The dead of winter - especially this winter with its massive snow storms in the eastern United States - is not the easiest time to make the case for global warming. Short-term weather events and long-range climate change are not the same thing, of course, but it's hard to separate them in the public's mind. But it's even harder these days to convincingly argue that climate change is a reality. "Gloomy unemployment numbers, public frustration with Washington, attacks on climate science, and mobilized opposition to national climate legislation represent a 'perfect storm' of events that have lowered public concerns about global warming even among the alarmed," says Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change. Yale and George Mason University recently polled on the question. Since 2008, the number of people who don't believe global warming is happening has more than doubled to 16 percent. At the same time, those "alarmed" at the prospect of climate change has … [Read more...] about How do you convince people of global warming in a snowstorm?
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The Panel convened in Australia at the Greenhouse 2009 climate change conference to consider new research that could build an understanding of changes in the behaviour of ENSO. ENSO is a naturally occurring phenomenon causing climate variability that originates in the tropical Pacific region and influences ecosystems, agriculture, freshwater supplies, hurricanes and other severe weather events worldwide. "There is an increasing body of evidence pointing to significant changes in Pacific Ocean climate as a consequence of global warming," says co-author, Dr Wenju Cai from CSIROs Wealth from Oceans Flagship. "What we are attempting to clarify is how those changes will enhance or moderate ENSO and, in Australias case, deliver stronger or weaker El Nino events which would have vastly different implications," he says. Dr Cai and Dr Scott Power, a Bureau of Meteorology scientist at the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research were members of the international team of authors of the … [Read more...] about Global Warming Influence On El Nino Still Unknown
Vietnamese citizens should learn to adjust to climate change right now. The change is too big to be prevented. By 2030, the rainy season will start two weeks later than normal and the rainfall will be around 20 percent less, while flooding can occur two weeks earlier than at present, Prof. Le Anh Tuan from the Institute of Climate Change Research at Can Tho University told a conference last week. The conference was organized by the Mekong Delta-based university, and the US Geological Survey (USGS) to study climate change impacts on the delta. â€œPeople in Vietnamâ€™s Mekong Delta are familiar with the term â€˜living with floodsâ€™. I think itâ€™s time we became familiar with â€œliving with climate change,â€ Tuan said. He said climate change will bring more draught, floods and typhoons, reduce land and agriculture productivity and thus worsen unemployment and poverty. He also cautioned this would lead to instability. The Vietnam Southern Institute of Irrigation Planning said at the … [Read more...] about Living with global warming impacts Ã¢â¬” here and now
In a stinging defeat for the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that US environmental officials have the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions that spur global warming. By a 5-4 vote, the nation's highest court told the US Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its refusal to regulate carbon dioxide and other emissions from new cars and trucks that contribute to climate change. The high court ruled that such greenhouse gases from motor vehicles fall within the law's definition of an air pollutant. The ruling in one of the most important environmental cases to reach the Supreme Court marked the first high court decision in a case involving global warming. President George W. Bush has opposed mandatory controls on greenhouse gases as harmful to the US economy, and the administration instead has called for voluntary programs. In 2003, the EPA refused to regulate the emissions, saying it lacked the power to do so. Even if it had the power, the … [Read more...] about Court rules against Bush in global warming case
President George W. Bush is under pressure from European allies to give ground on climate change at next week's meeting of the world's richest countries, but policy experts say prospects for a breakthrough are slim. The sticking point is Bush's longstanding opposition to measurable goals for reducing emissions of the greenhouse gases that spur global warming. Bush enjoys a strong rapport with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is hosting the Group of Eight summit in the Baltic resort of Heiligendamm on June 6-8 and has made fighting climate change the top issue at the summit. Combating global warming is also a concern for new French President Nicolas Sarkozy, with whom Bush wants to forge a good relationship, and for outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a close friend to Bush and an ally in the Iraq war. As negotiators try to hammer out the final language in a communique, the United States has blocked an emerging consensus in favor of firm targets. It is unclear … [Read more...] about Bush facing pressure on global warming at G8 summit