December 17 News: UK Carbon Emissions Rose 10 Percent Due To Increases In Imports

The UK’s carbon emissions rose 10% from 2009 to 2010 as CO2 arising from imported goods and services soared, according to government figures released yesterday. [Guardian]

Here’s a question a lot of homeowners are asking: If there is so much cheap natural gas floating around the United States, why aren’t people’s fuel bills falling? [Washington Post]

Paying out billions of dollars here and billions of dollars there has made the global insurance industry a believer in climate change, according to a new study that shows insurance companies are staunch advocates for reducing carbon emissions and minimizing the risk posed by increasingly severe weather events. [Los Angeles Times]

Even if manmade carbon emissions ceased tomorrow, the West Coast would face decades of increasingly corrosive water because the ocean is laden with CO2 from decades past and will continue to absorb the CO2 already in the air, slowly changing its chemistry. [High Country News]

The wind industry’s top lobbyist is resigning, The Hill has learned. Denise Bode, chief executive with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), will leave her post Jan. 1 after four years at the head of the organization. She will return to private practice as a tax attorney. [The Hill]

A leaked draft of the UN’s most comprehensive study ever on climate change shows increasing evidence that links human activity to global warming. [Bloomberg]

Developers of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the £2bn London Array, have confirmed they are on track to reach full power next spring, after installing all 175 turbines at the 630MW project. [Business Green]

Most of South Carolina is now in moderate or severe drought, and all of the state’s 46 counties are now in some drought stage, according to the state agency that monitors the conditions. Drought conditions are moderate across more than half of North Carolina, primarily in the central part of the state. [WRAL]

Sea level rise could threaten the breeding areas of numerous sea bird breeding areas in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study that analyzed the combined effects sea-level rise and wave action. [Summit County Citizens Voice]

31 Responses to December 17 News: UK Carbon Emissions Rose 10 Percent Due To Increases In Imports

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Dr Holdren pointed to retreating glaciers and decreases in the coverage and thickness of Arctic sea ice. “In 2012, the extent of the Arctic sea ice in September was by far the lowest since 1979, when satellite observations first began,” which he said indicated the extent of climate change occurring, along with many other worrying trends. These included “increased floods, droughts and wildfires, coastal erosion, melting permafrost, coral bleaching and pest outbreaks”.

    “With continued warming of the climate in the future we can expect to see hotter summers, declining crop yields, worse droughts, sea level rise and increased ocean acidity,” he warned.

    Addressing the policies needed for humanity to cope with the effects of climate change, Dr Holdren stressed that minimizing the amount of suffering from adverse impacts can only be achieved by both mitigation and adaptation. He said that “more effective communication and education is needed to inform the questions that the public and policy-makers have about what to do and when to do it”.

    A video of the lecture will be available on the Grantham Institute website shortly.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    At around min 43, someone points out that the IPCC always put land + surface temp trends, beside land surface area warms faster, clearly showing the trends.

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Climate model is first to study climate effects of Arctic hurricanes

    Now climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and in England report the first conclusive evidence that Arctic hurricanes, also known as polar lows, play a significant role in driving ocean water circulation and climate

    AMHERST, Mass. – Though it seems like an oxymoron, Arctic hurricanes happen, complete with a central “eye,” extreme low barometric pressure and towering 30-foot waves that can sink small ships and coat metal platforms with thick ice, threatening oil and gas exploration. Now climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and in England report the first conclusive evidence that Arctic hurricanes, also known as polar lows, play a significant role in driving ocean water circulation and climate.

    Results point to potentially cooler conditions in Europe and North America in the 21st century than other models predict.

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Ecuador plans to propose a levy on every barrel of oil sold by OPEC members to help fund projects that cut greenhouse gases and protect against the effects of climate change.

  5. prokaryotes says:

    Ecuador seeks to export clean energy

    The large amount of natural renewable energy resources in Ecuador is expected to transform the country into an energy player in the Andean region.

  6. prokaryotes says:

    Chevron-Ecuador case expert switches sides

    An author and petroleum engineer who used to work for the lawyers suing Chevron has given the company a sworn statement in which he accuses his former colleagues of trying to dictate, in advance, the outcome of supposedly independent court reports on oil-field contamination in Ecuador.

    An Ecuadoran judge ruled against Chevron last year, ordering the San Ramon company to pay $19 billion. Chevron has vowed not to hand over the money

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Crude oil from Ecuador
    end of a climate-utopia

    It was an experiment for a new form of global cooperation: Ecuador would forgo promote in part of its rainforest oil – and to compensate for it by the international community can. Now the trial is about to collapse. There were not enough donors.

  8. Mike Roddy says:

    If the emissions and black soot from all of those monster container ships was factored into the price of the goods on board, a lot of things would change. The banks and 1% are standing in the way here.

  9. prokaryotes says:

    Global warming cause of jellyfish boom

    Most species are threatened by global warming, but that’s not the case for the jellyfish.

  10. prokaryotes says:

    Joe Biden and Sarah Palin promote clean coal as a solution to climate change…………..

  11. prokaryotes says:

    Extreme Weather and Climate Change. President Barack Obama calls for swift action to tackle emissions ahead of Doha climate talks.

    So what comes next?

  12. prokaryotes says:

    From Fossil Fuels to Global Warming Denial, Koch Brothers Influences Behind U.S. Inaction

  13. prokaryotes says:

    Signs of Light? Climate Change Caucus Forms in Senate News

    “I think you are going to see a lot of bills on climate change,” said Senator Barbara Boxer as she took the lead in forming a climate change caucus in the Senate.

    That’s music to our ears, along with this: “There will be a lot of different bills on climate change. I have already spoken to three colleagues that have bills in the works.”

    Boxer (D-CA) says it’s finally time to bring the discussion of climate change out of the shadows, and that superstorm Sandy “changed a lot of minds” on the topic.

    As Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Boxer says people are coming up to me, they really want to get into this.

  14. prokaryotes says:

    World To Exceed Pollution Budget To Avoid 2C Temperature Rise In 5 Years

  15. prokaryotes says:

    Climate [Sur]Realist Marc Morano Debates Bill Nye the Science Guy on Global Warming

  16. prokaryotes says:

    A grinch in paradise: Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Evan slams Fiji

  17. prokaryotes says:

    I thought this is interesting, in regards where we heading with worst case scenarios (if not initiating a runaway state).

    The Mesozoic Era is an interval of geological time from about 250 million years ago to about 65 million years ago. It is often referred to as the Age of Reptiles

    Higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are thought to have caused the world temperature gradient from north to south to become almost flat: temperatures were about the same across the planet. Average temperatures were also higher than today by about 10°C. In fact, by the middle Cretaceous, equatorial ocean waters (perhaps as warm as 20°C in the deep ocean) may have been too warm for sea life, and land areas near the equator may have been deserts despite their proximity to water. The circulation of oxygen to the deep ocean may also have been disrupted.

    Different studies have come to different conclusions about the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere during different parts of the Mesozoic, with some concluding oxygen levels were lower than the current level (about 21%) throughout the Mesozoic

  18. prokaryotes says:

    Records indicate that atmospheric CO2 rose from 420 p.p.m.v. in the Triassic period (about 200 million years ago) to a peak of 1,130 p.p.m.v. in the Middle Cretaceous (about 100 million years ago). Atmospheric CO2 levels then declined to 680 p.p.m.v. by 60 million years ago.

  19. prokaryotes says:

    Researchers directly measure ‘gusty winds’ in space turbulence for the first time

    “Turbulence is not restricted to environments here on Earth, but also arises pervasively throughout the solar system and beyond, driving chaotic motions in the ionized gas, or plasma, that fills the universe,” says lead author Gregory Howes, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa. “It is thought to play a key role in heating the atmosphere of the sun, the solar corona, to temperatures of a million degrees Celsius, nearly a thousand times hotter than the surface of the sun.”

    Measuring the “gusty winds” in space turbulence will help astronomers better understand our solar system.

    “Turbulence also regulates the formation of the stars throughout the galaxy, determines the radiation emitted from the super massive black hole at the center of our galaxy and mediates the effects that space weather has on the Earth,” Mr. Howes posits.

    Researchers already know that violent emissions of charged particles from the sun, also known as coronal mass ejections, are the source of gusty space winds. According to NASA, coronal mass ejections are humongous bubbles of gas intertwined with magnetic field lines that are ejected from the sun over the course of several hours. The space agency points out that the existence of coronal mass ejections was not known until the space age. Evidence of these eruptions was gathered by a coronagraph on the 7th Orbiting Solar Observatory from 1971 to 1973.

    These “gusty winds” have the power to impact satellite communications, air travel and the electric power grid on Earth. Solar storms, however, can also provide stunning auroras at the north and south poles on Earth.

  20. riverat says:

    I think you’re misusing the word hurricane. By definition a hurricane is a tropical cyclone with sustained winds over 74 mph in the Atlantic Ocean. Probably best to call them Arctic cyclones.

  21. prokaryotes says:

    According to a peer-reviewed study published in the journal of Society of Petroleum Engineers, titled “Sequestering Carbon Dioxide in a Close Underground Volume” the authors argue that past calculations of CCS were widely off, rendering the technology impractical. Writing for Casper, Wyoming’s Star-Tribune, report author Prof. Michael Economides explains,
    Earlier published reports on the potential for sequestration fail to address the necessity of storing CO2 in a closed system. Our calculations suggest that the volume of liquid or supercritical CO2 to be disposed cannot exceed more than about 1 percent of pore space. This will require from 5 to 20 times more underground reservoir volume than has been envisioned by many, including federal government laboratories, and it renders geologic sequestration of CO2 a profoundly non-feasible option for the management of CO2 emissions.
    Injection rates, based on displacement mechanisms from enhanced oil recovery experiences, assuming open aquifer conditions, are totally erroneous because they fail to reconcile the fundamental difference between steady state, where the injection rate is constant, and pseudo-steady state, where the injection rate will undergo exponential decline if the injection pressure exceeds an allowable value.
    The implications of our work are profound. They show that models that assume a constant pressure outer boundary for reservoirs intended for CO2 sequestration are missing the critical point that the reservoir pressure will build up under injection at constant rate. Instead of the 1-4 percent of bulk volume storability factor indicated prominently in the literature, which is based on erroneous steady-state modeling, our finding is that CO2 can occupy no more than 1 percent of the pore volume and likely as much as 100 times less.
    We related the volume of the reservoir that would be adequate to store CO2 with the need to sustain injectivity. The two are intimately connected. The United States has installed over 800 gigawatts (GW) of CO2 emitting coal and natural gas power plants. In applying this to a commercial power plant of just 500 MW, which by the way produces about 3 million tons per year relentlessly, the findings suggest that for a small number of wells the areal extent of the reservoir would be enormous, the size of a small U.S. state. Conversely, for more moderate size reservoirs, still the size of the U.S.’s largest, Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay reservoir, and with moderate permeability there would be a need for hundreds of wells. Neither of these bode well for geological CO2 sequestration and the work clearly suggests that it is not a practical means to provide any substantive reduction in CO2 emissions.

  22. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Two pea-brains from the same pod, despite feigned differences.

  23. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    CCS has always been pure bunkum, designed to waste time on useless ‘research’ and keep coal extraction going on under the knowingly false assumption that one fine day, in the long, long-term (when, as Keynes observed, we will all be long, long, dead)a magical process will emerge. A lie, from start to finish and stem to stern.

  24. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The politics of Mass Distraction.