Simon Donner takes on the great “climate change” vs. “global warming” debate. He argues, albeit somewhat tentatively, for capitulation; we should call a thing what everybody else calls the thing:
Rights and wrongs of the different labels aside, the fact is that there is a disconnect here. We use a term that means less to people. [more]
This is a few weeks old, but I haven’t seen much mention in the blogosphere. Perhaps I missed it.
A significant study by Betts et al. of the Hadley Centre in the UK examines the observational record for biotic-CO2 feedback on hydrology. Plant physiology is substantially affected by the increases in CO2, directly, without any reference to climate change. [more]
Well, the man, (who I am reminded is the president of a medium sized country), isn’t shy, really. You can find lots of Czech President Klaus’s opinions on his own website.
I’m particularly intrigued by his catalog of the features of environmentalism in his speech to the Cato Institute. [more]
I posted this to the globalchange list some time ago, but now that I have the attention of a couple of market conservatives, let me post it here. Apologies to those for whom it is a rerun. Note that the apparently rational strategy actually guarantees an eventual flood.
Imagine that you are an economist who enjoys playing Tetris on your computer, so while your bathtub is filling you decide to play a round in the TV room upstairs. [more]
From the Audubon Society website:
Audubon’s unprecedented analysis of forty years of citizen-science bird population data from our own Christmas Bird Count plus the Breeding Bird Survey reveals the alarming decline of many of our most common and beloved birds.
Since 1967 the average population of the common birds in steepest decline has fallen by 68 percent; some individual species nose-dived as much as 80 percent. [more]
Whew, it’s harder to maintain a blog when you are working than when you ain’t…
Anyway, a couple of bits of essential reading from the blogroll today: Samadhisoft points to this BBC report which suggests that
There is a global migration crisis
climate change will make it worse
It’s not a matter of climate change, all else being stable. [more]