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06 december 2011

Het grimmige verloop van klimaatverandering

The brutal logic of climate change
Door David Roberts, Grist, 5 december 2011

Later toegevoegd:Profiting From Catastrophe: If Fossil Fuel Companies Burn All Their Reserves We're Undeniably Screwed
Door Bill McKibben, Alternet, 7 februari 2012

Here are the facts: The business models at the center of our economy are in the deepest possible conflict with physics and chemistry.
Arctic Temperatures Continue Rapid Rise as 2011 Breaks Record Set in 2010
Door Nick Sundt, Climate Progress / World Wildlife Fund, 23 januari 2012

Record Ice Loss and Tundra Melt Amplify Warming Feedbacks.

The Alarming Outlook for Urban Water Scarcity
Door Kevin Benfield, Climate Progress / NRDC Switchboard, 23 januari 2012

[...] By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in conditions of absolute
water scarcity, and 65 percent of the world’s population will be water stressed.
Humans Are by Far the Dominant Cause of Global Warming: A Comprehensive Review of the Science
Door Dana Nuccitelli, Climate Progress, 20 januari 2012
Paleoclimate Record Points Toward Potential Rapid Climate Changes
Door Joe Romm, Climate Progress, 14 december 2011

[Scientists James Hansen and Ken Caldeira, discuss] whether we are headed toward 25 meters of sea level rise or 70 meters at the end. For some of the science, see Science: CO2 levels haven’t been this high for 15 million years, when it was 5° to 10°F warmer and seas were 75 to 120 feet higher - "We have shown that this dramatic rise in sea level is associated with an increase in CO2 levels of about 100 ppm".

The “Profound Contradiction” Between Science and Markets on the Road to 5°C Warming
Door David Roberts, 11 december 2011

[...] On one side, the world’s governments have pledged to hold temperature rise to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). To have even a 50/50 shot at meeting that target, humanity has a “carbon budget” of about 1,400 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide between now and 2050. [...] If countries are serious about 2 degrees, they must be planning to leave a lot of fossil fuels in the ground. Right?
On the other side, however, the world’s top fossil fuel companies are valued at some $7.42 trillion (including the top 100 listed coal companies and the top 100 listed oil and gas companies). They are valued at this level because of proven fossil fuel reserves to which they have access. In other words, their valuation carries the implicit assumption that they will burn the fossil fuels available to them.
Markets are assuming that fossil fuel companies will burn the fossil fuels that the world’s governments have, at least implicitly, said they cannot burn. That’s the “profound contradiction.”

IEA’s Bombshell Warning: We’re Headed Toward 11°F Global Warming and “Delaying Action Is a False Economy”
Door Joe Romm, Climate Progress, 9 november 2011

International Energy Agency: “On planned policies, rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change.”
“[...] we are on an even more dangerous track to an increase of 6°C [11°F] [...]. Delaying action is a false economy: for every $1 of investment in cleaner technology that is avoided in the power sector before 2020, an additional $4.30 would need to be spent after 2020 to compensate for the increased emissions.”

Extreme Weather Has Helped Push Tens of Millions into “Hunger and Poverty” in “Grim Foretaste” of Warmed World
Door Joe Romm, 29 november 2011

Climate Change Endangers Food Security Worldwide. “Extreme weather like the droughts in Russia, China and Brazil and the flooding in Pakistan and Australia [in 2010] have contributed to a level of food price volatility we haven’t seen since the oil crisisof 40 years ago. Unfortunately, this could be just a taste of things to come because in the next few decades the build-up of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere could greatly increase the risk of droughts, flooding, pest infestation and water scarcity for agriculture systems already under tremendous stress.” — John Beddington, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser

No nukes, No problem. Germany is proving a rapid transition to renewable energy is possible
Door Stephen Lacey, Climate Progress, 16 mei 2011

Within four decades, one of the world’s leading economies will be powered almost entirely by wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal power.

Deal Reached in Durban But Scientists Say it Won't Avert Catastrophic Climate Change
Door Fiona Harvey en John Vidal, The Guardian, 11 december 2011

Q&A: Durban COP17 climate talks
Door Hanna Gersmann, The Guardian, 28 november 2011

Betogers eisen resultaten op klimaattop in Durban
De Morgen, 3 december 2011

Dossier Durban 2011
De Morgen, november-december 2011

'We verliezen kostbare jaren waarin straffeloos kan worden doorvervuild'
Door Kees de Vré, Trouw, 22 december 2011

'Nederland staan catastrofale overstromingen te wachten'

Stijging zeespiegel in kaart gebracht: Nederlantis

Hansen: aarde kan tweede Venus worden

Zeespiegel van ijsvrije aarde

Bespreking van wetenschappelijke artikelen over de opwarming van de aarde op Climate Progress

Blognotities over de milieucrisis

Nederland, een van de laagst gelegen landen ter wereld, stuurde zo'n beetje de kleinste afvaardiging naar Durban van alle rijke landen. Astronaut André Kuipers roept vanuit het ruimtestation ISS niet op tot actie tegen de opwarming van de aarde, maar heeft de Europese ruimtevaartorganisatie persoonlijk overgehaald om er de... Nederlandse Top 2000 te mogen openen.
Waarin een klein land - alweer... - klein kan zijn. Ik krijg het nauwelijks over mijn lippen, maar de kersttoespraak 2011 van Beatrix getuigt tenminste nog van enige wijsheid in de staatskringen van deze natie van kooplieden met domineestronies.

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