Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Weather, Water, Energy 4-24-07

  • The last time CO2 was around 1000 parts per millions, hippopotami were roaming the North Pole. When will that happen again? Try around 2100 if we don't get our act together.
  • Good news, scientists are getting closer to understanding how genes allow species to adapt to climate changes, meaning they might help some survive global warming or at least explain why they don't. Bad news, they're working with mosquitoes.
  • Over at Real Climate, their better minds than ours explain why that "wind shear may whack out those global climate hurricanes" story might not be as good news as the news media misreported (shock).
  • At Climate Progress, news that the IPCC reports really are proving too conservative since the ice packs are melting at levels that the "extremists" have been predicting.
  • Grist summarizes the articles in the Nation's global warming issue, including articles from James Hansen, Mark Hertsgaard, and other climate prophets and a great takedown of the "clean coal" myth that MT's "progressive" Dem governor we laud is trying to sell.
  • Speaking of overhyped fuel, here's another ethanol article with scientists using a supercomputer to figure out how to get around the problems of cellulose. But note this: all they're promising is to make the fuel "carbon-neutral"--which is weasel talk for "will pollute just as much as gasoline."
  • And finally, here's our future, folks. We're cutting off river flow to Mexico. They're getting pissed. Won't be the first time. Won't be the last.