Global Warming Facts and Effects – Global Warming Climate Change

January 28, 2013

Kerry on climate change

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Global Warming Are We To Blame by Doug King

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by: Doug King

Global warming is one of those topics that I still find myself wondering what to truly believe. Is our CO2 production really the culprit in the warming of the planet? Or are there some other larger influences at play here. I have a hard time believing mankind’s activities are solely to blame for any kind of climate change.

After all, CO2 is only one of many greenhouse gases that can affect the warming trend. Water vapor is by far the most abundant and effective at influencing the greenhouse problem. But I don’t see any kind of public concern over evaporation of water in any way at all. Okay, I realize that there is little or even nothing that can be done about that but the point is CO2 is just a tiny fraction of the greenhouse gases affecting our climate. So if water vapor is by far the largest greenhouse gas then why are we so obsessed by manmade CO2? Mankind’s ego.

We see a small trend in the planets temperature rising and of course we assume it must be what we are doing. I am truly pleased to see that we are taking an interest in reducing pollution from cars and industry but I really have my doubts about the connection to global warming at least in the significant way the media would like us to believe.

The media is sounding the alarm bell which of course sells more newspapers than reporting the less extreme predictions surrounding the warming trend. The weather models produced by scientists predict a reduction in the temperature differences between the poles and the equatorial regions. This will in fact reduce the number of violent tropical storms, as there will be less of a temperature discrepancy to stimulate them. Also the warming of the regions closer to the poles will allow agricultural pursuits in areas where it was not possible before. Food production would be able to rise accordingly. The alarmist media isn’t interested in those types of stories it seems.

The change in the world’s temperature is just that, change. There is irrefutable evidence that the temperature of the planet has and most likely will always be changing regardless of what we are doing. What are we so afraid of? Do the alarmists doubt mankind’s ability to adapt and cope with a few degrees of temperature change or even sea levels rising a meter or so? There will doubtless be hardships and even some displaced people in some regions but man has the ability to adapt and change. We have demonstrated this through the ages. I am confident that we will not only survive these changes but also learn to use them to our advantage.

I live in Canada and if you ask anyone living north of the temperate zone about rising temperatures the resounding response would be “bring it on, we could use a little global warming around here”. Life will improve greatly for huge numbers of the world’s population with a couple of degrees increase in the planet’s temperature. Migration to areas that were before considered uninhabitable by most will have a more moderate climate allowing for farming and other activities. You can’t sell newspapers with stories like that.

The scientific data indicates that 1998 was the warmest year on record. The planet has been cooling ever since. A quote from Dr. Oleg Sorokhtin of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences “The earth is at the peak of one of its passing warm spells, It’ll start getting cold by 2012, and really, really cold around 2041”. So who are we to believe? A respected scientist or Al Gore who has made millions from his crusade for the planet and his questionable agenda and phony pseudo science.

If the planet is warming I can honestly say I hope so. We will get by and probably do well in the process. What really concerns me is the muzzling of real science in the debate. An objective media would go a long way in helping us all deal with the facts as they truly are. Focusing on the alarmist perspective only causes undue fear where none is warranted.

Is driving our SUV’s and minivans really the problem here? Or is our planet just going through another climate cycle like it has done so many times before? The only thing I know for sure is I can’t count on the media to provide the answers.

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January 21, 2013

Climate Change as a Perfect Storm: Complex Science, High Stakes, and the Age of Information

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United Global Action is Needed to Tackle Biodiversity, Climate …

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by: Alison Withers

There are important conferences coming up as 2010 draws to a close but after the indecisive outcome in Copenhagen last year the question is whether there will be any agreements on tackling climate change at the next summit in Cancun, Mexico, this time around.

Before this there will be a fifth annual biodiversity conference in Nagoya, Japan, on the current state of the world’s biodiversity.

Once again the question is whetehr the conference will result in any concrete and definable steps to be taken to protect the planet’s wildlife.

Currently talks are being held in China to draft a negotiating text to be discussed at the Cancun summit which starts at the end of November.

Already, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, has warned that the process will not be easy and suggested that delegates should cut down on the number of options being considered, identify what was achievable and produce the political compromises needed to “deliver on what needs to be done”.

An online petition has been set up by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation calling for action on global hunger with the aim of colleting a ,illion signatures to be presented to the UN in November. The petition can be found at

The accompanying website also sums up neatly the issues that are causing hunger, which brings together many of the current problems in the world.

It says that the problem is not lack of food but of poverty, caused by natural disasters, lack of training, credit and land for poor farmers, many of them women, the use of natural resources in ways that are not sustainable and the fact that economic crises affect the poor disproportionately.

The key word in all of this is sustainability.

We are plainly far from running our economies in a way that is sustainable. The emphasis is still too much on growth as the way out of the current global economic crisis – and this is one of the problems that is hampering any workable agreement on tackling climate change.

It will require innovation in the way countries make goods to sell and how they use finite natural resources to do it. It also needs far more effort to be put in to protecting the world’s dwindling biodiversity to halt the disappearance of the numerous species of plants and animals that together make up global and local ecosystems and keep them in balance.

But it also requires a great deal more effort to help those poorer communities around the world to have access to the means to earn a living and to grow food in a sustainable way that protects their land and provides both adequate income and nutrition.

Agricultural products are already in development that can help to do this. They include the new low-chem products being researched and devised by Biopesticides Developers. These include using more natural biopesticides, biofungicides and yield enhancers which should all be licensed and made available to the poorer farmers in the world along with affordable access to them and the training to use them properly.

It is sadly debatable whether governments can be persuaded to be more open to co-operation at a time when the economic situation seems to be making them more protectiionist and competitive – in farming, on climate change and on protecting biodiversity.

Copyright (c) 2010 Alison Withers
Another year is almost over and more annual conferences are due on biodiversity, climate change and food scarcity. Writer Ali Withers suggests they are linked issues and require cooperation between countries on issues like sustainable agriculture, biopesticides availability and resource use.

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January 14, 2013

2012:The Year Climate Change Got Real

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Agriculture Fighting Climate Change by Jonathan White

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by: Jonathan White

Our current agricultural practices are a major contributor to climate change. A whopping 14% of all greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to the way we grow, process, distribute and consume food, and an additional 18% are due to deforestation largely driven by the clearing of forests for agricultural land. This problem can only intensify as our population grows. Imagine how many more greenhouse gasses will be pumped into our atmosphere in 2050 when the estimated world population reaches 9.1 billion. Without a drastic change to the way we produce food, we simply won’t survive. ¬¬¬

Traditional agriculture, and even organic agriculture, relies heavily on tilling the soil to prepare the ground for planting. Tilling, however, has a number of undesirable side-effects, such as: soil erosion, loss of organic matter, destruction of living soil microbes, dependence on heavy machinery, loss of soil structure, loss of nutrients and soil compaction. However, there is another negative side-effect of tilling that many people may be unaware of, and that is carbon oxidization. Tilling causes the carbon in the soil to be oxidized which releases it (the carbon) into the atmosphere. This, of course, increases greenhouse gasses and contributes to climate change.

Over the past 30 -40 years there have been people experimenting with no-till agriculture. No-till agriculture uses a range of practices so that tilling is rarely or never used, resulting in the following advantages: improved soil structure, better water and nutrient holding capacity and less use of machinery. However, one of the biggest advantages of no-till agriculture is that the soil can store much more carbon. This means that there will be more carbon in the plants and soil and less in the atmosphere. In other words, agriculture has the potential to become a fighter against climate change. Wouldn’t that be a turnaround?

So far, no-till agriculture has been heavily dependent on herbicides. When I attended agricultural college in the late eighties, no-till agriculture was in its early developmental stages. It was seen as unorthodox and alternative – a little way out. We were taught that paddocks needed to be sprayed out with herbicide first. The dead plants, which were called stubble, were left standing. Then seed was sown through the stubble, using a direct-drilling method. The stubble offered soil protection and increased biomass, which is great. However, the method was completely dependant on chemical herbicides.

The organic industry, which is generally seen as an environmentally positive industry, does things quite differently. They use a combination of green-manure crops and tilling. Green-manure crops, such as oats, millet, clover, and many more, are commonly used and sown into a paddock prior to planting the target species. For example, let’s say our target species is corn. Prior to the corn being planted in spring, a green-manure crop, such as oats, is planted out in autumn and allowed to grow through winter. In spring, the oats are tilled into the soil and the corn is sown. This is an excellent way of building soil biomass and soil nutrients; however, you still have the negative effects of soil tillage, mainly the release of carbon into the atmosphere.

As you can see, both no-till and organic agriculture have their pros and cons. No-till methods store carbon but rely on chemicals. Organic farming uses no chemicals but relies on tilling.

A method that combined the soil protection of no-till farming and the non-toxicity of organic farming would be ideal – agricultural heaven. There are people around the world who are working towards this ideal. These pioneers, referred to as no-till organic farmers, are still working out a few bugs.

With this revolutionary method, a green-manure cover crop is planted out prior to the target crop. However, when the time comes to plant the target species, the green-manure crop is not tilled into the soil, and neither is it killed with herbicide. Rather than being tilled or sprayed, the green-manure crop is killed using a mechanical method called crinking. A large roller with blunt blades set at intervals is rolled over the green-manure crop. The blades crink, but not cut, the stems of the cover crop. It also flattens the cover crop so that it becomes a dense, dead organic matt covering the soil. Then seed is sown using a direct-drilling method through the dead matt. The dead green-manure crop is still attached to the soil via its dying roots. This offers excellent soil protection and the dense matt offers weed suppression and moisture retention. It also increases soil biomass and builds nutrients.

The beauty of this method is the fact that agricultural land can act as a giant carbon sink. This is a complete turnaround as agriculture is presently a major producer of greenhouse gasses. It is believed that no-till farming has the potential to store a staggering 3000 pounds (1360 kilograms) of carbon per acre. No-till organic farming has the potential to become a major fighter against climate change, and provide healthy, chemical-free food at the same time.

On a small scale, no-till organic food production is actually very easy. Food4wealth is an ideal example of this revolutionary way of producing food. Food4wealth is a small-scale, easy-to-follow, organic food-growing method that retains a dense coverage of plants and uses no tilling. A food4wealth plot is just like a mini-carbon sink. It takes carbon from the atmosphere and turns it into healthy, organic food.

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by Jonathan White B.App.Sci. Assoc. Dip.App. Sci.
Jonathan White is an Environmental Scientist and the founder of the Food4Wealth Method, a high yielding, low-maintenance form of vegetable gardening. For more information see

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January 7, 2013

Climate change is simple: David Roberts at TEDxTheEvergreenStateCollege

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New Energy And Climate Change Secretary Huhne Does U Turn On …

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by: Samantha McCoy

At his first interview as Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has qualified his opposition to nuclear power – admitting that he might allow new British nuclear reactors if energy companies can demonstrate that they will be built without public subsidy.

A few days ago Huhne was an MP in a small political party. Today as a Cabinet Minister, speaking on the Today Programme, he said the coalition had agreed to a series of compromises that were “obviously unpleasant” to both parties, including an agreement that MPs from his Liberal Democratic Party would not oppose parliamentary votes to move forward on plans for new nuclear power stations.

This is quite a turnaround for the Liberal Democrats who opposed any plans for new nuclear power stations period, arguing that they would prove too costly and would drain investment away from renewable energy. Such is the price of coalition politics.

Just4theplanet does welcome Mr Huhne statement that he was fully committed to delivering a drastic increase in renewable energy capacity.

“The most scandalous legacy, frankly, of the last 13 years is that we are sitting on the island part of Europe that has the most potential for wind power, for tidal power, for wave power ……yet we have one of the worst records of any country in the European Union for generating electricity from renewable. We have to get renewable way up”.

Mr Huhne also argued that we need big improvements in energy efficiency, adding that this, combined with renewables would improve national security by reducing reliance on fossil fuel imports.
Samantha C. McCoy. MA, DiPm MCIM

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