Category Archives: Global Warming/Climate Change

What A Day

We had a two hour power outage this morning. Turns out our local power company had to take down a transmission line so a neighboring company could do some work! It was supposed to take 45 minutes. After two hours, it finally came back. But, my DSL service did not. Finally got that fixed and things are returning to normal. It’s strange how isolated you feel when there are no lights, no TV, no sounds of fans running, throughout the house.

When things came back online, the first news I saw on TV was from the land of my birth, Iowa, where floods are a huge problem. My first TV job was in Cedar Rapids, where nearby small towns are being evacuated. Everybody being told to get out. Downstream, in Iowa City, where I attended college, they’re anticipating big problems as water rushes over the top of the nearby Coralville Reservoir. Our home was near that reservoir.

As if that’s not enough, there are new reports on Global Warming. That’s right, doubters, the science is beginning to stack up.

Study: Arctic warming rate could triple

Rapid Arctic sea ice loss could triple the rate of warming over northern Alaska, Canada and Russia and trigger permafrost thawing that unleashes extremely potent greenhouse gases, according to a new study. “Our study suggests that, [...]

Olympic Atmosphere

Things are not looking good for the Bejing Olympics. Would you want to try to perform outdoors in this atmosphere?

Pollution reading in Beijing climbs to hazardous

The International Olympic Committee has threatened to postpone events if athletes are at risk from pollution during the Aug. 8-24 Games. Beijing has spent 120 billion yuan ($17 billion) on measures to improve air quality. From July 20, the city will cut almost half the cars from the roads, limit production at factories and halt construction. Vice Mayor Ji Lin said in March: “You can be [...]

With Eyes Wide In Amazement…

I’m astonished. Just glance at the headline and follow the link. It took a court order, but the report is out.

White House Report: Human Activity Is ‘Most Likely Responsible For Global Warming’

Yesterday, the Bush administration issued “the strongest endorsement yet of a global scientific consensus on the causes of climate change.” The administration buckled to a court order and released “a fresh summary of federal and independent research” which echoes the findings of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and predicts: An increased [...]

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McCain: Friend or Foe?

We’re talking about the environment. McCain’s trying to do some silly little tap dance around one part of the issue.

Despite Claims Of Being A ‘Leader’ On The Issue, McCain Plans To Skip Vote On Landmark Climate Change Bill

Earlier this month, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) sought to distance himself from President Bush by calling for a mandatory limit on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. “I will not shirk the mantle of leadership that the United States bears,” McCain said in a speech at a wind power company. On his campaign website, McCain (R-AZ) calls himself [...]

Get Set

It’s gonna be a rough ride. And I was hoping for a break. No such luck, apparently.

Climate report: Be ready for higher food prices, water shortages

Shocked by rising food prices? Get used to it — and be ready for water shortages, too, says a sweeping new scientific report rounding up likely effects of climate change on the United States’ land, water and farms over the next half-century [...]

Climate Change

I don’t care whether it’s Global Warming or an Ice Age, something is crazy with our weather patterns.

Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh

THE scariest photo I have seen on the internet is http://www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity. What is scary about the picture is that there is only [...]

The Fight Against Global Warming

It’s one thing to fail to be proactive, but it’s something entirely worse to refuse to even use existing rules and regulations to make even a small step forward.

Bush Throws Out Tools To Fight Global Warming Threat

Our guest blogger is Robert M. Sussman, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. President Bush and his administration are trying to block the application of existing environmental laws to the problem of climate change, claiming that a “regulatory train wreck” is on the [...]

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Avalanches Smack Alaska

Global Warming, again?  Whatever the cause, the result is horrible!

US: Avalanches knock out power to Alaska’s capital

Massive avalanches destroyed transmission lines and support towers to a dam that supplies 85 percent of the electricity for Alaska’s capital, and utility rates could quintuple for months until repairs are made, officials said. The series of avalanches hit at 4 a.m. Wednesday, taking out 1.5 miles of power transmission line and destroying or severely damaging [...]

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Any Questions?

If you have a friend who continues to question Global Warming, here’s a little something to tuck away for your next conversation.  Seems a big chunk of Canadian ice is cracking off.  So much that scientists describe it this way:

“The map of Canada has changed.”

New cracks in the largest remaining Arctic ice shelf suggest another polar landmark seems destined to break up and disappear.  Scientists discovered the extensive new cracks in the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf earlier this year and [...]

Countering Global Warming

There are those who try to discount global warming.  As this post shows, it’s pretty darn easy to discount the discounters.

Global Warming is a Scheme to Steal Your Money!!

Trust me, it’s all a big lie created by “Big Science” and Al Gore to trick a gullible public into funding useless research and investment in environmentally “clean” technologies, aided and abetted by the liberal media who are out to destroy our economy because they think capitalism is evil. At least according to the good folks who write letters to the Sheyboygan Press: “Why are politicians the ones promoting global warming while our national weather experts strongly deny its possibility? Is it because the Al Gores of the world are [...]

Greenhouse Gases

You know, global warming. Climate change.  The big issues that have been ignored far too long around here. Well…as promised…

Bush announces greenhouse gas strategy. Surprise It’s bad.

President Bush delivered a speech today in which he outlined a new strategy to “effectively combat climate change.” Unfortunately, on my initial read of excerpts from his speech, it seems deeply, deeply flawed. Bush is finally publicly admitting that emissions should be curb [...]

Earth To Bush: We Can’t Wait 15 More Years

President Bush just delivered his Rose Garden global warming speech: If we fully implement our strong new laws, adhere to the principles I’ve outlined, and adopt appropriate incentives, we will put America on an ambitious new track for greenhouse gas reductions. The growth in emissions will slow over the next decade, stop by 2025, and begin [...]

Global Warming and the Bush Administration

Don’t let the headlines bolster your hopes too much.  TPMMuckraker explains that it’s more cover story than real action.

Bush to Lay out New Way Forward on Global Warming

After seven years of foot dragging and stonewalling by the Environmental Protection Agency, has the administration finally seen the light? From the AP: “President Bush is giving a Rose Garden speech on Wednesday on climate change to lay out the [...]

Tonight’s Global Warming Update

I’m pleased to pass along tonight’s best post on global warming. You know that it’s one of the topics we do our best to track.  With that in mind, help yourself to some good news. Kinda good news.

Global Warming is Good For Something!

Well, it turns out that global warming and climate change are good for something, after all! They promote life! Okay, so it’s a toxic form of bacteria, but toxic forms of bacteria need love, too! According to report in Science Magazine, by [...]

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Not A Journalist

Please don’t use the term “journalist” and the name “Matt Drudge” in the same sentence. Please. Never.

Drudge Hijacks Headlines to Sell Global Warming Denial

Atop the Drudge Report right now: Do the stories behind these headlines tell the tale that global warming alarmists have “hijacked” the political debate despite a “lack of natural disasters” and no global warming “since 1998″? No. Let’s review: DRUDGE HEADLINE #1: REPORT: GLOBAL TEMPS ‘HAVE NOT RISEN SINCE 1998′ This claim has been thoroughly debunked every time it’s [...]

If Looks Could Kill

Watch the clip in the post below and check out the look Mika gives Joe at the end of her newscast. She is going to punch him, one of these days. Really. You can see it in her eyes…

Why Does Joe Scarborough Hate Polar Bears?

Joe Scarborough likes his news with a little less reality, thank you very much. On Tuesday’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough openly scoffed through Mika Brzezinski’s news cast that included the news that the polar ice may be melting faster than previously thought, resulting in the endangering of polar bears, among other species. [...]

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Ahead Of Schedule

Oh, my. This is gonna send some conservative bloggers into orbit! It’ll be fun to watch, since some have been fighting the global warming battle since day one.

Al Gore: Climate Change ‘Significantly Worse’ Than Feared

Climate change is occurring far more rapidly than even the worst predictions of the UN’s Nobel Prize-winning scientific panel on climate change, Al Gore said on Thursday [...]

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Climate Change

The evidence certainly seems overwhelming, at least to my feeble old mind. Global Warming/Climate Change is for real. I’m deferring to AMERICAblog, where a couple of posters have a pair of frightening reports to brighten your evening. Care to argue?

Antarctica is starting to melt because of climate changes

The Washington Post informs us today that ice sheets in Antarctica are starting to melt — but no one expected these ice sheets to be melting. Here’s the money quote: [...]

Study: Northeast winters warming fast

From AP: “A study of weather station data from across the Northeast from 1965 through 2005 found December-March temperatures increased by [...]

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Mid-Week Confusion

This who global warming debate is confusing. Everytime somebody comes out with a report that pulls me solidly into the camp of “believers”, another bunch of brainy people studies the data and comes up with the opposite conclusion. Go figure.

New Study: Warming Is Naturally Caused And Shows No Human Influence

The debate is over. PS, please stop debating. Didn’t you hear? It’s over. What part of “over” don’t you understand? The “o” or the “ver”? Now shut up and pretend to care about CO2 (The Invisible Killer) while producing as [...]

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Another Milestone

Life can be measured in milestones.  Births, deaths, new jobs, graduations.  Our daughter graduated Friday night from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. After a celebratory dinner, it began to snow as we returned to our hotel.  By the time we got there, it was snowing heavily. It snowed all night and much of Saturday, leaving 6 to 8 inches on the ground.  To some of you, that may not sound like much.  To a transplaned Iowan, living now in Arkansas, it’s a lot.  Especially when you’re trying to move a daughter out of an apartment, piling her possessions into three cars. We got much of it done Saturday, in the snow.  By Sunday morning, the final work was done in 15 degree temperatures, with a brisk NorthWest wind to speed us up.  Then, broken windshield wipers had to be replaced before we could begin the treck over relatively clear roads to return home. Kudos to the highway folks in Missouri – they did really quick work to keep the roads passable. Now, it wasn’t quite as bad as this old photo from “Keep The Coffee Coming” would indicate.  It just FELT that bad!

Snow Car

So, today, she’s gainfully employed and managed to find something back at home.  That, my friends, is a milestone.

All that being said, with the holidays rapidly approaching, the massive staff at this little blog is “fixin'” to become busy.  Keep checking back, but if you don’t see anything fresh for a day or two, don’t worry. I’m still around.  It’s just that (this is embarassing to say) we don’t have many Christmas decorations up, yet! Somehow that graduation thing occupied a lot of December hours. 

Blog-wise, I’m playing catchup tonight. Big Time.  Lots of stuff to wade through and it looks like folks were busy over the weekend.  Dig in.

Bush backs off Bali agreement hours after signing

No surprises here except to the rest of the world that actually thought Bush was being sincere when he agreed to nothing and pushed this out for the next president. Same old, same old. Even a signed document with this administration isn’t worth the paper it is written on and Congress is too afraid to ever call him out. Between the [...]

Carl explains it this way:

Bush Got What He Wanted Out Of Bali

He delayed, ran down the clock, deferred, distracted and otherwise pushed off the tough decisions on global warming to the next shnook to sit in his [...]

No Pulled Punches

Al Gore didn’t mince words, talking about climate change today.

Gore fingers Bush admin. at U.N. global warming conference

The United Nations has been meeting this week in Bali to negotiate steps industrialized nations will take to reduce emissions and combat global warming. Predictably, the Bush administration’s delegation is doing what it always does — block progress, stall for time, and undermine the process. It’s reached the point that our European allies are prepared [...]