Monday, October 14, 2013


AP4 retreats from carbon |
The strategy isn’t without risk. “I don’t think it will be the case, but it is possible that carbon turns out not to be an issue,” says Andersson.
Major disaster averted: 5 reasons why cyclone Phailin not as bad as feared in India
5) The storm’s intensity may have been overestimated (by some sources, including some we cited): While the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and other U.S. forecasters estimated the storm’s peak intensity reached category 5 levels, the Indian Meteorological Department did not. While the IMD predicted a serious storm (and its predictions motivated the massive preparation efforts), its forecasts were not as dire as some others. Assessing the intensity of a tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean (and Bay on Bengal) is different from other ocean basins, and the regional expertise of the Indian Meteorological Department may have proven superior.

“They have been issuing warnings, and we have been contradicting them,” said L.S. Rathore, director-general of the Indian Meteorological Department. “That is all that I want to say.”
Ironic impact of activists | Climate Etc.
The article by Bashir et al. is very insightful. Environmental activists such as Romm who are seeking ever more convincing methods to convince a mostly disinterested public to adopt the energy policies he espouses based upon the environmentalists’ dangerous climate change argument are unlikely to succeed based upon Bashir et al’s arguments. Romm is banking on the likability of his characters; this may not work too well since probably all of his characters are identifiable as activists.

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