Bill McKibben thinks Al Gore has been ‘diminished’ by skeptics:
We actually had a charismatic leader in Al Gore, but he was almost the exception that proved the rule.
For one thing, a politician makes a problematic leader for a grassroots movement because boldness is hard when you still envision higher office; for another, even as he won the Nobel Prize for his remarkable work in spreading climate science, the other side used every trick and every dollar at their disposal to bring him down. He remains a vital figure in the rest of the world (partly because there he is perceived less as a politician than as a prophet), but at home his power to shape the fight has been diminished.
Speaking of Gore’s “diminished role”, this is what he’s up to now*
Duke C. says:
Al Gore at Work: $8.7 Billion to ‘Repair Sound Barrier’?
The EPA has already begun discussions with environmentalist thought leader Al Gore about developing a series of Public Service Announcements to inform the public and to caution them about the damaging effects of supersonic speeds. When reached by phone, the former Vice President and filmmaker shared his newfound expertise on the topic, “Most of the smaller residual sonic disturbances seem to be concentrated in some of the least populated areas, like ranches and rodeo arenas.” He further quipped that, “This truth is looking pretty inconvenient as well.”
Mike Bromley the Kurd says:
Oh Noes Department: European Forests aren’t the carbon sink they once were……
Stresiand effect in 3, 2, 1…
Mr Bliss says: A potentially very damaging story regarding UK wind farms:
“Sources have said that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) run by Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat wants to stop Owen Paterson, the Conservative Environment Secretary, publishing a major report that he has commissioned on renewable energy and the rural economy. ”
It took them this long to figure this out?
NASA scientists relate urban population to air pollution
Live in a large city like New York, London, Beijing or Mumbai, and you are likely exposed to more air pollution than people in smaller cities in surrounding areas. But exactly how a city’s pollution relates to the size of its population has never been measured, until now.
Fearmongering from National Geographic, which is why I don’t subscribe anymore.
Steve Wilent says:
Have you seen the cover of the September 2013 National Geographic Magazine? Cover story: Rising Seas. Image: The statue of Liberty with water up to about Liberty’s waist — more than 200 feet above sea level.
I wonder if they tell readers how long that will take to get to that level, like I did here:
UHI and social justice?
Reducing Urban Heat Island effect in Toronto a matter of social justice, “experts” say
Toronto Public Health claims that the urban heat effect makes poorer neighbourhoods even hotter than wealthier neighbourhoods.
“The Urban Heat Island problem “doesn’t affect everyone equally… In Toronto, there is “almost a perfect overlay between poor areas and hot areas,” says Kevin Behan, deputy director of the Clean Air Partnership, an environmental group.”
“Modern scientists have confirmed that the average temperature difference between an urban heat island and its rural belt is usually 1 C to 2 C but can reach as much as 12 C in extreme cases.”
Chicken Little is very worried about this and want to spend our money RIGHT NOW.
“Mitigating the Urban Heat Island effect — which can be as easy as switching roof colours — is a matter of social justice, many experts say. And as climate change continues to amplify weather extremes, that task is increasingly urgent.”
Heatwaves Projected to Double by 2020
New Computer Models Project Rapid Increase in Heatwaves
John Marincic writes:
Heatwaves are projected to double by 2020 based on new computer models and reviewing an “exceptional number of extreme heatwaves” over the last decade. The scientists from Germany and Spain use the latest heatwaves in Australia, US, and Russia as examples of what will become more prevalent over the coming decade.
The study is in the Journal of Environmental Research Letters. There is a link to the study in the article (see URL) published by Reuters.