British Columbia’s 2008 Carbon Tax Is Reducing Emissions And Not Slowing Economic Growth.

Emeral Lake British ColumbiaGreat article on Sightline about the effects of British Columbia’s carbon tax on emissions and economic growth for the Canadian province. According to studies from the University of Ottawa and the BC Ministry of Environment, British Columbia’s adoption of a carbon tax system in 2008 has reduced emissions and has allowed their economy to grow without relying on the usual increased consumption of fossil fuels. Basically, BC has become more efficient and the upshot of their carbon tax will hopefully show the rest of the North America that economic growth and reducing emissions don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Check out the article for the details. [Sightline]


At Our Current Pace, Planet Could Be 11 Degrees Warmer By Year 2100.

Flooded cab yard - hurricane sandy.

“It’s time to plan for a warmer world … We have passed a critical threshold”
Leo Johnson, SFL/PwC, Sustainability and Climate Change

Keeping the predicted rise in global temperatures to only 3.6F/2C degrees by the year 2100 was looked at as an attainable goal. The world economic powers would reduce their carbon output from fossil fuel consumption and we’d be warmer but still above water. Now that 3.6 goal may be out the door and the threat of a 10.8F/6C degree increase in global temperatures by 2100 becomes more real unless we can reduce our carbonizing ways by 5.1% for the next 39 years. Can we meet this goal? From Leo Johnson of PricewaterhouseCooper – Sustainable Finance Limited:

“”Even doubling our current rate of decarbonisation would still lead to emissions consistent with 6C of warming by the end of the century. To give ourselves a more than 50 per cent chance of avoiding 2C will require a sixfold improvement in our rate of decarbonisation,”

Who’s ready to stomach these kind of cuts now to prevent this level of future warming? [The Independent via Grist]


Bloomberg Businessweek On Hurricane Sandy: “It’s Global Warming, Stupid”

It's Global Warming, Stupid.You know our Presidential candidates are talking about climate change now. They might’ve skipped over climate change in all of their debates but now they need to show their leadership skills and deal with the Hurricane Sandy aftermath.

I sure hope voters will stop making excuses for their candidate’s inaction before Sandy. Because unless you’re voting for Jill Stein, your Presidential hopeful hasn’t cared as much about our climate as they have about their re-election / election. One isn’t less worse than the other – Obama and Romney both ignored climate change until they could spin Hurricane Sandy into a votes and a nice photo op.

Check out the article “It’s The Global Warming, Stupid” in Bloomberg Businessweek and lets hope our leaders refer to Hurricane Sandy as a turning point in how we deal with, and not debate, the reality of climate change. [Buzzfeed]


Hurricane Sandy.

What a mess! Trying to figure out how much climate change and warming oceans contributed to the Hurricane Sandy is being determined by the experts. Right now, we’re just focusing on whether the shark in this New Jersey front yard is real or Photoshop.
Hurricane Sandy and the Shark in the New Jersey front yard.  Real or really fake?
Wait and second, is that a “GTL” on his left pectoral fin?Front yard shark in New Jersey.
If you’re able, please make a donation to the Red Cross’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. [WBTW]


Consume Less Of Everything Now Or A Future Remedy May Be Seeding The Stratosphere With Sulfuric Acid.

Geoengineering Methods - Climatecentral.orgFrom the Holy Crap! file comes this GigaOM post, “Rx for a carbon-warmed planet: Sulfuric acid?” about David Keith’s worst-case scenario solution to counter the effects of global warming. How does it work? A fleet of customized Gulfstream jets would seed the stratosphere with droplets of sulfuric acid that would deflect sunlight. Yes, it’s preventable geoengineering at its scariest. [GigaOM, GigaOM]


PBS Frontline: Climate Of Doubt.

PBS Frontline’s “Climate of Doubt” is good but probably won’t change any minds. Skeptic leaders are bought and mostly professional contrarians who know how to push the right economic buttons and sprinkle in a little Al Gore to sway people to their skeptical view on climate change. [Having a British accent doesn’t hurt either.]

But by far the most chilling part of the Climate of Doubt episode occurs at the 50:35 mark during an exchange between interviewer John Hockenberry and climate skeptic Myron Ebell of CEI:

John H: “What if you’re wrong about climate change?”
Myron E: “[smirking] I’ll have to say I’m sorry.”

Why wait? Apology not accepted. [PBS]