposition 23
  419. 2010/11/03: Guardian(UK): Climate law survives Prop 23 challenge at California polls
  420. 2010/11/03: SolveClimate: California Defends Climate Law, Remains National Bastion of Clean Energy Economy
  421. 2010/11/02: UCSUSA: Prop 23 Defeat is Mandate for Clean Energy
  422. 2010/11/03: TreeHugger: Californians Kill Prop 23, Embrace Climate & Clean Energy Law
  423. 2010/11/03: AutoBG: California voters tell Proposition 23 to go back to Texas
  424. 2010/11/03: NYT: Voters Reject 2-Sided Assault on Climate Law
  425. 2010/11/03: BizGreen: Californians defy oil industry to save climate law
    Proposition 23 defeated as voters back climate change laws, despite multimillion-dollar campaign from oil giants
  426. 2010/10/30: AlterNet: 5 Things You Need to Know About Prop 23 — Big Oil’s Shady Ploy to Thwart a Climate Change Measure

    But Prop 26 passed:

  427. 2010/11/05: Atlantic: The Sneaky Threat That Could Cripple California’s Climate Law
  428. 2010/11/05: NRDC:SwitchBoard: Proposition 26 will not stop AB 32
  429. 2010/11/04: Grist: Will Prop 26 scuttle California climate regulations?
  430. 2010/11/01: ClimateP: Chevron and Proposition 26

    The ethanol subidy question is still floating around:

  431. 2010/11/05: RRapier: The Stroke of a Pen
  432. 2010/11/02: NRDC:SwitchBoard: The proof is in the profits: it’s time to end corn ethanol subsidies
  433. 2010/11/01: NRDC:SwitchBoard: Hell hath no fury like the corn ethanol industry scorned

    The Obama chatter is nonstop:

  434. 2010/11/05: WaPo: Obama shifting climate strategy after GOP gains
  435. 2010/11/04: TEC: U.S. Leadership Stumbles Again: Obama Says New Energy Policy Unfeasible
  436. 2010/11/04: ClimateP: The failed presidency of Barack Obama, Part 2
    He let die our best chance to preserve a livable climate and restore US leadership in clean energy — without a serious fight
  437. 2010/11/04: BizGreen: Obama vows to work with resurgent Republicans on energy policy overhaul
  438. 2010/11/04: Grist: Obama lukewarm on using EPA authority to rein in carbon emissions
  439. 2010/11/04: Grist: Obama tries to pick up the pieces on climate and energy
  440. 2010/11/03: EarthTimes: Post-election, Obama suggests comprehensive climate bill is dead
  441. 2010/11/04: ChinaDaily: Obama drops plan to limit global warming gases
  442. 2010/11/03: Guardian(UK): Barack Obama’s green agenda crushed at the ballot box
  443. 2010/11/03: DerSpiegel: The Election of Rage — Republicans Deal Heavy Blow to Obama
    America is demoralized, divided and angry. This mood has propelled the Republicans to victory in the House of Representatives, fueled by the support of the rightwing Tea Party movement. Now they’ll have to prove they have more to say than just “no”.
  444. 2010/11/03: DerSpiegel: Obama’s Election Debacle — A Settling of Accounts with Mr. Perfect
  445. 2010/11/02: DM:BA: Why isn’t science doing better under Obama?
  446. 2010/11/01: ClimateP: Obama’s Legacy
  447. 2010/10/31: Guardian(UK): Obama environment agenda under threat from incoming Republicans

    The actions of the Obama administration are being watched closely:

  448. 2010/11/01: WarmingLaw: The Good News about the Obama Administration’s New Policy on Preemption and What it Means for Climate Action
  449. 2010/11/06: NRDC:SwitchBoard: Industry Carbon Lawsuits [against EPA] Suffer “Wardrobe Malfunction”
  450. 2010/11/01: GreenGrok: Energy Industry Verklempt Over EPA Regs
  451. 2010/11/05: Grist: Who can fill Lisa Heinzerling’s shoes? [at EPA]
  452. 2010/11/04: TEC: Is nuclear getting too big a wedge of the R&D pie?
  453. 2010/11/05: TEC: White House advisors: Federal loans for renewable power projects going to the wrong projects
  454. 2010/11/03: NYT:GW: Republican Victories Boost Effort to Block EPA’s Climate Rules
  455. 2010/11/01: ENS: 23 States Get $2.4 Billion for High-Speed Rail, California Accountability in Doubt
  456. 2010/11/02: NOAANews: NOAA Launches Education Website With New Look and Content

    As for what is going on in Congress:

  457. 2010/11/05: WVGazette:CT: What happened to the House panel’s investigation of Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster?
  458. 2010/11/05: TP:WR: GOP Climate Deniers Vie To Run House Energy Committee
  459. 2010/11/03: FDL: Sign of the Times: Hearings on “Scientific Fraud” of Global Warming Expected
  460. 2010/11/04: PlanetArk: Factbox: Views Of Republicans To Lead Key Energy Committees
  461. 2010/11/04: ScienceInsider: [Rep Ralph] Hall (R-Tx) Claims Science Panel, Vows ‘Strong Oversight’ on ‘Climate Change, Scientific Integrity’
  462. 2010/11/03: TP:WR: Half Of GOP Caucus Are Climate Zombies, Four Members Admit Science Is Real
  463. 2010/11/03: DeSmogBlog: Welcome the GOP Anti-Science Caucus – Only Four GOP House Members Acknowledge Science of Climate Change
  464. 2010/11/03: REA: How House Republicans May Control the Energy Debate
  465. 2010/11/03: RawStory: GOP to investigate ‘scientific fraud’ of global warming: report
  466. 2010/11/03: BBC: US Republicans to fight Obama agenda
  467. 2010/11/01: NYT:GW: GOP Firebrands in House Ready Assault on Interior

    The future climate bill defines a battleline:

  468. 2010/11/03: TreeHugger: Rep. Boehner, The Election, and Guessing What’s Next For Climate and Energy Action
    Everyone is trying to read the tea leaves to figure out what’s going to happen to climate and energy legislation now…
  469. What are the lobbyists pushing?

  470. 2010/11/04: TP: Seattle Chamber Of Commerce Wants Everyone To Know It Is ‘Separate And Distinct’ From U.S. Chamber
  471. 2010/11/02: TreeHugger: Big Oil Spent $70 Million on Anti-Clean Energy Ads this Year

    Something funny going on Kansas?

  472. 2010/11/04: NRDC:SwitchBoard: Death in the Afternoon [Kansas coal]
  473. 2010/11/04: SolveClimate: In Kansas Coal Plant Battle, Greens See Foul Play
    Governor [Mark Parkinson (D)] boots KDHE director [Rod] Bremby as agency weighs coal plant permit before EPA’s Tailoring Rule kicks in
  474. 2010/11/04: TreeHugger: Kansas Environment Secretary Fired for Not Fast-Tracking Coal Plant Permit

    Redistricting is one of the subsidiary issues floating around:

  475. 2010/11/01: MoJo: The Real Prize in Tuesday’s Elections
    The GOP is hoping to redistrict dozens of Dems out of their congressional seats — and if things go their way in the Rust Belt, they just might pull it off.
  476. 2010/11/04: DemNow: Big Gains in State Races Position Republicans to Alter Political Landscape in Upcoming Redistricting

    While in the UK:

  477. 2010/11/07: Guardian(UK): David Cameron letting China off climate change hook, says Labour
  478. 2010/11/05: AutoBG: Report: Mayor of London to slash electric vehicle funding by two-thirds
  479. 2010/11/05: TEC: Anti-wind energy campaigners to cost England over £1.3bn
    UK renewable energy trade organisation RenewableUK told its members this week that anti- wind farm campaigners could cost the country £1.3bn. A report, produced by Garrard Hassan and commissioned by RenewableUK says that England has the potential to see £1.3bn in investment that will directly create jobs and opportunities for local companies, funds for community activities and increased business rates for local authorities. However according to RenewableUK this is being threatened by the actions of anti-wind farm campaigners.
  480. 2010/11/01: TEC: Early Renewable Energy Adopters [in UK] Angry at Government U Turn
  481. 2010/10/29: Guardian(UK): The great forest sell-off
    The government’s plan to put half of England’s state-owned forests up for sale might raise billions, but what will we lose?
  482. 2010/10/31: BBC: Climate measures ‘bring benefits’
    Scots could see major health and economic benefits if it makes the changes necessary to hit ambitious carbon emission targets, Friends of the Earth Scotland has said.
  483. And in Europe:

  484. 2010/11/05: EurActiv: EU looks to alternative fuels for ‘green’ cars
    The EU needs a long-term strategy on alternative fuels to decarbonise its transport sector by 2050, according to a draft report from the European Commission, seen by EurActiv.
  485. 2010/11/04: EurActiv: EU states express doubts over carbon offset ban
    European Union member states may oppose new rules on how far their factories and power plants can offset their carbon emissions, to be proposed by the European Commission, environment ministries told Reuters. The EU executive is expected to propose in the next two weeks curbs or an outright ban from 2013 on the most common types of offsets. Europe’s emissions trading scheme caps planet-warming gases emitted by industry, but allows companies to offset emissions by paying for carbon cuts in developing countries, as a cheaper alternative to cutting their own. Shutting the main supply of offsets could push up carbon prices, if agreed by a majority of member states at a meeting of Commission officials and environment ministers later this month.
  486. 2010/11/04: EurActiv: Commission adopts 4bn euro plan for renewables, CCS
    The European Commission adopted a proposal on Wednesday (3 November) to give four billion euros of funding to cutting-edge climate technologies such as renewable energies and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The so-called ‘New Entrant Reserve 300’ fund was agreed in 2008 by EU heads of state to support CCS technology…
  487. 2010/11/04: PlanetArk: EU Nears Carbon Offset Plan, Governments Express Doubts
    The European Union’s executive Commission wants to ban from 2013 the most common types of carbon offsets used by factories and power plants, to boost the credibility of its emissions trading scheme, two EU sources said. Some EU governments may oppose the plan, which requires majority approval by member states, environment ministries and industry sources told Reuters. “The early draft proposal covers three main gases — Adipic acids, nitrous acids and HFC 23,” one EU source said on condition of anonymity. “They are trying to keep it simple so it would be a strict ban.” The EU Commission will propose the ban in the next two weeks, and not before November 11, the source added.
  488. 2010/11/03: EUO: EU nuclear waste proposals include export ban
  489. 2010/11/03: EarthTimes: Nuclear waste cannot be outsourced, Brussels tells EU governments
  490. 2010/11/03: BBC: Nuclear waste storage problem must be addressed: EU
    Europe needs to identify sites for long-term storage of nuclear waste, with deep burial underground the best option, the European Commission says. A draft EU directive presented on Wednesday calls for national plans to be drawn up in the next few years, as the EU still has no final storage sites for nuclear waste. Exports of nuclear waste beyond the EU for long-term disposal will be banned.
  491. 2010/11/02: EurActiv: EU’s new transport strategy to put price on pollution
    The European Commission wants to make transport users pay for emissions, noise and other harm they cause as part of proposals laid down in a draft White Paper on Transport, seen by EurActiv.
  492. Meanwhile in Australia:

  493. 2010/11/07: ABC(Au): Clinton, Gillard announce solar partnership
    The Australian and United States governments have pledged to make solar energy cheaper in the next five years. The Federal Government is investing $50 million on joint solar power research projects with the US, to cut the cost of the technology to that of conventional power sources. The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, says solar energy should be more affordable by 2015.
  494. 2010/11/07: ABC(Au): The Greens want native forest logging across Australia banned
  495. 2010/11/07: ABC(Au): An international accounting group has urged Australia to consider setting up a national standard for monitoring water usage, particularly for large businesses
  496. 2010/11/06: ABC(Au): Cash for clunkers scheme delayed
    The Federal Opposition says the rebate scheme for trading in older cars is heading to the scrap heap. The Government announced today the launch of the Cleaner Car Rebate scheme has been moved back six months, from January to July.
  497. 2010/11/04: CCurrents: Australia’s Hazardous Road To Climate Action
  498. 2010/11/05: ABC(Au): The town of Beachport in the south-east of South Australia is under threat of flooding from the sea
  499. 2010/11/04: ABC(Au): Hundreds show anger over timber sell-off plan
    The Opposition says a strong attendance at a forum in Mount Gambier will send a strong message to the South Australian Government that the region will not stand for a sell-off of its timber. Hundreds of people packed the venue and spilled into outside areas for the first public meeting about the Government’s plan to sell more than a century of SA timber.
  500. 2010/11/03: ABC(Au): Jamberoo farmers carbon cocky
    A Jamberoo dairy farming family who turned a struggling farm into one of Australia’s most productive operations has been named runner up in the NSW Carbon Cocky Awards. The awards recognise the work farmers do to on their land in increase soil carbon, and consequently improve their output. Michael, Lyn and Nick Strong from Clover Hill Dairies are living proof that by looking after the soil and land, the land will look after them.
  501. 2010/11/02: BNC: Two nuclear-solar dialogues in Melbourne next week
  502. 2010/11/02: PeakEnergy: BG’s $15bn Gladstone project starts coal seam gas race
  503. 2010/11/01: JQuiggin: Learning from mistakes, not repeating them

    The Murray-Darling Basin Plan controversy continues:

  504. 2010/11/06: ABC(Au): PM unveils irrigation package for Vic farmers
    The Federal Government will provide close to a billion dollars to northern Victorian irrigators to improve their water efficiency.
  505. 2010/11/05: ABC(Au): Burke faces Riverland irrigators on Murray demands
    Federal Water Minister Tony Burke admits he has a huge responsibility to achieve successful water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin.
  506. 2010/11/05: ABC(Au): Farmers furious at auction water changes
    More than 80 south-west farmers are bidding for additional water at an auction in Harvey after their allocations were slashed earlier this year. The extraordinarily dry conditions have forced the private co-operative Harvey Water to cut allocations from 85 percent to 34 percent.
  507. 2010/11/05: ABC(Au): Murray Darling Basin Authority faces Forbes and Dubbo crowds
    Irrigators say the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s explanation of its proposed cuts to water have failed to ease their concerns. The Authority held two public forums in Forbes and Dubbo yesterday, to explain its recommended reductions of 23 per cent in the Lachlan Valley and between 14 and 18 per cent on the Macquarie and Castlereagh Rivers.
  508. 2010/11/04: ABC(Au): Water cuts treat farmers as ‘second-class citizens’
    Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has told a public meeting in central New South Wales that the Government must not allow the agriculture sector in the Murray-Darling Basin to be destroyed by water cuts.
  509. 2010/11/04: JQuiggin: Framing and farming
  510. 2010/11/04: ABC(Au): Hundreds converge on Forbes for Murray Darling Basin Authority’s public consultation
    Bus loads of people are coming from the state’s far west to the only public consultation in the Lachlan Valley on the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s draft plan. Up to 1000 people are expected to converge on Forbes for the meeting. People are travelling up to four hours from Hillston, at the western end of the Lachlan River, to voice their concerns about the draft guide’s proposed cuts to water entitlements of around 23 per cent in the catchment. The Forbes RSL holds up to 500 people and the carpark is being turned into an open air theatre for the hundreds of others who are coming.
  511. And in New Zealand:

  512. 2010/11/06: HotTopic: Licking lignite

    While in China:

  513. 2010/11/05: Grist: China says its car boom is ruining air quality
  514. 2010/11/04: NRDC:SwitchBoard: China’s energy consumption to be kept below 4.2 billion tons of coal by 2015 and other China environmental news
  515. 2010/11/02: BBerg: China to Subsidize Electric Car Battery Development, Business News Reports
  516. 2010/11/02: NBF: China declares that it will keep coal consumption below 3.8 billion tons per year by 2015 about three and half times as much as number two coal user, the United States

    And South America:

  517. 2010/11/02: RWER: Dilma’s Victory in Brazil has enormous implications for the Western Hemisphere
  518. 2010/11/01: Guardian(UK): Brazil wins with Dilma Rousseff
    It’s not the result Washington wanted, but Dilma’s victory creates the chance to consolidate Brazil’s social progress under Lula
  519. 2010/11/01: Guardian(UK): Dilma Rousseff wins Brazil’s presidential election

    In Canada, minority neocon PM Harper, continues his do-nothing policy:

  520. 2010/11/03: PI:B: Still waiting for the U.S. on energy issues? Time for Canada to unhitch the wagon
  521. 2010/11/01: PI: Feds tough on crime, AWOL on pollution
  522. 2010/11/02: TMoS: Harper Cons Counting on Repugs to Dodge Carbon Emissions Initiatives
    Canada’s laughing stock environment minister, Jumpin Jim Prentice, figures a Republican victory in today’s mid-term elections will put a North American cap-and-trade plan safely on the back burner.
  523. 2010/11/02: CBC: Cap-and-trade likely on hold: Prentice
    Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice expects a North American cap-and-trade plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions will move to the back burner if Republicans make expected gains Tuesday in U.S. midterm elections.
  524. The G20 controversy lingers:

  525. 2010/11/05: WpgFP: RCMP watchdog launches public-interest probe of G8-G20 summits
  526. 2010/11/05: DtPB: Toronto G20: Cost numbers starting to come out
  527. 2010/11/05: CBC: G8/G20 costs top $857M — Final tally 25% less than estimated cost: officials
  528. 2010/11/05: CBC: RCMP G8/G20 actions probed
    The RCMP’s watchdog has launched an investigation into the conduct of the Mounties during the G8 and G20 summits in Toronto and Muskoka this June. The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) said the complaint, lodged by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, relates to a number of allegations, including the Mounties’ possible involvement in the infiltration and surveillance of individuals or groups before and during the summits. The “public interest investigation” will also focus on the RCMP in relation to the use of force, detentions and arrests of people during the protests, the planning of the security fences and conditions at the Eastern Avenue detention facilities in Toronto. The CPC said it has received 28 complaints regarding the RCMP’s role in the summits held in Ontario’s Muskoka region and downtown Toronto in late June.
  529. 2010/11/04: CBC: Toronto G20 security cost $125M: police chief
    Toronto’s police chief says he expects to come in under budget on his portion of security for the G20 summit, but that doesn’t impress some MPs still stunned by the size of that budget. William Blair told a House of Commons committee Thursday that he budgeted $124.8 million to keep Toronto streets safe during the June summit. A big portion of that was to fly in, accommodate and pay about 2,000 police officers from across the country. The hefty tab does not include policing by the Ontario Provincial Police and the RCMP, which had even higher costs. Overall, the G20 in Toronto and the G8 in Huntsville, Ont. — held over three days — are estimated to have cost about $1.3 billion.
  530. 2010/11/04: POGGE: No G20 inquiry in Ontario
  531. 2010/11/04: CBC: Badgeless G20 police will respond individually
    The 90 Toronto police officers accused of removing their name tags during G20 demonstrations will have to respond to the allegations individually, their union says.
  532. 2010/11/03: G&M: Nearly 100 Toronto officers to be disciplined over G20 summit conduct
    Nearly 100 Toronto police officers will be disciplined for removing their name tags at the G20 summit, says the city’s police chief who also admitted charges were thrown out against roughly 100 people because the force failed to obtain appropriate arrest warrants. Police Chief Bill Blair was called before the Commons public safety committee on Wednesday to explain his officers’ actions during the June summit which resulted in the arrest of more than 1,000 people. Many of the people who confronted police over the tumultuous three-days of protests that closed down Toronto’s core said officers were not wearing badge numbers or name tags on their uniforms — allegations that were bolstered by photographs in the media.
  533. 2010/11/03: OrwellsBastard: No name tag? You disgust me, Officer
  534. 2010/11/04: CBC: Restaurants seek G20 compensation — Toronto restaurateurs want compensation for losses they suffered during the G20 summit last June
  535. 2010/11/04: CBC: Dozens of police face discipline over G20 ID badges
    About 90 police officers face disciplinary action for not wearing identification badges during the G20 summit in June, the chief of the Toronto Police Service said Wednesday. Bill Blair made the comment during an appearance in Ottawa at a meeting of the House of Commons’ public safety committee, which is looking into issues surrounding the G8/20 summits that took place in Huntsville and Toronto.
  536. 2010/11/04: TStar: 90 officers facing disciplinary action for hiding their identity at G20
    About 90 Toronto police officers are facing disciplinary action for removing the name badges from their uniforms during the G20 summit, Chief Bill Blair said Wednesday. Blair was appearing in Ottawa before the House of Commons public safety committee to answer questions about summit security. He discussed the disciplinary action in response to MPs’ queries about accusations that a large group of officers deliberately tried to hide their identities from G20 protesters.
  537. Questions and debate about offshore and Arctic drilling continue:

  538. 2010/11/03: CBC: Georges Bank drilling ban to be indefinite — ‘It’s just not worth the risk,’ energy minister says
    A sensitive marine area teeming with fish off Nova Scotia’s southwest coast would be protected from commercial offshore oil and gas drilling indefinitely under legislation introduced Wednesday by the provincial government. Commercial drilling would not occur on Georges Bank unless science produced evidence it would be safe to proceed, Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks said. Even then, Estabrooks said, it would take a public hearing and a vote in the legislature to lift the moratorium.
  539. “It’s just not worth the risk to drill in an area this important to Nova Scotians,” he told a news conference.
  540. 2010/11/04: PostMedia: Gov’t powerless to halt offshore drilling by itself, documents show
    Canada’s natural resources minister has been warned by officials in his department that the federal government would be powerless to unilaterally halt offshore drilling projects in areas where regulatory oversight is shared with the provinces, Postmedia News has learned.
  541. 2010/11/01: CBC: N.L. oil spill talk ‘risky’, Paradis told
    A briefing note advised Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis that a ‘non-trivial’ spill off the coast of Newfoundland could leave oil in the water for weeks or months and much of it likely wouldn’t be recovered.A briefing note advised Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis that a ‘non-trivial’ spill off the coast of Newfoundland could leave oil in the water for weeks or months and much of it likely wouldn’t be recovered. (Canadian Press)There were some things the federal government just didn’t want to talk about during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill — like what if it happened here. Newly released documents reveal that officials advised Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis to avoid talking with two provincial counterparts about the effects of a big oil spill off the coast of Newfoundland. A briefing note obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act advises that it would be “risky” to discuss the scenario. It was prepared ahead of discussions with Nova Scotia Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks and Kathy Dunderdale, natural resources minister for Newfoundland and Labrador. The document describes the potential fallout from a large oil spill off Newfoundland’s eastern coast, including damage to the fishing industry and the deaths of many sea birds.
  542. Environment Minister Jim Prentice quit:

  543. 2010/11/04: PI: Pembina reacts to Minister Prentice’s resignation
  544. 2010/11/06: PostMedia: Prentice departure a big loss for shallow Tory talent pool
  545. 2010/11/04: WpgFP: Prentice resignation leaves Tory environmental agenda in more trouble
  546. 2010/11/04: DeSmogBlog: Environment Minister Prentice Quits for CIBC Job
  547. 2010/11/04: CBC: Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice leaving politics to join CIBC

    A move from bad to worse:

  548. 2010/11/05: CBC: Baird takes over Mackenzie pipeline file
  549. 2010/11/05: OSun: PM taps Baird as environment minister
    Ottawa West-Nepean MP John Baird is Canada’s environment minister again, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced late Friday. Baird, already the government’s House leader, replaces Jim Prentice, who resigned to take a private sector job on Thursday. Baird, who was environment minister before Prentice, will maintain his House leader role as well.
  550. Pipelines remain a problem:

  551. 2010/11/04: TheHill:e2W: TransCanada pushes back at [Sen. Mike] Johanns (R-Neb) request for more pipeline review
  552. 2010/11/03: PlanetArk: Scenarios: U.S. Battle Brews Over Canada Oil [tarsand] Pipeline
  553. 2010/11/03: RawStory: Revealed: BP rates 148 of its own Alaska pipelines ‘F’ for safety
  554. 2010/11/03: CBC: Enbridge spill cleanup almost done
    Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. said Wednesday the cleanup from two oil pipeline breaks in the U.S. Midwest [Michigan & Chicago] over the summer is mostly complete.
  555. After 2 years, the Tories have finally named a Canadian Polar Commission board:

  556. 2010/11/04: CBC: Canadian Polar Commission board named
    There is a new board of directors at the Canadian Polar Commission, which had been without a board for over two years. Indian and Northern Affairs Minister John Duncan has announced the appointment of 10 new directors to Canada’s lead polar research agency, including chairman Bernard Funston. Funston, a lawyer, northern circumpolar affairs consultant and longtime member of the Arctic Council, was born and raised in the Northwest Territories but is currently based in Ottawa. Nellie Cournoyea of Inuvik, N.W.T., was chosen as the commission’s vice-chair.
  557. 2010/11/02: CBC: Polar Commission still lacks board after 2 years
    The ongoing absence of a board of directors at the Canadian Polar Commission could hurt Arctic research, says one prominent researcher. Benoit Beauchamp, executive director of the Arctic Institute of North America, said the two-year absence of a board at Canada’s lead polar research agency could mean misspent money and missed opportunities in the field of northern research. The commission is a federal advisory agency set up in 1991 to monitor, promote and disseminate scientific research on Canada’s Arctic. It has been operating without a sitting board of directors since October 2008 because the federal government has yet to appoint members to the board.
  558. 2010/10/31: G&M: Key northern agency has not had a board or a president since 2008
    A federal agency that oversees scientific research in polar areas, including work on climate change, has been left leaderless for more than two years by the Harper government. The Canadian Polar Commission has operated without a board of directors since the fall of 2008. It was created by the Mulroney government in 1991 to “monitor, promote, and disseminate knowledge about the polar regions to Canadians and internationally.” It has an annual budget of $1-million.
  559. The Energy Policy Institute of Canada presented a national energy strategy document this week:

  560. 2010/11/04: CBC: Clean energy strategy draws support
    A new national energy strategy plan meant to make Canada a “centre for clean energy innovation” is drawing the interest of federal, provincial and territorial energy ministers, CBC News has learned. Broadly speaking, the strategy, which has yet to be named, would also strengthen ties between the various levels of government by encouraging voluntary co-operation on energy conservation and environmental protection. “It’s a good framework for moving forward,” Alberta Energy Minister Ron Liepert said Wednesday. His counterpart in British Columbia, Bill Bennett, also said the ministers “respect the work that’s been done.” Bruce Carson, a former senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper who now co-chairs the Energy Policy Institute of Canada (EPIC), presented the strategy to the country’s energy ministers at their annual meeting in September, in Montreal.
  561. Post Igor:

  562. 2010/11/04: CBC: Hurricane Igor compensation sent out by N.L.
  563. 2010/11/03: CBC: Hurricane Igor claims reach $65M

    Idahoans are still hassling over those huge loads bound for Alberta:

  564. 2010/11/04: STimes: Mega-load opponents ask for formal hearing
    Residents along U.S. 12 asked the Idaho Transportation Department on Thursday to conduct formal hearings before issuing any special permits allowing oil companies to transport huge loads of refinery equipment over the roadway.
  565. In BC, Campbell is quitting:

  566. 2010/11/03: CBC: B.C. Premier Campbell stepping down

    Meanwhile in that Mechanical Mordor known as the tar sands:

  567. 2010/11/06: CBC: Oil sector pays for Alberta group fighting stench
  568. 2010/11/06: BCLSB: Alberta Does Not Speak With One Voice On The Tar Sands
  569. 2010/11/04: PI:B: Alberta caves to oilsands interests, dilutes wetland policy
  570. 2010/11/05: PI:B: European delegates take home wrong message about oilsands
  571. 2010/11/02: PI: Ducking responsibility for tailings lakes
  572. 2010/11/04: Tyee: Gouged Earth: Big Part of Oil Sands Carbon Footprint
    What’s more destructive, rainforest wrecking bio-fuel farms or Alberta’s open pit mines? Study adds it up.
  573. 2010/11/05: NRDC:SwitchBoard: More migratory bird deaths in tar sands tailings ponds – yet another reason to say no to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
  574. 2010/11/03: CBC: European politicians praise tarsands — EU members had expected to visit a ‘disaster area’
  575. 2010/11/01: CBC: EU delegates to visit oilsands
    Representatives of the European Union came to Alberta on Monday seeking answers in the ongoing debate over the health and environmental impacts of the oilsands. A delegation from the European Parliament, the legislative arm of the EU, met with provincial government leaders and is heading to northern Alberta on Tuesday for a firsthand look at the oilsands. Delegate Antonyia Parvanova said the group is trying to sort out conflicting information. “We noticed there is a disparity between the official data and what has been presented by the NGOs on water usage and C02 emissions,” Parvanova told reporters after the meeting at the legislature.
  576. 2010/11/01: DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers Are Kings of Alberta Oil Sands Too
  577. 2010/11/01: Tyee: US Tea Party’s Deep Ties to Oil Sands Giant
    Owners of Koch Industries, a major processor of Alberta crude, spent millions to foment and support a movement against Obama’s climate change policies.
  578. In Saskatchewan the big question is Potash?

  579. 2010/11/04: CBC: Sask. steps up pressure on PotashCorp
  580. 2010/11/04: RPPE: Potash, Economic Nationalism, and National Champions
  581. 2010/11/04: CO2Art: Potash: BHP says Canada is a “Branch Office” Country
  582. 2010/11/04: BuckDog: Potash: The Folly Of Privatization
  583. 2010/11/03: BBC: Canada blocks BHP takeover bid for Potash
  584. 2010/11/04: CBC: PotashCorp decision ‘principled’: Clement
  585. 2010/11/04: TStar: Potash takeover: Doing ‘the right thing’
  586. 2010/11/03: G&M: Mr. Clement has much to explain
  587. 2010/11/03: TStar: Walkom: Potash decision is about politics and cartel pricing
  588. 2010/11/03: CBC: BHP’s PotashCorp bid rejected for now — Clement give BHP Billiton 30 days to make additional offers, undertakings
    The federal government has rejected BHP Billiton’s $40 billion hostile takeover of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.
  589. 2010/11/03: Rabble:MD: Potash and the Canadian corporate elite
  590. 2010/11/03: ScottsDiatribe: The Russians are coming for the Potash?
  591. 2010/11/03: BuckDog: $tephen Harper’s Broken Promise AND Brad Wall’s Weak Leadership Is Hurting Saskatchewan
  592. 2010/11/03: CBC: PotashCorp takeover decision expected — Announcement will come after close of N. American markets, Clement says
  593. 2010/11/02: G&M: Western opposition to Potash sale complicates PM’s decision
    Richard Haskayne, a veteran of Canadian boardrooms who’s headed several of this country’s biggest companies, is one Calgary businessman who’s been lobbying Tory ministers to reject the takeover. Mr. Haskayne, a former chairman of MacMillan Bloedel and Nova Corp., says a green light for BHP to take over Potash would be wrenching for Canada, given that four premiers oppose the deal. “It’s going to be as divisive as the NEP,” Mr. Haskayne said, referring to the interventionist 1980 national energy program that infuriated Albertans.
  594. 2010/11/02: BuckDog: Premier Brad Wall Has A BAD Record On Proceeding With Lawsuits against Ottawa
  595. 2010/11/02: BB: “As Divisive as the NEP”
  596. 2010/11/02: CBC: PotashCorp — Hostile takeover offer: how the bid is unfolding
  597. 2010/11/02: PostMedia: Wall in tough on BHP
    It sure seemed like it was first-and-goal at the one yard line for the Saskatchewan government on Friday. With plenty of support on the line, it seemed all that Premier Brad Wall had to do was go to Ottawa to carry the ball over the goal line. BHP Billiton’s $38.6-billion takeover bid of PotashCorp would be easily overcome. Touchdown! But like the Roughriders’ season of late, Wall’s momentum also seems to have stalled. Or so it appears after the cancellation of the premier’s planned meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the potash file.
  598. 2010/11/02: PostMedia: Tories ‘feeling the pressure’ on potash deal: Layton
    The potential political price of approving BHP Billiton Ltd.’s hostile takeover attempt of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. is beginning to weigh on the Conservative government, federal NDP Leader Jack Layton said Monday.
  599. 2010/11/02: Reuters: Canada PM won’t make BHP-Potash decision: spokesman
    A top aide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday denied a newspaper story that Harper would decide whether to approve a hostile bid by BHP Billiton for fertilizer maker Potash Corp.
  600. 2010/11/02: PostMedia: Wall says province may sue Ottawa over bid
    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Monday his province will consider suing the federal government if it decides to allow the $38.6-billion US hostile takeover of the world’s largest fertilizer company to go ahead.
  601. 2010/11/02: CBC: Clement says no PotashCorp decision yet
  602. 2010/11/02: NatPo:FC: Don Martin: PMO claims potash takeover not Harper’s to decide
  603. 2010/11/01: PostMedia: Investment Canada gives Potash takeover tentative nod
  604. 2010/11/02: TStar: Just say ‘No’ to Potash deal by Paul Hellyer
  605. 2010/11/01: CBC: Wall won’t go to Ottawa to discuss Potash
    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall won’t go to Ottawa this week to talk about his opposition to a $40-billion potash deal. Last week, Wall was in Toronto telling an audience why he’s opposed to Australia-based BHP Billiton’s proposed hostile takeover of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. Wall says the proposed deal creates no “net benefit” to Canada and would result in the Saskatchewan treasury losing billions of dollars in revenues over a decade.
  606. 2010/11/01: CBC: PotashCorp bid to be raised: report
    Media reports out of the United Kingdom say BHP Billiton could be ready to sweeten its hostile $38.6-billion US takeover bid for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.
  607. Ontario has it’s Green Energy Act, now comes the implementation:

  608. 2010/11/04: Grist: Get F.I.T.! [Ontario] Provincial feed-in tariffs spurring community power

    In the Maritimes:

  609. 2010/11/05: CBC: N.B. wind power surges in summer
    New Brunswick’s focus on introducing wind generation into the power mix is starting to show dividends as it accounted for more than 30 per cent of the province’s energy load three times last summer. New Brunswick’s wind capacity represents three per cent of the total generating fleet, a small amount compared to the traditional forms of generating power, such as oil, which produces 33 per cent of the province’s power, or hydro, which generates 24 per cent. But Sylvain Gignac, the president and chief executive officer of the New Brunswick System Operator, said at three different times in the summer, wind power supplied more than one-third of all the electricity being used in New Brunswick.
  610. 2010/11/05: CBC: Gas extraction might ruin water, union says
    A provincial government union is urging P.E.I.’s environment minister to ensure a gas exploration company doesn’t ruin the Island’s groundwater. The Union of Public Sector Employees wants Richard Brown to ensure PetroWorth doesn’t carry out a procedure called fracking. That’s where millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped into a natural gas well. The extreme pressure fractures the sandstone, enabling the gas to flow better. But there are concerns the chemicals could contaminate drinking water. Also, the process uses a lot of water.
  611. 2010/11/02: CBC: AECL reactor work to be probed by N.B.

    As for miscellaneous Canadiana:

  612. 2010/11/07: WpgFP: Canadian Forces preparing for more disasters caused by climate change: report

    The movement toward a long term ecologically viable economics is glacial:

  613. 2010/11/04: CCurrents: Time To End War Against The Earth by Vandana Shiva
  614. 2010/11/06: DVoice: Corporations and the Free Market
  615. 2010/11/02: EnergyBulletin: Argentina’s collapse and the grassroots of resilience

    IPAT [Impact = Population * Affluence * Technology] raised its head once again:

  616. 2010/11/06: Grist: The GINK videos — ‘Sister Wives’ is latest reality show to glorify mega-families
  617. 2010/11/04: CCurrents: A Discussion About Overpopulation And Some Related Matters
  618. 2010/11/04: Grist: The GINK Chronicles — What does the election mean for population and reproductive rights?
  619. 1997/03/: Mn4Sustain: How and Why Journalists Avoid the Population – Environment Connection by T. Michael Maher
  620. 2010/11/01: Grist: The GINK Chronicles — Oklahoma guv candidate slammed for being childfree woman

    Apocalypso anyone?

  621. 2010/11/01: CCurrents: Who Needs Stephen King When We Are Living In A Nightmare?

    As for how the media handles the science of climatology:

  622. 2010/11/07: BCLSB: The Future That Might Have Been, Or: How Fox News North Planned To Target David Suzuki
  623. 2010/11/05: BobPark: What’s New?
    3. Media: “Closing the newspaper with a sigh is not enough.”
  624. 2010/11/05: Guardian(UK): C4’s What the Green Movement Got Wrong: environmentalists respond
  625. 2010/11/02: JEB: Climate Change Question Time
  626. 2010/11/05: JEB: More on Leake
  627. 2010/11/04: TreeHugger: Controversy Explodes Over “Bias” in Documentary on the Green Movement
  628. 2010/11/03: TP:WR: Ignoring Evidence, Politico Spins Climate Vote As Electoral Loser
  629. 2010/11/02: Guardian(UK): Channel 4 accused of misleading contributors to green documentary

    While activists search for effective communication techniques:

  630. 2010/11/04: ClimateP: How to beat the media in the climate street fight [Simon Lewis]
  631. 2010/11/03: NatureN: How to beat the media in the climate street fight
    Researchers must take a more aggressive approach to counter shoddy journalism and set the scientific record straight, says Simon L. Lewis.
  632. Here is something for your library:

  633. 2010/11/05: HotTopic: [Book Review] _Preparing for Climate Change_ by Michael Mastrandrea & Stephen Schneider
  634. 2010/11/04: TreeHugger: How Can We Really Eradicate Ecocide? Polly Higgins’ New Book Shows How International Law Will Help
    [Book Plug] _Eradicating Ecocide_ by Polly Higgins
  635. 2010/06/28: WOL:Geofluids: Oil Panic and the Global Crisis: Predictions and Myths
    [Book Review] _Oil Panic and the Global Crisis: Predictions and Myths_ by Steven M. Gorelick
  636. And for your film & video enjoyment:

  637. 2010/11/05: TreeHugger: How Climate Denial Becomes Fact in Right-Wing Media (Video)
  638. 2010/11/05: AFTIC: Rachel Maddow reports from the Right Wing alternate reality
  639. 2010/11/05: TCoE: The most important and horrifying video you’ll see this year
  640. 2010/11/05: PSinclair: The Greatest Threat to the Planet: The Right Wing Echo Chamber
  641. 2010/11/05: ClimateP: Must-see: Rachel Maddow on right-wing media — “Things that would have been disprovable myths in times past in America now become conservative truths.”
  642. 2010/11/05: Grist: Dave Roberts, on EnergyNow
  643. 2010/11/04: HotTopic: The Climate Show #1 (Astral Express)
  644. 2010/11/03: SEasterbrook: What is a climate model?

    As for podcasts:

  645. 2010/11/04: SkeptiSci: New podcast: The Climate Show

    Meanwhile among the ‘Sue the Bastards!’ contingent:

  646. 2010/11/06: NRDC:SwitchBoard: Industry Carbon Lawsuits [against EPA] Suffer “Wardrobe Malfunction”
  647. 2010/11/06: ScienceInsider: Judge Tosses Argument in Polar Bear Lawsuit
  648. 2010/11/05: TEC: Native Americans Sue Solar Project Over Endangered Lizard Habitat
  649. 2010/11/05: PlanetArk: Judge Asks U.S. To Review Polar Bear Listing
  650. 2010/11/05: LA Times: Native Americans sue U.S. over solar power plant in desert
    The Quechan tribe alleges that Tessera Solar’s 709-megawatt project on 6,000 acres near El Centro could damage ‘cultural and biological resources of significance.’
  651. 2010/11/04: LA Times:GS: Obama faces tricky decision on polar bear, climate change
    Just as President Obama faces a Congress that promises to be more skeptical of climate-related environmental regulation, a federal court has tossed a controversial case back in his lap: the polar bear.
    The bear is “threatened,” not “endangered,” which can make a big difference in regulation that follows listing under the act.
    Environmentalists sued almost immediately to boost the bear into the “endangered” camp, and a federal judge agreed Wednesday that the Department of Interior should review the bear’s protected status, which will remain the same in the meantime.
  652. 2010/11/02: NYT: States, Enviro Groups Urge Court to Let EPA Climate Rules Proceed
    Days after the Obama administration asked a federal court not to stop U.S. EPA’s climate program from taking effect on Jan. 2, a coalition of 20 states and 13 environmental groups has pledged its support for the agency, saying that despite “extravagant claims of harm” from industry, the new greenhouse gas regulations would hardly hurt them.
  653. 2010/11/01: ENS: Judge Voids Coal Mine Expansion Permit on Navajo Tribal Land

    Developing a new energy infrastructure is a fundamental challenge of the current generation:

  654. 2010/11/05: GoodMag: Getting Oil Is Getting Expensive
  655. 2010/11/04: BizGreen: IEA fears oil price escalation without global climate deal
    Per-barrel prices could top $135 within 25 years if current carbon targets are not strengthened, International Energy Agency report says
  656. 2010/11/01: OilPrice: US Coal to Gasoline Plant Will be the Largest in the World
  657. 2010/11/07: BNC: Electricity costs exhibits
  658. 2010/11/06: OilDrum: How to Get a Pipeline Built – Revisited
  659. 2010/11/03: E&C: Alaska Loses Future Oil Reserves — USGS Drops a Bomb on Alaska’s Oil Future
  660. 2010/11/05: NRDC:SwitchBoard: New toxic air data from oil and gas operations, this time from the Four Corners
  661. 2010/11/04: ClimateP: Investing in clean energy — A new study…makes the case for public-private investment in the clean energy economy…
  662. 2010/11/04: EarthTimes: OPEC raises mid- and long-term oil demand forecasts
  663. 2010/11/03: PhysOrg: Geothermal heat pumps reduce energy costs at wastewater plants
  664. 2010/11/03: OilDrum: Current and Future Saudi and Russian Oil Production
  665. 2010/11/03: AutoBG: PM of India [Singh]: Demand for hydrocarbon fuels to increase 40% in ten years
  666. 2010/11/02: OilDrum: A Primer on Reserve Growth – part 3 of 3 – Revisited
  667. 2010/11/01: BBC: Oil price hits six-month high of US$83.45
  668. 2010/11/01: OilChange: BP Disaster Adds to Oil Major “Identity Crisis”
  669. 2010/10/31: TEC: A Conceptual Plan for Zero US Carbon Emissions and Energy Independence by 2050

    Hey! Let’s contaminate the aquifer for thousands of years! It’ll be a fracking gas!

  670. 2010/11/05: CBC: Gas extraction might ruin water, union says
  671. 2010/11/04: NRDC:SwitchBoard: PA: “gas drillers do not have a great record of obeying environmental laws”
  672. 2010/11/04: OilDrum: More evidence related to the high cost of horizontal drilling and fracking
  673. 2010/11/03: TEC: Industry, environmental group working on shale gas drilling rules
  674. 2010/11/02: SolveClimate: Two Companies Seek Trade Secret Status for Fracking Fluids in Wyoming
  675. 2010/11/02: ProPublica: Two Companies Seek Trade Secret Status for Fracking Fluids in Wyoming
    Two chemical manufacturers are seeking an exemption from new rules in Wyoming that require public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a controversial natural gas drilling process suspected of polluting groundwater. ChemEOR, based in Covina, Calif., and CESI Chemical Inc., based in Marlow, Okla., have asked the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to grant their fracturing fluids trade secret status, according to state oil and gas supervisor Tom Doll. The designation would still require the companies to share their formulas with the state but would exempt them from making the information available to the public.
  676. 2010/10/27: YesMag: Pennsylvania Township Declares Freedom from Fracking
    Licking, Pennsylvania defies state law by banning corporations from dumping fracking wastewater.
  677. 2010/11/01: NRDC:SwitchBoard: Examiner columnist perpetuates oil and gas industry spin on fracking

    The answer my friend…:

  678. 2010/11/05: CBC: N.B. wind power surges in summer
  679. 2010/11/02: PhysOrg: S.Korea to build 8.2 billion-dollar offshore wind farm
  680. 2010/11/01: PlanetArk: U.S. Wind Power Posts Slowest Quarter Since 2007

    Meanwhile among the solar aficionados:

  681. 2010/11/05: Grist: The focus on big projects holds back solar in U.S.
  682. 2010/11/05: PhysOrg: Fine-tuning photosynthesis
  683. 2010/11/03: EarthTimes: Norway’s REC opens billion-dollar solar plant in Singapore
  684. 2010/11/02: TEC: California Solar Projects in Danger as Federal Supports Expire

    Feed-In-Tariffs are being variously implemented around the world:

  685. 2010/11/04: Grist: Get F.I.T.! [Ontario] Provincial feed-in tariffs spurring community power
  686. 2010/11/05: OilDrum: The Impact of Solar Feed-In Tariffs in Germany
  687. 2010/11/01: JQuiggin: Learning from mistakes, not repeating them
  688. 2010/11/01: TEC: FERC Ruling Is Good News for Feed-in-Tariffs and Distributed Generation

    On the coal front:

  689. 2010/11/05: PlanetArk: Coal Still King As Green Power IPO Struggles [in India]
  690. 2010/11/05: TreeHugger: Colorado Coal Mine Refuses to Capture Methane – Releases Directly into Atmosphere Instead, Depriving Government of $250M

    Biofuel bickering abounds:

  691. 2010/11/02: RRapier: The Palm Oil Conundrum
  692. 2010/11/05: PlanetArk: BP Sees Biofuel Growth From U.S. Grass, Brazil Sugar
  693. 2010/11/04: PlanetArk: Oil Majors Invest In Ethanol, Expect 2011 Recovery/A>
  694. 2010/11/04: NewScientist: Cold climates no bar to biogas production
  695. 2010/11/02: Eureka: Algae for biofuels: Moving from promise to reality, but how fast?
  696. 2010/11/01: AutoBG: Retailers urged to limit E15 sales to flex fuel vehicles only

    The nuclear energy controversy continues:

  697. 2010/11/05: DerSpiegel: 30 Years of Division — Gorleben Nuclear Waste Depository Splits Community
    The Gorleben nuclear waste depository has been a site for anti-nuclear protest for 30 years, and this weekend 30,000 are expected to return to the north German site. The issue of where to store the toxic waste has divided the region and split families apart.
  698. 2010/11/03: TEC: Vietnam signs nuclear reactor agreements with Russia and Japan
  699. 2010/11/04: NBF: David Leblanc explains why Thorium reactors need a lot less fissile nuclear material to start and for ongoing operation

    Yes we have a peak oil sighting:

  700. 2010/11/05: CCurrents: The Peak Oil Crisis: The Leading Edge
  701. 2010/11/04: EnergyBulletin: The Peak Oil Crisis: The Leading Edge
  702. 2010/11/01: CCurrents: The Peak Oil Debate Is Over by Dr. James Schlesinger
  703. 2010/11/02: PhysOrg: How much oil is there, how much more will we use and at what price?
  704. 2010/11/01: EnergyBulletin: The impact of peak oil: An alternative view
  705. 2010/11/01: OilDrum: Dr. James Schlesinger: “The Peak Oil Debate is Over” at ASPO-USA Conference

    More people are talking about the electrical grid:

  706. 2010/11/02: PhysOrg: Saving energy with power grid of the future

    Automakers & lawyers, engineers & activists argue over the future of the car:

  707. 2010/11/06: AutoBG: Hybrid sales soar to 5-month high in October
  708. 2010/11/06: NBF: Michael Bloomberg wants 1 million electric cabs for the top 40 cities in the world
  709. 2010/11/04: PhysOrg: Electric cars get charged wirelessly in London
  710. 2010/11/04: AutoBG: GM happy to promote pure electric vehicles, just not in U.S.
  711. 2010/11/04: AutoBG: Honda CEO [Takanobu Ito]: Looks “like there will be a market for electric vehicles” after all
  712. 2010/11/03: DOE:EERE: DOE and EPA Release 2011 Annual [Car] Fuel Economy Guide
  713. 2010/11/02: Grist: Nissan sells out of electric Leaf before it hits U.S. showrooms
  714. 2010/11/02: AutoBG: What is EVSE? It’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, and here’s what it’s all about

    As for Energy Storage:

  715. 2010/11/05: PeakEnergy: Australian Cleantech: RedFlow [battery company]
  716. 2010/11/02: BBerg: China to Subsidize Electric Car Battery Development, Business News Reports

    Can you say surreptitious control?

  717. 2010/11/02: TechRev: Bogus Grass-Roots Politics on Twitter

    Joe Romm posts a daily list of top energy and climate stories:

  718. 2010/11/05: ClimateP: Energy and Global Warming News for November 5…
  719. 2010/11/04: ClimateP: Energy and Global Warming News for November 4…
  720. 2010/11/03: ClimateP: Energy and Global Warming News for November 3…
  721. 2010/11/02: ClimateP: Energy and Global Warming News for November 2…
  722. 2010/11/01: ClimateP: Energy and Global Warming News for November 1…

    Other (weekly) lists:

  723. 2010/11/05: NRDC:SwitchBoard: Climate, Energy and Environment News from Latin America: 10.25 – 11.5.2010
  724. 2010/11/05: IJISH: Mindless Link Propagation
  725. 2010/11/04: Grist: A walk through the week’s climate news — The Climate Post: Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from the midterms’ effects on climate
  726. 2010/11/04: NRDC:SwitchBoard: India Climate Change and Energy News – Week of October 26 to November 2, 2010

    The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

  727. 2010/11/05: TCoE: But the climate has always changed!
  728. 2010/11/02: EconBrowser: Detachment from Reality and Innumeracy as Impediments to Rational Discourse
  729. 2010/11/01: DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers Are Kings of Alberta Oil Sands Too
  730. 2010/11/01: BBickmore: The Monckton Files: His Lordship in a Nutshell
  731. 2010/10/31: Guardian(UK): Republicans go climate sceptic
  732. 2010/11/03: TP:WR: Half Of GOP Caucus Are Climate Zombies, Four Members Admit Science Is Real
  733. 2010/11/03: DeSmogBlog: Welcome the GOP Anti-Science Caucus – Only Four GOP House Members Acknowledge Science of Climate Change

    As for climate miscellanea:

  734. 2010/11/05: PhysOrg: Engineered yeast could produce low-cost plastics from renewable resources
  735. 2010/11/04: OilChange: When Ignorance Costs More than Bliss
  736. 2010/11/03: Deltoid: Climate Change: Do you feel lucky?
  737. 2010/11/03: ERabett: Infra Digging Michael Tobis
  738. 2010/11/03: CCurrents: Despair Follows Delusion
  739. 2010/11/02: EconoSpeak: One Person’s Green Infrastructure Is Another’s “High Speed Pork”
  740. 2010/11/03: SkeptiSci: Geological Society discuss climate change evidence from the geological record
  741. 2010/11/02: TCoE: How much risk are you willing to take? [Lewandosky]
  742. 2010/11/02: ABC(Au):TDU: Climate change: are you willing to take the risk? by Stephan Lewandowsky
  743. 2010/11/01: TSoD: Theory and Experiment — Atmospheric Radiation
  744. 2010/11/01: AFTIC: A tale of two secret meetings
  745. 2010/11/01: TreeHugger: How Much of Climate Change is Caused by Humans?
  746. 2010/10/31: QuarkSoup: The Worst Kind of Climate News
  747. 2010/10/31: ClimateSight: Some Cool Developments

    And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:

  748. OilPrice
  749. UCSD: [online course] Syllabus: Climate Change 1: The Earth’s Climate System
  750. EPOCA: European Project on OCean Acidification
  751. EPIC: Energy Policy Institute of Canada
  752. DOE: Fuel Economy
  753. Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal [Note COA]
  754. NOAA Education Resources Website
  755. UNEP: 30 Ways in 30 Days
  756. CBD: COP 10 Outcomes — Decisions (Advance Unedited Texts)
  757. IISD: Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity — 18-29 October 2010 | Nagoya, Japan
  758. Science: Science Now
  759. Science: Science Insider
  760. Science News,
  761. WRI: World Resources Institute
  762. TDC: The Daily Climate

    Low Key Plug

    My first novel Water was published in Canada May, 2007. The American release was in October. An Introductionto the novel is available, along with the Unpublished Forewordand the Launch Talk. An overview of my writing is available here.


    P.S. Recent postings can be found in the week archive and the ancient postings can be accessed here, which should open to this.

    “Science is what we do to keep from lying to ourselves.” -Richard Feynman

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