Sunday, August 21, 2011

Global Warming Extending The Residence Time Of Climate Refugees | Real Science
Arizona RV park snowbirds staying longer
Physicist, critic Leon Schipper dies - World -
Leon J. Schipper, a physicist whose passion for data led him to question the value of popular energy policies, like government subsidies for ethanol and for electric cars and the "cash for clunkers" program, died Tuesday in Berkeley, Calif. He was 64.
In his view, the 2009 "cash for clunkers" program — which offered rebates of up to $4,500 to people who bought a new car that got better mileage than their old one — did little to save energy. In many cases, he found, buyers were using the rebate money to buy something bigger and more high-powered than they would have otherwise. "The effect is inverse of what we were hoping for," he said.
From 1995 to 2001, Schipper was a senior scientist at the International Energy Agency in Paris. He was the founder of the World Resources Institute’s center for sustainable transport, called Embarq. Schipper, who played the vibraphone, led an amateur musical group that played at scientific conferences on reducing the impact of global warming. It was called Lee Schipper and the Mitigators.
A modest proposal for reforestation | Climate Etc.
Douglas Sheil from Uganda sent me an interesting article with the provocative title “A modest proposal for wealthy countries to reforest their land for the common good.” Following in Swift’s footsteps, the paper uses satire to highlight some inconsistencies regarding international agreements on land cover and ecosystem conservation.
Shock News : Polar Bears Surviving An Ice-Free Hudson Bay | Real Science
Right. Hudson Bay is ice-free for several months every summer

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