November 28 News: IEA Chief Economist Sees ‘No Momentum’ For International Progress On Climate

Top International Energy Agency (IEA) officials offered a bleak assessment Tuesday of the prospects for global progress on preventing big temperature increases. [The Hill]

Fatih Birol, the IEA’s chief economist, said Tuesday that he sees “no momentum” on climate, noting that prospects for a legally binding global agreement are currently a “stretch.”

He said climate change is “slipping off the policy radar screen.”

According to study released late Tuesday in Environmental Research Letters the ocean is already rising faster than the most recent authoritative report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was projecting as recently as 2007.  [Climate Central]

While politicians in the U.S. especially seem helpless to do anything about climate change—or really even talk about it all that much—it seems to be impossible for anyone in Washington to allow more than five minutes to pass without panicking about the impending fiscal cliff. [Time

Though it’s tricky to link a single weather event to climate change, Hurricane Sandy was “probably not a coincidence” but an example of the extreme weather events that are likely to strike the U.S. more often as the world gets warmer, the U.N. climate panel’s No. 2 scientist said Tuesday. [Washington Post]

The United Nations sounded a stark warning on the threat to the climate from methane in the thawing permafrost as governments met for the second day of climate change negotiations in Doha, Qatar. [Guardian]

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest slowed dramatically last year as the government stepped up efforts to detect and halt illegal farming and logging, though some environmental groups warn that recent changes to the law protecting the forest might slow further progress. [Wall Street Journal]

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday ordered state agencies to take initial steps to combat ocean acidification, making it the first state to address problematic changes in ocean chemistry that threaten shellfish farms, wild-caught fish and other marine life. [Los Angeles Times]

Scientists said on Tuesday they had proof that climate change was hitting the Perigord black truffle, a delight of gourmets around the world. [AFP]

Beneath a 50-foot-thick sheet of ice, the salty, frigid Antarctic Lake Vida is somehow teeming with life. That’s according to a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Los Angeles Times]

18 Responses to November 28 News: IEA Chief Economist Sees ‘No Momentum’ For International Progress On Climate

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Projected sea-level rise may be underestimated

    11/28/2012 – The rate of sea-level rise in the past decades is greater than projected by the latest assessments of the IPCC, while global temperature increases in good agreement with its best estimates. This is shown by a study now published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and his colleagues compare climate projections to actual observations from 1990 up to 2011. That sea level is rising faster than expected could mean that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sea-level rise projections for the future may be biased low as well, their results suggest.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    „You cannot negotiate with nature“: Leading scientists on COP18 in Doha

    11/26/2012 – Media worldwide asked leading scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) for comments and interviews on the world climate summit COP18 that started today in Doha, Qatar. Despite the widespread scepticism that the meeting of representatives of nearly 200 states will achieve much progress, PIK’s director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber stressed that much is at stake for the international community if global warming goes on unabated. “You cannot negotiate with nature,” Schellnhuber told the Chinese news agency Xinhua. “While we are quarreling, nature will just march on.”

  3. prokaryotes says:

    If states want to bring down greenhouse-gas emissions, they have to establish and enhance emissions-trading systems or CO2-taxation

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Well, it is a bit unclear what the stance of Fatih Birol really is. He is probably repeating what we know already from the news in the last days. And the link to said article is missing…

  5. prokaryotes says:

    Correction, the link is above the quote.

  6. prokaryotes says:

    But who is slowing the action exactly?

  7. prokaryotes says:

    “He said one important policy will be improved efforts to combat fossil fuel subsidies. A summary of the IEA report notes that global fossil fuel subsidies rose to $523 billion in 2011, more than six times the amount of subsidies for renewable energy.”

  8. prokaryotes says:

    We approach now a situation when we can have sudden rise of Methane. Nobody can really say how fast an significant excursion will occur. There can be landslides which act as a trigger, or an unlucky chain reaction from already outgassing deposits.

    In this instance we could witness an abrupt change of weather, more anomalies, more extreme weather, more acceleration of processes already started.

    We approach unknown territory with an ice free Arctic, a potentially very dangerous development.

    And we are not prepared at all, lol! Maybe we have riots triggered from food shortages sooner as we could have thought. Plus all this change is here to stay, basically for ever. It can only get worse.

    Seriously what are people thinking who take money AND still do this work today? Do theses people have no children? Delayers are directly responsible for inaction!

  9. Henry says:

    More news….
    (Reuters – UK) – “President Barack Obama signed a bill on Tuesday shielding U.S. airlines from paying for each ton of carbon their planes emit flying into and out of Europe, despite a recent move by Europe to suspend its proposed measure for one year.”

    The carbon fee bill was the first piece of legislation debated on the House floor after Congress returned from recess on November 13, and had been cleared by the Senate in September in a rare unanimous vote.

  10. Mike Roddy says:

    This shows just how pitiful our political “leaders” have become. We are killing ourselves with CO2 emissions, and showering extra money on those who produce it.

  11. Paul Magnus says:

    Things are really really bad. As we all know here. But just to get some idea…. what every the latest is in the media its at least 5x worse in reality… so now you know where were at now with all the recent reports etc.

  12. catman306 says:

    “He speaks with a forked tongue, Kimosabe.”

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    From ‘Quatermass and the Pit’ (1967); Quatermass: ‘The will to survive is an odd phenomenon. Roney, if we found our own world was doomed, say by climatic changes, what would we do about it?
    Roney: Nothing. Just go on squabbling as usual.
    Quatermass: Yes, but if we weren’t men?
    The will to survive is, indeed, odd, but odder still is the will to not survive, as exhibited by the deranged ruling elites of our planet.

  14. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Someone, or something, who does not mind the planet heating by several degrees.

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    These are genocidists without mercy, without conscience and without peer, even in the brutal history of our species. They do it indirectly, too, not even looking their victims in the face, because many of those victims are yet unborn.

  16. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I don’t know if you have any experience of business and its ‘ethics’. I have precious little, having worked in public institutions most of my wage slave life, but I know from indirect experience that capitalist business has no ‘ethics’ but gain and PR camouflage. And I know that the triumph of the Right, from about the early 1970s, and the institution of ‘The Market’ cult has been the greatest moral, spiritual and intellectual debacle in human history, and that it is directly responsible for our rapidly approaching self-destruction.