- EIA Stunner: By year's end, we'll be 8.5% below 2005 levels of CO2 - Halfway to Climate Bill's 2020 target (Celsias)
This is great news! Now let's remember how we got that reduction: deepest worldwide depression since the 30s, a complete crash of worldwide shipping, more than half of the airlines stumbling towards bankruptcy, more than hundred million new unemployed, and near complete stop in new industrial investments. What was the response to all this: PRINT MORE MONEY to boost the economy. How bad do you think we're going to have to have it, till we get to our reduction target (-80% by 2050)? Any politicians willing to put that on their agenda. Thought so.
- Stern: Rich nations will have to forget about growth to stop climate change (Guardian)
"At some point we would have to think about whether we want future growth. We don't have to do that now.". Not now, tomorrow. No need to worry, carry on BAU. Yeah, riiiiight. Where did one hear that before? Thankfully USA's industry doesn't need to become 100% carbon-emission neutral by 2050 (not 80% cut, but 100% cut). Fortunately there are enough carbon permissions in the world to be sold, so that developing worlds can increase their carbon emissions. It's nice that the economists don't have the discount rates all wrong for their cost calculations. Sigh, we're so relieved. Thank God there's always tomorrow.
- World's climate could cool first, warm later (New Scientist)
Oh, the irony. This happens and some peppy and over-enthusiastic conservative from Competitive Enterprise Institute of America becomes the next Anti-Gore and declares AGW solved and get's a faux-Nobel prize on economics. The world is saved, yet again.
- OPEC says oil not to blame for climate change (Reuters)
Is there anything to be added to a declaration that is almost a parody of itself?
- World Bank spends billions on coal-fired power stations (Times)
Hellooooooo! What did everybody expect? That they stop funding profitable energy enterprises? That we stop using coal and the last man turn off all the lights?
- Official: Global oil peak soon!
First it was 'Never!'. Then it was 50 years from now. Then 30. Then 20. Now 10. BTW, some smart analysts, oil companies and banks are already saying "Now". Hey, let's all wait for the announcement "Oil Peak was 20 years ago" and see how much time we have to prepare after that.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Posted by The Energy Standard team at 09:55
Monday, 14 September 2009
Posted by The Energy Standard team at 14:34
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Starting off with the much asked for doomer porn series is Dan Miller with his talk titled "A Really Inconvenient Truth". Apologies in advance to Dan Miller, who is by no means a doomer nor is his intentions to frighten people. Just tell it like it is and then work to find the solutions - both of which he's doing himself.
- How do I feel?
- Why do I feel like this?
- Is there anything I can do to this emotion?
- Is there anything I can do to stop the things causing this?
Posted by The Energy Standard team at 11:40
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
"Complex dynamical systems, ranging from ecosystems to financial markets and the climate, can have tipping points at which a sudden shift to a contrasting dynamical regime may occur. Although predicting such critical points before they are reached is extremely difficult, work in different scientific fields is now suggesting the existence of generic early-warning signals that may indicate for a wide class of systems if a critical threshold is approaching."
However, the squealing of the systems is clearly audible as we speak:
- Sea level rise: It's worse than we thought
- Study Finds More Evidence Rapid Arctic Warming Isn't Natural
- Geo-engineering may be the only choice for survival
- Methane Gas Spewing Into The Ocean
- Arctic thaw threatens much of world (WWF Report)
- World heading for climate 'abyss': UN chief
- Even Slow Warming Could Halve Crop Yields
- "Code Red" for Great Barrier Reef
- World Ocean Temperatures Hottest On Record
- Military Study Stresses Security Threats of Climate Change
- IEA warns: oil supplies are running out fast
- Swedish Minister: We are Peak Oil - Industrial Agriculture is not sustainable
"Didn't you notice the entire North Polar ice cap was melting? What were you all doing? Watching the American Idol?" - Al Gore, August 2009
Posted by The Energy Standard team at 16:05