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china embarrasses the posturers by bringing their ‘emissions’ debate down to earth

“China says its one-child policy has helped the fight against global warming by avoiding 300 million births, the equivalent of the population of the United States.”

“But avoiding 300 million births "means we averted 1.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2005" based on average world per capital emissions of 4.2 tonnes, he said.

“A country emitting 1.3 billion tonnes a year would rank just ahead of Germany on a global list of emitters behind only the United States, China, Russia, India and Japan.”

“[...] world population is projected to soar to about 9 billion by 2050 from 6.6 billion now.”

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on the real filth and destruction of the fossil fuel industry

“According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a scientific advocacy group, annual emissions from a typical coal plant include 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, the major cause of acid rain; 10,200 tons of nitrogen oxide, a major contributor to smog; 500 tons of small particles, which cause lung damage and other respiratory problems; 225 pounds of arsenic; 114 pounds of lead; and many other toxic heavy metals, including 170 pounds of mercury, which can cause birth defects, brain damage and other ailments.

“But the big issue is global warming. Burning coal accounts for more than one-third of U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. In a single year, a big coal plant emits as much carbon dioxide as 1 million SUVs. Coal plants that are built today emit just as much CO2 as those that were built 50 years ago (there have been some marginal gains in efficiency, but not many). In the future, carbon dioxide might be captured from coal plants and pumped underground into abandoned oil wells or deep saline aquifers, but at the moment, these solutions are unproven and expensive.” [Quoted from washingtonpost.com]

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“China's uranium from coal ash project China National Nuclear Corp has commissioned Sparton Resources of Canada with the Beijing No.5 Testing Institute to undertake advanced trials on leaching uranium from coal ash out of the Xiaolongtang power station in Yunnan. The ash contains 160-180 ppm U - above the cut-off level for some uranium mines. The power station ash heap contains over 1000 tU, with annual arisings of 106 tU.” [Quoted from world-nuclear.org]

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fossil fuel disasters

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updated: greece on fire
Image from 28 August, 2007
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Extensive fires in Greece, large enough to be seen by a  NASA satellite. Image courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC
Extensive fires in Greece, large enough to be seen by a NASA satellite.
Image courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC

Note that the fires are extensively situated near the south-western coast of Greece. The large island at the lower right of this image is Crete.

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how to annoy watermelons - the logic is that, for efficiency, the advanced world should pay to reduce third world pollution [audio file, requiring realPlayer]

Listen to the Beeb hack putting leftist dogma before effectiveness in a 4.5-minute interview with Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“ "The atmosphere does not care where emissions are reduced as long as they are reduced."

“ "We have been reducing emissions and making energy use more efficient in industrialised countries for a long time," [...]”

The argument is that, while it is bad economics to work at reducing pollution still further in the West, reducing pollution in the Third World helps those economies, offers business opportunities for the West, as well improving the environment.

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james hansen on jesters (useful fools) and irresponsible ceos

This item has been incorporated in the short briefing document, Gathering data to test global warming

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on the chinese ‘miracle’

“For decades, China has been trying to hold back the deserts that cover one-third of the country and produce seasonal sandstorms that scour Beijing and other northern cities. Experts say deforestation and overfarming are to blame for desertification, though global warming may become a greater factor in the future, as the Tibetan glaciers that feed China's waterways are melting.

“China has more than 20 percent of the world's population and only 7 percent of its arable land. China announced Monday that rising food prices pushed the inflation rate in July to 5.6 percent, a 10-year high. Adding to the pressure on farmland is rampant environmental degradation that has poisoned waterways and soil.

“To combat the encroaching Tengger and Badain Jaran deserts, China has planted billions of trees - to replace felled forests and as barriers against the sand. This isn't a panacea, though, say experts, as thirsty trees can exacerbate the problem by sucking up groundwater.”

And another Chinese mega-project - the farcical, politically correct, Beijing Wheezimpics.

People with breathing or heart problems are being warned to keep away from the Beijing Olympics. Those who are not yet ill, are welcome to travel around the world to the games, further increasing the filth.

“Beijing, home to about 16 million people, has just over 3 million registered vehicles, mostly comprising private cars, buses, taxis and government vehicles.”

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average life expectation of china’s big city traffic cops - 43 years

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on bee colony collapse

“Add this to the stress of days spent bumping over the interstates, and it wouldn't be surprising that colonies can't fight off the mites and viruses that plague them. A working bee's life has become as stressful as any human cube-dweller's. Colony Collapse Disorder, then, may be no more than the result of one too many things going wrong in a bad year, surmises bee broker Denise Qualls.

“Beekeepers, especially commercial beekeepers, have always lost 10 to 20 percent of their hives when they come out here for pollination," says Qualls, whose company, Pollination Connection, helps manage the annual rush of bees from all over the country that converge on California for the almond season. "Granted, the loss is higher, but -- you know, they used to just call it bad beekeeping. Now they have a name for it.

“Qualls thinks inbred queens are another possible factor in collapsing colonies. The queen produces all the eggs to replace workers, and she secretes pheromones that keep the hive humming. The conventional wisdom is to purchase queens bred to be gentle and good honey producers; some beekeepers replace the queen each year, because a younger queen is supposed to be healthier. "But they keep coming from the same stock," Qualls points out, so any vulnerabilities may get reinforced.”

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on empty hives

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the alternative kyoto is powering ahead

“The United States on Tuesday staked out its position ahead of a climate change summit next month by endorsing new technologies, paid for by rapid economic growth, as the way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Let’s hope that this doesn’t become another evasive window-dressing to hide delay.

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agw - local system models increasingly melded with planetary models

“Previous projections of climate change accounted for external factors
-- like changes in solar radiation absorbed by the earth's atmosphere
-- and the effect of man
but did not consider variations in natural influences on climate within the earth's atmosphere, according to Britain's official forecaster.

“Occurrences of El Nino, for example, have a significant effect on shorter-term predictions. By including such internal variability, we have shown a substantial improvement in predictions of surface temperature," Smith said.

“Observed relative cooling in the Southern Ocean and tropical Pacific over the last couple of years was correctly predicted by the new system, giving us greater confidence in the model's performance.”

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Anthropogenic global warming, and ocean acidity

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ice within arctic circle continues to shrink Four GoldenYak (tm) award

Record lowest extents of ice are beating previous record lows for time of year - closing on absolute record minimum.

“Sea ice extent continues to decline, and stands at 5.4 million square kilometers (2.1 million square miles) for August 13, 2007, compared to a typical August monthly average of 7.7 million square kilometers (2.96 million square miles).”

“We are already very close to surpassing the record absolute minimum of 5.36 million square kilometers (2.06 million square miles) that was observed on September 19, 2005. Unless conditions change markedly there is still almost another month ice loss ahead of us.”

“During a two-week period in late June and early July 2007, sea ice declined at a pace of up to 210,000 square kilometers (81,081 square miles) per day, or the equivalent of an area the size of Kansas each day. This rate was unprecedented in the satellite record,”

“At this point in the 2007 melt season, this much is already clear: the Arctic is experiencing an unprecedented sixth consecutive year with much less sea ice than normal, and it looks like this year's sea ice melt season may herald a new and steeper rate of decline.”

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https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology0708.php#shrinking_arctic_150807

tracking and measuring global warming is not as easy as cribbage

This item has been incorporated in the short briefing document, Gathering data to test global warming

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https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology0708.php#tracking_global_warming_110807

illegal marijuana growers trashing wilderness sites

“There is a reason you never hear of anyone planting clandestine vineyards in the national parks," said Bruce Mirken, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project in San Francisco. "Marijuana can be grown safely in an environmentally responsible way, or it can be grown dangerously.”

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average life expectation of china’s big city traffic cops - 43 years

And this is the venue of the Olympics! How many ‘records’ will break as they cough their way to the finish lines?

“Chinese city traffic police have an average life expectancy of just 43 years because of the dire working conditions and pollution, state media said on Tuesday.”

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https://www.abelard.org/news/ecology0708.php#chinese_air_080807


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