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2011 December

2011 Climate Events: A time of troubles

I was asked last week what I thought the greatest science breakthrough of the year was. At the top of my list is a synthesis which was published in 2011, though the results of that synthesis came at the end of 2010. This is the report Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia. This report is really a collection and evaluation of knowledge that has been around for a while.

RickyRood, • 7:44 PM GMT on December 26, 2011

Durban – Conference of Parties – What Happened?

What seems to be important to me? Durban continues to show the realignment of global power represented by the emergence of China as a economic and political power. The role of India, South Africa, and Brazil continues to grow. The European Union is in an interesting position, because of their commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, and the Kyoto Protocol, practically, expiring in 2012.

RickyRood, • 8:26 PM GMT on December 12, 2011

Durban – Conference of Parties – An Ethical Problem:

There is no doubt that the chronic economic turmoil since 2008 has deflated interest in climate change. We want economic stability, and in a growing population economic stability means economic growth. And for the most part economic growth, still, means burning more fossil fuels. With this, the Durban meeting is welcomed with record high growth of carbon dioxide concentrations – we can say that we are ahead of the curve.

RickyRood, • 4:24 AM GMT on December 02, 2011