Climate News Roundup

Even tougher warming curbs may be needed – Reuters. “People are actually questioning if the 2°C benchmark that has been set is safe enough,” Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told a Reuters Environment Summit. Let’s hope it is — since we will have a devil of time just stopping at2°C.

A Swiftly Melting PlanetN. Y. Times. A good op-ed on feedbacks by Thomas Homer-Dixon.

Climate change as much a concern as terrorism: survey – ABCNews (Australia). Some 76 per cent of Australians “believe global warming is now equal to or more serious a threat than Islamic fundamentalism.”

Australia may adopt Kyoto on Bali eve – carbonpositive. That would leave us all alone among developed countries. Sad.

Dell says it will be carbon neutral in 2008 – msnbc. Dane Parker, the director of Dell’s global environmental health and safety programs, said, “Our priority is to minimize total (energy) consumption,” but he “acknowledged that buying offsets from other entities that have made extra cuts in their carbon production will be Dell’s main route to carbon neutrality in the short term.” And they’ll be buying trees. Better than nothing, I suppose.

One Response to Climate News Roundup

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Here are some estimates of the percentage of various contributions of carbon to the active carbon cycle, currently about 8 billion tonnes yearly:

    coalfield fires (est. 4%)
    concrete production (3%)
    world’s ocean vessel fleet (2.7%)
    U.S. cars and light trucks (est. 2.5%)
    world’s airlines (2.2%)

    Of these, in a way the worst by far is the coalfield fires areound the world. The chinese just finished managing to put one out, after years of effort. Good! Now they only have another 20–40 to go. The Indonesians have about 1300 (smaller) coalfield fires, but do not appear to be doing much to control these.

    I strongly encouraging mmore international efforts to put out all the coalfield fires. It is a big, but only one time, expense for permanently eliminating a yearly addition of about 300 million tonnes of carbon per year to the active carbon cycle.