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19 responses to “Climate clippings 83”

  1. faustusnotes

    There is no “hiatus,” it’s a bullshit denialist meme.

    Looks like Japan is having its own angry summer this year. The JMA has a report on unusual temperatures (accessible from the link here) that makes for quite unpleasant reading. Here is the opening paragraph:

    Ten-day mean temperatures averaged over western Japan were the third highest on record for three consecutive ten-day periods from the middle of July (11 – 20 July, 21 – 31 July and 1 – 10 August) in the JMA records since 1961 (Table 1). Since around 8 August, temperatures have been well above normal almost all over Japan and more than 3 ?C above normal at a large number of observation stations mainly on the Pacific side in eastern and western Japan (Fig. 2). In particular, from 10 to 12 August, the Pacific side in eastern and western Japan experienced extremely high temperatures and Ekawasaki (Shimanto-city, Kochi Prefecture) marked the highest temperature on record in the country at 41.0 ?C on the afternoon of 12 August, exceeding the previous record of 40.9 ?C logged at Kumagaya (Saitama Prefecture) and Tajimi (Gifu Prefecture) on 16 August 2007. As of 12 August, a total of 106 observation stations recorded the highest temperatures. Daily minimum temperatures were also quite high at many places and 68 stations recorded the highest daily minimum temperatures, as of 12 August. On 11 August, the daily minimum temperature at Tokyo was as high as 30.4 ?C. It was the first time for the temperature in Tokyo to remain over 30 ?C for all day long since the daily observation started in 1875.

    (I think they record the temperatures in 10 day blocks because Japan’s seasons are short and have rapid temperature changes at beginning and end of the season).

    This report was written on 13th August; things haven’t changed since, as far as I can tell…

  2. jungney

    I’m not sure what the logic is but ASIC has applied to have their case against Jono Moylan, the Whitehaven coal hoaxer, heard in the Supreme rather than District Court.

  3. Val

    Hi Brian thanks for this, as ever – I just tweeted this to @WePublicHealth as relevant to our #climate&health concerns (especially 3 Risk) cheers

  4. Blair

    Update on the Japanese statement here.

  5. duncanm


    regarding your confusion in item 10.

    If we believe 7, the earth has warmed approx 0.6-1.0deg over the last 30 years. But there’s certainly no corresponding 10m sea level rise to be seen.

    Given the land masses were hugely different 40M years ago, (as was the undersea topography, presumably), I’m not sure what an Eocene sea level means, or what relevance it has to today. The glacial maximum datapoint I can believe.

    There’ll also be many years (certainly decades) of hysteresis in the ice.

  6. Ootz

    Antarctic, Greenland ice melt accelerating, according to widely reported interview of Walt Meier, a research scientist with NASA.

    The article in the link above also contains data (you may have previously posted on this Brian) from a leaked draft of the 2,200-page study by the IPCC. A summary of the report designed to guide lawmakers worldwide as they work to devise climate policies that curb carbon emissions is due for publication on Sept. 27 in Stockholm.

  7. Ootz

    Clive Hamilton has a new book out on geoengineering Earthmasters – Playing God with the climate.

    Here is an interview of Clive in Climate Progress Climate Change’s Silver Bullet? Our Interview With One Of The World’s Top Geoengineering Scholars.

    Did you come across any big surprises while writing the book?

    There were a couple of big surprises. One was the extent of the geoengineering lobby and the links between the scientists and the investors. I developed a much stronger sense of the likelihood of a powerful geoengineering constituency emerging, which would — if it were not countered by a skeptical community of thinkers and campaigners — essentially take control of whole agenda. Plotting those links and laying them out was something that I go into quite a lot of detail over. At the same time it stimulated me to think about the military-industrial complex, the famous lobby group that help such sway in the U.S. in the middle of the 20th century.

    One thing I noticed while doing this research and looking at scientists involved was the density of the linkages with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. So I investigated further and thought it’s really quite astonishing the extent to which many, if not most, prominent scientific researchers in geoengineering in the U.S. worked at Livermore or have close links with people there now or those who used to work there.

  8. Ootz

    Naomi Klein, a Canadian author and social activist well known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization, turns her attention to climate change. With her newest, yet-to-be named book, scheduled for release in 2014, the book will also be made into a film by her husband and creative partner, Avi Lewis. Here is an interview on her new project published in Salon.com, titeled: environmentalists may be more damaging to their cause than climate change deniers.

    Here argument is based on the North American experience, though has some validity here. She ends the interview with this

    I should say I’m representing my own views. I see some big changes as well. I think the Sierra Club has gone through its own reformation. They are on the front line of these struggles now. I think a lot of these groups are having to listen to their members. And some of them will just refuse to change because they’re just too entrenched in the partnership model, they’ve got too many conflicts of interest at this stage. Those are the groups that are really going to suffer. And I think it’s OK. I think at this point, there’s a big push in Europe where 100 civil society groups are calling on the EU not to try to fix their failed carbon-trading system, but to actually drop it and start really talking about cutting emissions at home instead of doing this shell game. I think that’s the moment we’re in right now. We don’t have any more time to waste with these very clever, not working shell games.

  9. BilB

    In the near zero energy department to item 4 take a look at where electric flight is up to, and also note that most of the advances here have occured in just 5 years.


    The e-Genius achieved a spectacular performance of a two man flight of 405 kilometers on just 43 kilowatt hours of electricity. The range on its own is impressive this being more than half the Sydney to Melbourne distance but it was done at 180 kph for just 1.3 cents per passenger kilometer, or just $3.19 to get a useless politician to Canberra from Sydney (at 25 cents per unit electricity). That is still twice the energy consumption of the VWL1, 50 k/L fuel equivalent to the L1’s 100 k/L, but very impressive at 1.5 times the speed with the same payload. Yes, yes, yes,…this is certainly no real solution to transporting the masses, but it is a signal as to where the technology is headed.

    For instance take the cue of ultra light public transport and you get


    …in which we can see how GM resources could be retasked, but I would put money on there not being a single useless politician aware of these advances, or even interested for that matter.

    It is all so frustrating and comes back to the fact that with the departure of Combet there is not a single politician in our government with an engineering qualification ie speaking for the production side of the business ledger (keeping people employed). They are all overheads (some farmers excepted) and perform that way.

    As I seem to have invoked the perma mod here by using the “G” word, and calling a spade a spade, this is my last post here. It takes all the fun out of it posting to the back waters. In my household of all women wit, sarcasm and insult are an art and entertainment, communication is robust, and we have a lot of fun with it, and my 15 year old, who by the way gave me a hard time for using the “G” word only she got over it in an hour, has become the leader of the pack.

    The future is all about doing more with less, much much more with far less. The technologies are all there, we just have to embrace them and get on with it and not fall into the American trap of forgetting how to communicate. As those who have tried talking to anyone in the US will know, Americans are either to important or too busy (or too weird) to talk to. Company Presidents only talk to Company Presidents, and everyone else hides behind those useless phone systems which when you get through them only ever lead to a recorded message. Massive fail, and Australian business is trying to head down that same path. Don’t do it people, free and fluent communication is everything.

    It is not just what you say, it is what it induces others to think.

  10. Salient Green


    Excellent article which absolutely nails the crisis facing our seething humanity. Climate change is ‘a’ problem, sustainability is ‘the’ problem.

  11. Helen

    What’s the “G Word”?
    G spot?
    Graeme B**d?

  12. Graham Bell

    BilB @11: Thanks muchly indeed for those links. I like the configuration of the electric aircraft – things have come a long way since Zoche diesel areoengines and the Diamond aircraft first appeared.

    Betcha our brilliant political leaders still think of aircraft in terms of riveted aluminium airframes and jet engine designs from the 1950s.

  13. Ootz

    Yes indeed, thanks for those links BilB and I hope to hear from you again, as your contributions here on the CC threads were very much appreciated. We are privileged to have people from very broad backgrounds contributing here and your absence would be a loss, as I miss huggybunny’s contributions from way back when.

    Nevermind we must soldier on, as Salient’s link points out, the problem that humanity faces is beyond climate change, it is sustainability full stop.

    Hence me harping on about framing the overall problems in terms of risk management. As Graham points out, we can not expect any enlightened contribution from politicians nor politics itself, it is too entrenched into the status quo of corporate hegemony. Hence, this is where Naomi Klein has a point, in saying that even the major green movements have sold us out. Personally I would include the green party in there too, as the whole problem focus has become too ideological rather than pragmatic. What we need is a bottom up or grass root revolution. I think of some of the recent social media evolutions such as Kickstarter could play a role in promoting and financing the growth of alternative engineering solutions to pressing problems. Think of where would you invest when the ‘carbon bubble’ starts to become too obvious to even the naivest punter. I mean even the Anglican Church in Auckland is selling its carbon stock.

  14. Graham Bell

    As Ootzsaid @15

    the whole problem focus has become too ideological rather than pragmatic. What we need is a bottom up or grass root revolution.

    I’ll second that motion.

    Like so many others, I haven’t waited for political or entertainment media approval – and started (long ago in my case) trying to lower my energy consumption and to recycle and reuse whatever I could. Some people have been a lot more successful at this than me; others are living in the fools’ paradise of unending resources.

  15. Salient Green

    It’s sad that BilB has been put in permamod and I don’t blame him for giving up on this site.
    There is a small cabal of very nasty posters here who are clever in their indirect offensiveness, expert at the snide, smear, misrepresentation, strawman and all piling in to discredit the object of their disapproval and shut down debate.
    Go well BilB, I’ve always enjoyed your contributions.