Saturday, July 13, 2013


Seas may rise 2.3 metres per degree of global warming: report
BERLIN: Sea levels could rise by 2.3 metres for each degree Celsius that global temperatures increase and they will remain high for centuries to come, according to a new study by the leading climate research institute, released on Monday.
"We're confident that our estimate is robust because of the combination of physics and data that we used," Levermann told Reuters. "We think we've set a benchmark for how much sea levels will rise along with temperature increases."

Sea levels rose by 17 cm last century...Global average surface temperatures have risen by 0.8C (1.4F) since the Industrial Revolution [Can we tweak those figures somehow to get 2.3 meters per degree C?]
Kevin Rudd to announce scrapping of carbon tax | Herald Sun
KEVIN Rudd will announce plans to scrap the carbon tax within days as he clears the decks for an election.
The decision could slash electricity bills by up to $150 a year for families spending $2000 annually, assuming a floating price for carbon emissions as low as $6 per tonne.
Federal cabinet has agreed to fast-track the planned introduction of an emissions trading scheme to July 1, 2014.
In an attempt to neutralise Tony Abbott's anti-carbon tax crusade, the Prime Minister will announce the plan to "ease cost of living pressures for families".
Wind Energy Encounters Problems and Resistance in Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Germany plans to build 60,000 new wind turbines -- in forests, in the foothills of the Alps and even in protected environmental areas. But local residents are up in arms, costs are skyrocketing and Germany's determination to phase out nuclear power is in danger.
Extreme Weather: Our region's extreme weather is the new normal -
Furey cited as evidence of the cyclical pattern the extreme weather in the 1950s and '60s, most notably the flood of 1955, in which hurricanes Connie and Diane blasted through Connecticut five days apart, unleashing sheets of rain and menacing floods.

Furey said the 1980s were rather quiet weather-wise, and violent weather didn't start up again until the 1990s.

"Everybody's always looking for an answer to why this weather's so crazy, but the reality is that we've done this before," he said.

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