December 10 News: Despair After Doha, As Climate Talks Bring ‘A Process That Simply Provides For Talk And No Action’

At the end of another lavishly-funded U.N. conference that yielded no progress on curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about climate change are close to despair. [Reuters]

Poor countries have won historic recognition of the plight they face from the ravages of climate change, wringing a pledge from rich nations that they will receive funds to repair the “loss and damage” incurred. [Guardian]

Over the last four years, Obama charted a middle course on the environment that led to landmark pollution rules, growth in clean energy and the continued development of fossil fuels. [Los Angeles Times]

Energy lobbyists are gearing up for a boom in business to help shape and implement a wave of regulations governing energy production, greenhouse gas emissions, renewable fuels and other energy and environmental measures that K Street expects the newly reelected Obama administration to pursue aggressively. [Washington Post]

One of the biggest things President Barack Obama can do to fight global warming is to talk about it. That’s the conclusion of at least seven former U.S. presidential aides and advisers serving in three administrations. [Bloomberg]

Time has proven that even 22 years ago climate scientists understood the dynamics behind global warming well enough to accurately predict warming, says an analysis that compares predictions in 1990 with 20 years of temperature records. [Live Science]

New York regulators will begin taking public comments on revised gas-drilling rules this week, though an extensive environmental review outlining the basis for those rules remains incomplete, and neither drillers nor environmentalists are happy lately with the state’s work on the issue. [Associated Press]

As of Sunday, Chicago is poised to break an 18-year record for most consecutive days without “measurable” snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. [Huffington Post]

Deep geothermal energy is available in abundant amounts in several parts of the UK but is almost ignored by policy-makers even though a recent report suggested that geothermal sources could provide a third of the country’s electricity and much of its heat. [Carbon Commentary]

Climate change is pushing tundra grizzlies into Arctic communities where they would not normally be seen, raising issues about human safety and conservation of the bears. [Vancouver Sun]

20 Responses to December 10 News: Despair After Doha, As Climate Talks Bring ‘A Process That Simply Provides For Talk And No Action’

  1. John McCormick says:

    UNFCCC agreed to hold the next COP (Number 19 when 18 COPs produced nothing) in Poland. A huge coal burner.

    Instead, COP 19 should be held on the Philippines southern island of Mindanao so the delegates can experience the real suffering climate change is ravaging around the world. Let them sleep in the refuge camps and talk with the survivors to get a real sense of the issue.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Pls mod my comments in the other topic …

  3. catman306 says:

    Randian thinking, no incoherence, explained by a local columnist:
    Just substitute carbon pollution for water shortage and international governments and corporations for sovereign individuals.

    “In my last outing, I mentioned in passing a classic decision theory puzzle that I said should worry libertarians. A couple of attentive readers picked up on this allusion and asked me to explain it.

    When I mentioned this problem, the version of libertarianism I was thinking of is Ayn Rand’s as proclaimed by John Galt, clearly her mouthpiece in the novel “Atlas Shrugged.”

    It’s hard to distill from Galt’s impassioned manifesto a succinct statement of Rand’s libertarian position. But we can say fairly that the world Galt wants to see supplant the corrupt one he thinks deserves to perish would be inhabited by sovereign individuals each guided only by his or her own rational self-interest.”


  4. prokaryotes says:

    “This was not a single summer or winter, this was 200 to 300 years of drought,” said Matt Konfirst, a geologist at the Byrd Polar Research Center, told LiveScience. As Tia Ghose wrote for LiveScience:

    Several geological records point to a long period of drier weather in the Middle East around 4,200 years ago, Konfirst said. The Red Sea and the Dead Sea had increased evaporation; water levels dropped at Lake Van in Turkey, and cores from marine sediments around that period indicate increased dust in the environment.
    Scientists also point to other clues: a fairly recent archaeological study in present-day Syria concluded that around the same time, 74% of settlements had been abandoned while the population was estimated to have shrunk by 93%.

  5. prokaryotes says:

    There were other factors that contributed, such as a rise in armed conflicts and the destruction of Mesopotamia’s capital city, Ur, around 2,000 B.C., but soon after the Sumerian language was replaced by Akkadian, another ancient tongue. Written cuneiform continued to be in use until about the 1st century A.D. but — as with Latin — the spoken language was considered extinct long before the writing system faded away.

  6. Colorado Bob says:

    The “Black Marble” images really show the extent of the oil boom in North Dakota , “The images are made possible by a new sensor, the day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which can detect even the dim glow of a single ship in the middle of the ocean.”

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Debilitating drought devastates Brazil
    The driest conditions in 50 years are wiping out the region’s cattle with the threat of ‘ghost towns’ as ranchers flee.

    The article photo tells it…

  8. NJP1 says:

    climate change conferences have become a self perpetuating luxury vacation destination for the delegates lucky enough to vote themselves a trip

  9. Spike says:

    Drought in Amazonia in 2010 killed 1 in 25 trees.

    Craig Allen, a forest ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Los Alamos, New Mexico, says the data from Carnegie’s cutting-edge device “confirms other lines of evidence” that droughts are killing trees “from Alaska to the Amazon.” The data “are bad news,” he says, because they suggest climate change could dramatically affect forests in the next few decades. “This isn’t a year 2100 thing.”

  10. prokaryotes says:

    Mighty Old Trees Are Perishing Fast, Study Warns

    “It’s a worldwide problem and appears to be happening in most types of forest,” said the study’s lead author, David Lindemayer, a professor at Australian National University and an expert in landscape ecology and forest management.

    The research team found that big, old trees are dying at an alarmingly fast clip around the world at all latitudes – Yosemite National Park in California, the African savanna, the Brazilian rain forest, Europe and the boreal forests around the world.

    They described the cause as a combination of factors, from a hotter, drier climate in many places to logging, land clearing, changes in fire prevention and management policies, insect attacks and diseases.

  11. Paul Magnus says:

    Getting worse by the week…

    An already grim picture of global sea-level rise darkened last week, with a new federal report warning that global warming could push world average sea levels up by as much as 6.6 feet by 2100.

  12. Paul Magnus says:

    Another warned that “there will be war” if DNREC presses ahead with a proposal to make future sea-level rise a factor in land-use planning and on decisions governing wells and wastewater systems.

    “This could be an infringement on private property rights. That’s a big issue for the homebuilders as well as Realtors,” said Kevin Whittaker, a representative of the Homebuilders Association of Delaware “You’re affecting a broad base of people – thousands of people who don’t have ability to move or shift, and possibly won’t even be able to sell their property because some maps say it will be under water years from now.”

  13. Joan Savage says:

    Can This Woman Save New York From the Next Sandy?
    Maybe, if city and state officials play along.

    —By Tim McDonnell
    | Mon Dec. 10, 2012 There’s no clear view of the burnt wreckage of Breezy Point, Queens, from Judith Rodin’s 21st-floor corner office in midtown Manhattan. But she’s got locals there on her mind, and wants to make sure their experience teaches the city a lesson: “We don’t want to waste that pain,” she says.

    As president of the Rockefeller Foundation, Rodin is among the corps of urban policy sculptors carving out the shape of the climate-adapted cities of the future. Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed down her latest assignment: to ensure the nation’s biggest city is ready for the next Sandy.

    full article at

  14. Solar Jim says:

    RE: “One of the biggest things President Barack Obama can do to fight global warming is to talk about it.”

    Gads! This is so rich: “My fellow Americans I flew here in my personal vehicle incorporating four monster fossil fueled jet-turbofans to talk to you about those ever rising seas, and public debt.” Etc.

  15. prokaryotes says:

    Charney Lecture: A22B. Mitigating Near-Term Climate Change While Advancing Human Development!