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Climate Scientists Hampered in Study of 2011 Extremes – NYTimes.com

Climate Scientists Hampered in Study of 2011 Extremes – NYTimes.com.

News Analysis

Harsh Political Reality Slows Climate Studies Despite Extreme Year

At the end of one of the most bizarre weather years in American history, climate research stands at a crossroads.

Scientists say they could, in theory, do a much better job of answering the question “Did global warming have anything to do with it?” after extreme weather events like the drought in Texas and the floods in New England.

But for many reasons, efforts to put out prompt reports on the causes of extreme weather are essentially languishing. Chief among the difficulties that scientists face: the political environment for new climate-science initiatives has turned hostile, and with the federal budget crisis, money is tight.

And so, as the weather becomes more erratic by the year, the public is left to wonder what is going on.

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Reputation and climate change: Could labels help? – Slate Magazine

Reputation and climate change: Could labels help? – Slate Magazine.

“Warning: This Car Is Inefficient”

Could having better labels help out the environment?

Posted Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at 2:41 AM ET

Have you ever noticed a friend or neighbor driving a new hybrid car and felt pressure to trade in your gas guzzler? Or worried about what people might think when you drive up to the office in an SUV? If so, then you have experienced the power of reputation for encouraging good public behavior. In fact, reputation is such an effective motivator that it could help us solve the most pressing issue we face—protecting our planet.

Environmental problems are difficult to solve because Earth is a “public good.” Even though we would all be better off if everyone reduced their environmental impact, it is not in anyone’s individual interest to do so. This leads to the famous “tragedy of the commons,” in which public resources are overexploited and everyone suffers.

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U.N. Panel Finds Climate Change Behind Some Extreme Weather Events – NYTimes.com

U.N. Panel Finds Climate Change Behind Some Extreme Weather Events – NYTimes.com.

U.N. Panel Finds Climate Change Behind Some Extreme Weather Events

At least some of the weather extremes being seen around the world are consequences of human-induced climate change and can be expected to worsen in coming decades, a United Nations panel reported on Friday.

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Whatever Happened to Global Warming? – NYTimes.com

Whatever Happened to Global Warming? – NYTimes.com.

News Analysis

Where Did Global Warming Go?

Elisabeth Rosenthal is a reporter and blogger on environmental issues for The New York Times.

IN 2008, both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president, Barack Obama and John McCain, warned about man-made global warming and supported legislation to curb emissions. After he was elected, President Obama promised “a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change,” and arrived cavalry-like at the 2009 United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen to broker a global pact.

But two years later, now that nearly every other nation accepts climate change as a pressing problem, America has turned agnostic on the issue.

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Life After Land – NYTimes.com

Life After Land – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributor

Life After Land

RISING sea levels could threaten the existence of small island states such as Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Maldives. If the international community cannot or will not slow global warming, the least it can do is help those states prepare for life after land by recognizing a new category of state — the deterritorialized state.

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On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling – NYTimes.com

On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributor

On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling

Yaren, Nauru

I FORGIVE you if you have never heard of my country.

At just 8 square miles, about a third of the size of Manhattan, and located in the southern Pacific Ocean, Nauru appears as merely a pinpoint on most maps — if it is not missing entirely in a vast expanse of blue.

But make no mistake; we are a sovereign nation, with our own language, customs and history dating back 3,000 years. Nauru is worth a quick Internet search, I assure you, for not only will you discover a fascinating country that is often overlooked, you will find an indispensible cautionary tale about life in a place with hard ecological limits.

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alarm-ocracy

“When the international global warming alarm-ocracy gathers for its annual convention on the balmy island of Bali next week, is there any chance that the delegates will look up at the big yellow ball in the sky and ask, ‘Could it be the Sun, stupid?'”

For the complete article, see Fox News

Not exactly my view on the subject of global warming and climate change, but worth reading.

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