Another Week of Global Warming News, March 30, 2014

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Information is not Knowledge…Knowledge is not Wisdom

March 30, 2014


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Live and direct from the black humour hangout:

Looking ahead to COP20 and future international climate negotiations:

The IPCC Working Group 2 report has not yet been released, but there have been a lot of leaks and comments:

Another Earth Hour has rolled around:

The WMO released their Status of the Global Climate report this week:

Something to ponder – our place in the world:

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund needs help:

Is there a change in the wind? or is it my imagination?

How is the German Energy Transition [Energiewende] doing?

And on the Bottom Line:

John Cook and friends continue their point-counterpoint articles:

A note on theFukushima disaster:

It is evident that the Fukushima disaster is going to persist for some time. TEPCO says 6 to 9 months. The previous Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, said decades. Now the Japanese government is talking about 30 years. [Whoops, that has now been updated to 40 years.]

And the IAEA is now saying 40 years too.

[Now some people are talking about a century or more. Sealing it in concrete for 500 years.]

We’ll see.

At any rate this situation is not going to be resolved any time soon and deserves its own section.


It is very difficult to know for sure what is really going on at Fukushima. Between the company [TEPCO], the Japanese government, the Japanese regulator [NISA], the international monitor [IAEA], as well as independent analysts and commentators, there is a confusing mish-mash of information. One has to evaluate both the content and the source of propagated information.

How knowledgeable are they [about nuclear power and about Japan]?

Do they have an agenda?

Are they pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear?

Do they want to write a good news story?

Do they want to write a bad news story?

Where do they rate on a scale of sensationalism?

Where do they rate on a scale of play-it-down-ness?

One fundamental question I would like to see answered:

If the reactors are in meltdown, how can they be in cold shutdown?

Not much good news coming out of Fukushima:


Post Fukushima, nuclear policies are in flux around the world:

The Arctic melt continues to garner attention:

That Damoclean sword still hangs overhead:

As for the geopolitics of Arctic resources:

While in Antarctica:

The food crisis is ongoing:

The state of the world’s fisheries is a concern. See also, and:

Food Prices are still problematic:

Regarding the genetic modification of food:

And how are we going to feed 9 billion, 10 billion, 15 billion?

A relatively quiet week in the hurricane wars. TC Gillian and TD04W faded away. There is an unreported cyclone between Madagascar and the mainland:

While elsewhere in the hurricane wars:



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